Healthy Aging Eye Month is an observance during the month of September to raise awareness about eye health and aging. As people get older, they are more likely to develop eye diseases such as glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration (AMD), which can cause vision loss. However, there are ways to protect your vision and prevent eye problems as you age.
By following the tips here, you can enjoy a lifetime of seeing your best and support healthy aging.
Glaucoma is a group of eye conditions that damage the optic nerve, which sends visual information from your eye to your brain. Symptoms include blurred vision, severe eye pain, halos and rings around lights, eye redness and nausea or vomiting. Left untreated, glaucoma can cause vision loss and blindness.
One of the main causes of glaucoma is high pressure in the eye, which happens when fluid builds up in the front part of the eye. To diagnose glaucoma, an eye doctor will measure your eye pressure and examine your optic nerve. Treatment options include medication, surgery and therapy to lower the eye pressure and prevent further damage to the optic nerve.
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a common eye disease that affects the central vision. It occurs when the macula, the part of the retina that is responsible for sharp and detailed vision, gets damaged by aging or other factors.
There are two types of AMD: dry and wet. Dry AMD is more common and progresses slowly, while wet AMD is less common but more severe and can cause rapid vision loss. Some symptoms of AMD include blurry or wavy vision, difficulty recognizing faces, and a dark spot in the center of your vision. There is no cure for AMD, but some treatments can help slow down its progression or prevent vision loss.
Glaucoma and AMD are two leading causes of vision loss in adults. To prevent or delay these eye conditions, follow these tips:
As you get wiser in years, your eyes may face some challenges and risks. But you can take proactive steps to protect your vision and prevent eye problems from getting worse.
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