As we age, maintaining good vision is a very important aspect of our overall health, as vision loss can have a negative impact on our quality of life. Older adults have an increased risk for age-related eye conditions, which makes them more likely to experience falls, social isolation, and decreased independence. The good news is that many cases of vision loss are avoidable.
Seniors should know the warning signs of age-related eye health issues that can lead to vision loss. Many eye diseases don’t have early symptoms; they can develop without causing pain, and it may not be noticeable until the condition is advanced. People with certain types of health issues, such as diabetes and high blood pressure, face the greatest risk of developing vision problems. Early detection and treatment offer the best chance for a positive outcome.
Several conditions to be aware of include age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, dry eye, and retinal detachment. Your optometrist can explain and test for these conditions, all of which can lead to vision loss if left untreated.
Seniors who are experiencing vision loss may have difficulty driving. It can become more difficult to see road signs clearly, or to focus on the car’s instrument panel. Drivers may find it harder to judge distance and speed, or have difficulty seeing at night. They may also experience poor depth perception, limited side vision, extreme sensitivity to lights and glare, and reduced color perception.
While vision changes are likely to occur as you age, the changes don’t have to affect your way of life. Knowing what to expect and when to seek professional care can help safeguard your vision.
Regular eye exams are extremely important as you reach your senior years. The American Optometric Association recommends annual eye examinations for everyone over age 60. Visit an optometrist immediately if you notice any changes in your vision.
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