August is Eye Exam Month and the perfect time to focus on why it’s important for seniors to schedule routine eye exams. According to the American Optometric Association, after age 60, a number of eye conditions and diseases can develop that may impact an individual’s vision permanently. Not only can changes to a senior’s eyes and vision occur naturally from aging, but other factors, such as chronic health conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure, can cause long-term changes as well.
Although some minor eye and vision changes may be inevitable as the older adult in your life ages, regular eye exams for seniors play a significant role in maintaining eye and vision health. During routine eye exams, steps can be taken to make sure preventable issues don’t affect a senior’s vision long term.
The following are a few common age-related eye conditions that can arise for seniors:
Other more serious eye conditions in seniors include macular degeneration, glaucoma, retinal detachment, and cataracts. Each of these conditions can potentially cause significant changes in a senior’s vision and quality of life and must be treated promptly by a doctor.
With regular eye exams for seniors, physicians and ophthalmologists can pinpoint and discuss treatment options for age-related eye conditions to help maintain optimal quality of life. In addition, family caregivers can:
If a senior you love needs help keeping up with regular eye exams and other medical appointments, a professional home care agency like Visiting Care Giving Services can help. Our expert caregivers can assist with transportation services and accompaniment so that even if you can’t attend, your loved one can maintain his or her regular health care appointments.
Visiting Care Giving Services, the Chesterfield caregiving experts, provides professional home care services that can help seniors remain active and independent in the comfort of home. For more information about our trusted home care services, contact us online, or call us at (618) 366-9058 (St. Clair County) or (636) 493-9058 (St. Charles County). For a full list of all of the communities we serve, please visit our Service Area page.