Changes in your bodily functions and processes are part of aging. Your vision, in particular, may not be as sharp as it was during your younger years. You may even have difficulties seeing things clearly even when you’re already wearing eyeglasses or contact lenses, a condition referred to as low vision.
Today, Dr. Joel H. McGahen, OD, explains how aging and low vision are connected.
The Link Between Low Vision and Increasing Age
A decline in your visual capacity is expected over time, which is why increasing age is a major risk factor for most eye problems. In fact, many sight-threatening conditions develop when you’re older. Experts found that most age-related vision irregularities lead to low vision.
Your eye doctor shares that diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration and glaucoma often have low vision as one of their complications. Cataracts and retinal tears or detachment may also result in this problem. Diminished visual and neurological functions may lead to this condition too.
Diagnosis, Prevention and Management
Having low vision may affect not only your ability to see but also your safety and overall health. It may also hold you back from doing simple, everyday tasks or hobbies with ease, potentially reducing your quality of life. This is why it’s important to detect this problem as soon as possible.
Your low vision specialist explains that regular eye exams can help diagnose low vision early on. Management often involves undergoing vision therapy that aims to help you regain your independence over daily activities. This may include doing eye exercises, using special lenses or completing computer-aided tasks.
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