Even when the rest of the body is perfectly healthy, diseases related to our eyesight can still arise—and the key to preventing them is a comprehensive eye exam for seniors. Our Stoney Creek clinic offers this service.
According to data by the Canadian National Institute for the Blind or CNIB, three fourths of visual impairment cases are preventable if detected early and treated. In addition, many eye conditions associated with aging often appear without showing any symptoms at all.
When the symptoms become obvious, the damage to the eye could already be irreversible. Comprehensive eye exams are the best way to spot the condition before it destroys your vision.
Comprehensive Eye Exams for Seniors
The optometrists at Stoney Creek Eye Care conduct comprehensive eye exams to Stoney Creek patients of all ages, including seniors.
We understand that seniors require specialized care, because the natural aging process affects most people’s eyesight, and risk factors for certain eye conditions increase with age.
We look at patients’ eyes for dry eye, cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration. We also determine patients’ prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses.
We use a range of tests, such as a slit lamp exam. This uses a powerful light source to let the doctor look at the anterior segment of your eye; we will try to find any signs of cataracts, corneal disease, or conjunctivitis. We also conduct tonometry, which measures your intraocular pressure (IOP); an abnormal IOP indicates a disease of the eye.
When to Take an Eye Exam
Individuals aged 65 and older should have an eye exam once a year, and as necessary.
In addition to annual eye exam appointments, it is important to look out for any changes in your eyesight. If you exhibit these signs, book an appointment with us as soon as you can:
- Trouble driving or missing street signs
- Difficulty reading or writing
- Difficulty completing delicate tasks, such as sewing
- Seeing a blurred halo around any light source
- Sensitivity to light
We also encourage you to make wiser and healthier lifestyle choices: exercise regularly, have a healthy diet, maintain a healthy weight, reduce stress, and avoid smoking. Note that healthy life choices are the biggest defence mechanisms against vision loss.
By opting for an eye exam, you can enjoy your independence as a senior as much as possible. Talk to Stoney Creek Eye Care to schedule your seniors’ eye exam in Hamilton, CA.