What happens to our eyesight as we age?

A man sits with a device over his eyes as he looks at a pamphlet.
A traveling optician measures the eyesight of a client in his mobile shop camping van, in Montsalvy, France, on July 24, 2019. Among Americans who are 40 and older, about 24 million have cataracts, almost 3 million have glaucoma and 3 million suffer from low vision.
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Among Americans who are 40 and older, about 24 million have cataracts, almost 3 million have glaucoma and 3 million suffer from low vision, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

What are the conditions that cause impaired vision, and what can we do to prevent it?

An optometrist and an ophthalmologist talk about the conditions and the surgeries, products and new technology that’s available to help.

Guests:

Dr. Ralph Chu is an ophthalmologist and medical director at Chu Vision Institute and Chu Surgery Center in Bloomington. He is an expert in cataract and refractive surgery.

Dr. Barbara Horn is an optometrist in South Carolina and president of the American Optometric Association.

Use the audio player above to listen to the program.

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