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Keeping an Eye on Your Vision



It’s a typical sight-baby boomers extending their arms and straining to read. While this may be a normal part of aging, more severe eye diseases typically take place as we age; most without symptoms.

Almost one-third of Americans over 40 have a vision problem. And a few of these, like glaucoma or age-related macular degeneration, can cause permanent vision loss. What’s more, the number of visually impaired or blind Americans is increasing due to an aging population.

Vision problems can lead to a loss of independence, keeping you from driving, reading and performing chores around the house. On the bright side, an eye exam can identify many conditions prior to vision loss.

The Vision Council suggests that Americans 40 and older get routine eye exams. Make sure to talk to your eye doctor if you experience any of the following symptoms:

• Cloudy or blurred vision

• Colors that seem faded

• Poor night vision

• Double or multiple vision

• Loss of peripheral vision


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