It is completely normal to have vision changes as you age! Many healthy eyes and aging problems can easily be corrected with glasses or contact lenses to help you maintain independence.

Common Healthy Eyes and Aging Issues that Occur:

  • distinguishing colors, mainly blues and blacks
  • slower light level changes from bright to dark and visa versa
  • your ability to see things up close may diminish

To keep your eyes healthy as you age, get regular eye exams, so potential problems and diseases can be spotted early!

How Can You Protect Your Vision?

1. Regular Eye Exams – by either an optometrist or an ophthalmologist. Finding problems early is the best way to prevent vision loss.

2. Some normal changes in the eye can be a signal that more serious issues are at hand.

3.People over the age of 50 should have dilated eye exams every year or as recommended by your eye care professional. After 60, dilated exams are recommended every year, especially if you have diabetes or high blood pressure.

4. Dilation exams require drops to be administered into the eyes. Your vision may be blurry and more sensitive to light so be sure to have someone with you to drive you home.

5.Make sure to have your prescription checked yearly too. Small changes in eyesight can increase your risk of falls or injuries.

6. See your Primary Health Provider annually to help check for diseases like diabetes and nigh blood pressure. Common age related diseases like these can lead to vision impairment and loss if left untreated!

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Source: nih.gov

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