Most people experience a gradual decrease in visual acuity over time. This natural result of aging can cause issues with driving, enjoying entertainment options and performing work duties. In some cases, consulting with a Houston eye surgery doctor can offer added insights into the current condition of your eyes and the most effective strategies for addressing your vision problems. Other surgical treatments may be available to resolve nearsightedness, farsightedness and other issues related to advancing age. Understanding the underlying causes for the deterioration of your eyesight can provide added help in identifying the right solution for your needs. Here are some of the most common age-related vision issues for patients in our area.
Also known as presbyopia, age-related farsightedness is usually caused by a loss of flexibility in the lens of the eye. This hardening process can make it much more difficult to focus on items close to you. Mild cases may be correctable with reading glasses, bifocals or trifocal glasses. Working with an experienced Houston cataract surgery professional can provide you with additional avenues of treatment that may include LASIK procedures or corneal implants. These surgical procedures can allow you to enjoy the clearest vision and the greatest convenience from the moment you awaken until you fall asleep every night.
Cataracts occur when the lens of the eye becomes clouded and fails to refract light properly. Patients with cataracts often report blurred vision, difficulty in driving at night and reduced tolerance for bright light. Glasses and contact lenses cannot provide any relief from these symptoms of cataracts. In many cases, a Houston eye surgeon can provide you with options that can significantly improve your eyesight. By replacing your hardened and opaque lens with a clear intraocular lens, your surgeon can ensure the proper refraction of light. Cataract surgeries are safe and effective, allowing you to enjoy the benefits of clear vision after your procedure.
Age-related macular degeneration is a common condition that typically affects adults over the age of 50 and can potentially cause blindness if not properly treated. Over time, damage to the central part of the retina can reduce the ability of patients to see clearly and to focus on fine details. Avoiding smoking and maintaining a healthy diet may provide some protection against this condition. Laser surgery may also be recommended to destroy abnormal blood vessel growth and to halt the progress of age-related macular degeneration.
At Mattioli Vision Professionals, we specialize in providing the most effective and advanced treatments for all types of vision problems. We offer LASIK services that can allow you to see your world more clearly without the need for contacts and eyeglasses. If you suspect you may be experiencing age-related vision issues, call us today at 713-776-3937 to set up your initial consultation. We look forward to serving all your eye care needs.