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Three reasons to get your eyes checked

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Vision changes occur as you get older, and it is important to be aware of warning signs of age-related eye health problems as you reach your 60s and beyond.

According to the American Optometric Association, many eye diseases have no early symptoms, but undiagnosed health problems can lead to vision loss. Regular eye exams can significantly improve your chances of maintaining good eye health and vision as you age.

Here are 3 reasons why you should have an eye exam:

1. People with diabetes or high blood pressure, or who are taking medications that have eye-related side effects, are at the greatest risk for developing vision problems.

The American Optometric Association recommends annual eye examinations for everyone over age 60. The earlier problems are detected and treated, the more likely you can retain your vision.

Vision disorders can include age-related macular degeneration (AMD), which causes central vision loss. There are a number of eye diseases that can develop after you turn 60, including Cataracts, dry eye and glaucoma.

2. As you age, driving a car may be increasingly difficult, and age-related vision changes and eye diseases can negatively affect your driving abilities.

Vision changes can cause an inability to see road signs clearly or difficulty seeing objects up close as well as difficulty judging distance and speed or difficulty adapting to bright sunlight or glare from headlights.

3. If you are experiencing a loss of vision in varying degrees and forms, your eye doctor can help plan a rehabilitation program.

You can live an independent life within your condition’s limitations with low-vision treatment options. Spectacle-mounted magnifiers can allow you to use both hands to complete an up-close task, such as writing a letter. Handheld magnifiers are convenient for short-term reading tasks, such as viewing price tags.

Your optometrist can help you understand your options to help you live and work more effectively and safely.

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