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Vision and aging at a glance

  • As people age, they’re at a greater risk for many eye diseases and conditions — but vision loss doesn’t have to be a normal part of aging
  • Early detection and treatment can help protect vision and prevent vision loss

Eye disease and vision loss affect millions of Americans — including many older adults in your community. As people get older, they’re at greater risk for common eye diseases and conditions, including age-related macular degeneration (AMD), cataract, and glaucoma.  

Many eye diseases have no early symptoms. But the good news is that regular comprehensive dilated eye exams can help adults age 50 and older protect their vision by catching eye diseases and conditions early, when they’re easier to treat.   

We need your help in getting the word out about vision and aging. Older adults and their families need to know how they can protect their vision and prevent vision loss. Help spread the word about the importance of early detection, treatment, and follow-up care for preventing vision loss and blindness. 

Browse NEHEP resources

Our educational resources will help you share information about steps adults can take to protect their vision as they age. 

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Hand out articles and fact sheets

Our articles and handouts make it easy to spread the word about preventing vision loss and blindness in older adults. You can share them online or print and hand them out in your community.  

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Share infocards and infographics

These are helpful for older adults, community leaders, and partner organizations. Print them out to hang in common areas or post them on your website and social media.  

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Watch videos and webinars

Use our videos and webinars to help people learn about protecting their vision as they age.  

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Be part of Healthy Aging Month in September

Join people across the country to spread the word about healthy aging and how older people can protect their eyes!

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Spread the word on social media

Use our social media posts to educate your community about eye health and how older people can protect their vision. 

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Work with the media

Partnering with local newspapers, radio stations, or TV networks is a powerful way to reach people in your community — and we have tips and ready-to-use articles that make it easy.  

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Lead an information session

We have everything you need, including presentation slides and a speaker’s guide.  

Last updated: July 16, 2019