Even though many baby boomers place an emphasis on health, well-being, and prevention, many may be oblivious to the risk the have for developing low vision disorders. Protecting your eyes is a lifelong commitment and early detection is key to helping stem the progression of low vision disorders.
Below is a look at low vision disorders through the ages:
- By age 80, more than half of all Americans have cataracts. However, the first signs of cataracts can emerge in your 40s and 50s. Routine eye exams can detect this health issue early.
- Risk of age-related macular degeneration is commonly reported among individuals 60+, but accelerated cases are sometimes found in individuals in their 40s and 50s. Pnce diagnosed, treatment can preserve remaining vision.
- Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness in the U.S. It most often occurs in people over age 40. People with a family history of glaucoma, African Americans over the age of 40, and Hispanics over the age of 60 are at an increased risk of developing this eye condition.
- Cumulative UV damage from years of exposure can accelerate conditions like age-related macular degeneration and cataracts during older adulthood.
To safeguard your vision well into your golden years, be sure to:
- Visit your eye doctor for annual comprehensive eye exams.
- Be alert to how other health conditions like diabetes or high blood pressure can affect your vision.
- Know that it’s never too late to start wearing sunglasses to protect your vision from ultraviolet rays.