Seniors enjoy their independence just as we do! That’s why regular checkups and screenings are very important, as you age.
An annual eye checkup is a simple, low-stress way to keep tabs on your eye and overall health.
Here are some of the things your doctor will be looking for:
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD)
This is the leading cause of blindness among seniors. But, early detection and treatment can slow its progress significantly. There are a couple different types of AMD. The type determines the treatment – ranging from laser surgery, medication or dietary supplements to slow the disorder.
Glaucoma has been called, “the silent thief of sight” because too often, it goes unnoticed before too much damage is done to save vision. It’s caused by too much pressure in the eyes. When doctors catch it early, they can often manage it effectively and prevent vision loss.
Cataracts are a nearly unavoidable part of aging. Over time, the lens in the eyes can get cloudy and yellow. But, updated eyewear prescriptions can often delay surgery, which is easy and low-risk.
This affects diabetic patients and can rob sight. The tiny blood vessels in the eye that feed the retina become damaged and allow fluids to seep into the eye. Treatment includes changes in diet and exercise, and also surgery.
Vision changes and usually worsens with age. A yearly checkup will help keep vision sharp with updated eyewear prescriptions.