Canadians over the age of 65 have an increased risk of developing eye related diseases and conditions that affect vision. Some conditions can even lead to loss of vision, so regular screening is important for early detection and treatment.
According to the CNIB (Canadian National Institute for the Blind), up to 75% of visual impairment can be prevented if found and treated early. As we age we can also experience vision changes that can be corrected with eyeglasses or contact lenses.
We are dedicated to helping patients over the age of 65 keep their vision sharp so they can continue to enjoy their quality of life.
A study called the “Barometer of Global Eye Health” found that 70% of people around the world would prefer to sacrifice a limb or lose 10 years of their life rather than lose their eyesight. However, less than one third of those surveyed take the basic precautions necessary to preserve their vision.
Many diseases and conditions present no symptoms in the early stages, but can be detected with modern diagnostic technology. Many can be treated, preventing the loss of vision and health.
At Eye Care Centre, we recommend annual eye health exams for seniors over the age of 65.
Many eye diseases progress with no symptoms whatsoever in the early stages. By the time signs of a problem do appear, it may be too late to repair the damage done to the eye and vision.
Regular eye health exams can detect unseen and unsuspected eye disease, as well as screen for systemic diseases such as arthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure and cancer of the eye. For many diseases, early detection leads to early treatment and a significantly improved outcome for the patient.
Individuals vary, and certain conditions may require more frequent care. Your examining Optometrist can help you to determine how often you should undergo an exam, but the CAO provides some general guidelines for seniors with low risk:
Alberta seniors over the age of 65 are covered for basic eye exams performed in Alberta.
The first part of our comprehensive eye exam consists of a number of preliminary tests, which will be administered by an Optometric assistant. The second part is an exam by an experienced Optometrist, who will review the data collected and discuss the findings with you.
Depending on the patient and the results of the tests administered, the complete exam including the preliminary testing and the exam by the Optometrist may take 30-60 minutes to complete. You will also have the opportunity to discuss any questions or concerns of your own at this time. If you need new glasses or contacts, our staff will be available to assist you in finding the perfect fit.