If you are experiencing any loss of vision, be sure to consult an optometrist. In the meantime, here are some facts about vision loss as you age.
- You experience vision loss if you have a serious decrease in vision that can’t be corrected with contact lenses or glasses. Anyone can have vision loss at any age, but as you get older, you are more likely to develop a disease that can cause vision loss. People over the age of 65 are especially at risk.
- According to a 2003 study, 6.5 million Americans aged 65 and up have experienced severe vision loss.
- A 2004 study by the National Eye Institute showed that glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration (AMD), diabetic retinopathy and cataracts are the most common age-related eye diseases (AREDs).
- Your lifestyle choices may affect your eye health. For example, research has shown that smoking increases your chances of developing AMD, and according to the National Eye Institute, eating green vegetables and fish may lower the risk of developing an eye disease like AMD.
- People affected by AREDs usually still have some vision.
- About 75 percent of vision loss can be prevented or treated. Regular visits to an eye doctor often lead to a speedy diagnosis and treatment of many problems.
Visiting an eye clinic every year can help prevent and treat eye problems and get you the eye care you need. It is especially important to get a check-up with an optometrist if you are 65 or older or have diabetes or any other risk factor for eye disease.
If your eye-sight has recently decreased significantly, schedule an appointment with an optometrist in your area.