Learn how you can maintain good vision as you grow older with this collection of informative articles.
Many older people don't realize how untreated, age-related eye changes can harm vision and, eventually, their entire quality of life. In our practice, we sometimes see the unfortunate results of what happens when an older person waits too long for an eye exam.
A delay of even a few years can make the difference between normal vision and going blind. While some eye conditions can be pretty obvious, others may sneak up on you.
Eye Tests For Older People
These critically important tests should be done on a regular basis:
- Eye pressures
- Visual field (side vision)
- Dilated retinal examination
- Slit lamp (microscope)
Each test gives your eye doctor essential information about how your vision functions.
Eye pressure testing (tonometry) is one of the ways we watch for glaucoma, a leading cause of blindness. Glaucoma usually has no symptoms until it becomes very advanced, at which point it's too late to save your vision. But if glaucoma is found early enough with proper testing, the eye disease can be treated very effectively.
Visual field testing (measuring side vision) is another way we watch for glaucoma. This test also can help us find such problems as brain tumors, aneurysms, strokes and other brain diseases, which often are more common in older people.
A dilated retinal examination is vitally important to your eye health. By looking through an enlarged pupil(or imaging the retina with a special laser instrument), we can spot many, many health problems and diseases. The pupil provides the only easily available window into the body, allowing us to find alarming changes early. Plus, this eye exam is painless and inexpensive.