So, you just turned 50 and you probably noticed some changes in your eyesight. Perhaps you need glasses to see up close or you have more trouble adjusting to glare or distinguishing some colors. These changes are a normal part of aging. In fact, you can live an active life well into your golden years without ever experiencing severe vision loss. But as you age, you are at higher risk of developing age-related eye diseases and conditions.
Age related eye diseases include: age-related macular degeneration, cataract, diabetic eye disease, glaucoma, low vision and dry eye. Don’t let eye disease slow you down. Thanks to advances in modern medicine, personal care, and nutrition, adults are able to enjoy an excellent and meaningful quality of life as they age.
Age-related eye diseases often have no symptoms, but can be detected in their early stages through a comprehensive dilated eye exam. Different from the basic exam you have for glasses or contact lenses, a comprehensive dilated eye exam allows your eye care professional to provide a full assessment of the health of your eyes. Left untreated these diseases can cause blindness.
If you are over age 50, making comprehensive dilated eye exams part of your routine health care is the best thing you can do to protect your sight. Don’t wait to experience symptoms before you get your eyes examined. Information in this article and more can be found at National Eye Institute, National Institute of Health.
For more information on adult eye screening exams please visit pbga.org
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