Proper Eye Care with Aging

Did you know that just as our physical strength decreases with age, our eyes also suffer a decline in performance? Age related diseases are the leading cause of blindness or vision loss in the United States. The risk of eye disease increases as you age. Many people put off seeking care until an issue arises. However, early detection of eye disease can prevent vision loss.

Common condition affecting your eyes as you age are:

  • Macular degeneration
  • Cataracts
  • Glaucoma
  • Dry eyes
  • Diabetic retinopathy.

Symptoms include:

  • Blurry, clouded vision
  • Sensitivity to light or glare
  • Difficulty driving at night
  • Colors appearing faded or dull
  • Vision loss

The National Eye Institute recommends everyone 50 and older have an annual comprehensive dilated eye exam. A dilated eye exam can help spot eye disease early and protect your vision.

Conditions such as cataracts develop slowly, and you may not realize it is developing until it’s too late. Eye treatments have advanced. Surgeries can be done quickly in outpatient facilities with fast recovery times.

Take steps now to protect your eyes later. Here are easy ways you can protect your vision:

  • Smoking cessation
  • Daily physical activity
  • Eating more green, leafy vegetables and fish
  • Drinking more water
  • Controlling diabetes
  • Maintaining a healthy blood pressure
  • Wearing protective eyewear and covering your eyes with sunglasses and hats
  • A healthy sleep pattern
  • Routine eye exams

 

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