Regular eye exams every two years by a specialist in eye disease (ophthalmologist) or someone who examines the eyes (optometrist) are necessary, especially after age 50. These exams can also spot or detect other serious diseases such as diabetes. Finding and treating disease early can prevent serious diseases from getting worse and leading to blindness.
- Tell the doctor of any medicines the person is taking.
- Tell the doctor if there is a family history of glaucoma.
- Get a yearly eye exam for a person with diabetes.
- Contact your state's Commission for the Blind for information on self- help organizations for those with low vision.
- Ask for help in finding products (“talking” watches, etc.) and aids that will help the person adjust to low vision.
- Seek out radio stations that have programs of newspaper readings.
NOTE Danger signs to watch for are changes in the color or size of an object when one eye is covered or when straight poles appear bent or wavy. See an ophthalmologist (eye doctor) without delay.