Eye Problems in Seniors - Facts and Myths Seniors Should Know About
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Debunking Common Myths About Eye Problems in Elderly People

Debunking Common Myths About Eye Problems in Elderly People

The eyes are among the most critical organs in the human body. They are responsible for vision, thus profoundly impacting one's quality of life. However, as one gets older, it's normal for the body to undergo change, and the eyes are no exception. Some of the common eye problems in seniors may include:

  • Decreased ability to see up close
  • Difficulties distinguishing between colors
  • Taking more time adjusting to changing light levels

Most eye problems in seniors can be corrected or improved through routine eye examinations. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), seniors should have a complete eye exam annually or two years after age 65.

Generally, when it comes to eye health, misinformation tends to be confused with fact. Unfortunately, that means most people, particularly seniors, need more information about eye health to make informed decisions. This article debunks common myths about eye problems in seniors to help them make the right decisions about their visual health.

Eating More Carrots Helps Avoid Vision Problems

Carrots have a high dose of vitamin A in the form of beta-carotene. Vitamin A plays a role in the formation of rhodopsin. However, when a senior's eye problem is not related to vitamin A, eating carrots cannot treat their vision problem. 

Over-the-Counter Glasses Offer an Excellent Solution to Vision Problems

Prescribed glasses are the best because an optometrist ensures that a senior gets glasses customized to their needs. Buying over-the-counter glasses may not align with a senior's eye problem and may worsen the issue.

Sun Gazing is Good for the Eyes

According to the CDC, chronic eye exposure to the sun causes pterygium, cataracts, and sometimes macular degeneration.

Crying Helps Get an Irritant Out

While tears help keep the eyes moist, crying when chemicals or other irritants splash into the eye does not help. Instead, flushing the eyes with clean lukewarm water for at least 30 minutes and seeking immediate medical attention can be helpful.

Blurry Vision Means Seniors Need Reading Glasses

Eye problems in seniors such as cataracts and glaucoma cause blurred vision. Glasses may be all they need to fix the issue. However, sometimes blurred vision is caused by other underlying severe conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, and a head injury. That means a senior might need a comprehensive medical assessment beyond a glass prescription.

Vision Loss is an Inevitable Part of Aging

While eyesight can deteriorate with age, vision loss is not inevitable. Following the CDC tips to prevent vision loss can help seniors stay as active and comfortable as possible.

Sitting Close to the TV or Laptop Damages the Eyes

So far, there is no evidence proving that sitting close to the TV or any other type of screen weakens the eyes. However, sitting for long periods on the screen can cause eye strain that may lead to headaches.

Seniors who might need additional information regarding age-related eye problems can check out the following:

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