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Aging eyes and the effect on your independence

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Some changes from aging can be so slow that you don't notice them right away, but they can still have a big impact on your quality of life. 

The Wisconsin Optometric Association reports that 75% of people over the age of 55 have some sort of issue with their vision.  Some common vision problems with aging eyes can be macular degeneration, glaucoma, cataracts and diabetic retinopathy.  These issues can affect daily activities like reading, driving and overall mobility that can eventually take a toll on you or your loved one's independence. 

"Losing your independence is very difficult," says Dr. Tessa Sokol, an optometrist at Sokol Advanced EyeCare.  "And so [we have] conversations on things that we [eye doctors] can do to help you stay independent and do the activities that you love, and possibly be able to have the ability and mobility to go to that activities that you like to do, and keep you active." 

The WOA recommends an annual trip to your eye doctor to optimize your prescription, especially for driving and reading.  You can also make simple changes around your house to ease your aging eyes.  The group recommends decorating with contrasting colors, so it is easier to make out different objects.  Also, you can use clocks, thermometers or other gadgets with large bold text or increase the size and boldness of text on a tablet or phone.  Where text size is not able to be increased, like in a newspaper, the WOA suggests keeping a magnifying glass handy. 

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