By age 65, one-third of all Americans have a vision-impairing eye disease. However, poor sight doesn’t have to be a part of aging. By detecting and treating eye disease early through annual eye exams, seniors can preserve their sight.
In the U.S. there are four common eye diseases: glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and cataracts. As with any other health issue, it is better to catch these problems early, as there are often no warning signs.
During a comprehensive annual eye health check, your eye care professional will:
- check eye pressure, as high eye pressure can be a risk factor for glaucoma
- dilate your eyes to get a clear view of your retina and check for macular degeneration
- evaluate the blood vessels of the retina to check for diabetic retinopathy
- check for cataracts with a variety of tests
Cataracts rarely pose any real health concern for the eye. They can, however, interfere with your vision and affect quality of life. Traditional cataract implants only allow focus at one distance. Newer technologies include cataract implants such as the Crystalens that mimic a younger eye’s natural ability to focus at near and far.
Also, several advancements in dry eye treatment, including a tear osmolarity analyzer, have recently been released.
Dr. John Olkowski and Dr. Jon Etter of EyeSight Hawaii say that annual eye exams are a must for seniors, especially for diabetics who should have annual dilated eye exams to evaluate the retina closely. Both doctors are ophthalmologists with specialty in cornea and cataract surgery. EyeSight Hawaii’s office is current with the latest technologies and procedures, and prides itself in catering to senior patients.
EyeSight Hawaii, 650 Iwilei Road, Ste. 210. | 808-735-1935 or visit eyesighthawaii.com