Worsening Vision Is an Inevitable Part of Aging

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Worsening Vision Is an Inevitable Part of Aging

EyeQ: Myth or Science

In a word: True. Everyone’s vision deteriorates with age, although the rate and degree of deterioration are largely impacted by lifestyle choices and access to professional vision care.

  • People whose diets include zinc, lutein and zeaxanthin, vitamin C, vitamin E and Omega-3 fatty acids can delay cataracts and even control the progression of age-related macular degeneration.
  • If you smoke, stop. Smoking interferes with the body’s ability to absorb vitamin C, essential to eye health. Smoke irritates the eyes, especially if you wear contact lenses. The odds of developing cataracts and age-related macular degeneration increase four times over if you are a regular smoker.
  • Annual eye exams are a must, not something to do when and if your schedule opens up. With proper diagnosis and regular checkups, you can take steps to correct many age-related vision problems. Cataracts can be removed. Glaucoma, in its early stages, can be treated with lasers. Lasik treatment continues to evolve. The key is early diagnosis and regular follow-up with your eye doctor.

To learn about these facts and more related to the impact of aging on vision, check out the American Optometric Association website at www.aoa.org.