People are also at higher risk for vision loss from certain eye diseases and conditions as they age, including the following:
- Age-related macular degeneration (AMD), which gradually destroys the macula (the part of the eye that provides sharp, central vision)
- Cataract, a clouding of the lens in the eye
- Diabetic retinopathy, a complication of diabetes that damages blood vessels in the retina (the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye)
- Glaucoma, a group of diseases that can cause fluid and pressure to build up in the eye and damage the optic nerve
- Low vision, a visual impairment that cannot be corrected by regular glasses, contact lenses, medication, or surgery that interferes with the ability to perform everyday activities
- Dry eye, a condition that occurs when the eye does not produce tears properly or when tears evaporate too quickly
Stay tuned for helpful tips on how your can take care of your eyes throughout your life. The most important thing to do is to schedule annual comprehensive dilated eye exams with your eye doctor. To find a Massachusetts doctor of optometry, click here.