Since visual problems are increasingly common with age – and often preventable – it is important to be regularly checked by an eye care specialist (optometrist or ophthalmologist). He/she will check your vision and eye fluid pressure, and get a good look at the outside (cornea) and inside (retina) of your eyes.
PROTECT YOUR PRECIOUS EYES!
- Wear sunglasses and a wide brimmed hat.
- See your doctor regularly to check for diseases like diabetes and high blood pressure; both can cause visual problems if not treated.
RED FLAGS FOR SEEING AN EYE CARE SPECIALIST RIGHT AWAY:
- Blurring or loss of vision
- Double vision
- Flashing of light
- Pain in your eye(s)
EYE DISORDERS & DISEASES:
The following conditions may have few or no early symptoms, but may, if left untreated, lead to vision loss or blindness. Regular eye exams are key! A few common conditions:
- Cataracts (cloudy areas which may cause blurred or hazy vision)
- Corneal diseases (from scratches to infection; may lead to halo effect in vision)
- Dry eye(s) (when tear glands don’t work well)
- Glaucoma (elevated eye chamber pressure)
- Retinal disorders (such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and diabetic retinopathy)
TIPS FOR LOW VISION
(a common problem among the elderly):
If glasses, medicine, and/or surgery won’t help, consider these tips:
- Upgrade lighting
- Use large print materials
- Use magnifying aids or audio tapes, etc.
National Eye Institute Hotline: 1-301-496-5248