As you age, it is important to visit your optometrist or ophthalmologist for a comprehensive eye exam every year. They will ensure your prescription is current and will look for signs of eye disease. Early treatment provides for better long-term outcomes. Stay independent by taking care of your eye health!
Your vision changes with age, and these changes may increase your risk of falling. Some considerations include:
- Eyes take more time to adjust to changes in light and become more sensitive to glare.
- It may be harder to identify objects, especially at night as more light is needed.
- There can be a loss of depth perception making it harder to judge the height and depth of stairs, curbs and the distance to hazardous items.
- Most eye diseases have no early signs or symptoms. You may be developing an eye disease such as cataracts, glaucoma, or macular degeneration that reduce vision.
- Some medications may cause blurred vision or double vision. If the medication is needed, ask your doctor for alternatives.
Take Action to Reduce Your Chance of Falling
- Keep rooms well-lit.
- Use high-wattage bulbs.
- Use nightlights or motion sensors in the bathroom and hallways.
- Wear sunglasses, even in the winter.
- Mark the edge of stairs with coloured paint or treads.
- Keep lighting similar in every room.
- Always hold the handrail when using the stairs.
- Speak with your eye doctor about multi-focal lenses.
For more information on eye health, visit the Alberta Association of Optometrists.
DID YOU KNOW?
Alberta Health coverage is available towards eye exams for Albertans 65+