Senior Eye Care at EyeCare Plus in Amarillo
It's not uncommon to hear seniors remark that their eyes "aren't what they used to be." While age-related issues can and do afflict the eyes, that doesn't mean you have to accept diminishing vision or even blindness as part of your golden years. Our Amarillo eye doctor at EyeCare Plus can provide important senior eye care exams and treat those eye diseases and disorders that might take away from your enjoyment of life.
Our Optometrist Discusses the Common Eye Conditions that Develop as you get Older
As you advanced from young adulthood through middle age, you probably underwent certain changes in your eyesight -- notably presbyopia, the lens stiffening that makes near vision more difficult to bring into clear focus. As the eyes enter their senior years, they become more vulnerable than ever to other changes. The risk for age-related eye diseases rises significantly during these years. Threats to the aging eye include:
Cataracts - Cataracts are extremely common among the senior population. As the lens's proteins lose their transparency, you may experience strange "halo" effects around light sources, diminished color and night vision, blurriness and increased sensitivity to glare.
Ocular hypertension and glaucoma - Excess fluid pressure in the eye, or ocular hypertension, becomes more common from middle age into the senior years. It can destroy the optic nerves to cause irreversible vision loss, a condition called glaucoma.
Macular degeneration - Macular degeneration usually appears after age 60, although it can afflict you in your 50s. The macula of the eye slowly loses its ability to produce clear central vision.
Diabetic retinopathy - As your risk for diabetes rises, so does your risk for eye disease. Diabetic retinopathy, in which high blood sugar damages retinal blood vessels, can cause permanent vision loss.
Dry eye - Dry eye may not sound serious compared to these other disorders, but insufficient tear production can make the eyes more prone to infections, foreign bodies, and corneal damage.
Our Amarillo Optometrist at EyeCare Plus Can Help
Due to these heightened risks, the American Optometric Association recommends yearly eye exams after the age of 60, even if your eyes seem healthy. Your Amarillo optometrist at EyeCare Plus, Dr. Pathapati or Dr. Jentzen, can administer a comprehensive senior eye exam that includes:
- Detailed examination of the retina, optic nerve and retinal blood vessels for any signs of macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy or glaucoma
- Tonometry to check your intraocular pressure
- Slit lamp testing to examine the lens (for cataracts) and cornea (for ulceration related to dry eye)
Schedule a Senior Eye Exam Today
The sooner your Amarillo eye doctor can detect any senior eye care issues, the sooner you can receive the treatment you need enjoy optimal vision for many years to come. We can prescribe medications, recommend lifestyle adjustments and co-manage your cataract removal surgery if and when you need it. Don't let your eyes get old before their time, contact usat 806-358-3594 to schedule a senior eye exam!