Keeping Healthy Vision as We Age
It’s no question that our eyes are important. We’ve all heard the saying “the eyes are the windows to the soul”, but did you know they are also a window to our overall health?
Vision disorders are the second-most common health condition for older adults in the United States. According to Dr. Cynthia, Owsley, an eye researcher at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, “Vision impairment and blindness are among the top 5 causes of disability in older adults.” Even if you have 20/20 vision now, understanding what vision changes you can expect with age is not only important for our vision health but our overall health as well.
A regular exam with your eye doctor can help diagnose many health conditions. These exams can help diagnose vision-related issues such as diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, cataracts, age-related macular degeneration and many more. They can also help diagnose other health issues such as multiple sclerosis and diabetes.
As you can see, there’s more to vision health than being near or farsighted. That’s why we should all be on the lookout to changes in our vision as we get older.
Things to watch out for:
- Blurry or weakened vision
- Double vision
- Redness or swelling
- Flashes of light
- Eye pain
- New floaters
- Eyelid swelling or itching
If you notice any of these changes in your vision, it’s time to visit your eye doctor. You shouldn’t just visit your eye doctor when you notice something wrong with your vision. Many vision issues, such as glaucoma, can be discovered before any symptoms are present. So, even if you aren’t experiencing any vision issues, make sure to visit your eye doctor regularly.
Visiting the eye doctor isn’t the only thing you should be doing to keep your vision healthy. Preventive care between your doctor visits is another equally important step in having healthy eyes. Here are some helpful tips to prevent damage to your vision:
- Wear sunglasses outside
- Eat a balanced diet
- Stay active
- Control other preexisting conditions
- Stop smoking
- Take breaks from electronic devices
If you’re looking for vision coverage, DeltaVision makes it easy to care for your vision, find an eye doctor, and make an appointment. Our network has more than 88,000 providers at over 27,000 locations nationwide.
We partner with popular providers like LensCrafters® and Target Optical℠ in addition to many smaller, independent doctors. These retailers offer conveniences such as multiple locations and extended hours to help members get the service they need, when they need it.
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