Eye Exams for Seniors

Eye Exams for Seniors
Posted on 06/17/2021

Top Tips for How to Protect Your Eyes as You Get Older

Country Hills Eye Center provides world-class eye care services in the Ogden, UT area, offering treatment for a wide range of eye conditions as well as various cosmetic services. Our friendly doctors and staff are committed to providing you expert care. That’s why we want our patients to understand how to best protect their eyes every day, and help them learn the importance of eye exams for seniors for your eye health.

Why Are Senior Eye Exams Important?

There’s a lot that changes with your health as you age, but you may not realize how important regular eye care is to your overall health. If you're 65 or older, regular eye exams are essential to prevent and treat eye conditions that are more common as you age, such as cataracts, glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, and diabetic eye care. A senior eye exam can also reveal other health conditions, from high blood pressure to certain cancers.

How Often Should You Get a Senior Eye Exam?

Adults aged 55 to 64 should schedule a routine general eye exam every 1 to 3 years, while adults 65 and older should be seen every 1 to 2 years. If you require prescription eyeglasses or have a condition such as high blood pressure, rheumatoid arthritis, or diabetes, you should schedule your exams more often.

Even if you do not require a prescription, you may need driving or computer glasses to protect your eyes from both UV sunlight and blue light exposure from digital devices, and this is even more important for those with cataracts. Even if you have “good vision,” problems may develop with no physical symptoms until they’re quite advanced—the best way to protect both your vision and overall health vision is to detect issues early with regular eye exams. If you notice a change in your vision or experience any type of eye injury in between your regular appointments, contact your eye doctor immediately.

What to Expect with a Senior Eye Exam

Your doctor will review your health history for eye disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and poor vision. During your exam, the doctor will examine your:

  • Overall Eye Health and Function - eyes and eyelids, both inside and out.
  • Vision - frontal and peripheral (side) vision, and check for nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), astigmatism, and presbyopia, and if you require a corrective prescription.
  • Eye Muscle / Pupil Coordination - with a light, test your ability to use both eyes and pupil reaction.
  • Retina and Optic Nerve - using a special instrument to view the retina and optic nerve at the back of the eye to check for various eye diseases and retinal disorders.
  • Intraocular pressure - using a puff of air to test the pressure inside the eye to check for glaucoma and other diseases.

If you are wondering what is covered by your insurance, our staff is always happy to answer any questions.

Book an Appointment for Your Senior Eye Exam Today

Country Hills Eye Center is here to help you answer any questions about eye exams for seniors. We are here to help you find the perfect pair of eyeglasses, computer glasses, reading glasses, or sunglasses to fit your individual needs. If you have any questions about our eye care or cosmetic services, please contact us today. You can call us directly at 1-888-393-2687 or easily request an appointment with our online form. We look forward to helping you protect your eye health today!

Thank you for trusting us with your vision care.