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Open enrollment ends December 7th, 2011. Get the facts on your eye care from Dr. Jack Schaeffer.
As we get older it is normal that our vision changes. It becomes harder to read small print and it takes longer to adjust from light to dark and be more sensitive to glare from sunlight or unshielded light bulbs. There's a decline in depth perception that can make it hard to judge distances, and perceiving contrasts and colors may become more difficult. By age 65, 1-in-3 Americans have some form of vision-impairing eye disease. It is absolutely vital that seniors get regular eye exams to check for vision conditions that can lead to partial or permanent vision loss. Many people over the age of 65 have no idea that several vision conditions could be looming around the corner.
Many changes to vision happen so slowly that you may not realize you have a problem. If you are over 45 years of age, the most important thing you can do to protect your vision is to have an eye exam on a regular basis. Finding problems early may make the difference between maintaining good vision and vision loss.
You should visit your Eye Doctor If you or someone else notices that you:
Squint because you may have a greater sensitivity to light and glare
Experience uncontrolled eye movement
make driving mistakes-you miss street or traffic signs. This is important for your safety and the safety of others. Older drivers with vision impairment are more likely to be involved in a car accident
have fallen because of a missed step or an object on the floor that you didn't see
choose bright over dull colored objects or clothing
spill food or drinks because you misjudge where objects really are
find it hard to copy from written texts
are getting "clumsy"-you have a hard time threading a needle, buttoning a shirt or finding food on your plate
see flashes of light or rapid movement from the corner of your eyes
experience difficulties with sharpness and contrast while driving at night
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