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Your Aging Eyes

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Aging brings changes that affect eyesight. People 65 and over should have yearly eye examinations that will help prevent common eye diseases that have no warning signs or symptoms. If you wear glasses, get your prescription checked too.

Diseases like diabetes and high blood pressure can also cause eye problems if not treated. and if

Everything looks blurry or you suddenly lose your sight.

See flashes of light

  • Have eye pain or double vision
  • Have redness or swelling in your eye or eyelid.

see a eye specialist.? Also protect your eyes from sunlight by wearing sunglasses that block ultraviolet (UV) radiation, and also wide brimmed headgear.

Common eye problems can be easily treated, but may be signs of more serious problems such as:

Presbyopia. It is normal to lose some ability to see close objects or small print as you get older. But with presbyopia there may also be headaches or strained, tired eyes. Reading glasses can fix the problem.

Floaters are tiny specks that ?float? across your vision. Floaters can be a normal part of aging, but can be a sign of more serious eye problems like retinal detachment. If you see many new floaters and/or flashes of light, see an eye care professional immediately. This is serious.

Tearing occurs from sensitivity to light, wind, temperature changes or dry eyes. Wearing sunglasses may help, as well as eye drops. Sometimes tearing is a sign of an infection or a blocked tear duct. See your eye care professional.

Eyelid problems. Common eyelid problems are red and swollen eyelids, itching, tearing, and crusting of eyelashes during sleep. These problems can be treated with warm compresses and gentle eyelid scrubs.

A professional Home Care Nurse can detect minor sight problems as part of their regular giving duties.

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