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What are the major causes of vision loss?

While losing your vision in part or in its entirety isn't a do-or-die issue (though it can certainly make you more prone to accidents, which is), not being able to drive or work your regular job or hit your lips with lipstick can really ruin your day. Still, it seems that we accept age-related decline in vision as much as we accept age-related decline in income—that it's just part of life.

While it's true that some people are predisposed to lose some of their vision, you don't have to resign yourself to a blurry, dark, or colorless world as you get older. By taking steps to protect your eyes—especially from UV radiation—and feed them with the right nutrients, you'll arm yourself with the optimal optical arsenal. That's because what I really want you to do is make sure you don't lose sight of losing sight.

Dr. Louis B. Cantor, MD
Ophthalmologist (Eye Specialist)

Both men and women may experience difficulties with night vision associated with aging. Often times these symptoms can be lessened by appropriate glasses or by just using good lighting for certain tasks. It is important to have a complete eye exam to rule out cataracts, glaucoma, and macular degeneration as causing symptoms that might be associated with or confused with “night blindness.” Vitamin deficiencies and retinitis pigmentosa may also lead to problems with night vision and can be diagnosed by your EyeMD.

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