Perfect vision or not, everyone should have his or her eyes professionally checked once every two years; for people age 60 and above, the American Optometric Association (AOA) recommends annual exams, or sooner if you notice any problems with your vision.
“As you age, it’s normal to experience some vision changes, such as difficulty adjusting to glare, and distinguishing some colors, especially shades of blue and green. Some common vision problems require glasses or contacts to see clearly and up close,” says the National Institutes of Health.
Periodic eye exams are critical for three reasons:
1.They can detect more than just vision problems. Some diseases have no warning signs. During an eye exam, the optometrist or ophthalmologist, can detect glaucoma, which is a leading cause of vision loss. Macular degeneration, high blood pressure, and diabetes can also be uncovered. Often the eye is one of the first organs affected by the onset of a disease, such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, or multiple sclerosis.
2.Catching vision problems early may improve outcomes to preserve vision. Getting treated early for eye problems can limit damage. Visual impairment in senior citizens has decreased 58 percent in the past 26 years, reports a Northwestern University study. With advanced surgical techniques, cataracts, which are still the most common cause of blindness, are more successfully treated, according to Prevent Blindness America. “Although getting a cataract is common, it doesn’t have to mean permanent vision loss.”
3.Improved vision leads to improved health. Another study discovered that seniors who had cataract surgery were less likely to suffer hip fractures. When seniors can see better, their overall well-being increases, boosting their ability to independently care for themselves, and handle their daily routine.
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