Why Senior Eye Exams are so Important
Having a routine eye exam is quite important at all ages from 6 months and up, but senior eye exams are among the most critical of all in terms of early detection of serious issues. At Dr. Miller & Dr. Tilis Family Optometry, we understand the unique challenges that our senior patients in the Newmarket, ON area face. These issues may include:
- Glaucoma – This condition has literally no pain or even early symptoms to let you know that you are headed for a loss of peripheral vision or even a complete loss of vision caused by a buildup of fluid that puts pressure on the optic nerve. Senior eye exams are designed to catch glaucoma in the initial stages so it can be treated properly.
- Diabetic Retinopathy – You also won’t notice any early warning signs of this disease, which is why it is a leading cause of blindness in the elderly. Senior eye exams that include dilation can identify this disease before it develops fully.
- Cataracts – Senior eye exams also check for the progression of cataracts, which, unlike other problems, do have noticeable symptoms. If your vision is becoming blurry or foggy, or you notice an increased sensitivity to light, you may have cataracts forming. It is a routine surgery to remove cataracts, and this can be done at whatever point you are ready for improved vision.
- Age–Related Macular Degeneration – This is a condition that can be hereditary or caused by environmental factors, such as UV light and cigarette smoke. Early detection of macular pigment changes goes a long way to preserve vision with vitamin supplementation, dietary, and lifestyle changes, as well as many new medical treatments.
As a senior, there are other things about your health that you should keep on top of in order to preserve your vision. One such disease is hypertension. If this goes untreated, it can damage the blood vessels in your eye and lead to damage to the retina. Senior eye exams can alert us that you have hypertensive retinopathy before it becomes a critical problem. We recommend our senior eye exams be done at least once a year. Give us a call to schedule yours!