We have five senses.  Sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch.

Which do you think is the most important?  Most people are incredibly glad when all 5 senses are functioning.  But if you had to pick just one I know that for me it would be sight.  I cannot imagine living in the world without vision.  And to have it and lose it must cause terrible suffering.  Once we turn 65 Senior health plans like Medicare will help us to keep our eyes healthy.

As a person gets older so do their eyes.  The Federal Government has a plan called Medicare.  This program helps to make senior health care affordable for all.  There are certain eye problems that affect most people as they age.  Let’s take a look at some of those conditions. The Mayo Clinic has a blog about age-related vision problems begins with cataracts.  “A cataract is a clouding of the normally clear lens of the eye.  Most cataracts develop slowly and don’t disturb eyesight early on.  Eventually, however, cataracts can interfere with your vision.  Left untreated, cataracts can lead to blindness.”  Ugh.  I’m Glad senior health plans will help pay for the treatment because the only effective treatment is surgery.  Again, from the Mayo Clinic here are four things you might notice if you have cataracts:

1.Cloudy, blurry or dim vision

2.Difficulty seeing at night

3.Sensitivity to light and glare

4.Fading or yellowing of colors

Next up: Glaucoma.  The Mayo Clinic says that “Glaucoma is a group of diseases that are usually associated with abnormally high pressure inside the eye.  This pressure can damage the millions of nerve fibers that carry visual information from your eye to your brain (optic nerve) and the point where the fibers meet (optic disk).  As your optic nerve deteriorates, blind spots develop in your visual field.  Left untreated, glaucoma can lead to blindness.”  Yikes!  See your eye doctor for regular eye exams to prevent and check for glaucoma.

Macular degeneration.  Mayo says “Age- related macular degeneration (AMD) occurs when tissue in the macula- the part of your retina that’s responsible for the center of your vision field- deteriorates – this cause a blind spot to form in the center of your vision.  AMD is often described as wet or dry.  Wet macular degeneration occurs when new blood vessels grow and leak fluid beneath the macula.  Most cases of wet macular degeneration develop from the dry type of macular degeneration, which isn’t accompanied by bleeding.  There’s no treatment to reverse dry macular degeneration, but a healthy diet and nutritional supplements may slow progression of the disease.  Treatment options for wet macular degeneration may include medication, laser therapy of surgery.

Seniors… take good care of your eyes so that they last a lifetime!

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