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Aging Affects Vision Loss – How to See More Clearly


Unfortunately aging and vision loss go hand in hand. According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, one in three individuals suffers from some form of vision-reducing eye disease by the age of 65. In one of our blogs last year, we explained the most common causes of vision loss as well as conditions to be aware of as you age. It is crucial for seniors and their family members to be aware of the signs, especially since approximately 70 million Americans will be over the age of 65 by the year 2023. LiveWell Placements wants to make sure you and your loved ones are informed about how aging affects vision loss and can get help if necessary. You can find the answers below the quiz.

1. Which are the most common causes of vision loss among seniors? Check all that apply. A. Cataracts B. Macular degeneration C. Diabetic retinopathy D. Glaucoma E. All of the above 2. What is the leading cause of vision loss among people over the age of 60? A.Fuch’s Dystrophy B. Diabetic Retinopathy C. Glaucoma D. Macular Degeneration 3. Most major eye diseases and conditions are age-related. True or False. 4. Which of the following does dysfunction of the meibomian glands cause? Check all that apply. A. Dry eye B. Vision impairment C. Pain D. Glaucoma 5. Dry eye affects men and women equally. True or False. 6. What percentage of Americans over the age of 80 will get cataracts? A. 50% B. 80% C. 30% D. 25% 7. What is the age when some people start to experience changes in their eye’s ability to focus? A. 41 B. 50 C. 55 D. 60

8. If you are exhibiting no symptoms and no changes in your eyesight, how often should you have an eye exam? A. Every six months B. Once per year C. Every two years D. Only when you experience a problem Answers below:

  1. E – All of the above

  2. D – Macular degeneration. As many as 11 million people in the United States live with some form of age-related macular degeneration, which is the leading cause of vision loss in those 60 years of age and older.

  3. True – Research shows that 65 percent of those with visual impairment and 82 percent of those who are blind are over the age of 50.

  4. A, B, and C. – Around 70 percent of Americans over the age of 60 live with dysfunction of their meibomian glands. These glands produce the protective, oily components of tears. This leads to dry eye, resulting in potential discomfort, pain, and vision impairment.

  5. Women are over twice as likely to be affected by dry eye compared to men.

  6. By age 80, over half of all Americans either have cataracts or have already had surgery to address this condition.

  7. Studies show that as early as the age of 41 changes can occur concerning the eyes’ ability to focus.

  8. Annual eye exams are critical for catching early warning signs — especially when no noticeable physical symptoms are present. It’s also important to see your physician regularly to check for diseases that can cause eyesight problems, such as diabetes. Diabetes can lead to diabetic retinopathy.

Our eyesight is one of our most precious gifts so don’t ignore it. The most important thing is to be aware of changes and address them with an eye care professional as soon as possible.

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