You should not accept poor vision as an inevitable consequence of ageing. There are ways to keep your eyes healthy as you age.
We have five senses: the eyes to see, the tongue to taste, the nose to smell, the ears to hear, and the skin to touch.
In general, eyesight is one of the most important senses, as 80 per cent of what we perceive comes through our sense of sight.
The eyes have to take over the work if another sense is missing. For example, if other senses such as taste or smell stop working, it is the eyes that protect us from danger.
No camera is a match for the tasks that our eyes are capable of performing on a daily basis: distinguishing between light and dark, and interpreting shape, colours and objects by processing the light they reflect or emit.
Eyesight is something so natural that we take it for granted.
However, many people suffer from deficient visual acuity.
As we grow older, our vision is not as sharp; prolonged exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays and harmful blue light may cause excessive free radical damage to our eyes, which may lead to age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and cataracts.
Did you know that cataracts and AMD are the leading causes of visual impairment and acquired blindness both globally and within Malaysia?
And approximately 82 per cent of all blind people worldwide are aged 50 years and above.