Another birthday? How’s your vision?

A senior mother and her daughter are smiling and standing in the kitchen together.

As we age, some decline in our senses is expected. Eyesight is often one of the first senses affected by aging. It’s important to learn what’s normal for aging eyes, what may be a sign of disease, and how to compensate for changes.

You may barely notice the changes at first. Maybe you’ve found yourself reaching more often for your glasses to see up close. You might have trouble adjusting to glaring lights or reading when the light is dim. You may even have put on blue socks thinking they were black. These are some of the normal changes to your eyes and vision as you age.

Even a slight deterioration of any of your senses can be scary. Not only can it interfere with your safety and your ability to understand your surroundings, but also it can have a huge impact on your overall comfort, independence and quality of life.

You can minimize the impact of age-related vision loss on daily life, boost eye health in general, and reduce disease risk by monitoring vision changes, identifying problems, creating an eye-friendly environment, and adjusting your lifestyle habits and dietary choices.

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