Seniors often suffer from age-related vision problems. Some conditions may be treated easily, while others require a more complex diagnosis and treatment plan. In order to help prevent incurable diseases and maintain your quality of life, it is recommended that you schedule regular eye exams. Below are some of the benefits of scheduling a regular eye exam.
Glaucoma is a common eye condition in older adults that consists of pressure buildup inside the eye. This pressure can cause peripheral or total vision loss, due to damage to the optic nerve. Glaucoma can affect one eye or both simultaneously. There are often little to no symptoms of glaucoma, so it is important to get regular vision tests by an optometrist.
Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of blindness in older adults. This eye disease is common in older diabetics and develops without warning. Symptoms of diabetic retinopathy include leaking and swelling in the blood vessels of the retina. Early diagnosis and treatment are crucial to improving one’s prognosis.
Cataracts occur when the lens of the eye becomes cloudy and opaque and is increasingly common with age. If you have cataracts, you will notice blurred and cloudy vision, as well as sensitivity to light and increased glare. Fortunately, an Ophthalmologist who specialises in eye surgery can remove cataracts. Once we provide you with a diagnosis, we will refer you to a specialist.
Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is another leading cause of blindness in older adults. In fact, over 3 million people are affected by AMD each year. This condition causes vision loss as a result of damage to the macula of the eye. Those with AMD are unable to see fine details, which causes difficulty driving, reading and watching television, among other activities that require crisp vision. AMD is incurable, but it can be managed with treatment.
The CAO has published a guide with useful recommendations for seniors with low risk.
Seniors over age 65 who live in Ontario are covered by a basic eye exam if performed in Ontario. Some medically necessary eye appointments may also be covered.
Our patients are first seen by a qualified optometric assistant who performs many of the preliminary tests. Patients then see our experienced Optometrist for more in-depth tests, as well as to discuss findings.
The complete exam generally takes 30 to 60 minutes to complete, which includes the preliminary testing. Your Optometrist will address any questions or concerns, and our staff will be available to fit you for your next pair of glasses or contacts.