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Vision & Hearing

Age can bring changes that affect your eyesight and hearing. If you have trouble hearing or with your vision, there is help. Start by seeing your doctor. Depending on the type and extent of your problem, there are treatment choices that may help. Hearing or vision loss do not have to get in the way of your ability to enjoy life.

If you do not see a topic of interest to you, please try the A to Z listing of health conditions.

recommended reading
These articles provide in-depth information and are written to help you make the best healthcare decisions for you and your loved ones.
Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Diabetic Retinopathy
Retinal Detachment
Hearing Aids
Hearing Loss
Ringing in the Ears (Tinnitus)

decision points
When dealing with an illness or health problem, you have to make decisions—when to call a doctor, which test to have, and what treatment to use. Decision Points are designed to help you learn about your choices and options, and to prepare you to work with your healthcare provider to make the best decision for your care.
Should I have cataract surgery?

action sets
Action Sets are designed to help you take an active role in managing a health condition. Action Sets provide the tools and information you can use in the day-to-day management of your health conditions.
Adapting to reduced vision from age-related macular degeneration
Adapting to reduced vision from glaucoma
Caring for your diabetes when you have poor eyesight
Living with poor eyesight from diabetes
tests & procedures

Your doctor may recommend one or more of the following tests to evaluate your condition.

CAT Scan of the Head
Ear Examination and Hearing Tests
Eye Angiography
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of the Head
Slit lamp exam for glaucoma
Vision Tests

For other tests and diagnostic procedures use the section of this site called Medical Tests A to Z.

Eye Injuries
Eye Problems, Noninjury
Objects in the Eye
Styes and Chalazia
Type 2 Diabetes
medication center
medication assistance

This section provides you with an alphabetical listing of more than 1,000 medications, including prescription drugs and those you can purchase over-the-counter. Just select your medications to learn more about them. You can choose your medication by brand name or generic name.

Medications A-Z

If you are having difficulty paying for your medications you may qualify for financial assistance or free medications. Visit the Medication Assistance Center to learn about available medication and insurance programs.

Don't let financial problems stop you from getting the treatment you need; there are resources and organizations that may be able to help you.

additional resources

This listing provides you with Internet sites that are sponsored by government agencies or are well-known and credible national organizations.

American Academy of Audiology
American Optometric Association
Glaucoma Foundation
MEDLINEplus—Eyes and Vision Topics
MEDLINEplus—Hearing Disorders
National Eye Institute
National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders

Surfing the Internet
When looking at Internet sites, remember that the information can be sponsored by anyone. Take into account the sponsoring group or individual when gathering information or help. Be especially careful about giving out personal or financial information.

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Last modified on: 30 June 2015

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