Aging and Your Eyes
As you get older, you may notice changes in your vision.
Two diseases that can affect your eyesight as you get older are glaucoma and cataracts.
- For instance, it may become harder for you to:
- See clearly
- See small print
- Focus on close objects
Glaucoma can be treated with medicine.
Your doctor can give you medication to keep glaucoma from getting worse.
- Some symptoms of glaucoma are:
- Vision that is blurry or dark around the edges
- Not being able to see out of the corner of your eye when you are looking straight ahead
- Eye pain
- Bad headaches
Cataracts can be treated with prescription glasses or surgery.
If you have cataracts, your doctor may:
- Some symptoms of cataracts are:
- Light may seem too bright and hurt your eyes
- Double vision in one eye
- Trouble seeing well at night
- ask you to wear glasses, or
- treat them with surgery.
If you are having trouble seeing, talk to your doctor.
- You should see a doctor if:
- Objects look blurry
- You feel pain in your eyes
- You have to squint to see things
- You need to hold things far away or very close to your face to read them.
There are steps you can take to keep your eyes healthy.
- As you get older you should:
- Get an eye exam at least every two years
- Eat a lot of green, leafy vegetables (like spinach)
- Take breaks to rest your eyes if you work in front of a computer or read
- Wear sunglasses with UV protection
- Stop smoking, if you smoke
You can keep your eyes healthy as you age!
- Talk to you doctor about more ways to protect your eyes.
- If you follow your doctor’s advice, you can improve your chances that your eyes will stay healthy as you age.