Low vision is uncorrectable vision loss that interferes with daily activities. There are currently 3 million Americans ages 40 and older who have low vision. By 2030, when the last baby boomers turn 65, the number of Americans who have low vision is projected to reach 5 million. It is with that as background that we celebrate February as Low Vision Awareness Month.
Now, let’s imagine what life would be like if you couldn’t see well. Reading might not be possible. Watching a movie could be tough. Focusing on the face of a loved one could drive you to tears. The number of people losing their vision is growing, yet experts say much of this vision loss could be prevented.
Don’t put off regular eye exams because your eyes feel fine or you don’t wear glasses or contact lenses. Signs of some eye diseases like glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration (AMD) are present before you might notice symptoms.
People who are 65 or older should have an annual eye exam, even if they are seeing well. Many diseases cause vision loss as we age, but AMD is among the Western world’s top causes of blindness. Leading to loss of your central vision, it may cause dark spots in your sight, make straight lines appear wavy, or cause text to seem blurry. AMD, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and dry eye syndrome can all rob you of sight. It’s best to see your eye doctor before trouble starts. But these signs should prompt a visit at once:
Trouble seeing objects close up or far away
Colors that seem faded
Poor night vision
Double or multiple vision
Loss of side vision
Poor central vision or straight objects that look wavy
Blurry text or type
There are several things you can do to protect your aging eyes. See your eye doctor regularly, each year if you’re 65 or older. Use sunglasses that block ultraviolet (UV) rays in bright sun or at high altitudes. And advice for general good health is also true for healthy eyes; don’t smoke, exercise regularly and eat a healthy, well balanced diet. Follow these tips to keep your eyes healthy and keep your sight throughout your life.
Board certified Ophthalmologist and Cataract Surgeon Dr. Subramaniam provides high quality and compassionate eye care for adults and children, including a wide variety of eye disorders such as dry eye syndrome and glaucoma. Her office is located in Suite 330, 2 Hospital Plaza, Raritan Bay Medical Center – Old Bridge, a member of the Hackensack Meridian Health family. Most major insurance plans accepted. For more information or to make an appointment, call 732-264-6464.
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