In fact, age is the biggest risk factor for a number of chronic eye problems that can threaten our vision, which is why it’s so essential to be informed and stay on the lookout for signs of age-related vision loss. There’s a lot we can do to promote good eye health as we get older.
Conditions like glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, retinal detachment, macular degeneration, and cataracts all become much more likely the older we get. Many of these can be delayed, managed, treated, or even reversed. Science and technology are improving all the time, so the prognoses for these conditions are likely to get better in years to come. Early detection is critical, though, which is why regular eye exams become increasingly crucial as we age.
Not all the ways age can impact vision are as serious as these conditions, but it’s still important to be aware of them because they do take getting used to. Here’s a brief overview of the most common vision changes that come with age:
The eye doctor isn’t the only one who can help you maintain healthy vision well into old age; there’s a lot you can do as well. Living a healthy lifestyle is hugely important. Staying active, eating healthy, and avoiding harmful habits like smoking all reduce the chances of developing sight-threatening conditions (among other health benefits). Wearing UV-blocking sunglasses while outside in the sun is also essential, because UV damage is cumulative over the course of our lives.
We cannot overstate the importance of yearly eye exams to patients who are getting older. If you’re not sure when your last appointment was, why not get on that yearly schedule now by scheduling your next appointment today? There’s no time like the present!