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March is Save Your Vision Month!

You may be aware that our vision changes as we age, but did you know that vision loss may be so subtle that it often becomes quite advanced before treatment is sought? There are a lot of contributors to vision impairment and loss, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, or even your medications. The American Optometric Association have identified several age related vision disorders to be aware of which include:

Age related macular degeneration: A disorder of the macula which causes central vision loss. Those with this disorder may notice their peripheral vision is unaffected, while their central vision becomes cloudy.

Cataracts: A cataract is a cloudy area of the normally clear lens of the eye. These may become so large that they affect vision. Cataracts may also make a person more sensitive to glare and have a decreased view of color.

Glaucoma: A group of eye diseases that result from damage to the optic nerve. Older adults, African Americans, and those with a family history of glaucoma are at a greater risk for this disease that can destroy peripheral vision.

Want to learn more? Check out the original article from the American Optometric Association here.