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HHS HealthBeat (June 18, 2013)

What you can’t see about what you see


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Dilated Eye Exams

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

Eye problems don’t always give you a heads-up. Dr. Jinan Saaddine of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says they can affect people of any age and might not have symptoms until late in the condition. Older people have a greater chance of developing eye disease and other vision problems. So Dr. Saaddine says people ages 65 or older should have their eyes checked every two years or as recommended by their eye doctor.

“For example, people with diabetes should have an annual comprehensive dilated-eye exam to detect diabetic retinopathy at an early stage.”

Older people might notice some symptoms, such as difficulty driving at night or seeing billboards or road signs. But some problems are a normal part of aging and can be easily corrected with glasses or contact lenses.

Learn more at healthfinder.gov.

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

Last revised: June 18, 2013