Today's active seniors are rewriting the rules about how older Americans should live their life. But aging bodies will still slow down and develop health problems more easily. As you get older, your body has less resistance to disease, including those of the eyes. At Sites Vision Clinic we recommend annual comprehensive eye examinations to all of our patients over 50. Early detection and diagnosis is the key to successful treatment for many of the worst vision problems, and our optometrist can only do that during an eye exam in our office.
Our Eye Doctor Can Diagnose a Wide Range of Problems
Many of the most serious eye diseases develop without any symptoms. They can grow and cause damage for months or years before you notice any vision problems at all. By the time symptoms show up, the damage has been done and can't be repaired. If our eye doctor finds signs of the problems before it do any damage, there's usually time for treatment that can slow or stop the progression of the disease. Some of the more serious conditions our optometrist will look for during an exam include:
- Glaucoma, which can cause severe damage before showing symptoms if not discovered early
- Cataracts, which almost every senior will develop. Early treatment can slow or stop the progression of this disease
- Diabetic retinopathy, which can cause blindness if left untreated
- Macular degeneration, the most common cause of vision loss among seniors
In addition, aging eyes tend to deteriorate in general, so you may need new prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses every year to keep your vision sharp and clear.
Other Reasons for Regular Eye Exams
Your body is a complex series of systems, all of which are connected to each other. A problem in one part of the body can often create signs in another, giving us a unique opportunity for diagnosing disease. A comprehensive eye examination can help our optometrist to decide if you have developing eye disease, but it's also a great diagnostic tool for your general health and well-being. Your eyes can show symptoms indicative of many other health problems. A thorough eye exam can show symptoms of diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, and even carotid artery blockages. If we find signs of these diseases, we'll refer you to your primary care physician for follow-up treatment.
Contact Our Clarksville Optometry Office
Good health, especially eye health, begins with a comprehensive eye examination. If you're over 50 and you haven't had your eyes examined in at least a year, give us a call and make an appointment. Contact our office at (931) 647-5237, and we'll arrange an office visit today.