SEPTEMBER 22, 2014    BY JOHN PETRICK- STAFF WRITER –  THE RECORD
It’s one of life’s great ironies. Age may bring the wisdom to help you see things more clearly — but it can still do a real number on your eyes.
Glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration, the drying of tear ducts — they can make vision a big blur.
Among Americans older than 40, there are an estimated 41 million cases of blindness, low vision or age-related eye disease, according to the patient advocacy organization Prevent Blindness. The organization predicts this number will grow to 64 million by 2032.
Blindness is among the public’s top health fears, consistently side-by-side with cancer and paralysis in surveys of health concerns, according to the National Association for Eye and Vision Research, an advocacy organization.
While it is impossible to prevent presbyopia — the fuzzy close-up vision that requires reading glasses — doctors say there are some steps you can take to at least delay, if not soften, the onset of certain eye diseases.
The onset of glaucoma — a condition involving damage to the optic nerve — is almost inevitable as a person ages, but can be very treatable if caught in time. “We call it the silent blinder because it can creep up on you. If you wait until you start losing your vision, it’s too late,” said Dr. Robert Vallar, director of ophthalmology at The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood.

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Source: North Jersey

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