It is important to get a comprehensive eye exam at 40 years of age and then every two years after that—even if you have no problems with your vision. As you age, it is normal to notice changes in your vision such as:
These common problems are often easily correctable. With aging also comes a higher likelihood of developing systemic health problems, such as high blood pressure, heart disease or diabetes—all of which can cause serious damage to your eyes.
A regular eye exam is the best way to protect your eyesight—it is particularly important if you notice a change in your vision, if your eye is injured in any way, if you have high blood pressure, diabetes or a family history of eye disease. In your 40s and 50s, you should have an eye exam at least every two years (or as recommended by your eye doctor); problems could develop without any signs or symptoms.
Your eyes can be a window to your overall health. Many illnesses can be detected during a comprehensive eye exam, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, autoimmune diseases and cancers.
During your eye exam, your eye doctor has an unobstructed view of blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue. Abnormalities spotted in the eye may signal abnormalities in other parts of the body.
See an eye care professional right away if you experience:
There are steps you can take to protect your eyes at any age:
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