Common Age-Related Eye Problems

They say your eyes are the window to your soul, but they can also tell a lot about your overall health. As you age it is common to experience a weakening of your vision. You should pay close attention to your vision and visit an ophthalmologic professional once a year, or if you have any sudden changes to your eye health, especially if you are diabetic.

According to the Cleveland Clinic the most common age-related eye diseases are presbyopia, dry eyes, age-related macular degeneration, cataracts and temporal arteritis. It’s important to understand the symptoms and red flags of these diseases, no matter your age.

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Eye Tests Every Senior Should Have

As you age, you may notice changes to your vision. While some of these changes are considered normal, receiving regular screenings with your vision care professional can go a long way to preventing severe issues and preventing loss of sight. The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends that you have an annual or biennial eye exam if you are over 65 years old. People between 40 and 64 should have exams biennial or per doctor’s orders depending on your specific health issues.

If you are diabetic, it is especially important to keep a regular eye exam schedule. Diabetes can damage the tiny blood vessels and can cause diabetic retinopathy, diabetic macular edema, cataracts and glaucoma. Neglecting proper care of your diabetes and vision can eventually lead to blindness.

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Healthy Vision Association (HVA) awards scholarships of $2,500 each to students who are attending one of the 21 optometry schools in the United States and who meet the criteria listed below. Up to 20 scholarships will be awarded each year. They are based on grade point average, extracurricular activities, and a required essay. If you are eligible, make sure you submit an application. Click here to learn more!

Congratulations to our 2021 Scholarship recipients!

Kathleen Thomas
Pacific University

Rajiv Malhotra
University of Missouri-St. Louis

Yadam Jobe
Kentucky College of Optometry

Samantha Sue Butcher
University of Missouri-St. Louis

Mary Joyce Avisado
Pacific University

Chad Andrew Herschberger
Indiana University School of Optometry

Samantha Jang
Midwestern University - Glendale (Azcopt)

Madona Nasim
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Alice Kim
University of Alabama Birmingham School of Optometry

Jabrea Strickland
University of Missouri-St. Louis

Christopher Obi
Southern California College of Optometry at Marshall B Ketchum University

Aruj Abeer Ali
Western University of Health Sciences

Ashley Darton
New England School of Optometry

Catherine Ong
University of California - Berkeley School of Optometry

Sidney Magdaong
Indiana University School of Optometry

Joseph Stallone
Suny College of Optometry

Katerina Sophie Mary Shapka
Pacific University, Forest Grove Oregon

Sharon (Xuemeng) Qiu
New England School of Optometry

Sonya Apinyavat
University of California - Berkeley School of Optometry

Kira Majmundar
University of California - Berkeley School of Optometry

Shalin Gandhi
Southern College of Optometry

Jeremy C Caylor
Indiana University School of Optometry

Abby Mcroberts
Ohio State University College of Optometry

Karena Kaing
Southern California College of Optometry at Marshall B Ketchum University

Janvi Patel
Ohio State University College of Optometry

Halle Catherie Hudson Neyes
University of Missouri - St Louis

Florence Mae D Padua
Nova Southeastern University

Kayle Edwards
University of California - Berkeley School of Optometry

Christian Detlef Raharja
Nova Southeastern University

Amna Shaikh
Inter American University of Puerto Rico School of Optometry

HVA Sponsorships

The Healthy Vision Association is committed to helping qualified not-for-profit organizations whose mission is related to helping people see well and stay healthy.
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