As you age, your risk of eye disease and vision problems rises. If you notice any unusual visual symptoms, it’s wise to have an eye exam performed as soon as possible by an eye care professional. Additionally, many common ocular conditions associated with aging can linger for a long time without symptoms, yet still causing damage. This underscores the importance of routine geriatric eye exams, which can detect signs of disease before you do! The earlier an eye disease is diagnosed, the earlier treatment can begin. This goes a long way towards preventing blindness, partial vision loss and complications.
Adults age 65 and older should have their eyes evaluated thoroughly every year or two. Many common eye diseases, such as glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy, are silent at the beginning and progress very slowly. Experts have estimated that approximately half of the American senior population has glaucoma and doesn’t know it.
Certain health conditions, such as hypertension and diabetes, point to a need for more frequent eye exams. Other risk factors include a serious past eye injury, personal family history of eye disease, being African American (has a higher risk of Glaucoma) and specific medications. Your eye doctor should be consulted regarding how often to schedule a geriatric eye exam.