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Vision Tips

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.
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For more information on eye health, visit the Alberta Association of Optometrists.

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Alberta Health coverage is available towards eye exams for Albertans 65+

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