Your vision is fundamental to your quality of life. Many people don’t realize how important it is until it’s too late. The incidence of ocular disease increases with age, so people aged 65 and up are at their most vulnerable when it comes to vision loss. However, most vision loss related to eye disease can be prevented or treated if the disease is caught early. Proper preventative care gives you every advantage possible to keep your eyes healthy and your vision clear as you age.
If you are 65 or older, you have no symptoms of eye disease, and you are seeing clearly, the American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends that you have an examination performed by an eye doctor every 1 to 2 years. Comprehensive eye exams include more than updating your prescription for glasses and contacts. Ophthalmologists and optometrists conduct comprehensive eye examinations to examine for ocular disease caused by health conditions such as diabetes as well as to look for other eye diseases that could lead to blindness, such as glaucoma and cataracts. If you have symptoms of eye disease or cannot see clearly, your ophthalmologist may recommend that you have more frequent exams.
There are several diseases and conditions your ophthalmologist will keep an eye on in your regular examinations once you are over 65. These are the 4 most common eye diseases your doctor will examine for:
Routine eye exams have been proven to help combat eye disease, visual impairment, and total blindness. Keep in mind the guidance above, and visit your local ophthalmologist more frequently if you are at a higher risk of developing disease, if you have personal history of visual problems or disease, or if you have a family history of eye disease.
Dr. Cherof is an ophthalmologist with the Marietta Eye Clinic who specializes in cataracts in addition to offering comprehensive care. Dr. Cherof graduated summa cum laude with highest honors with her undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia. She received her medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University. She is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, and the Georgia Society of Ophthalmology. Read her full bio here.
The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) is the world’s largest association of eye physicians and surgeons. It describes itself as a “global community of 32,000 medical doctors who protect sight and empower lives by setting the standards for ophthalmic education and advocating for our patients and the public.” Its website is a great resource to learn more about how to care for your eyes.
The American Optometric Association (AOA) describes itself as the leading authority on quality care and an advocate for our nation’s health, representing more than 44,000 doctors of optometry (O.D.), optometric professionals, and optometry students.
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