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The Importance of Early Prevention & Detection of Eye Conditions Increases as We Age

Seniors and the Increased Risk of Eye Disease

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.

75% of Vision Impairment is Preventable

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.

What are the Signs of Eye Disease?

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.

Important Information About Senior Eye Health:

How often should seniors have an eye health exam?

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:

  • Adults (40 to 64 years) – Adults between 40 and 64 years of age should undergo a comprehensive eye examination every 2 years.
  • Adults (65 years or older) – Adults over 65 years of age should see their eye doctor for a comprehensive eye examination annually.
Are seniors eye exams covered by Alberta Health Care?

Alberta seniors over the age of 65 are covered for basic eye exams performed in Alberta.

Our Location

Optometrists

Dr. Tom Lampard

Dr. Roger Rudyk

Dr. Jep Lund

Dr. Kevin Hesterman

Dr. Scott Stevenson

Dr. Daryl Berger

Dr. Pamela Syrota

Red Deer Eye Care Centre

4402 49th Avenue
Red Deer, AB, T4N 3W6
T - 1 (403) 342-0333
Toll Free - (888) 440-2020
F- (403) 343-9440
E - info@reddeereyecare.com

Hours of Operation

Monday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
SundayClosed

Rimbey Eye Care Centre

5010 50th Avenue
Rimbey, AB, T0C 2J0
T - 1 (403) 843-6000
F- (403) 843-6033
E - info@rimbeyeyecare.com

Hours of Operation

Monday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
SaturdayClosed
SundayClosed

Rocky Eye Care Centre

5040 B - 50th Street
Rocky Mountain House, AB, T4T 1A5
T - 1 (403) 845 2780
F- (403) 845-3282
E - info@rockyeyecare.com

Hours of Operation

Monday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
SaturdayClosed
SundayClosed

Our Comprehensive Two-Stage Process

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.

Pre-Exam
  • The Optometric assistant will administer a digital retinal scan. This test examines the back of your eye and allows the Optometrist to assess the health of your retinal tissue and optic nerve. It may reveal signs of macular degeneration, diabetes, cataracts and other diseases. It is also used to identify a detached retina or retinal holes.
  • You will undergo a Visual Fields test, which is used to examine your peripheral vision. The technician will also search for signs of macular degeneration, which is a common cause of vision loss in adults.
  • The curvature of your eye will be measured by an auto refraction test to assist the Optometrist in establishing an accurate prescription reading.
  • To measure the pressure of your eye the technician will use a Non-Contact Tonometer. He or she will also look for signs of glaucoma, a disease that damages the optic nerve and can eventually cause blindness.
Eye Exam
  • An experienced Optometrist will read your test results and conduct an examination of your eye, including a secondary assessment of the cornea and the retina.
  • To verify your prescription, the Optometrist will administer a test of your vision clarity and performance.
  • The Optometrist will compare his or her assessment against test results from previous years to determine whether your eye health or vision has changed.
  • The Optometrist will review the results of your tests, explain the findings and make recommendations for both vision correction and addressing any signs of disease.
How Long Does the Exam Take?

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.

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