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Healthy Aging Month

You Don’t Have to Lose Your Eyesight as You Age

Health care officials recognize September as Healthy Aging Month. The goal is to raise awareness about the positive aspects of growing older. An American Academy of Ophthalmology study found two out of three people thought eyesight loss was a part of aging. It is not. Scheduling regular eye exam appointments with Glenn K. Davis, II, MD helps catch issues that arise, and prevents vision loss.

 

Common Eye Problems You May Face As You Age

As you age, you will need to have regular comprehensive dilated eye exams. A comprehensive dilated eye exam is different from the basic eye exam. By dilating the pupils, and examining the back of the eyes, Dr. Davis can detect the following eye diseases in their early stages:

 

Age-Related Macular Degeneration is a disease that gradually destroys the macula, the part of the eye that provides sharp, central vision.

Cataract is a clouding of the lens in the eye.

Diabetic Retinopathy is a complication of diabetes that damages blood vessels in the retina, the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye.

Glaucoma is a group of diseases that can cause fluid and pressure to build up in the eye and damage the optic nerve.

 

How to Keep Your Eyesight

  • The National Institute on Aging offers the following tips to maintain healthy eyes:
  • Wear UV-blocking sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat outdoors.
  • Quit smoking
  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Be physically active, and maintain a healthy weight.
  • Reduce high blood pressure
  • If you have diabetes, make sure you are managing it. Uncontrolled diabetes can lead to blindness.
  • Follow the 20-20 rule. When focused on a single object such as a computer screen, look away every 20 minutes for about 20 seconds. This will reduce the strain on your eyes.
  • Schedule regular eye exam appointments to catch problems before they can develop into something more serious.

 

For excellence in eyecare, schedule your appointment with Glenn K. Davis, II, MD, today. Call our offices in Pulaski at (540)980-1965, or Galax at (276)236-8307. Stay in touch by liking us on Facebook for updates on keeping your eyes healthy and more on healthy aging month.