Taking Care of Your Vision as You Age

Taking care of your vision as you age should be a top priority. Knowing when to seek professional care is important to maintaining the health of your eyes and protecting your vision.

Are you wondering how often you need a vision exam? Taking care of your vision as you age should be a top priority. Knowing when to seek professional care is important to maintaining the health of your eyes. 

There are a variety of factors to consider when determining how often your eyes need to be examined. These factors include your overall heath, your age, and your family history of eye diseases. This information can help to determine how often you should schedule an eye exam.

Seniors need to pay attention to warning signs of age-related eye health problems that can contribute to the loss of vision.  However, many eye diseases have no symptoms. These diseases often develop over time and without any pain, which means that you may not be aware of their impact on your vision until your condition has advanced. Fortunately, lifestyle choices and frequent eye exams can improve your chances of maintaining healthy eyesight as you get older.

Changes in vision may be caused by the following conditions:

  • Cataracts. Common in older people, cataracts are opaque or cloudy areas in the normally clear lens of the eye. Cataracts often contribute to poor vision at night and cause increased sensitivity to glare. Over time, daytime vision can be impacted.
  • Glaucoma. Older adults may be at a higher risk for developing glaucoma. A major cause of blindness, glaucoma causes increased pressure in the eyes, poor night vision, blind spots, and loss of vision.
  • Diabetic Retinopathy.  Another cause of blindness and often affecting both eyes, diabetic retinopathy is a complication of diabetes that can lead to bleeding in retina of the eye.  

Regular eye exams are important as you reach your golden years. Be sure to make an appointment to visit your eye doctor if you notice any vision changes.