Eyes Need Special Care as They Age

At a later age, it is important to give up certain habits

Surgeon Dr. Pervin Uygur argues that older people should pay more attention to certain habits in their daily lives compared to younger people: “Even if the incidence of the aforementioned diseases increases with age, it is possible to minimize this risk through certain changes that we must make to our everyday life. To protect eye health, it is very important to eat well, use sunglasses to protect from the sun, get rid of bad habits such as smoking and alcohol, eat healthy foods to prevent diabetes, exercise regularly, sleep well, and use good lighting in residential areas”.


Right treatment is possible with early diagnosis

Specialists draw attention to the negative consequences of cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy, which can occur in the daily life of older people, and point out that a detailed examination of the eyes is of great importance for the diagnosis and treatment of diseases that appear at this age. Surgeon Dr. Pervin Uygur from Dünyagöz Etiler Hospital said: “Older people stand out as the group most likely to develop diseases that can lead to blindness in the future. In older age, diseases such as cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy begin a path that can lead to blindness. Although diabetic retinopathy causes a much faster loss of vision when it starts at a young age, the disease can also cause progressive loss of vision in the group of uncontrolled diabetes in older age. These diseases can also negatively affect the patient's functions in his daily life. Factors such as smoking and alcohol consumption, vitamin deficiencies, genetic causes, and diabetes also play an important role in the formation of these disorders. Early diagnosis in a comprehensive eye examination, which should be carried out to prevent the occurrence or progression of the aforementioned diseases, is of great importance in restoring the health of the patient by prescribing the right treatment”.


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