- Get an annual eye exam: According to the National Institute on Aging, if you’re over 65 you should have your eyes checked regularly. Dilating your eyes allows the doctor to detect diseases, which need treating—such as cataracts, glaucoma, corneal diseases, retinal disorders and dry eye–but which may not show any symptoms. Early detection can help preserve your vision.
- See the eye doctor right away if you have vision problems such as swelling around your eyes, double vision, light flashes, eye pain or blurriness.
- Find out how to keep costs down. Medicare does not cover routine eye care or eyeglasses generally, but it will pay for procedures to treat a chronic eye condition like a cataract, as well as glasses you need post cataract surgery. It will also pay for annual eye exams if you have diabetes or are at high risk for glaucoma. For more information visit Medicare Interactive. Medicaid generally pays for eye care. For information about Medicaid coverage in your state visit the Kaiser Family Foundation. For information about free or low-cost eyecare in your community, visit Eldercare.gov.
- Take care of your eyes: Wear sunglasses in bright light to protect against ultraviolet radiation, wear a broad-rimmed hat, eat healthy, and keep your weight in check.
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