September 2, 2014
September is Health Aging Month, and during this time we’ll be celebrating the fact that so many of us are living longer, healthier lives. Also, we’ll be giving you tips throughout the month for maintaining good eye health as you age. So read this blog post for some interesting facts about your eyes as you age, and keep checking back for more information about keeping your eyes healthy as you approach your 60s and beyond.
Over 13 percent of the total population in the United States is over 65 years of age. And many of us are living healthy, exciting lives well into our 80s and sometimes 90s. It’s important that we take proper care of our eyes so we can enjoy the many years ahead of us as we age. This means scheduling regular eye exams, and looking for warning signs of some eye diseases that become more prevalent as you age and can rob you of your sight completely. Here are some interesting facts you may not know about some of the more common eye conditions, and what you should look for as you age.
- Cataracts are a very common part of aging, but did you know the National Eye Institute estimates that more than half of all adults age 80 have cataracts or have had cataract surgery? While cataract surgery is performed on a routine basis, and has helped millions of people regain their sight, early diagnosis improves the success, speed, and recovery time of the procedure. So look for the telltale cloudiness of a cataract in your eye, and have it diagnosed by an experience Ophthalmologist, like our own Dr. Swarup, to help regain your youthful clarity.
- For 10% of the population between the ages of 50 and 75, Macular Degeneration is a disappointing fact of aging. But did you know that your chances for Macular Degeneration triple after age 75? This means 3 out of e every 10 people 75 and older will be diagnosed with Macular Degeneration. While no cure exists, the key to managing the symptoms for as long as possible is early diagnosis. Make testing for this condition a part of your regular check up and catch this thief before it takes your sight.
- As your age increases, so does your likelihood for being diagnosed for a number of chronic diseases. Did you know that that many chronic diseases also have links to your eye health? For instance, diabetes can cause early cataracts, glaucoma is linked to a number of health issues, and Retinopathy can be caused by high blood pressure. Managing your whole well-being is key to ensuring long-term eye health as well.
As Healthy Aging Month continues, we’ll be sharing plenty of additional information to help you age gracefully into the next stage of life. Hopefully the added awareness from some of the information above will cause you to take a proactive approach to your eye health as you age.