Senior Health: Save Your Eyes!

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It is common for the aging population to be more at risk for eye diseases, and it is imperative that they know how to detect or prevent further eye disease. The most common eye diseases in the aging population are cataracts, glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration and diabetes eye disease. The best thing to do for eye care is to visit the eye doctor on an annual basis.

Reasons to Contact the Eye Doctor

  1. Cataract Symptoms: blurry vision, double vision, colors appear faded, poor night vision, and frequent changes in prescription for glasses or contacts.
  2. Glaucoma Risk Factors: symptoms are not present in early stages (reason to visit the eye doctor frequently), family history of glaucoma, diabetes is present, African Americans over age 40, and anyone else over 60 years old.
  3. Age-related macular degeneration: blurred vision, wavy lines and blind spot in the center of the field of vision.
  4. Diabetic related eye disease: blurred vision, floaters, vision diminishes over time, poor night vision, and blind spots in vision.

Prevention Efforts

  1. Visit the eye doctor at least once a year. Please note that increased low vision in older adults is most commonly a symptom of another eye disease. The earlier an eye disease can be detected the higher the probability is of preventing partial or complete blindness.
  2. Increase the frequency of eye doctor visits if diabetes or high blood pressure is present. As these medical conditions can cause eye difficulties.
  3. Eat leafy greens for Vitamin A and C, or fish for Omega 3. You may also consider asking a physician about vitamins to supplement your diet.
  4. Exercise, exercise, exercise! The eyes need oxygen and good circulation; getting out to exercise will increase the oxygen flow to your eyes.
  5. Don’t forget to wear protective eyewear. Sunglasses will protect your eyes from overexposure to UV rays. Wearing work goggles can prevent eye injury during home improvement projects (the cause of almost 50% of eye injuries).

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