Eyecare For Women During the Senior Years

Vision Health

Eyecare For Women During the Senior Years

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What is the most important fact that I stress to my patients every time? If you have read my blog posts in the past, you will know the answer is the importance of yearly exams. Glaucoma, cataracts and age-related macular degeneration are the most common vision-related diseases that affect elderly women.  These can be treated if detected early. If left untreated, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration can result in low vision.  Low vision is a condition in which the vision cannot be corrected with spectacles. I have worked in a low vision clinic assisting the elderly to utilize devices to aid them in reading and performing some daily tasks.  It is important for patients and family members to know that such devices exist and therefore decrease the frustration and the sense of isolation.

 

Women who take supplements have a lower risk of Macular degeneration so it is vital to watch our overall health in the early years to preserve the health of our vision. Elderly women need to have eye exams at least once a year if not more often, depending on any systemic diseases. A thorough eye exam including visual acuity, color tests, visual fields, glaucoma check and dilation is highly recommended. Most elderly women suffer from Dry Eye Syndrome so be sure to discuss artificial tears and supplements with your doctor.