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Vision problems and blindness

Cataracts, which make it harder to see, are very common in older people. Glaucoma, which can lead to blindness, is more common in people older than 60. African-Americans are five times more likely to get glaucoma than whites.

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  • Age-related Macular Degeneration - This publication provides a general definition of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). It provides the causes, risk factors, and symptoms of AMD as well as ways to properly diagnosis this condition. This publication also provides different treatment methods and information on further research to be conducted.
  • Cataract - This Internet Site provides general information about cataracts. It includes information on the risk factors, symptoms, prevention, and detection, as well as the underlining development of cataracts.
  • Diabetic Eye Disease: Facts About Diabetic Retinopathy - This booklet provides information about diabetic retinopathy and answers questions about the causes and symptoms of this progressive eye disease. Diagnosis and types of treatment are also described.
  • Facts About Glaucoma - This online resource guide provides information about glaucoma. It answers questions about causes and symptoms, and discusses diagnosis and types of treatment.
  • Growing Older With Good Vision (Copyright © Prevent Blindness America) - This publication provides a list of steps to take in caring for your vision as you grow older.
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Content last updated: September 19, 2013.

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