Feature Article

Eye problems in the over fifties

Diana B Semmonds, Suresh K Pandey



Ocular problems occur frequently in the over 50-year-old population and are often associated with the ageing process. Some of the more common problems in this age group are discussed in this article.

Key Points

  • Ocular problems are common in people aged over 50 years.
  • Presbyopia is a universal problem that is readily correctable.
  • Cataracts can cause severe visual loss; surgical management is very successful.
  • Age-related macular degeneration can severely affect patients’ quality of life; treatment is aimed at slowing the rate of visual loss. The use of antioxidants and smoking cessation may delay its development.
  • Early diagnosis of diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma is important to reduce the risk of visual loss.