According to Statistics Canada, the senior age group will account for 20% of the Canadian population by 2024. People age 65 and above will contribute to the increasing vision crisis as it means increased eye diseases and the need for regular eye exams. As we age, our vision and eye health deteriorates. Usually, by early to mid-40s the eyes begin to degenerate. A study showed that by the age of 65, 1 in 9 Canadians will develop vision loss and by age 75, 1 in 4 will have irreversible vision loss (1). The four most common causes are:
According to the Canadian Optometric Association, here are some ways our vision and eyes change as we get older:
As we age, it is important to maintain good eye health to improve our quality of life as well as our economic and social welfare. Visit your optometrist regularly to manage your eye health and vision care.
(1) Eichenbaum, J. W. (2012). Geriatric vision loss due to cataracts, macular degeneration, and glaucoma. Mount Sinai Journal of Medicine, 79(2), 276-294.