One in six Americans age 65 and older have a vision impairment that cannot be corrected with glasses or contact lenses. The risk of eye disease increases with age, yet many older adults neglect to see an eye doctor for care.
To bring attention to taking care of our eyes as we age, Chang Eye Group celebrates Healthy Aging Month to help seniors take care of their sight.
1. Women are at higher risk for glaucoma and cataracts, and should be diligent about having a comprehensive eye exam each year.
2. Low vision is not a sign of natural aging, but is due to eye diseases or injuries. Older people should have annual eye exams to ensure that eye disease does not go undetected.
3. Avoid falls and related eye injuries. About half of all falls occur in and around the home, and many are due to home improvement projects (44 percent). Always wear protective goggles or glasses when doing home improvement.
4. Treat systemic health problems, such as diabetes, which can affect your eye health and vision if left untreated.
5. Get enough exercise. Our eyes need good blood circulation and oxygen intake, and both are stimulated by regular exercise.
6. Sleep. As we sleep, our eyes enjoy continuous lubrication. Also during sleep the eyes clear out irritants such as dust, allergens, or smoke that may have accumulated during the day.