Preparing for Age-Related Vision Loss

Preparing for Age-Related Vision Loss

It’s natural for eyesight to change as we get older, so it’s important to be aware of symptoms of age-related vision loss. Your eye doctors at Georgia Vision Center in Hiawassee, GA are dedicated to maintaining and preserving your eye health. We may not be able to prevent age-related vision loss, but we can prepare for it.

Common types of age-related vision loss

Most people, even if they enjoy perfect vision for most of their lives, will eventually need glasses to read (at least). This condition is called presbyopia, nearsightedness caused by loss of flexibility in the eyes’ lenses. If you’ve noticed that you’ve been squinting to see more clearly or have started holding things out farther and farther from your face to read them, it’s probably a good time to get your eyes checked to get a pair of reading glasses. Other conditions that can become more of a problem as we age include glaucoma, retinal detachment, diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, and cataracts. Although these conditions may cause vision loss, the good news is that most of them can be treated, reversed, or at least delayed. Early detection is often integral to successful treatment.

Live an eye-healthy lifestyle

In addition to regular eye exams, which are key to early detection, there are other things that can help to maintain healthy eyesight – things that you can take charge of. These include:

  • Staying active
  • Maintaining a healthy diet; foods that provide important nutrients for healthy vision include blueberries, bell peppers, carrots, chia seeds, sweet potatoes, salmon, and dark leafy greens
  • Getting enough UV protection
  • Not smoking
  • Cutting down on screen time

We’re looking out for your eyes

You probably usually leave the eye doctor’s office with a clean bill of health, with no issues detected and perhaps only a change in your prescription. This might cause you to think – wrongly – that you can skip an exam or two. A lot can change or develop with the eyes in a year, which is how often it’s recommended you visit your eye doctor, so it’s a good idea to remember your eye exams. You should definitely also schedule an appointment if you’ve started noticing changes to your vision. Your eye doctor at Georgia Vision Center will examine the health of your eyes and recommend treatment in Hiawassee, GA, if needed.

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