You don’t have to neglect your vision needs during the pandemic
By Lindsey Konkel
A n eye exam with an ophthalmologist or optometrist can detect not only vision impairment but also conditions that threaten your sight, including cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and age-related macular degeneration. These major eye diseases—which are more common in older adults—typically cause few symptoms until they reach an advanced stage.
“At that point, they’re harder to treat,” says Adam Gordon, OD, a clinical associate professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry.
Even run-of-the-mill vision impairment may be linked to poorer memory and a greater risk of depression, according to a recent study in JAMA Network Open.
The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) has recommended that adults who are 65 and older get an eye exam at least every other year. But a 2018 poll from the University of Michigan found that about 1 in 5 Americans between the ages of 50 and 80 hadn’t had an eye exam in the past two years…….