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The Relation Between Aging And Vision

It’s common to see changes in your vision as you become older. Some of the eye problems that you get
with aging can be corrected using contact lenses, glasses, etc. Our senior living experts share the
connection between aging and vision and the things that you can do to protect your vision.

Protecting Your Vision

Regularly have your eyes examined by an eye care specialist, such as an optometrist or ophthalmologist.
Inform them of the medications you use as some can harm your eyes.
The natural changes in eyes that usually occur as you age may not affect your vision. But, sometimes
there can be signs of a more serious issue. For instance, your eyes may leak tears. Leaking tears can
occasionally be an indication of dry eye, an infection, or a blocked tear duct. Get your prescription
checked as well if you wear glasses or contacts. Your risk of falling and getting hurt might increase with
even minor changes in your vision. Therefore, using the appropriate prescription eyewear or contact
lenses is crucial.

What Is Low Vision?

Low vision is the inability to correct your vision through glasses, contact lenses, medicine, surgery, or
other means. Some people experience low vision as they get older. You have low vision, if any of the
following apply to you:
 unable to see clearly enough to perform daily activities like reading or cooking
 having trouble recognizing friends; or family members; faces
 unable to read roadway signs
 Lights don’t seem to be as brilliant
Ask your eye doctor to check you for low vision if you have any of these issues.
You can adjust to vision loss and make the most of your remaining sight with the aid of vision
rehabilitation programs and special tools, such as a magnifying tool. Additionally, there are initiatives
that provide free access to materials for those with low vision or other visual impairments, including the
National Library Service.
Always check with your ophthalmologist to see if driving is safe for you. If you have to stop driving, local
organizations might be able to get you rides, or public transportation can be an option.
Some Additional Advice
 Make your rooms illumination more vibrant.
 Use strong, black felt-tip markers to write.
 To make the edges of any staircases in your house easier to notice and to keep you from falling,
wrap colorful tape around them.
 Install electrical outlets and light switches in dark colors so you can clearly see them against
bright-colored walls.
 Use motion-activated lights. These might assist you in preventing accidents brought on by low
 Use phones with large screens and clocks with large numbers, and place labels in large font on
the stove and microwave.