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How To Protect Your Eyes and Eyesight

As we age, some eyesight deterioration is inevitable. But many conditions that affect older persons can be treated to prevent major vision loss.

Instructions

  • Step 1: Have an evaluation for age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Treatments are available that limit the damage to vision.
  • FACT: Did you know? If dry AMD reaches the advanced stage, no form of treatment can prevent vision loss.
  • Step 2: Wear UV-protective sunglasses and a hat outdoors, don’t smoke, and eat a diet high in vitamins C and E and beta carotene to stall or prevent cataract formation.
  • Step 3: Have an evaluation for cataracts. If not treated, cataracts will worsen gradually and can lead to blindness.
  • TIP: Regular eye exams are important because some common eye diseases, including glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration (AMD), appear without warning signs.
  • Step 4: Have an evaluation for glaucoma. If not treated, glaucoma will worsen and may result in blindness. Early detection and treatment can prevent or limit vision loss.
  • Step 5: Have your vision checked every two years by an eye care professional if you are middle-aged or older. Most peoples’ vision begins to deteriorate when they're in their 40s.

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