The golden years are fantastic. You get to spend more time with your loved ones and doing the things you love. It's also a time for new opportunities, including time to explore hobbies you overlooked for far too long. In fact, your senior years are a good time to pay attention to other things you may have previously overlooked, like your eyes.
The Importance of Undergoing Routine Senior Eye Exams
If you're 65 or older, or are nearing 65 and have a history of eye problems, then it's important to talk to your optometrist about scheduling more routine senior eye exams. Having regular eye exams are essential for catching common eye conditions before they become serious. Conditions like cataracts, age-related macular degeneration, and glaucoma can all be mediated if caught early. While some eye conditions are curable, early treatment can significantly reduce how negatively they impact your eye health and vision.
How regularly should you schedule your senior eye care exams? Our Kirkland eye doctor office recommends adults ages 55 to 64 with no major vision problems to undergo a routine general eye exam every one to three years. Adults ages 65 or older and any adult who wears glasses or contacts or have medical conditions that can affect their eyes, such as diabetes, should aim to have a senior eye exam done every once a year.
What a Senior Eye Exam Entails
During an annual senior eye exam, your optometrist will examine the overall health of your eyes and your visual acuity via a variety of tests and specialized equipment. A few things that they will check for include:
- Cataracts. This condition results in the gradual clouding of the eyes which, when left untreated, can result in blindness.
- Diabetic retinopathy. If you have diabetes or are at-risk for diabetes, one side condition that may result is diabetic retinopathy, in which damage to the eye's blood vessels can result in blindness.
- Glaucoma. Glaucoma is an umbrella term which refers to a group of diseases that result in damage to the eye's optic nerve. The good news is that early detection can prevent blindness that might otherwise occur due to glaucoma.
- Macular degeneration. This is a common age-related vision problem that impacts the part of your eye that is sensitive to light.
Don't Risk Your Vision, Schedule Your Annual Senior Eye Exam
Your vision is one of the most valuable senses you have and so it's important to ensure your eyes are in good health. Contact our Kirkland office today for more information about what goes on during a senior eye care exam and to schedule your next appointment with our experienced optometrist.