At Eyewear Gallery in Memphis, we try to be sensitive and help older people with limited vision. They may only need to see better to read. They may only need to see better to drive or watch tv. If that is their day to day need, we approach their needs individually. Listening is key and many times family members can help you figure out what the best course of treatment is.

For many older people, general health conditions also affect their vision. This leads to a serious decrease in quality of life. Visual sensory deficits in the form of visual and auditory loss are common among older adults. In one study conducted by the University of Chicago Medical Center, 94% of older Americans suffered from at least one significant sensory deficit.

New data reveals that, of the five senses, most people would miss their sense of sight most, if they were to lose it. Below are the percentage rankings of what Americans feel strongest about not losing one of their senses!

Which you the five senses would you miss the most if you lost it?

  • Sight 70% 70%
  • Hearing 7% 7%
  • Taste 5% 5%
  • Smell 2% 2%
  • Touch 3% 3%
  • Not Sure 13% 13%

See the results by age

While most say that one’s vision would be missed most if lost, the extent to which they say so varies with age. On one end, 79% of Americans aged 55 and over cite vision loss as the sense they would miss the most. Vision loss is also the most cited answer among younger Americans but to a lesser degree. Only 58% to 60% of those aged 18 to 24 and 25 to 34, respectively, say they would miss their sense of sight most.

close-up of legs of older people, invalids since walking stick

How will you know if you are losing your vision?

Most of the time it isn’t something we can detect. We assume our vision clarity will change and let us know when we might need a change in our correction. Many conditions may cause vision changes which aren’t reversible. Your vision correction is only as good as your eyes are healthy and you won’t know that unless you have your eyes examined yearly.

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