Vision loss in not a normal part of aging. Repeat, vision loss is not a normal part of aging.

However, older adults are at a higher risk for certain eye conditions and diseases, including age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, cataracts and dry eye.

As the medical field continues to advance, an increasing number of people are living longer and making a conscious effort to improve their health. People are following healthy diets, exercising regularly, controlling blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and the smoking trend is decreasing. Routine comprehensive dilated eye exams should be included in this list of health trends.

More than 40 million Americans are currently 65 or older, and this number is expected to grow to more than 88 million by 2050. By that same year, the number of Americans with age-related eye diseases is projected to double, and the number of people living with low vision is expected to triple. Early detection and treatment are key to saving sight.

It’s time to take control of your vision.

See your eye care professional.

Even if you enjoy good or great vision now, the best thing you can do is visit your eye care professional once a year to maintain your eye health. As you get older, you are at a higher risk of developing age-related eye diseases and conditions. These diseases often have no warning signs or symptoms in their early stages. Generally, the only way to detect them before they progress and cause vision loss is through a comprehensive dilated eye exam. Fortunately, if your eye care professional catches and treats these conditions early, he or she can protect your eyesight.

Get a comprehensive dilated eye exam.

A comprehensive dilated eye exam is important to maintain and protect healthy vision. During this exam, drops are placed in the eyes to dilate or widen the pupils. The eye care professional uses a special magnifying lens to examine the retina for signs of damage and other eye problems.

Having a dilated eye exam every year or as recommended by your eye care professional can help detect age-related eye diseases in their early stages. So even if you are not experiencing vision problems, one of the best things you can do for your sight is get an annual eye exam.

Live a healthy lifestyle.

In addition to seeing your eye care professional routinely, you can take the following steps to protect your eyes:

  • Exercise
  • Stop smoking
  • Maintain healthy blood pressure
  • Incorporate rich in leafy green vegetables and fish into your diet
  • Wear sunglasses and a brimmed hat anytime you are outside in the sun
  • Wear protective eyewear when working around the house or playing sports

If you are 50 or older, make it a priority to visit your Eye Center, Inc. doctor annually. Remember, vision loss is not a normal part of aging. Your eye health is your responsibility, and only you have the control to schedule your routine comprehensive dilated eye exam. Call 941-756-2020 today.