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.
- 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.