Making an Eye Doctor’s Appointment Now is the Right Step Toward Proper Care for Seniors

Author: Hilary Eldridge

Senior Care in Johns Creek GA

It is recommended that most people see their eye doctor at least once every two years for an eye exam. People who wear contact lenses should get a new prescription every year, otherwise they will not be able to purchase new contact lenses. For eyeglasses, they need a new prescription every two years in order to protect their vision as much as possible.

When seniors are receiving any type of care, whether they have health issues or not, they should be encouraged to visit their eye doctor at least every two years, and more likely more often than that. The risk factors of developing certain vision problems increase with age. In fact, by the time a person reaches the age of 60, the risk of glaucoma then increases significantly year after year.

By the time a person is 80, he or she will have a strong likelihood of having developed cataracts at least once. June is Cataracts Awareness Month and taking care of this potentially devastating vision related problem does not have to be so devastating.  In fact, thanks to laser surgery and other treatment options, cataracts can be completely removed, helping to restore clear vision for the elderly individual.

The major problem lies in the fact that people avoid making eye care appointments because they either don’t see the point, associate any vision problems with the natural process of aging, or are afraid to find out they could be losing their vision.  There is always a possibility that people can lose their eyesight due to macular degeneration, glaucoma, eye injuries, and much more, but with increased technology and techniques in the medical profession, getting proper care sooner rather than waiting offers the best prognosis.

Experienced senior care service providers can often detect certain issues arising even when the elderly client is trying to hide them from family and friends. That’s because these caregivers pay attention to the subtle clues and cues that can indicate a problem is developing before it becomes so readily apparent to everyone else.

These caregivers would likely encourage the senior to make an appointment with the eye doctor because that may be the only way to truly diagnose certain problems before they become significant. For example, glaucoma won’t usually present with physical symptoms until it has affected the optic nerve by up to 80 percent.

For cataracts, there is no reason someone should wait or try to ignore various symptoms. They should get proper care from their eye doctor as soon as possible.



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