Seeing Is Believing

If your vision is blurry at times, and your last complete eye exam was years ago, it may be time for a visit to the eye doctor. Loss of vision increases the risk of falls, and falls are the leading cause of injuries in older adults (age 65 or older). What should you and your loved ones do?

  • If you have no eye problems, get a baseline eye exam at age 40, as recommended by the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
  • If you have a family history of eye disease, are in poor health, or have diabetes or high blood pressure, see your eye doctor for regular checkups (ask your eye doctor how often is best for you).
  • If you have symptoms of eye problems — loss of vision, eye pain, sensitivity to light, eye drainage, bloody or gray-white patches on the eye — get your eyes checked.

The good news about eye exams is that most problems can be corrected. After getting fitted with a pair of glasses, you may confirm “seeing is believing.”

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