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Senior Eye Exams

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Eye Exams And Your Health

Whether you had good eyesight or bad eyesight growing up, the fact remains that after turning 60, regular eye exams are essential to your health. Seniors have an increased likelihood of developing a serious eye disease that can permanently affect their vision and as a result,  a comprehensive dilated eye exam by an optometrist or ophthalmologist (eye doctor) is necessary. This can help detect eye diseases early, when treatment will prove most effective.

Another thing to know, is that there are warning signs for age-related eye health problems that could cause vision loss, many eye diseases have no early symptoms!

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In fact, you may not even notice changes to your vision until the condition has progressed, as many eye diseases progress slowly. Always be sure to let your doctor know if you notice any changes to your vision. Here are a few of the eye diseases that all seniors should be aware of:

  • Retinal detachment is a tearing or separation of the retina from the underlying tissue, and most often occurs spontaneously due to changes to the gel-like vitreous fluid that fills the back of the eye. Other causes include trauma to the eye or head, health problems like advanced diabetes, and inflammatory eye disorders. If not treated promptly, it can cause permanent vision loss.
  • Diabetic retinopathy is a condition that occurs in people with diabetes. It is the result of progressive damage to the tiny blood vessels that nourish the retina. These damaged blood vessels leak blood and other fluids that cause retinal tissue to swell and cloud vision. The condition usually affects both eyes. The longer a person has diabetes, the greater the risk for developing diabetic retinopathy. At its most severe, diabetic retinopathy can cause blindness.
  • Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is an eye disease that affects the macula (the center of the light-sensitive retina at the back of the eye) and causes central vision loss, while peripheral (side) vision remains unaffected. The macula allows us to see fine detail and colors. Activities like reading, driving, watching TV, and recognizing faces all require good central vision.

Is There More To Know?

During your eye exam, your doctor will test your depth perception, eye alignment, visual acuity (sharpness), and your eye movement. They will also use special eye drops to dilate your pupils (make them larger) so that they can see the inside your your eyes.

This can cause sensitivity to light, so you or your loved one should wear sunglasses if you know your pupils will be dilated.

Other eye conditions that your eye doctor may be able to spot include:

  • Hypertension: Blood vessels in the eye may exhibit bends, kinks, or tears, which may indicate high blood pressure, a known risk factor for heart disease, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and other illnesses, including blindness.
  • Autoimmune disorders: If the eye is inflamed, this may be a sign of Lupus or another disorder.
  • High cholesterol: The cornea may have a yellowish appearance or a yellow ring around it which can be a sign of high cholesterol. There also may be plaques in the blood vessels of the retina, which could indicate elevated cholesterol.
  • Tumors: You will be checked for blurry vision, improper pupil dilation (one eye dilating more than the other or remaining fixed), and optic nerve color. If something seems irregular, you may be referred to a neurologist.

If you’d like to learn more about how regular eye exams can improve your overall health, how our caregivers can help seniors who have vision issues, or if you’d like to schedule your free in home consultation please, contact us online anytime or call us.

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