It’s no secret that vision changes as people age. Seniors need to take extra special care of their vision, as there is an increase in risk of a host of age-related vision problems and diseases. The largest generation population in U.S. are the baby boomers, ages currently ranging from 54 to 72 years old. And as baby boomers and older generations continue, they become at greater risk for developing conditions like macular degeneration, cataracts, glaucoma, retinal detachments and even dry eye. Regular visits to New Optix Optometry can help identify complications in their earliest stages and also make it possible to treat them sooner. With early treatment, many patients can reduce their risk for total vision loss and maintain healthy eyes and vision for life.
Did you know…
that seniors are more likely to experience visual impairments when driving – especially at night? Often, seniors suffer loss of peripheral vision or develop cataracts that distort oncoming headlights and street lights. For safer driving, the American Optometric Association recommends limiting vehicle usage to daytime hours only, as well as reducing overall speed when driving.
Frequently Asked Questions
I just celebrated my 60th birthday. Should I get an eye exam?
Yes. Eye exams are now more important than ever. You should be getting a comprehensive eye exam from New Optix Optometry at least once per year or more if recommended by your eye doctor. Also, do not hesitate to make an appointment before your next annual appointment if you notice any changes to your vision or are experiencing any eye-related symptoms.
What should I expect at a senior eye exam?
Your senior eye exam will be much like the exams you’ve had for years. It will consist of a number of screenings, including tests for your visual acuity, peripheral field vision, and color distinction. The most important part of the exam will be the retinal exam, which can not only check for vision complications, but can reveal abnormalities in your blood vessels, immune system, and even brain.
Is there anything that I should be doing between exams?
Aside from practicing safe driving habits and avoiding falls, it may help to supplement your vision with magnifiers and vision enhancers if you are experiencing difficulty with your sight. If your New Optix Optometry eye doctor has prescribed corrective lenses, be sure to wear them as directed – especially when driving, exercising, or walking. You may also find that using products with large type, such as phones and watches, is helpful for managing day-to-day activities.