Age is the biggest risk factor for many chronic or sight-threatening eye conditions, which is why it’s so important to be informed and able to recognize the signs of age-related vision loss. It’s also important to know what we can do to keep our eyes healthy as we get older!
Eye conditions like diabetic retinopathy, cataracts, glaucoma, retinal detachment, and macular degeneration all become more likely the older we get. Many of them can be delayed, treated, managed, or in some cases reversed, and science and technology are constantly improving, so the prognoses for conditions like these could improve in the coming years. No matter what, early detection is critical, which is why getting regular eye exams is so important.
On a less dramatic note, aging can also have a lot of smaller effects on our eyesight. They aren’t as serious, but they can certainly take getting used to, so let’s briefly go over the most common ones:
Going to the eye doctor regularly is one way to help maintain healthy vision into old age, but there’s plenty more. Living a healthy lifestyle can have a huge impact, including staying active, eating healthy foods, and avoiding harmful habits like smoking. It’s also important to wear UV-blocking sunglasses while out in the sun, because UV damage to our eyes is cumulative over the course of our lives.
The importance of yearly eye exams for patients who are getting older cannot be overstated. If you aren’t sure when you had your last appointment, how about restarting the clock now by scheduling your next one for this week? There’s no time like the present to start priorizing your vision health!