Seniors often think that if their current prescription on their glasses is working sell, there might not be a reason for an annual vision exam. Neglecting or not realizing the importance of these exams can lead to potentially missing a variety of eye problems that can come with aging.
Yearly visits to the eye doctor include more than just a vision test. Routine screens can help detect problems before they become severe. It can also help identify other health problems that extend beyond the eyes such as diabetes or high blood pressure.
Below are some of the health conditions that can be identified by scheduling an annual eye exam.
One health condition that many think of when they think of aging is cataracts. However, what most are surprised to find out is that if cataracts are left untreated, they can lead to vision loss. Cataracts are a result of the lens of the eye becoming less flexible. Symptoms of this condition are blurred or foggy vision and sensitivity to light. The upside to having them treated is that cataracts can usually be corrected by an outpatient procedure.
Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of blindness in adults. Unfortunately, there are no early signs of detection. It is caused by damage to the blood vessels of the retina can cause swelling and leaking of fluids. An eye doctor will check for signs of this disease by dilating your eyes.
Glaucoma is also a common health condition when thinking of aging. This vision problem is caused by a buildup of pressure within the eye. It can lead to damaging of the optic nerve causing peripheral vision loss or complete vision loss. Like diabetic retinopathy, there usually aren’t early symptoms or pain associated with it. A yearly exam is important in order to catch it in the early stages.
Lastly, hypertension can cause vision damage. This type of damage is not as widely known but can go untreated due to seniors not being aware that they have high blood pressure. Untreated hypertension can damage blood vessels in the back of the eye leading to narrowing of the blood vessels in the retina. Having an annual eye exam can allow a chance at early diagnosis to avoid the potential bleeding in the back of the eye and swelling of the optic nerve.
Great Oaks prioritizes the wellness of our residents. Call us today to learn more about the steps we take to ensure good health of our seniors.