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As you age, you’re more vulnerable to developing age related eye conditions and diseases. Some conditions can be prevented or delayed by preventative eye care in your youth. At Wardell Vision Center in Billings, we recommend you have yearly eye exams to maintain good eye health from childhood through your senior years. Here are a few ways eye exams can promote better vision as you age.

Updates You on Vision Changes

As vision changes can occur gradually over the years, you may not notice symptoms of deterioration in your sight. Your Billings optometrist, however, can detect these changes during an eye exam. If you’ve developed refractive errors like myopia, farsightedness, or astigmatism, we’ll prescribe corrective lenses to enhance your sight. If you already wear glasses, you may need a stronger prescription to keep up with changes in your vision.

Warns You of Eye Diseases

Aging can lead to developing eye conditions and diseases that impair your sight. Your Billings optometrist can detect warning signs of these diseases during an eye exam so you can get treatment. Some eye diseases don’t show symptoms for years until the latter stage of the disease. By then, you may experience blurred or double vision, sensitivity to light, loss of night vision or permanent vision loss. Early detection of eye diseases is the key to preserving your sight. Eye exams can also reveal signs of medical conditions like diabetes or high blood pressure so you can get treated right away to preserve your health.

Tips for Maintaining Healthy Eyes

A healthy lifestyle can help you maintain good eye health as you age. When out in the sun, protect your eyes from harmful UV rays by wearing a hat or sunglasses. If you smoke, quit. Smoking is extremely detrimental to eye health. Eat nutritious foods that promote good eye health and good health in general to avoid developing medical conditions like diabetes that affect your sight.

Visit Your Billings Eye Doctor for Quality Eye Care

For quality eye care services to protect and preserve your sight, contact Wardell Vision Center in Billings at 406-281-8480.

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