Healthy Eyes: A Guide

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This article was edited and updated on December 23, 2021.

Conditions that can Affect the Eyes

Eyes — providing us with one of our five major senses (hearing, seeing, touching, smelling, tasting) — will make our "golden years" more endurable if they remain healthy. Most people have eye problems at one time or another. Some are minor and will go away, or they are easily treatable. Others need a specialist's care.

Whether your vision isn't what it used to be, or never was that great, there are things you can do to keep your eyes healthy. Taking care of your eyes is as important as taking care of your teeth, your toenails, or your heart.

Here, in no particular order, are some of the more common issues that older adults face when it comes to eye health (always check with your doctor if symptoms are bad or don't clear up within a few days):

General Eye Care

Here are some suggestions from the Canadian Association of Optometrists for good eye health care:

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