Geriatrics Society urges older adults to monitor eyesight carefully
SATURDAY, Sept. 8 (HealthDay News) -- Older adults need to monitor themselves for eyesight problems, which can appear gradually and worsen over time, says the American Geriatrics Society (AGS). If not properly monitored, eyesight deterioration can lead to other long-term problems.
"It's important for seniors to schedule routine eye exams every year. Changes in vision will not only hinder a person's ability to maintain their daily routine, such as driving or reading, but poor vision can also be a sign of more serious health problems," AGS member Dr. Amna Buttar said in a prepared statement.
"Most vision problems can be corrected with a simple prescription change. Regularly visiting a doctor will also help to prevent and treat common eye diseases that affect seniors, such as glaucoma and cataracts," Buttar added.
Here are some signs that could indicate the need to see an eye doctor:
The U.S. National Institute on Aging has more about aging and eyesight.
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SOURCE: American Geriatrics Society, news release, August 2007
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