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Sight loss isn't 'inevitable' during aging

Sight loss isn't 'inevitable' during aging
16th February 2012

Older adults shouldn't resign themselves to losing their sight during the aging process.

This is the opinion of Clara Eaglen, policy and campaigns manager at the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), who claims that sight loss is not an inevitable part of aging.

"Our eye sight can deteriorate as we get older, but sight loss isn't an inevitable consequence of ageing and there are things people can do to protect their vision," she said.

Wearing the right glasses or contact lenses and having regular eye tests are all things that can help keep eyes healthy as people get older.

They can also help protect and identify conditions such as age-related macular degeneration and glaucoma, which lead to blindness.

Ms Eaglen also recommends a healthy lifestyle to maintain good eyesight, as smokers have been found to be at twice the risk of developing macular degeneration.

Cases of age-related macular degeneration have been predicted to rise to by a third by 2020.

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