By Donna Dreiske, Executive Director, Illinois Society for the Prevention of Blindness
Losing one’s sight is the most feared disability and yet we don’t always understand the lifestyle choices we make that can impact our vision health. The aging process leaves us increasingly vulnerable to eye diseases and disorders. There are four major eye disorders generally related to aging – Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD), Cataracts, Diabetic Retinopathy and Glaucoma. Vision loss, however, is not inevitable. With proper care and attention 80% of vision loss can be avoided.