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Aging With A Regular Eye Check-up

Glaucoma is common in women as they age. Since there are no symptoms in the early stages, having a thorough eye examination is crucial in detecting glaucoma, so you should get yourself or your loved ones checked, especially as you get older.

Glaucoma is detected through an eye exam in which an eye care professional performs some or all of the following:

It is important to have your eyes examined regularly. Your eyes should be tested:
  • before age 40, every two to four years
  • from age 40 to age 54, every one to three years
  • from age 55 to 64, every one to two years
  • after age 65, every six to 12 months

Anyone with high risk factors should be tested every year or two after age 35.

You can protect your eye health through regular eye exams to check your optic nerve and eye pressure. If you have already been diagnosed with glaucoma, you can slow the progression of the disease and preserve the vision you still have by following your eye care professional’s instructions for taking your medicine and having regular checkups. If you have already lost some vision, low vision devices may help. Examples include magnifiers, colored lenses, and computer text enlargers.


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