Getting your eyes checked for possible problems should be done regularly. Even without the onset of having blurred visions and eye-related pains, maintaining your eye’s health means taking preventive measures. As people age, they are more prone to developing problems with their line of vision, after all.

Protect Your Vision

As an August 18th article, “Here’s how to protect your vision as you age,” from The Washington Post illustrates:

Close-up vision blurs, and cataracts lie ahead for many. Tear ducts function less well, and eyes can get dry and inflamed.

Worse, glaucoma and macular degeneration can pose serious threats to vision, making reading difficult and jeopardizing independent living. Blindness is among the public’s top health fears, according to the National Association for Eye and Vision Research, an advocacy organization, consistently up there with cancer and paralysis in polls of health concerns, according to the American Foundation for the Blind, another advocacy group.

Among Americans older than 40, there are an estimated 41 million cases of blindness, low vision or age-related eye disease, according to the patient advocacy organization Prevent Blindness, which predicts that this number will grow to 64 million by 2032.

Conditions such as presbyopia, or the blurring of close-up vision, requiring the use of reading glasses; glaucoma, or damage to the optic nerve; and Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD), a degenerative disease that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) considers as the leading cause of permanent visual impairment for people aged 65 and beyond, require early diagnosis and constant monitoring in order to prevent blindness. In states like Indiana, seeing Indianapolis Eye Doctors for help should then be done before these conditions worsen.

There is also no specific time or age when one should have their eyes examined. According to the CDC, having healthy vision should apply to all ages. There are some preschoolers who cannot see as much as other adults can. A condition such as amblyopia or lazy eye can develop in children aged 3 to 5, but if diagnosed early can effectively be treated.

The rate of aging in our eyes differs from those of others. Having a comprehensive eye exam done by an optometrist can give a proper assessment on the age of your eyes. Getting an eye exam is more of properly diagnosing problems (if there are any) rather than determining lens prescription. There are eye doctors in Indianapolis, such as those from Moody Eyes, who would only recommend wearing glasses or contacts only after, and based on the results of, the exam.

(Source: Here’s how to protect your vision as you age, Washington Post, August 18, 2014)