Shelbyville Daily Union

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December 6, 2013

Regular eye exams important for seniors

(NAPSI)—Many seniors will be glad to learn that there are steps they can take to protect against vision problems—starting with an eye exam. A regular exam is key for seniors because some eye conditions and diseases do not show warning signs.

While it is commonly known that eye troubles increase rapidly with age—particularly after age 65—a lesser-known fact is that vision loss is also associated with a higher incidence of falls, injuries, depression and social isolation.

A Regular Examination

As part of an overall health-maintenance strategy, the American Academy of Ophthalmology urges seniors to have a comprehensive eye exam, especially if they have not had one in the past two years, whether or not there are symptoms.

The Academy also encourages seniors, their loved ones and caregivers to be aware of signs that indicate vision problems that require an eye exam.

These problems can include:

• Bumping into or knocking over objects

• Stepping hesitantly

• Squinting or tilting the head when trying to focus

• Missing objects when reaching

• Discontinuing everyday activities such as reading and writing.

Simple, painless eye exams are crucial in detecting an eye disease or condition in its early stages, to help preserve your sight.

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