Senior Eye Care

Eye Care For Senior Citizens

Your vision is likely to change as you age. With the natural aging of the eye, you may find it difficult to see close-up objects, distinguish color, and notice declined sensitivity in your eyes. However, specific health problems you may encounter as you age, such as hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes, or medications that have eye-related side effects, can also affect your eye health. Essential to monitor and know the difference between normal and abnormal vision changes as you grow older.

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Here at Vision Professionals Of Leawood, our doctors of optometry offer patients access to top-notch full-eye care services to enhance their eye health.

What Are Age-Related Eye Diseases? 

As you age, you are at a higher risk for certain eye conditions. Many of these conditions develop painlessly, and you may only notice the changes in your vision when the disease is quite advanced. However, these conditions can be detected in their early stages with a comprehensive eye exam. These conditions include: 

  1. Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD).
  2. Cataracts.
  3. Diabetic Retinopathy.
  4. Glaucoma.

According to statistics, approximately 2 million adults aged 40 and above suffer from AMD, 7.7 million suffer from diabetes retinopathy, 24.4 million suffer from cataracts and 2.7 million from glaucoma. 

How Can You Prevent Vision Loss as You Age?

The most effective way to protect your sight is by having regular comprehensive eye exams. Even if you have not noticed any changes in your vision, it is vital to have age-related conditions checked by an optometrist.

Many lifestyle factors also play a role in protecting your eye health. It is essential to take the following actions to protect your vision:

  • Eat a balanced diet.
  • Keep your blood sugar, cholesterol, and blood pressure in control.
  • Wear protective glasses and hats with brims while outdoors.
  • Avoid smoking.

Can Age-Related Eye Conditions be Treated?

For some of these conditions, such as cataracts and glaucoma, treatment and surgery can restore vision. However, in some cases, they will develop gradually and develop into severe cases that can leave you completely blind. 

Regular comprehensive eye exams, especially if you have a family history of these diseases, will help with early detection and treatment. This way, you can make sure you keep seeing clearly for many years to come.

Call Vision Professionals Of Leawood Today

At Vision Professionals of Leawood, we offer highly-rated optometry services for the whole family to help you achieve better eye health. Our services include contact lens exam and fitting, comprehensive eye exams, pediatric eye exam, pre- and post-operative eye surgery care, and low vision and sports vision.

Schedule an exam with us today, and let us help you ensure better eye health as you age.

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