A Closer Look at Common Vision Changes

Aging affects the tissues in your eyes, just like other tissues in your body. Older adults also have a higher risk of eye diseases. Common conditions that cause vision problems in older adults include presbyopia, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, cataracts, and age-related macular degeneration. More than 3.3 million Americans age 40 and older have low vision and blindness, but serious vision loss is not inevitable. Learn the facts about risks to eyesight as you age.

Medically Reviewed By: William C. Lloyd III, MD | Last Review Date: Oct 30, 2013

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