Cataracts are the main cause of reduced vision in people over the age of 55. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you may have a cataract:
Sensitivity to bright light
Halos around headlights while driving at night
Keeping your eyes healthy starts with good overall health:
Manage conditions like high blood pressure and diabetes
Eat right; include lots of dark green leafy vegetables in your diet and consider supplements like Omega 3's.
Do not smoke, or if you do already, QUIT!
Age-Related Macular Degeneration
You are at a greater risk for developing Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD):
If you smoke
If you have high blood pressure or are overweight
If you have a family history of the disease
If you are Caucasian and a female
Learn more about AMD, ways to minimize your risks and treatment options by scheduling an eye exam today!
Learn more about the silent thief of sight in this educational video about Glaucoma.
Be sure to have regular eye exams to catch this disease sooner than later, as it usually comes with no warning or noticeable symptoms.
Diabetic Eye Disease
Are you at risk of developing Diabetes? If you:
are overweight and physically active less than 3 times a week
are 45 years of age or older
have a family history of type 2 diabetes
then the answer is YES.
You should get your eyes examined at least once a year when you are diabetic.
Dry Eye Disease
Do your eyes itch, burn, tear or have a gritty sensation? You may be suffering from dry eye disease. Learn more about this common condition and how to treat it.
Summer Eye Health
Here are some tips for an eye-healthy summer in the sun:
- Always wear proper UV eye protection
- Do NOT wear contact lenses while swimming
- Wear safety eye wear during yard work activities
Here are some tips to help with allergy season:
- Avoid contact with the allergen as much as possible
- Do NOT rub your eyes
- Use cool compresses to help with inflammation
- Try OTC allergy eye drops and eye lid cleaners
How Often to Get Your Eyes Examined
- It is recommended that children get their eyes examined at 6 months, 4 years and at the start of kindergarten.
- If you have systemic diseases like diabetes or high blood pressure, an annual dilated eye exam is recommended.
- An annual dilated eye exam is also recommended once we turn the age of 55-60 to check for diseases like glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration.