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Bozeman Health is proud to provide compassionate, comprehensive geriatric care for our patients and community! We are pleased to share topics of interest about health in aging. As we age, many questions can arise as to what body changes are within the normal and what changes may need medical attention. Today I will be discussing two eye sight changes, risk factors, and when to see a medical provider.  

The most common age-related eye disease that can affect vision permanently is glaucoma. Glaucomais damage to the optic nerve usually from increased pressure in the eye. Left untreated this can cause permanent vision loss. There are two primary types of glaucoma:open-angle glaucoma is a chronic, slow onset type and the other is a more rapid, acute onset called angle-closure glaucoma.  

Open-angle glaucoma is more common and because of its slower onset can be harder to recognize. It typically presents with gradual reduction in peripheral vision (aka having tunnel vision) that slowly encroaches on central vision. Because our central vision accounts for our visual acuity (the number you get at the eye doctor, i.e., 20/20 vision) many people have no symptoms of glaucoma at all and it is only found on routine ophthalmology examination. Many people have lost 10 to20% of their peripheral vision by the time of diagnosis without recognizing symptoms. Once this vision is lost, it cannot be recovered.   

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