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Health Tip: Warning Signs of Vision Loss

Health Tip: Warning Signs of Vision Loss

08/16/11

(HealthDay News) -- If you have trouble completing everyday tasks because you can't see well enough -- even while wearing prescription glasses -- you may have what the National Eye Institute calls "low vision."

The institute says while some vision loss is natural as we grow older, low vision is not a normal symptom of aging.

Here are warning signs of low vision:

  • Having trouble recognizing friends' and relatives' faces.
  • Having problems performing tasks that require you to see things up close, including sewing, reading or cooking.
  • Having difficulty matching clothing or distinguishing colors.
  • Having trouble around the house because the lights don't seem as bright as they once were.
  • Having difficulty reading road and street signs or store-front signs.

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, make an appointment with your doctor.

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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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