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Aging and Low Vision: How Are They Related?

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Changes in your body are expected as you age. For example, you may notice that your eyesight is not as sharp as it was when you were younger, even if you are wearing prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses.

Aging and Low Vision: How Are They Related?

Low vision is an eyesight problem that’s more common among older people. Here’s what you need to know about it:

How Age Affects Your Risk of Having Low Vision

According to the National Eye Institute, your visual capacity declines a certain degree every year. This is why increasing age is a primary risk factor for many eye conditions. Cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration, in fact, are the top three vision problems that have their onset in adulthood.

Low vision often develops as a complication of these eye conditions. Your eye doctor explains that age-related systemic problems such as diabetes may also result in eye diseases that may cause gradual vision loss. Diminished visual and neurological functions are contributing factors to low vision, as well.

Detection, Prevention and Intervention

It is a priority to detect low vision as early as possible. This visual impairment may affect not only your visual health but your daily efficiency and overall well-being too. Studies show that this problem, along with increased age, increases your risk of injury. Feelings of depression and isolation are commonly linked to this condition, as well.

This is why it’s essential to have regular eye exams. Doing so can help us easily identify any visual changes, so we can provide prompt intervention. We may also include vision therapy in your treatment plan to rehabilitate and enhance your remaining useful eyesight. This involves using visual aids, as well as doing eye exercises and other visually stimulating activities. This can help you maintain independence over your daily tasks, letting you enjoy a better quality of life.

To learn more about the link between increasing age and low vision, complete our form and schedule an appointment. We serve Brooklyn, NY, and nearby areas.

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  • Written by Justin Bazan

    Dr. Justin Bazan is a 2004 SUNY College of Optometry graduate. He established Park Slope Eye in 2008 with the goal of providing high quality eyecare and incredible eyewear for the neighborhood. He has a true passion for optometry and stay up to date with the current research and trends. He is active in the profession and holds several leadership positions on the local, state and national levels. Dr. Bazan is a Park Slope local and can often be seen out in the neighborhood so be sure to say Hi next time you see him!

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