Caring for Our Eyes as we Age: Ask a Doctor of Optometry
Naturally, our vision changes as we age. As we get into our sixties and beyond, many signs of age-related eye problems may appear, some developing slowly and painlessly, others with serious warning signals. That makes regular examinations and proper eye care with a doctor of optometry of the utmost importance.
The doctors at the offices of Southern Medical Suites are primary eye care specialists on the front line of vision care. We can help you to know what to expect as you age, and how to safeguard your eyesight. Making the right lifestyle choices and health care decisions now can significantly affect your chances of maintaining good vision for years to come.
Did you know that medical conditions affecting other parts of your body also can impact your eyesight? People suffering from diabetes and hypertension (high blood pressure) can develop vision problems, and medications to treat other illnesses can have side effects that pose risks to your eyes. There are a number of serious age-related vision disorders that need to be regularly monitored, including dry eye, cataracts, glaucoma, retinal detachment, and macular degeneration. Age-related changes can also affect your ability to drive safely, including loss of night vision, loss of color perception, difficulty judging distance and speed, not seeing road signs clearly, loss of side vision, trouble seeing in bright sunshine or in the glare of headlights, and difficulty reading your vehicle’s speedometer.
The doctors at Southern Medical Suites are trained experts at helping our patients adjust to age-related changes to their vision, and can recommend a host of prescribed rehabilitative devices and other products. But most importantly, we urge our patients 60 and older to make sure to schedule a comprehensive annual examination. Don’t wait for signs or symptoms to appear; call us today to schedule an appointment.