Why Regular Exams Are Important
Once at the age of 65, the risk of vision issues and the number of related diseases increase. If such issues and risks are not diagnosed and treated, irreversible damage or even loss of vision is possible.
Eyes On Georgina is dedicated to keeping the vision of our patients clear and their eyes healthy, no matter the age.
75% of all vision loss, at any age, can be prevented with early, effective treatment.
Special Risks for Seniors
Seniors are at higher risk for developing several eye conditions at more rapid rates than younger patients. These include:
- Glaucoma: Pressure can build inside the eye and damage the optic nerve, which can cause peripheral or even total vision loss in the affected eye.
- Cataracts: These develop when the lens of the eye begins to degenerate and lose flexibility, causing it to become clouded and opaque. Diagnostic imaging of the eye can help detect cataracts before they start to affect vision.
- Diabetic Retinopathy: Diabetics can develop this disease, which causes damage to the retina of the eye and is one of the leading causes of blindness in seniors. If you have diabetes and are coming in for an eye exam at Eyes On Georgina, make sure to inform our Keswick optometrist so that tests can be performed to detect early signs of Diabetic Retinopathy.
- Age-Related Macular Degeneration (ARMD): Leading cause of vision loss in Canadians over the age of 50. This condition attacks your central vision, causing blurriness or distortion, making daily activities such as driving, reading, or recognizing loved ones’ faces difficult
Managing Vision Loss
While some loss vision is due to disease or injury, for most seniors vision loss is simply a result of natural aging.
Our Keswick eye doctor understands that being able to see clearly is important for your safety and quality of life, and we will work with you to manage any vision issues that may arise. We are able to provide specialty lenses, multifocal lenses, contact lenses, cataract surgery referrals, and a multitude of other services tailored specifically to and for each senior patient that visits our office.
How often should I have an eye exam?
Eyes on Georgina recommends at least one exam every year, or sooner if our Optometrist recommends or you have eye conditions such as dry eye or presbyopia.
As a Senior, are my eye exams covered by Provincial Health Care plans?
The Ontario Health Insurance Program covers one comprehensive eye exam every 12 months for anyone aged 65 or older. However, should our Optometrist require that you return more frequently, those visits will also be covered by OHIP.
Is your office disability friendly?
We understand at Eyes On Georgina that mobility issues and disability are an unfortunate result of aging. Our Keswick eye care clinic is wheelchair accessible, and our staff is willing to help in any way possible to make your visit as stress-free and comfortable as possible.