Senior citizens benefit the most from comprehensive vision care. Vision-threatening eye diseases like glaucoma and macular degeneration develop more rapidly and aggressively with age. Being proactive and having regular eye exams is the best way to protect against vision loss.
With our field progressing at a rapid pace, it can be hard sometimes to know what to do or who to see. We make it easy: visit us once per year for a quick and comprehensive appointment. We’ll check your vision, assess your eye health, and ensure that your eyes see the best that they can.
If your family has a history of medical conditions or known eye diseases that require ongoing monitoring, our optometrists will create a management and monitoring regimen that ensures we are always ahead of the disease. For many diseases and genetic conditions, having accurate, timely information is critical.
Eye exams for senior citizens are a little more comprehensive than adult eye exams or eye exams for kids. We go into more depth to make sure that we thoroughly screen for any eye diseases or conditions that may affect your vision.
An eye exam is approximately 40-60 minutes and includes dilation (be sure to arrange transportation as you may not be able to drive for a few hours after the exam).
Cataracts – Cataracts are much more likely to develop the older we get. In fact, by age 65, it’s more likely than not that you’ll have at least one cataract forming. We will diagnose the cataract and let you know what to expect moving forward. If necessary, we will refer you to our skilled surgeons who will remove the cataract. Learn more about cataracts.
Macular Degeneration – Known commonly as age-related macular degeneration, or AMD, macular degeneration can cause impairment and vision loss in your central vision. Senior citizens are the most likely to develop some level of macular degeneration.
Glaucoma – Often called the “silent thief of sight”, glaucoma causes damage to the optic nerve. It slowly diminishes your peripheral vision, and without proper management, can seriously impair your vision by causing significant vision loss. Learn more about glaucoma testing.
Diagnostic tests – The first part of our eye exam is the completion of several non-invasive and pain-free diagnostic tests. These will be completed with the assistance of an optometric technician. They include:
Retinal imaging – Retinal imaging gives us a detailed view of the inside of your eye. Signs of eye disease are clearly visible using this technique.
Visual field testing – Using advanced equipment, we detect the shape and size of your visual field (how large your field of view is). This allows us to detect signs of disease (such as glaucoma), which often start by attacking your peripheral vision.
Eye pressure – Your intraocular pressure (IOP) is a key indicator of eye health. High IOP suggests that glaucoma may be forming.
Eye health – The health of your eyes is a story that’s told by more than the numbers and lines plotted on a graph. How well they function as a team (eye teaming), work in tandem to provide sight (binocular vision), and how much they actually move (eye mobility) are all important indicators of health.
We also look for physical signs of distress, such as conjunctivitis6 and other eye/eyelid disorders that may impair vision.
Eyeglass lenses – If you would benefit from a vision-correcting prescription, we will provide one at the exam. This prescription is used by our opticians to determine the design and qualities of the lenses used in your eyeglasses.
Contact lenses – If you require vision correction but aren’t so keen on wearing eyeglasses, contact lenses are a great option! If you’re interested in contact lenses, our optometrists will be happy to fit your eyes for contacts.
Call us or request your appointment online to schedule your eye exam. Our friendly doctors and eye care staff will take great care of you, answer any questions you may have, and let you know what to do next.