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4 Reasons Why Senior’s Eye Exams Are Important

If you think that you can afford to skip a few eye exams here and there, then you really don’t know what you’re setting yourself up for. Age-related vision problems are very common among seniors. Some conditions may resolve with a little TLC from your seniors eye doctor in Sherwood Park. Other conditions are incurable and can drastically diminish your quality of life without proper diagnosis and treatment. Here are four very good reasons to get regular eye exams.

Prevent Glaucoma

Glaucoma is a condition in which there is a buildup of pressure inside of your eye. The pressure causes damage to the optic nerve and can cause peripheral vision loss or total vision loss in the affected eye. This condition can affect one or both eyes simultaneously. It is important to get a vision test by an optometrist because there are often little to no symptoms indicating the disease is present.

Treat Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic Retinopathy is an eye disease that many older diabetics develop without warning. It is a leading cause of blindness in older people. The disease is characterized by changes, such as leaking and swelling in the blood vessels of the retina. Only an early diagnosis and regular treatment can improve one’s prognosis.

Get Rid of Cataracts

Cataracts are caused when the lens of the eye starts to lose its flexibility, causing a cloudy and opaque film over the lens. The condition causes blurred and cloudy vision and light sensitivity. Cataracts can be removed by an Ophthalmologist who specializes in eye surgery. Your Optometrist office will refer you to a specialist. It is an eye problem that is more likely to occur as you age.

Slow the Progression of AMD

Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) affects more than 3 million people each year. It is another leading cause of blindness in older adults. The disease damages the macula of the eye, causing vision loss in the center of the eye. People who have it are unable to see fine details or enjoy driving, reading or watching television. It is incurable but can be managed with treatment.
There are many other diseases that can affect your eyesight as you get older. That is why it is so important for you to be proactive in protecting your vision now. Many conditions do not have symptoms. Other conditions have symptoms that mirror normal irritations, such as redness, dry eye, and itching. Only regular eye exams with Visionary Eye Centre in Sherwood Park can lead to the early diagnosis and treatment of any of eye diseases and problems that you may suffer from as you age.

Important Information About Senior’s Eye Health

How frequently should seniors receive an eye health exam?

Only an examining Optometrist can determine the exact frequency a patient should be having an exam but here is a guide published by the CAO for seniors with low risk:
Adults (40 to 64 years): Adults aged 40 to 64 years should undergo an eye examination every 1-2 years.

Adults (65 years or older): Adults aged 65 years or older should undergo an eye examination annually.

Is senior eye care covered by Alberta Health Care?

Albertans over the age of 65 years old are covered for a basic eye exam, if performed in Alberta.

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We also specialize in fitting progressive lenses and eyewear. We know vision is crucial as you age and that reading glasses or progressive lenses are a common visual appliance required by seniors. Fitting and prescribing the proper pair of eyeglasses to optimize your best vision is our goal. Don’t leave it to chance… let the experts assist you.