Don’t Lose Sight Of Your Eye Health!
Whether you’ve always been able to see perfectly, or you’ve had to wear corrective lenses, the fact is, eye exams are crucial to your health. After the age of 60, your likelihood of developing a serious eye disease that can permanently affect your vision increases. The best way to avoid this is by making regular eye exam appointments with an optometrist or ophthalmologist (eye doctor).
There are many common eye ailments that have few or no early symptoms and will develop painlessly. You may not even notice changes to your vision right away!
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For this reason it is important to always talk to a doctor if you or your loved one experience any changes to your vision. You may also want to learn about some of the more common eye diseases such as:
- Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases characterized by damage to the optic nerve, resulting in vision loss. People with a family history of glaucoma and older adults have a higher risk. Glaucoma can be painless, with no symptoms. It can take away peripheral (side) vision.
- 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.
- 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.
What Happens At The Exam?
Now that you’ve scheduled your exam, what does that mean? Well, your doctor will test your visual acuity (sharpness), depth perception, eye alignment, and eye movement are tested. They may also use special drops to dilate your pupils in order to see inside your eye.
Tip: Bring a pair of sunglasses if you know your pupils will be dilated, as you may be sensitive to light for a few hours afterwards!
Your doctor may be able to see other health conditions as well, including:
- Aneurysm: Tell your eye specialist if you're experiencing blurry vision, eye pain, headaches, or loss of vision. You will also be checked for drooping eyelids (a sign that a blood vessel may have ruptured or is leaking), increased pressure in your eye, bleeding in the retina, and swelling of your optic nerve. Crossed eyes can be a sign of bleeding in the brain, possibly from an aneurysm, or even a stroke.
- 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.
- Thyroid disease: One of the signs of thyroid disease are bulging eyes or protruding eyeballs. This condition is also known as Graves Disease.
If you’d like to learn more about how regular eye exams can improve senior health, what makes Comfort Keepers® personal care unique, or if you’d like to schedule your free in home consultation please, contact us online anytime or call us at (484) 306-3083.