Your eyes are important, this is something that you should not neglect. As you get older, it becomes even more important that you have an eye examination every year. Seniors are at great risk of developing diseases of the eye which can cause permanent vision loss. Before going to your senior eye exam, you should know what to expect.
Each year, you will need to fill out paperwork. As you get older and you start seeing more specialists, developing more medical conditions, and taking more medications, thing information becomes vital. There are many health conditions and medications that can affect your vision and your optometrist needs to know about these things.
As you age, your vision can decline the same way that you hearing and mobility can. During your eye exam, your vision would be tested to see if you need an updated prescription.
Coordination Of Eye Muscles
As you age, your eye muscles can become weak. During your eye exam, your optometrist will use a light to test the coordination of your eye muscles and how well they work together.
Your eye doctor will flash a light in your eyes to make sure that your pupils react appropriately.
Peripheral Vision Check
During your senior eye exam, your optometrist will move an object at the edge of your field of vision. If you react normally, no further testing is required. If your optometrist finds a reason to be concerned, they might order a visual field test. During this test, you would sit in front of a machine and press a button each time you see a light flash. This will determine how good your peripheral vision is. The test is simple and takes just 3 minutes per eye.
Your eye doctor will flip your eyelids up so that they can get a good look at the inside of your eyelid. They will also take a good look at the outer lid to check for any anomalies.
This portion of the exam is especially important for seniors. Since age is a common risk factor for many diseases of the eye, it is important you have a dilated exam every year. Some of these diseases are not curable, but they are manageable. When these diseases are caught early, treatment can begin to slow the progression of the disease, helping to save your eyesight. Diseases that can be caught during a dilated exam include:
- Macular degeneration
- Diabetic retinopathy
Call Blue Ridge Vision Today!
Every year, it is essential that you schedule a senior eye exam with Blue Ridge Vision in Greer. Annual eye care can ensure correct vision and the health of your eyes. Give us a call today to schedule your senior eye exam.