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Senior Eye Care Exams
Taking good care of health as you age is important to maintain a comfortable, happy, productive life. Part of being proactive about protecting your health is staying aware of changes in vision. The best way to do this is through regular eye exams.
Dr. David R. Frazee, O.D., completed a Master of Science degree in biology from Texas Southern University before earning his Doctor of Optometry degree from the University of Houston. He also holds Bachelor of Science degrees in biology and physiological optics from UH.
The Texas Optometry Board certified Dr. Frazee in 1992 as a therapeutic optometrist and in 2000 as a glaucoma specialist -- skills essential for senior vision care.
An eye exam with Dr. Frazee guarantees top diagnosis and treatment of any problems that may be developing in your vision.
Not all change in eyes is related to shifts in near and far vision. From the age of 60 onward, eye diseases and disorders become more prevalent and affect safety as well as ease of vision. Some common vision problems related to aging that Dr. Frazee treats include:
Have you noticed sparkling halos around bright lights at night? They are a sign of cataracts -- cloudy spots on the normally translucent lenses of your eyes.
Cataracts blur vision, diminish nighttime acuity and reduce sensitivity to colors. The good news is they can be removed surgically. However, if left untreated, cataracts may cause blindness.
Diabetic damage to blood vessels in the retina (the back of the eye) creates symptoms such as blurring or darkening of vision, floaters, and impairment of color perception.
Although incurable, diabetic retinopathy can be managed through careful diabetes management and, in advanced cases, laser treatment or surgery.
Changes in peripheral vision may indicate glaucoma, which is caused by increased fluid pressure on the optic nerve. It can lead to blindness.
You may not experience symptoms in the early stages of glaucoma as optic nerve destruction begins. So, regular eye exams are crucial.
Macular degeneration destroys central vision, the key to reading and noticing details, such as facial expression. Although the condition allows you to see peripheral surroundings clearly, it obscures what is directly in front of you.
Early identification of macular degeneration during an eye exam aids in slowing the progress of this problem.
It's never too early to protect your vision or the eyesight of those you love. Dr. David R. Frazee, O.D., Family Eye Care, 1410 North Plano Road, Richardson, TX, provides therapeutic optometry for patients of all ages. We serve Richardson, Garland, Frisco, Plano, Wylie and the greater Dallas area.
Dr. Frazee is a longtime Richardson eye doctor you can count on for accurate exams and treatment. Please call 972-845-5785 for an appointment or book online. We're open Monday through Friday.