What You Need to Know About Vision Loss
May 25, 2017
Age-related vision problems are common in seniors, most notably macular degeneration and glaucoma. In the case of macular degeneration, the part of the eye that allows you to see fine detail — the macula — begins to break down over time. People in their 50s have a 2 percent risk for developing macular degeneration, but that risk increases to 30 percent once you hit 75.
Glaucoma is a condition that increases the fluid pressure inside the eye, which can gradually damage the optic nerve. There are no symptoms at first, but it can cause gradual loss of peripheral vision and eventually even direct vision. Left unchecked, glaucoma can result in blindness. Researchers believe that about 3 million Americans have glaucoma, but only half are aware of it.
Be sure to schedule regular eye check-ups with an ophthalmologist or optometrist to look for any signs of vision trouble.
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