September is Healthy Aging Month. One in six Americans age 65 and older has a vision impairment that cannot be corrected with glasses or contact lenses. The risk of eye disease increases with age, yet many older adults don’t see an ophthalmologist for care. To encourage seniors to take care of their eyes, we join the American Academy of Ophthalmology in celebrating Healthy Aging Month to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of vision loss – and steps to help seniors take care of their sight.
Aging is a process that brings many changes. Vision loss and blindness, however, do not have to be one of them. There are several simple steps you can take to keep your eyes healthy for the rest of your life.
Visiting us regularly for a comprehensive dilated eye exam is the most important thing you can do to reduce your risk of vision loss as you age. Although your vision may seem fine, age-related eye diseases often have no symptoms.
A comprehensive dilated eye exam is different from the basic eye exam or screening you have for glasses or contacts. By dilating the pupils and examining the back of the eyes, we can detect eye diseases in their early stages, before vision loss occurs. Through a comprehensive dilated eye exam, we can check for early signs of:
- Age-related macular degeneration, which gradually destroys the macula, the part of the eye that provides sharp, central vision.
- Cataract, a clouding of the lens in the eye.
- Diabetic retinopathy, a complication of diabetes that damages blood vessels in the retina, the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye.
- Glaucoma, a group of diseases that can cause fluid and pressure to build up in the eye and damage the optic nerve.
Early diagnosis and treatment are the best ways to prevent vision loss. If you are diagnosed with an eye disease or condition, we can explain all of your treatment options.
Please contact us to schedule an appointment. And remember, we accept medicare and most major insurance plans.