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How to Detect Eye Problems in the Elderly

Here’s a scary fact: vision problems in the elderly often develop with few or no symptoms. Since you depend on your eyesight to continue doing the things you love, such as driving and reading, scheduling regular eye exams with your eye doctor is essential as you age. Here are just a few of the diseases your optometrist can catch at early stages through regular vision screening checkups.

Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Macular degeneration is one of the top eye diseases affecting the elderly. Your doctor can detect this disease in its early stages by performing a range of tests including an exam of the interior and back of the eye. Being told you have macular degeneration can be frightening, but early detection is the best kind. Trial eye injections and other medical advances have shown promising signs of reversing macular degeneration and, with early detection, you stand a better chance of preserving your eyesight.


Glaucoma is typically detected by your eyecare doctor during a measurement of fluid pressure test that involves releasing a puff of air onto your eye using a tonometer. Chronic open angle glaucoma is the most common form of glaucoma and results from the build-up of pressure in the eye. This is a slow-progressing disease without noticeable symptoms which can lead to severe vision loss. Thankfully, by scheduling regular checkups with your doctor, glaucoma can be caught and reversed in the early stages.

Other Common Vision Problems

Less severe forms of eyesight issues are often detected in the elderly such as nearsightedness and astigmatism. However, if left uncorrected, these less severe vision problems can cause major lifestyle disruptions including headaches and driving problems. Prescription glasses are typically the best fix for common eye problems in the elderly. If you notice any vision changes or other problems such as ongoing headaches, schedule an appointment with your eye doctor to determine if prescription eyewear is needed.

From common eyesight issues such as astigmatism to more severe diseases such as macular degeneration, vision problems often affect the elderly. Catch and correct these and other problems in their early stages by scheduling regular checkups with an eye doctor at My EyeLab and by wearing your current glasses as prescribed.

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