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How normal is age-related vision problems?

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Age-related vision changes happen to many people as they grow older. But eye problems aren't something you should simply write off as normal.

Some problems stem from new or worsening vision disorders. As you get older, these might happen gradually. Others happen suddenly, quickly causing blindness. That is why regular exams with an eye doctor are so important.

You can take steps to lower your risk of age-related vision problems. If you already have changes, you can slow their progression.

SOURCES:

Lighthouse International: "Vision Loss Is Not a Normal Part of Aging: Open Your Eyes to the Facts!"

American Academy of Ophthalmology's EyeSmart: "What Is Age-Related Macular Degeneration?" "What Is Glaucoma?" "What Are Cataracts?"

University of Illinois Eye & Ear Infirmary: "The Eye Digest: Eye changes with aging."

National Eye Institute: "Facts About Diabetic Retinopathy," "Facts About Retinal Detachment."

eMedicine: "Retinal Vein Occlusion."

National Institutes of Health web site: "NIH study provides clarity on supplements for protection against blinding eye disease."

Reviewed by Whitney Seltman on May 29, 2020

SOURCES:

Lighthouse International: "Vision Loss Is Not a Normal Part of Aging: Open Your Eyes to the Facts!"

American Academy of Ophthalmology's EyeSmart: "What Is Age-Related Macular Degeneration?" "What Is Glaucoma?" "What Are Cataracts?"

University of Illinois Eye & Ear Infirmary: "The Eye Digest: Eye changes with aging."

National Eye Institute: "Facts About Diabetic Retinopathy," "Facts About Retinal Detachment."

eMedicine: "Retinal Vein Occlusion."

National Institutes of Health web site: "NIH study provides clarity on supplements for protection against blinding eye disease."

Reviewed by Whitney Seltman on May 29, 2020

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