With aging comes new challenges; our eyesight is no exception. One in six Americans aged 65 and older has a vision impairment that cannot be corrected with glasses or contact lenses alone. It’s important to see your ophthalmologist every one to two years in order to check for cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. Early detection and treatment are imperative to prevent vision loss.

Normal aging of the eye actually does not lead to vision impairment, which is the result of eye disease and/or injury. Symptoms include loss of central and/or peripheral vision, blurred or hazy vision, or night blindness. Here are some tips:

• Always wear protective eyewear/goggles when working on home and garden projects.
• Exercise regularly and eat well in order to mitigate the risks of high blood pressure and diabetes.
• Get enough sleep every night to ensure healing and lubrication.
• Always wear sunglasses and/or a wide-brimmed hat when outside. Your sunglasses should be 100 percent ultraviolet (UV) blocking.
• Women, especially, should adhere to their ophthalmologist’s recommendations and treatment plan, because they are at higher risk for cataracts and glaucoma.

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