Vision Health

Blurry vision, painful eyes, glare at night and other difficulties in seeing can be serious and whenever there is a change to someone’s sense of sight, it is important to have a doctor help determine the cause and how to treat serious eye ailments. However, there are often changes to vision that accompany aging and taking steps to keep eyes healthy while they are still functioning well can serve to help reduce the risk of future eye problems.

Some age-related eye diseases include macular degeneration (AMD) and cataracts. With AMD, sometimes a person may not even be aware of their condition if it is only in one eye. In such cases, the healthy eye compensates and the brain will interpret visual signals normally. This is why regular trips to the eye doctor are useful so that they can diagnose AMD early and start treatment before the condition progresses.

Cataracts are also often associated with aging and not all of them interfere with daily living, some do and they can be devastating to eyesight. The symptoms of cataracts that are easily noticeable include: cloudy, fuzzy or foggy vision; glare from light sources like lamps; and, double vision.

It isn’t just age that increases the chance of cataracts. Diabetes can damage the lens of the eye when blood sugar levels are persistently high. Smoking can increase the number of free radicals in tissues including the eye. These chemicals can damage the cells required for good vision. Antioxidants are known to stabilize these harmful substances and may reduce their impact on cellular damage.

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