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Annual Eye Exam for Seniors

Annual Eye Exam for Seniors

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Most everyone knows that annual eye exams are an important factor in healthy living, regardless of a person’s age. But, did you know that the older you get, the more necessary eye exams become? Individuals aged 60 plus need to be proactive about potential eye-related issues that may lead to vision loss.

Many senior patients aren’t aware of the fact that routine eye exams can uncover symptoms related to significant health problems, for example, hypertension, diabetes or even high cholesterol. By having an annual eye exam, you’ve decided to partake in a low-stress and easy way to ensure the health of your eyes – and your overall health.

When you go in for your eye exam, here’s some conditions your doctor will be specifically looking for:

  • Glaucoma – Caused by too much pressure in the eyes, this condition can lead to vision loss. When this condition is discovered early, eye doctors can often prevent vision loss and effectively manage the disease.
  • Cataracts – We talk about cataracts often on our blog, because it’s important to be screened consistently for cataracts the older our patients get. Cataracts is a condition when the eye lens gets cloudy and makes regular seeing nearly impossible.
  • Age-Related Macular Degeneration – Also referred to as AMD, this condition is the single highest leading cause of blindness for senior citizens. The good news is that an early discovery and subsequent treatment leads to the significant slowing down of AMD’s progress.
  • Diabetic Retinopathy – Diabetic Retinopathy, also referred to as diabetic eye disease, includes a group of eye disorders that many diabetics have, that can cause blindness or vision loss. According to The American Diabetes Association, 11.8 million Americans aged 65 and up have diabetes. If you are diabetic, you should be screened for Diabetic Retinopathy annually. In a recent blog post, we discussed Diabetic Eye Conditions Everyone Should Know About.

Need an Appointment?

Our staff is highly experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of eye conditions for senior citizens. Contact Zeldes Eye Center by calling (248) 737-6944 to set up your annual eye exam today.

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