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Caring for Your Family’s Eyesight from 0 to 60+

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Just like the rest of our bodies, our eyes change as we age. There are different problems you should watch out for when it comes to your eye health and that of your family. There are a number of issues that are common in children. Plus, as we get older, our eyes can be more susceptible to a range of different health conditions. It’s important to be aware of how your eyes can change. You should visit an optometrist when you think something might be wrong. Get familiar with some of the things to watch out for below.

Eye Problems for Children

Children, just like people of any age, might need to wear glasses. However, there are other conditions that may affect them. Childhood or even infancy is when many eye conditions will be diagnosed. Your child’s vision will be monitored as they grow. Some of the things to watch out for include lazy eyes or crossed eyes. Up to the age of about 5, parents need to watch carefully for any vision problems. Signs of any issues might not be visible in the eye. They could include squinting, headaches or even difficulty concentrating.

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Eye Health as a Teen and Adult

Teenagers might find that they need glasses at some point in their lives. Many people can find that their eyeglasses prescription can change several times before it settles down in adulthood. However, as a young adult, most people have healthy eyes. When people do have eye problems when they’re under 40, it is often due to stress and eye strain. Creating the right working environment can help to combat this. Visiting an optometrist every two years is recommended to check for any issues. A lot of adults now decide to get laser surgery to fix their vision. You can find plenty of information about it online, such as on belcarahealth.com/.

Eye Health as You Get Older

As you begin to get a little older and enter middle age, many people begin to experience issues with vision. One problem that is common is having trouble seeing things close up. You might find yourself holding books, tablets, and newspapers far from your face. If so, you probably need eyeglasses. If you already need a prescription to see into the distance, you can switch to bifocal or multifocal lenses. These enable you to see close up and far away with one prescription.

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Issues for Seniors

In old age, there are a number of common eye conditions that can affect you. Most people are familiar with some of them, such as cataracts. Other issues that you could experience include macular degeneration and glaucoma. If you have diabetes, you could be at risk for diabetic retinopathy. It’s important to detect these problems early, which is why older people should have their eyes checked every year. The sooner these conditions are picked up on, the quicker they can be treated to prevent further damage.

Everyone needs to look after their eyes, whatever their age. Of course, if you have family members who can’t do it themselves, you can help them.


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