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HHS HealthBeat (January 23, 2013)

An eye on independence

Senior's eyes with cataract and glaucoma.

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Healthy Vision

From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Nicholas Garlow with HHS HealthBeat.

Take a look ahead with your eye health. Preventing vision loss from glaucoma, a group of diseases that can cause problems with vision can start now. 

James Tsai at the Yale School of Medicine is chair of the Glaucoma Subcommittee for the National Eye Health Education Program.

“Detection of glaucoma and early treatment of glaucoma, if you have glaucoma, is important in helping elderly Americans retain their vision.”

Those 60 and older are at higher risk for glaucoma and should visit an eye doctor to have a dilated eye exam every one to two years, and ask questions.  

“The more vision that we’re able to preserve in patients, the more we’re likely to make them comfortable living alone and continue to live independent lives.”

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HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Nicholas Garlow.

Last revised: March 20, 2013