As you grow older, your eyes face increased risk of problems including glaucoma, macular degeneration, and cataracts. Our local Ocala eye doctor provides comprehensive eye exams to keep you healthy at every age.
Our Ocala Optometrist Discusses the Types of Vision Problems that Seniors can Develop
Your vision naturally changes as you age. Over the age of 60, your risk of eye disease like glaucoma and macular degeneration increases sharply.
Cataracts- This condition clouds the lens of the eye, impacting your normal vision. They often develop in both eyes, but one eye may be worse than the other. Signs you may have cataracts included reduced color saturation, increased glare sensitivity, and blurred vision. Cataracts can be removed with surgery to restore your vision.
Macular degeneration- Can cause central vision loss by impairing the macula portion of the retina. This affects your ability to perceive colors and fine lines. It becomes difficult for you to recognize faces, watch television, or read if you have macular degeneration. While this condition is not reversible, it is manageable with our help.
Glaucoma- is a serious eye disease that affects your peripheral vision and causes blindness if not treated. Seniors and Blacks have an increased risk of glaucoma. If you know this eye disease runs in your family, it is critical to get regular eye exams.
It is important that you pay attention to your vision. Changes often creep on so slowly that you may be unaware of them. When you notice that it is more difficult to see when you read or drive at night, that objects or faces appear blurry, or when you see floaters or dark spots in your vision, it’s time to come see us. In preventative maintenance terms, we recommend an Ocala senior eye care visit once a year.
Benefits of an Ocala Senior Eye Exam
Early detection of these eye conditions means that our Ocala eye doctor can provide treatment that is more efficient and more cost-effective. When we diagnose you with a condition like glaucoma early on, we can stave off further vision loss. As a result, you can prolong your vision and have a better quality of life than if you were diagnosed after glaucoma had robbed you of much peripheral vision.
Your risk of general health problems also rises as you age. While our Ocala optometrist examines your eye health and vision, we are able to tell certain things about your overall health from an eye exam. Thus, it’s quite common that we might see signs of high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, or heart disease. We can refer you to a medical doctor for treatment.
Schedule a Senior Eye Exam with Our Optometrist in Ocala Today!
Has it been a while since your last Ocala senior eye exam? We have three eye doctors waiting to help you, Dr. Johnson, Dr. Menjivar, Dr. Aida Glatter-Götz and Dr. Willeford. At Ritz & Johnson Fashion Eyecare Center our optometrists treat patients in Silver Springs, Anthony and The Villages in Florida. We are here to help!
Contact our Ocala optometrist today at (352) 732-7900 or email us to make your senior eye exam appointment.