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3 Essentials for Managing Aging Vision In Lincoln

Getting older doesn’t need to mean changing the way you do the things you love.

At Nobbe Eye Care Center, our mission is to provide the best in personalized eye care at every stage of life, especially as age-related risks become involved. Here are 3 important ways to manage aging vision:

Know The Risks

Approximately 10 percent of people age 40 and over are living with a significant age-related eye condition. Early detection is crucial to managing diseases like glaucoma, macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy. Take these essential steps to stay ahead of dangers to your vision:

  • Have an annual dilated eye exam.
  • Research your family medical history—many vision diseases are hereditary.
  • Don’t ignore warning signs like blurred vision, eye pain, vision loss, or acute sensitivity to light.

Know What Tools Can Help

So you don’t see as well as you used to. Eye diseases such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, cataracts, and diabetic retinopathy can make it difficult to do your daily activities. There are several things you can do to adapt your level of vision and your lifestyle.

  1. If you wear glasses, keeping your lens prescription current can help you to see your best.
  2. Adapt your home by making changes to lighting, using contrast in objects that you use often and in structures such as door frames and light switches, labeling and marking medicines and food, and getting rid of potential hazards.
  3. Use of magnifying lenses, special video cameras to enlarge pictures or print, large-print books and newspapers, audio books, and adaptive appliances.
  4. Counseling, rehabilitation, and training can help you with managing your household, cooking, shopping, personal grooming, and other aspects of daily home and work life.

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Know Your Community Resources

Don’t overlook all the great ways the Lincoln community provides for our seniors. For those living with eye conditions, these resources can be keys to increased independence and quality of life.

If your vision prevents you from driving, you could ride with family and friends, use public transportation, or take a taxi. In Lincoln, Community Action/Logan County Transport is available.

Making changes can seem difficult and time-consuming, but stay persistent, so you can keep your independence and continue the activities you enjoy.

Living Fully with Aging Vision

With proactive care and disease management, low vision doesn’t have to limit your life! We pride ourselves on being a lifelong vision health partner for people in Lincoln. Talk to us about building a personalized vision care plan. We’ll be there every step of the way.

Thank you for choosing us as your lifelong vision health partners!

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