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Age-related visual impairments such as cataracts or glaucoma are now considered "widespread diseases" and mean a reduced quality of life for millions of people. If the diseases are recognized early, they can often be treated well with medication or surgery. Appropriate preventive care is therefore important to maintain vision.
Seven million people have visual impairments in old age
According to the Good Vision Board of Trustees, around seven million Germans are currently affected by cataracts, age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and glaucoma. Cataracts are called cataracts, which gradually impair vision, glaucoma (glaucoma) is an optic nerve damage that, if left untreated, can lead to blindness of the eye. Macular degeneration is a degenerative disease of the "yellow spot" of the retina (retina), which increasingly worsens vision in the central visual area.
Accordingly, these visual impairments in old age usually mean a noticeable loss in quality of life: participation in social life becomes more difficult, mobility is restricted and falls and injuries occur more quickly. The earlier the diseases are discovered, the better the chances of treatment - but the dangerous eye diseases of later years often cause no symptoms for a long time and are therefore only recognized (too) late.
Children at the age of two and a half for the first time to an eye doctor
In order to be able to continue to see well in old age, appropriate preventive care is therefore particularly important. As the Board of Trustees recommends good vision, the eyes should be
and later be examined by a doctor at shorter intervals. Children should also be regularly presented to the ophthalmologist so that ametropia can be recognized and corrected at an early stage. Because without correction, vision cannot develop normally, according to the board of trustees. Therefore, children should be at the age of two and a half for the first time to an ophthalmologist if the family already has ametropia, but already at six months or immediately in the event of abnormalities. (No)