Baby boomers and seniors should have eye health checked

Alan Wu

February 18, 2011

As the first of the baby boomers turn 65 this year, healthcare professionals are bracing for a spike in demands for services. Ophthalmologists will be in particularly high demand, because so many eye diseases are related to age, according to Southern California Public Radio.

Glaucoma, cataracts and macular degeneration can all develop during the golden years, which means that older adults may want to have their eyes examined regularly. Poor eyesight can be hazardous, whether one is driving or walking through a dark, cluttered room.

This problem may also increase the risk of falls and other injuries at home. For safety, one may want to invest in a personal emergency response system so that he or she has a way to immediately send a medical alert if they need assistance.

Richard Cornett, 67, is someone who has firsthand experience with an eye disease- he suffers from glaucoma.

"It was sobering and a little bit frightening," he told the news source. "You only have your eyes one time. That;s the reason I wanted to be very careful to maintain them.

Glaucoma is a disease that affects 2.2 million Americans who are 40 and older, according to a report from National Eye Institute and Prevent Blindness America.