The Aging Eye

by Dr. Joseph P Walker
Originally Published in the News-Press on November 11, 2014

Aging causes changes in our cells, tissues and organs. On the outside, our skin becomes less elastic and more wrinkled and hair becomes gray. On the inside, our blood vessels become hardened, our muscles weaken and organs such as the heart, kidneys, and lungs do not work quite as well as they used to.

Our eyes are also susceptible to aging. There are many common age-related changes that can occur in our eyes:

There are some signs and symptoms that should prompt you to call an eye doctor sooner rather than later for an eye examination.

You should contact your eye doctor if you have any sudden onset of visual symptoms. Sudden blurred vision in one or both eyes can sometimes indicate an underlying and potentially serious health problem such as stroke or diabetes. Sudden onset or increase of flashes, floaters, loss of side vision or total loss of vision can indicate acute retinal disease and may require immediate attention.

Gradual onset of blurred vision usually indicates a less severe problem that does not require immediate attention. Gradual blurring is typically not an emergency. If you notice that your vision becomes blurry gradually, or over a period of time, then it is probably time to schedule an eye examination.

As you age, your risk of eye disease and vision loss increases.

By having dilated eye exams as recommended by your eye doctor, a vision problem could be detected and possibly be prevented, delayed or even reversed depending on the diagnosis.

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Dr. Joseph P Walker is a board-certified ophthalmologist specializing in diseases of the retina and vitreous and is the founder of Retina Consultants of Southwest Florida with offices in Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Bonita Springs, Naples and Port Charlotte. The Fort Myers office is located at 6901 International Center Blvd. Call (239) 939-4323 or visit

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