blurry vision 5 dangerous signs of “eye” diseases that seniors should

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blurry vision 5 dangerous signs of “eye” diseases that seniors should aware of

Dr. Suphan Srithamma, Director-General of the Department of Medical Services, revealed that Thailand is entering an aging society in 2025. It is expecte that 20 percent of the total population will elderly. With 85 percent of the elderly able to take care of themselves. and having to depend on other people for almost 15 percent

It was also found that There more than 70 percent of the elderly. Who have poor eyesight. blurry vision Low vision or blindness if not treated in the first place. The most common eye diseases in the elderly are:

1. Cataracts 

are the most common and occur. When people get older. cause by cloudy lens Makes less light pass through the eyes. Caused by risk factors: getting older or having common risk factors such as frequent exposure to UV light or bright sunlight, diabetes, high blood pressure make cataracts faster Oral medications and steroid eye drops, etc.

Cataract patients will have dim eyes, see double vision, eyes can’t cope with light, may start from having to change glasses often. later dimmed a lot However, adjusting the glasses is not better. May see the image yellow. Some people may see diffuse light in bright light. You can slow down some deterioration by wearing UV protection sunglasses

2. Glaucoma 

is less common than cataracts. But it is a silent threat that can lead to permanent vision loss without the patient realizing. Caused by increased intraocular pressure until the damage to the optic nerve People with family history of glaucoma are at increased risk. Other risk factors include race, age, very nearsightedness. Some congenital diseases such as diabetes, continuous use of steroid drugs by eating, injecting or eye drops, or having had an eye accident before.

For symptoms in the early stages of the disease are often asymptomatic. Will begin to lose the field of vision, which is a narrowed vision. From the side to the middle. and permanent loss of vision There may be some types of glaucoma, such as acute angle-closure glaucoma that is very painful. Seeing rainbow lights around lights that are very dim and red eyes is consider a very urgent condition and must see ophthalmologist immediately.

Importantly, all glaucoma patients must come for regular follow-up. And strictly follow the advice of an ophthalmologist. And there is no cure to normalize vision. Can only prevent the vision from getting worse Therefore, the risk of glaucoma should screen at the age of 40 years or older. If there is no risk, annual eye examinations should done regularly since the symptoms are not present. But if you suspect or notice any abnormalities, you must see an ophthalmologist as soon as possible.

3. Sharp image spots on the retina 

It is cause by the degeneration of the center of the retina. Blur the central vision of the image. Which the surrounding area can still seen normally Caused by risk factors: aging, UV light, smoking and high blood pressure. In the early stages there may be no symptoms. Later, when the retina becomes more degenerative will have blurred vision see distorted images see the black dot in the middle of the picture and loss of central vision without pain

Seniors should have their eyes examined annually. Or when an abnormality is notic, you must hurry to see an ophthalmologist. and should stop smoking and wear sunglasses regularly And always eat foods that contain antioxidants such as vegetables – green fruits – yellow, red beans, etc.