Ocular degeneration is a fact of life as people age, however, eye surgery can prevent vision loss in many cases.
That is according to Rosie Gavzey, director of the Eyecare Trust, who said conditions such as glaucoma and cataracts are common in older people.
"However, early detection during an eye examinations can often mean your sight is saved, as effective treatment can prevent needless vision loss," she stated.
The expert went on to add that this can have a significant impact on a patient's physical and mental wellbeing, citing research from the trust which suggested one in three pensioners who fail an eye exam feel depressed and vulnerable.
According to a recent study by Age UK, poor vision was a factor in 270,000 falls in people aged 60+ in the last two years.
In addition, the College of Optometrists stated that falls are the leading cause of disability and the main cause of death from injury among people over 75 in the UK.
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Private treatment news: 25 June 2011