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Eye health for seniors

Changes in your vision can be a difficult part of getting older. They can cause annoyance or even serious problems like vision loss or blindness. Deteriorating eyesight can affect your ability to perform daily activities you enjoy, and it can threaten your independence. Thankfully, there’s a lot that you can do to preserve your eyesight for as long as possible.

Get checked regularly

Some eye problems, like glaucoma, can progress without any symptoms. Getting your eyes checked regularly, even if you feel fine, can help you keep your eyes healthy and prevent permanent vision problems.

Watch for vision changes

It's important that you pay attention to how your eyes are changing. You may experience some of the following changes in your eyesight. Be sure to share them with your doctor if you do.

  • Being more sensitive to glare
  • Eye dryness
  • Having more difficulty judging distances
  • Taking longer than before to adjust to light changes
  • Trouble reading small print
  • Trouble seeing contrast or colour
  • Having watery or teary eyes

Watch for vision loss

Vision loss may indicate a serious problem that can be helped, and sometimes, further permanent vision loss can be avoided. Watch for the following symptoms of vision loss:

  • Choosing brighter clothes or objects
  • Clumsiness doing fine tasks like threading a needle
  • Difficulty copying text
  • Driving mistakes
  • Falling or tripping due to missteps
  • Light sensitivity
  • Misjudging where to place items
  • Seeing flashes of light or fast movements from the corner of your eye
  • Squinting
  • Trouble with night driving
  • Uncontrolled eye movements

Protect your eyes

There are lots of things you can do to protect your eyes from serious problems. Experts recommend you do these things to protect them.

  • Always point spray nozzles away from you
  • Don’t smoke
  • Don’t let dry eyes go untreated
  • Don’t drive at night if you have problems with glare or judging distances
  • Eat carrots, citrus fruit, kale, melon and spinach
  • Have regular eye exams
  • If you have watery eyes, get your eyes checked
  • Make sure you have adequate lighting
  • Protect your eyes from getting injured
  • Reduce glare
  • Shield your eyes from wind or sun
  • Use sunglasses that have high UV protection (99-100%)
  • Use grease shields when frying food
  • Wear safety goggles when working with tools or chemicals
  • Watch out for recoil when securing bungee cords

For most people, normal, age-related vision changes can be corrected. Staying vigilant and getting your eyes checked regularly will help you keep your vision healthy for years to come.

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