Senior Eye Exams at Richardson Eye Associates
Getting older can be a grand adventure, but any adventure poses its share of potential dangers -- including the heightened risk of vision disorders and diseases in aging eyes. If you're entering your senior years, you need to make sure you're receiving the kind of detailed, comprehensive evaluations that can catch these problems before they damage your eyesight. But don't worry, because you can get the senior eye exams you need right here at Richardson Eye Associates in Richardson TX.
The Need for Senior Eye Exams
Some eye problems pose a threat to people of any age, from eye function issues that limit the ability to track objects to refractive errors such as nearsightedness or farsightedness. But some of the most destructive eye diseases become more likely to appear as you grow older. Examples include:
- Glaucoma - Glaucoma risk starts to rise after age 40 in certain ethnic populations, and by age 60 everyone has an increased risk for this form of optic nerve damage.
- Macular Degeneration - Macular degeneration is often called AMD (age-related macular degeneration) because it usually makes its first appearance in people approaching their 60s. This retinal diseases can destroy your central vision.
- Cataracts - Cataracts are extremely common in older individuals, usually growing progressively worse in your 60s and beyond. The thickening of proteins in the lens of the eye blurs vision and affects color/contrast perception, possibly leading to eventual blindness.
- Diabetic Retinopathy - Because the risk of diabetes increases with age, so does the risk for a progressive, sight-stealing disease called diabetic retinopathy.
These and other worrying issues require early diagnosis and prompt treatment if you want to protect your vision. For this reason, the American Optometric Associations recommends annual eye exams for everyone over age 60.
What to Expect From Your Eye Doctor
You'll find that a senior eye exam is similar to the comprehensive eye and vision exams you've received as a younger adult, only with an extra emphasis on checking for age-related eye issues. Your eye doctor (Dr. Krauss or Dr. Harris) will check your visual acuity, not only to see whether your corrective prescription needs updating but also to look for peripheral vision loss (a possible sign of glaucoma). Tests such as the Amsler grid can reveal distortions caused by macular degeneration. Examination of the eye itself can reveal cataracts or retinal problems, while tonometry can measure your eye pressure (for glaucoma).
Make an Appointment with Your Richardson Optometrist
Make your senior years healthier and more enjoyable ones. Call (972) 231-3439 to schedule a senior eye exam with either Richardson optometrist on our team!