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You may be at higher risk of developing eye diseases and conditions as you age, some of which can lead to permanent vision loss and blindness. Here are some common age-related eye diseases and conditions that you should know.
Since many age-related eye diseases have no symptoms, the best way to stay healthy is by scheduling regular comprehensive dilated eye exams, which are different from the basic eye exam you have for glasses or contact lenses.
If you are over age 50, making comprehensive dilated eye exams part of your routine health care is the best thing you can do to protect your sight. Don’t wait to experience symptoms before you get your eyes examined because vision that is lost often cannot be restored.
For more information about eye health, caring for your vision, tips for finding an eye care professional, or a list of organizations that can help provide financial assistance for eye care, visit the National Eye Institute (NEI) Healthy Eyes.
NEI is one of the National Institutes of Health and is the federal government’s lead agency for vision research that leads to sight-saving treatments.