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Vision care

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  • 1. Vision Care Cataracts A cataract is a clouding of the lens in your eye. It affects your vision. Cataracts are very common in older people. By age 80, more than half of all people in the U.S. either have a cataract or have had cataract surgery. Cataracts usually develop slowly. New glasses, brighter lighting, anti-glare sunglasses or magnifying Common Symptoms lenses can help at first. Surgery is also an option. It involves removing the cloudy lens of Cataracts and replacing it with an artificial lens. Wearing • Blurry vision. sunglasses and a hat with a brim to block • Colors that seem faded. ultraviolet sunlight may help to delay cataracts. • Glare. • Not being able to see well at night. • Double vision. • Frequent prescription changes in your eye wear. Eye Infections Your eyes can get infections from bacteria, fungi or viruses. Eye infections can occur in different parts of the eye and can affect just one eye or both. Symptoms of eye infections may include redness, itching, swelling, discharge, pain, or problems with vision. Treatment depends on the cause of the infection and may include compresses, eye drops, creams or antibiotics. Eye Wear Eye wear protects or corrects your vision. Examples are sunglasses, safety goggles, glasses and contact lenses. If you need corrective lenses, you may be able to choose between contacts or glasses. Either usually requires a prescription. Almost Prevent Eye Damage anyone can wear glasses. Contact lenses Many jobs and some sports carry a risk of eye injury. require more careful handling. Thousands of children and adults get eye injuries every year. Most are preventable with proper eye protection. Everyone is at risk for eye damage from the sun year- round. It’s important to regularly use sunglasses that block out at least 99 percent of UV rays. 72

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