September is Healthy Aging Month: Protect Your Vision

From Concorde Medical Group’s Ophthalmology Division:

As you age, it is normal to notice changes in your vision. Vision changes can make it difficult to perform everyday activities, such as reading, walking safely, taking medications, performing self-care and household tasks, and driving.

Vision loss isn’t a normal part of aging — but older adults are at higher risk for certain eye diseases like age-related macular degeneration (AMD). This Healthy Aging Month, join Concorde to help raise awareness about eye health and help prevent vision loss in older adults.

What are normal changes vs. red flags when it comes to vision?

Some changes in your vision are normal and can be corrected by glasses, contact lenses or improved lighting. These changes include the following:

    • Losing focus, making it harder to focus vision up close.
  • Having trouble distinguishing colors, such as blue from black, or where an object ends and its background begins.
  • Needing more light to see well and more time to adjust to changing levels of light (e.g., going from a room that is dark
    to one that is brightly lit).

As you get older, your risk for certain eye diseases goes up. In their early stages, these diseases that lead to vision loss often have no warning signs or symptoms. The below are common eye conditions experienced by Americans older than 40:

  • 24.4 million have cataracts
  • 7.7 million have diabetic retinopathy
  • 2.7 million have glaucoma
  • 2.1 million have age-related macular degeneration

How can I protect my vision?

The only way to detect diseases before they cause vision loss or blindness is through a comprehensive dilated eye exam with an ophthalmologist. To learn more about our Ophthalmologist, Dr. Susan Margolis and tour our state-of-the-art facility, visit our Ophthalmology division page.

Here are some other are ways to protect your vision on a daily basis:

  • Stop smoking
  • Eat a diet rich in green, leafy vegetables and fish
  • Exercise
  • Maintain normal blood pressure
  • Control diabetes (if you have it)
  • Wear sunglasses and a brimmed hat any time you are outside in bright sunshine
  • Wear protective eyewear when working around your house or playing sports
  • Looking at a computer for a long time can tire out your eyes. Rest your eyes by taking a break every 20 minutes to look at something about 20 feet away for 20 seconds

We’re here to help…

If you or someone you know needs to schedule a comprehensive eye exam, or if you have any questions, contact our Ophthalmology department directly by calling (212) 725-5153 OPTION 2.