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  • 1. Making Vision aHealth PrioritySee Well for a Lifetime
  • 2. Everyone’s Vision Can Change With Age   Some vision changes make it difficult to perform everyday activities.   These changes can also impact one’s feeling of independence.LIONS CLUBS INTERNATIONAL
  • 3. Common Vision Changes   Some changes are common:   Losing focus   Noticing declining sensitivity   Needing more light   People can age without ever experiencing changes in their vision.LIONS CLUBS INTERNATIONAL
  • 4. Many Vision Changes Can Be Corrected   Some of these common vision changes can be corrected with the following:   Glasses   Contact lenses   Improved lightingLIONS CLUBS INTERNATIONAL
  • 5. Vision Loss and Aging   Losing vision is not a normal part of aging.   As you age, you have a higher risk of developing the following age-related eye diseases and conditions:   Age-related macular degeneration (AMD)   Cataract   Diabetic retinopathy   GlaucomaLIONS CLUBS INTERNATIONAL
  • 6. Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) Normal vision Same scene as viewed by a person with AMDLIONS CLUBS INTERNATIONAL
  • 7. Cataract Normal vision Same scene as viewed by a person with cataractLIONS CLUBS INTERNATIONAL
  • 8. Diabetic Retinopathy Normal vision Same scene as viewed by a person with diabetic retinopathyLIONS CLUBS INTERNATIONAL
  • 9. Glaucoma Normal vision Same scene as viewed by a person with glaucomaLIONS CLUBS INTERNATIONAL
  • 10. Low Vision   Visual impairment that is not corrected by standard eyeglasses, contact lenses, medication, or surgery.   Low vision may interfere with the ability to perform everyday activities.LIONS CLUBS INTERNATIONAL
  • 11. Vision Loss and Aging   These diseases often have no warning signs.   Early detection and treatment can help save your sight.   Everyone aged 50 or older should have a comprehensive dilated eye exam.LIONS CLUBS INTERNATIONAL
  • 12. Comprehensive Dilated Eye Exams   Not the same eye exam for glasses or contact lenses.   Detects eye diseases in their early stages.LIONS CLUBS INTERNATIONAL
  • 13. (continued from previous slide)   Can also detect other common vision problems:   Presbyopia   Farsightedness   Nearsightedness   AstigmatismLIONS CLUBS INTERNATIONAL
  • 14. What is a Comprehensive Dilated Eye Exam?LIONS CLUBS INTERNATIONAL
  • 15. The Dilated EyeLIONS CLUBS INTERNATIONAL
  • 16. Protect Your Vision   Visit your eye care professional for a comprehensive dilated eye exam even if your aren’t noticing any vision problems.LIONS CLUBS INTERNATIONAL
  • 17. Protect Your Vision   Stop smoking.   Eat a diet rich in green leafy vegetables and fish.LIONS CLUBS INTERNATIONAL
  • 18. (continued from previous slide)   Be physically active every day.   Maintain normal blood pressure.   Control diabetes if you have it.LIONS CLUBS INTERNATIONAL
  • 19. (continued from previous slide)   Wear sunglasses and a brimmed hat.   Wear protective eyewear.LIONS CLUBS INTERNATIONAL
  • 20. Questions To Ask Your Eyecare Professional   Am I at higher risk for eye disease?   What changes can I expect in my vision?   Will the changes in my vision get worse?LIONS CLUBS INTERNATIONAL
  • 21. (continued from previous slide)   Can the changes in my vision be corrected? How?   What can I do to protect my vision?   Will diet, exercise, or other lifestyle changes help?LIONS CLUBS INTERNATIONAL
  • 22. Review   Make your vision a health priority!   Some vision changes are normal as you age.   Visit your eye care professional for a comprehensive dilated eye exam.   Questions?LIONS CLUBS INTERNATIONAL
  • 23. Where To Get More Information National Eye Institute (NEI)   Visit the Healthy Eyes Website: www.nei.nih.gov/healthyeyes   Or call NEI at 301-496-5248 Lions Clubs International   Visit the Lions Clubs International Web site: www.lionsclubs.org   Or send an e-mail to: programs@lionsclubs.orgLIONS CLUBS INTERNATIONAL