September is Healthy Aging Month

NEI Healthy Aging Month InfoEveryone’s Vision Can Change With Age

As you age, it is normal to notice changes in your vision.Vision changes can make it difficult to perform everydayactivities, such as reading, walking safely, taking medications,performing self-care and household tasks, and driving.

Some changes are normal. These changes include the following:Losing focus, making it harder to focus vision up close Having trouble distinguishin colors, such as blue from black, or where an object ends and its background begins. Needing more light to see well and more time to adjust to changing levels of light (e.g., going from a room that is dark to one that is brightly lit). These changes do not have tostop you from enjoying an active lifestyle or maintaining your independence.These vision changes can often be corrected with the following:Glasses Contact lenses Improved lighting Vision loss is not a normal part of aging. But, as you get older, youare at higher risk of developing the following age-related eye diseases and conditions that canlead to vision loss or blindness: Age-related macular degeneration Cataract Diabetic retinopathy Glaucoma. 

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