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  • Aging and Your EyesAging and Your EyesWhat vision changes are normal with age?

    Needingglassestoseeupclose.Havingtroubleadjustingtoglare.Havingdifficultytellingapartsomecolors.Needingmorelighttoseewell.

    Are vision loss and blindness a normal part of aging?

    No!Butasyouage,youareathigherriskfordevelopingage-relatedeyediseasesandconditions:Age-related macular degeneration (AMD)

    Damagetothemaculaoftheeye.

    Cataract

    Cloudingofthelensoftheeye.

    Diabetic retinopathy

    Damagetobloodvesselsintheretina.

    Glaucoma

    Damagetotheopticnerve.

    Dry eye

    Eyesdonotmakeenoughtears.

    Low vision

    Difficultyseeing,evenwithglasses,medicine,orsurgery.

    Are there warning signs?

    Manyeyediseaseshavenoearlywarningsignsbutcanbedetectedthroughacomprehensivedilatedeyeexam.

    RAY OF LIGHT

    PUPIL

    RETINA

    OPTIC NERVE

    RAY OF LIGHT

    PUPIL

    RETINA

    OPTIC NERVE

    Portion of retina that can be seenthroughundilated pupil.

    Portion of retina that can be seenthroughdilated pupil.

    UNDILATED PUPIL DILATED PUPIL

    What can I do to protect my sight?

    Haveregulardilatedeyeexams.Knowyourfamilyseyehealthhistory.Bephysicallyactive.Eatadietrichinfishandgreenleafyveggies.Controlyourdiabetesifyouhaveit.Stopsmoking.Wearsunglassesandabrimmedhatoutside.Wearprotectiveeyewearwhenworkingaroundyourhouseorplayingsports.

    What if Ive already lost vision?

    Helpisavailable.Talkwithyoureyecareprofessionalaboutvisionrehabilitation.

    Where can I learn more about vision and aging?

    Visitwww.nei.nih.gov/agingeye

    Source:NationalEyeInstitute,2013

    http://www.nei.nih.gov/agingeye

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