Health After 50 Topic Page:
Vision and Eye Care
The most common eye diseases in people over age 50 are cataracts, glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy. Fortunately, if you have one of these eye disorders and are treated early enough, the progression of disease can often be slowed or even halted, helping you return to daily activities such as driving, grocery shopping, reading, and performing household tasks.
In fact, more than 80 percent of the 14 million Americans over age 12 with vision impairment could be helped by corrective lenses. In addition to medication and surgery, you can take steps on your own to make it easier to live with an eye disorder. An array of low-vision aids also is available.
Because most eye disorders cause no symptoms in their early stages, many people are unaware when one first develops. Periodic visits to an eye-care specialist are crucial to detect conditions early enough to allow for effective treatment.
If you or someone you care about has a vision problem, obtaining accurate information is an important part of the treatment plan.
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