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Aging and Vision

People of all ages can experience vision loss, but as we age, our risk of developing an eye disease that can cause vision loss increases.

Age-related macular degeneration

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of vision loss in Canadians 50 and older. Approximately one million Canadians have AMD. Other major causes of vision loss include diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, cataracts and refractive error.

An astonishing 75 per cent of all vision loss can be prevented or treated – whether it’s by making simple lifestyle changes to reduce the risk of eye disease, or by knowing how to avoid an eye injury that may cause vision loss.

10 Simple Steps to Help Prevent Vision Loss

  1. Have your eyes checked regularly.
  2. Quit smoking.
  3. Eat healthy and get fit.
  4. Protect your eyes from sunlight.
  5. Wear eye protection.
  6. Consider vitamin supplements.
  7. Prevent diabetes.
  8. Manage your diabetes.
  9. Keep drinking to a minimum.
  10. Educate yourself.

To learn more, visit cnib.ca.

 
Date of creation: February 5, 2013
Last modified on: May 1, 2014

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