Pay attention to hearing, vision changes

by: Robin Sloan, For Gannett
As men age, it is natural to begin losing potency of hearing and eyesight. The National Centers for Disease Control warns, however, that a loss of hearing and impairment of vision carry with them a heightened risk for overall health problems.
Dimming eyesight and failing hearing can reduce physical, functional, emotional and social well-being. Impairments decrease independence in performing the activities of daily living, getting from place to place, or communicating with others. Isolation, depression, and poorer social relationships accompany sight and hearing loss.
Knowing the risks associated with damaged hearing and vision can help men to maintain good health for as long as possible. Education on the risks associated with hearing loss and vision impairment make men much more likely, statistically, to seek medical attention in a timely manner.
Nearly 2 million Americans over the age of 70 report difficulty completing basic tasks, such as bathing, because of vision impairment. This impairment is brought on by four main causes: cataracts, macular-degeneration, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy. Treatment for all four conditions is available with varying degrees of success.
Cataracts, which affect nearly half of Americans over the age of 65, are caused when the lens of the eye begins to cloud, blocking proper vision. Macular-degeneration is less common, though it still affects nearly one in four Americans over 70. It involves the gradual breakdown of vision and is irreparable. Glaucoma is irreversible, as well, and is caused by an increase in pressure on the optic nerve, affecting nearly 5 percent of elderly persons. Finally, diabetic retinopathy is a condition involving damage to the blood vessels in the retina, causing vision impairment. Age is not usually a factor with diabetic retinopathy…….
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Source: The Californian