As you get older, your vision is going to change. This is a natural progression that you cannot stop. However, with proper and routine eye care, you can limit how much these changes impact your life. Regular eye exams every year are the best way to know what is happening with your eyes and if they are changing. Our optometrist can monitor your eye health and check for cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy. Eyes exams may be able to determine if you have other conditions such as high blood pressure or high cholesterol. If you live in Palmer, Anchorage, or the surrounding area, make an appointment with our eye doctor at Palmer Vision Clinic today.
Common Eye Conditions Among Seniors
There are several common conditions that impact seniors. An eye exam is a great way to catch these conditions while they are in the early stages. Macular degeneration related to age may cause you to lose your central vision. Glaucoma happens when there is damage to the optic nerve caused by a change in eye pressure. Cataracts are a common cause of vision loss but can be repaired with surgery. Diabetic retinopathy happens when you are in the early stages of diabetes.
Ways to Protect Your Vision
There are some steps you can take to protect your vision as you get older. If you have prescription glasses, you should wear them. When you wear your glasses, it protects your eyes from strain. If you do not wear them, you are making your eyes work harder. When your eyes have to work hard, it can irritate or bring about a new condition. You want to protect your eyes from prolonged exposure to sunlight. Make sure to always wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from the damaging rays of the sun. Make sure your area is well lit when you are reading or watching TV. This helps your eyes to focus and reduces eye strain.
Choose Palmer Vision Clinic
At Palmer Vision Clinic we understand how important your vision is and want to help you take proper care of your eyes. As you age, the preventative maintenance of your eyes needs to change to monitor for specific age-related conditions. We perform diabetic eye exams and provide referrals for glaucoma and cataract treatment as needed. Call Palmer Vision Clinic today at our Anchorage office at (907) 562-2020 or our Palmer office at (907) 745-4373.