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VOLUME 2 • NUMBER 3 • March 2016

Vision and Seniors

Many older adults experience changes in their eyesight — in fact, it's a normal part of aging. It's common for adults to start noticing a few subtle changes in their vision beginning in the early to mid-40s. However, in order to prevent serious eye issues and enjoy a lifetime of healthy vision, we must be proactive and make smart eye care choices. Here are some tips for maintaining your eye health and saving your vision:

  • Get annual eye exams to detect eye diseases early on.
  • Use glasses and contact lens as instructed.
  • Wear sunglasses with UV eye protection whenever outdoors.
  • When using digital devices, keep them at least 20 inches from your eyes. Every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away from you for 20 seconds.
  • Maintain a diet high in veggies and omega-3 fatty acids and exercise regularly.
  • Quit smoking, which can increase the risk of macular degeneration,
    glaucoma, etc.
  • Know your family health history.

A Message from Dr. Marco
Dr. Noah Marco, Chief Medical Officer
For people of all ages, vision is a vital part of daily life. From navigating our surroundings to monitoring our bodies, from allowing us to participate in hobbies like painting and table tennis, to recognizing the faces of our loved ones, our eyes allow us to do the daily tasks we cannot live without. For seniors in particular, eyesight is one of the most valuable tools for maintaining a safe and satisfying lifestyle. In order to keep our eyes as healthy as possible and our vision strong, it is imperative to give them the care and attention they deserve. March is Save Your Vision Month. Each year, let this time serve as a reminder to visit your optometrist or ophthalmologist. Prevent major eye conditions by watching for the following early warning signs of major eye health issues: fluctuating vision, flashing lights, floating particles, and distorted images.

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