It’s no question that our eyes are important. We’ve all heard the saying “the eyes are the windows to the soul,” but did you know they’re also a window to our overall health?
Vision disorders are the second-most common health condition for older adults in the United States. Even if you have 20/20 vision now, understanding what vision changes you can expect with age is not only important for your eye health but your overall health as well.
Vision changes that come with aging
Regular exams with your eye doctor can help diagnose vision-related issues such as diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, cataracts, age-related macular degeneration, and many more. They can also help diagnose other health issues such as heart disease and diabetes.
As you can see, there’s more to vision health than being near- or farsighted. It’s important to be aware of changes in your vision as you get older.
Vision changes to watch out for:
- Blurry or weakened vision
- Double vision
- Redness or swelling
- Flashes of light
- Eye pain
- New floaters
- Eyelid swelling or itching
If you notice any of these changes in your vision, it’s time to visit your eye doctor. However, you shouldn’t just visit your eye doctor when you notice something wrong with your vision. Many vision issues, such as glaucoma, can be discovered before any symptoms are present, so make sure that you’re scheduling your annual eye exam even if you don’t have any existing eye conditions.
Keeping vision healthy as we age
Visiting the eye doctor isn’t the only thing you should be doing to keep your vision healthy. Preventive care between your doctor visits is another equally important step in having healthy eyes.
Here are some helpful tips to prevent damage to your vision:
- Wear sunglasses outside
- Eat a balanced diet
- Stay active
- Control other preexisting conditions
- Stop smoking
- Take regular breaks from electronic devices
If you’re looking for vision coverage, DeltaVision® makes it easy to care for your vision, find an eye doctor, and make an appointment. Our network has more than 88,000 providers at more than 27,000 locations nationwide.
We partner with popular providers like LensCrafters® and Target Optical℠ in addition to many smaller, independent doctors. These retailers offer conveniences such as multiple locations and extended hours to help members get the service they need when they need it.