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8 Ways to save your Eyesight
Persons 65+ should see their optometrist or eye specialist at least one time per year.
To protect your eyesight and keep your eyes healthy as you age, consider these simple guidelines:
1. Find out if you are at higher risk for eye diseases.
Be aware of your family’s health history. Do you or any of your family suffer from diabetes or have a history of high blood pressure? Are you over the age of 65? Are you an African-American over the age of 40? Any of these traits increase your risk for sight-threatening eye diseases. Regular eye exams are particularly important, because an early diagnosis can limit any vision loss and help preserve your eyesight.
2. Have regular physical exams to check for diabetes and high blood pressure.
If left untreated, these diseases can cause eye problems. In particular, diabetes and high blood pressure can lead to conditions such as diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, glaucoma and ocular hypertension.
3. Look for warning signs of changes in your vision.
If you start noticing changes in your vision, see your eye doctor immediately. Some trouble signs to look for include double vision, hazy vision and difficulty seeing in low light conditions. Other signs to look for are frequent flashes of light, floaters, and eye pain and swelling. All of these can indicate a potential eye health problem that demands immediate attention.