Keeping good vision in sight
As you age, it’s not uncommon to have problems with your vision. But with help from your doctor and some good self-care, your eyes can serve you well for years to come.
A good first step is to be aware of eye conditions that are especially common among older adults. These include:
- Glaucoma—a condition marked by damage to the optic nerve; vision loss can result
- Cataracts—a clouding of the eye lens, affecting more than half of all Americans by age 80
- Macular degeneration—a gradual deterioration of the macula, which results in blurred central vision
- Diabetic retinopathy—this condition, in which blood vessels in the retina become damaged due to diabetes, is a leading cause of blindness
“There are a few warning signs that can signal a problem with your eyes,” says ophthalmologist Eric Gershenbaum, MD, with Freehold Ophthalmology. If you notice any of these symptoms, tell your doctor:
- Blurry vision
- Red eye
- Eye pain
- Floaters (spots) or fl ashes of light
Preventive measures can go a long way toward keeping your eyes healthy as you age. For starters, adults ages 50 and older should have yearly eye exams, Dr. Gershenbaum recommends. “Taking care of yourself can even help you take care of your eyes,” he adds. That includes keeping your weight under control, managing diabetes and quitting smoking—all factors that, left unchecked, can impact your vision. And wearing sunglasses outside can protect your eyes from harmful ultraviolet A (UV-A) and UV-B rays, which can cause macular degeneration, cataracts and other eye problems.
CareOne centers throughout New Jersey offer comprehensive services for adults who have vision conditions and impairments. From post-glaucoma surgery care to ophthalmology consults and tailored therapy programs, patients receive care that’s customized to their individual needs. For more information or to find a CareOne center, call 877-99-CARE1 or click here.