Once you reach the age of 60, your eyes naturally change causing age-related issues and even vision loss. Luckily, there are several warning signs and ways to deal with age-related vision loss.
Some of the more common age-related vision issues are Macular degeneration, cataracts, glaucoma, retinal detachment, and diabetic retinopathy.
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is an eye issue that leads to central vision loss. Side vision and peripheral vision is not affected. AMD can lead to problems performing normal activities such as reading, driving, watching TV, and recognizing faces.
Cataracts lead to cloudy or opaque areas in your vision, while glaucoma affects peripheral vision. Retinal detachment and diabetic retinopathy can both lead to permanent vision loss or blindness.
In order to deal with these age-related vision issues, there are several lifestyle changes to help your decreased vision from affecting your daily lifestyle.
For example, many individuals over the age of 60 should take precautions when driving. By exercising caution at intersections, reducing speeds, and restricting nighttime driving you can safely get to where you are going. It is also important to avoid wearing eyeglasses or sunglasses that restrict your peripheral vision and even consider taking a driving course specifically aimed at helping senior drivers.
Once you reach the age of 60, you should regularly schedule comprehensive eye exams in order to identify issues with your eyesight. If you experience loss of vision, there are ways to help maintain an independent lifestyle. Magnifying systems are one option, along with large-type books or other reading materials.
Low-vision rehabilitative services can also provide you with techniques in order to perform daily tasks.
Your family eye care professional can direct you to the appropriate devices or services to help you maintain a prosperous life, even if you have an age-related vision disorder.