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Vision Over 60

over 60Experiencing changes in your vision is a normal part of aging. Being informed about these changes and knowing when to see your optometrist will help to protect your vision. After age 60, there are several eye diseases that can develop that could permanently affect your vision. However, with early detection and treatment, you are more likely to preserve better vision for life.

These are some of the eye conditions that often occur in the years after you turn 60:

  1. Age-related macular degeneration (ARMD)—an eye disease affecting the central part of the retina (called the macula), resulting in loss of central vision. ARMD affects activities such as reading, driving and watching TV.
  2. Diabetic retinopathy—an eye condition occurring in those with diabetes. Small blood vessels in the retina are damaged and leak causing retinal swelling and blurry vision.
  3. Cataracts—are a clouding of the lens inside the eye which results in blurry vision, faded colour perception and sensitivity to glare.
  4. Glaucoma—is a group of eye diseases which damage the optic nerve and cause loss of peripheral vision. Elevated eye pressure, family history of glaucoma and advanced age are risk factors for glaucoma.
  5. Dry eyes—a common condition in which there is an insufficient supply of tears or the tears are of a poor quality. A healthy tear layer is needed for crisp, clear vision. Dry eyes are often a chronic problem.
 

Save Driving After 60

 

Driving a car after age 60 can be more difficult. You may notice you are having trouble judging distances and speed and more problems with glare from oncoming headlights and bright sun. Or, you might not be aware of any symptoms at all. Driving skills become more challenging due to a slower reaction time and normal loss of peripheral vision with age.

The following tips can help keep you safe when driving, especially at night:

  • Use extra care at intersections
  • Don’t use a cell phone while driving
  • Reduce your speed
  • Avoid driving in unfamiliar areas at night (or limit yourself to daytime driving)
  • Take a driving course for seniors

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