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Senior Eye Exams FAQ from Our Optometrist in Richardson

None of us are getting any younger, and that includes our eyes as well as the rest of us. But what does this mean in terms of eye diseases and disorders, and what do you need to know about the senior eye exams that can detect such issues? Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions about senior eye exams at our optometry center, David R. Frazee, O.D.

Elderly couple enjoying their time outside.

How are senior eye exams different from other eye exams I've had in the past?

Senior eye exams include all the principal eye and vision tests that any adult experiences at our optometry center. The main difference is that we pay special attention to diseases and concerns known to become more of a problem after age 60.

Which eye diseases and disorders become more of a threat in the senior years?

Dry eye is a common (and irritating) problem which develops as the tear ducts produce less moisture; medication usage may aggravate this issue further. The risks of sight-robbing diseases such as cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy also rise with age.

How frequently should I schedule senior eye exams?

The American Optometric Association urges everyone over the age of 60 to schedule a comprehensive eye and vision exam at least once a year. If you're suffering from a serious eye condition or degenerating vision, more frequent checks may be advisable.

How does your Richardson optometrist check for cataracts?

Our Richardson optometrist, Dr. Frazee, uses a method called slit lamp testing to view the lenses of the eyes under bright light and magnification. This technique can reveal even the earliest signs of cataracts.

What methods are used to test my eyes for glaucoma?

Tonometry, or eye pressure testing, is a common method of evaluating your glaucoma risk. Our optometrist can also view your optic nerves directly to look for signs of the damage this disease causes. Peripheral vision testing is another means of catching early-stage vision loss due to glaucoma.

How does your optometrist look for retinal problems?

Our optometrist dilates your pupils to get the best possible view of retina, macula and blood vessels of the eye. Vision tests can also tell us whether you're experiencing the visual distortions associated with these conditions.

How does my overall health factor into my senior eye exam?

Age-related health problems such as high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes can have a direct impact on your ocular wellness. We will take your overall medical history, current health, any vision symptoms and prescribed medications into account as we evaluate your eyes and vision.

Contact Our Optometrist in Richardson, TX to Schedule an Eye Exam Today!

If you want to make sure your aging eyes continue to brighten your life with the optimal vision for years to come, get more answers to your questions by experiencing a senior eye exam. Contact us at 972-669-4141 to schedule your appointment today!