Seniors Eye Exams
As you move into your golden years, your chances of developing an eye health problem increase somewhat. Certain eye diseases actually have no symptoms until your vision is permanently damaged, so early detection is important. Because of this, most people over age 65 should have an eye exam every year. Some of the common eye conditions that we check for in seniors are:
Cataract is clouding of the natural lens inside the eye, and is a common cause of decreased vision later in life. In fact, the development of cataracts can almost be considered a normal part of the aging process. If we detect cataracts during your eye examination, we will arrange a referral to a local eye surgeon for their removal.
Glaucoma refers to optic nerve damage and peripheral vision loss that is often associated with high eye pressure. While there are several different types of glaucoma, most of them require long-term treatment – via pressure-lowering eye drops – in order to prevent tunnel vision and eventual blindness. At Vista Eyecare, we have a complete suite of glaucoma testing equipment, and all our doctors are certified to treat this condition.
The macula is the central part of the retina and is responsible for providing the detailed vision you enjoy when you look directly at something. Macular degeneration is a disease that causes progressive deterioration of this area, making it difficult to read, drive, or even recognize faces.
A thorough eye examination can detect macular degeneration even before it has caused vision loss. In cases like these, our doctors will recommend the best course of action to help slow down progression of this disease, which may include vitamin supplements, sun protection, and/or diet and lifestyle changes.