Taking Care of Your Vision

If you’re suffering from vision loss, whether brought on by age or a stroke, you already know how frightening and difficult this is. If the physical challenges weren’t enough, agerelated vision diseases can also increase your risk and fear of falling. Cataracts and glaucoma alter older people’s depth perception, peripheral vision and sensitivity to glare.

Eye-care Tips

  • Schedule regular visits with your optometrist and/ or ophthalmologist. This helps monitor your vision and increase opportunities for early diagnosis and intervention for age-related eye diseases such as cataracts and glaucoma.
  • Apply brightly colored tape or stickers on the balance-aiding objects in your home (e.g. grab bars and handrails).
  • In your home, add contrasting color strips to the first and last steps on your staircase to identify changes of level.
  • Clean eye glasses often to improve visibility.
  • Consult your doctor or an optometrist with any questions about your vision.

Healthy Vision Checklist
   Have you had your eyes tested in the last twelve months? It is important to have your eyes tested annually as physical changes take place in the eyes as we age. Always have someone else drive if the doctor puts drops in your eyes to dilate them during your eye exam.
   Have you recently changed your eyeglass prescription or received new eye glasses? When wearing new eyewear, take care walking at first, especially on stairs. New bifocals and trifocals sometimes require a period of adjustment.

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