As we age, our eyes become more susceptible to developing certain diseases. For this reason, Willoughby Doctors of Optometry stress that those over 60 have an eye exam every year. We screen for eye diseases closely associated with age, such as glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, and cataracts.
Our eye exams for seniors start out the same as an adult eye exam. We will test your visual acuity, eye teaming, and colour perception. From there, it’s all about testing your overall eye health with the most advanced technology in eye care. Retinal imaging gives us a good look at your eyes, including your retina and macula. We check your eye pressure using tonometry, and perform any other tests we feel might give us additional information about your ocular health.
We perform these thorough eye exams for all our seniors, to ensure there are no signs of the gradual diseases that so often plague the later years. Early detection can make the difference between eyesight and blindness. Unfortunately, these age-related maladies are often painless and imperceptible until it is too late.
Glaucoma is caused by high intraocular pressure and affects your peripheral vision first. This high pressure causes damage to the optic nerve, slowly creating permanent vision loss. There are new treatment strategies for glaucoma, so early identification is extremely important to save your vision. Find out more about this disease here.
Cataracts are characterized by the clouding of the natural lens. This creates dull colours, hazy vision, and halos or glare around lights. At first, cataracts can be treated with prescription glasses. However, as the lens continues to cloud, lens replacement surgery also known as cataract surgery may be required. Find out more about cataracts here.
Age-related macular degeneration affects the central vision first. You may notice the fine details of your vision become harder to distinguish when you look at them straight on. Eventually, this breaks down further into blank spots or distortion. AMD is irreversible. Find out more about the disease and how to prevent it here.
Diabetic retinopathy and diabetic macular edema may affect patients with diabetes. These patients are also at a higher risk of developing the age-related diseases listed above. If you have diabetes it is extra important to have your eyes checked every year. Find out more about diabetic eye exams here.
Our dispensary caters to all our patients, which is why you will find a selection of eyewear best suited to you. We can create bifocals, trifocals, progressive lenses, and single vision glasses for your needs. Our staff is looking forward to helping you find just what you need. Start shopping here.
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