If you’re noticing more of your friends wearing glasses recently, there’s a reason for that. As you get older, the changes in your eyesight accelerate. What used to be a gradual need for better vision correction turns into a rapid decline. Instead of an eye exam every couple of years, our optometry team at Christenson Vision Care recommends that you come in for a comprehensive examination every year.

Noticeable Changes in Your Vision

Everyone is different, but it’s common for every older person to experience at least some of these symptoms:

  • More problems dealing with glare
  • A need for more light to do simple tasks
  • Problems distinguishing between similar colors
  • Reduced production in tears

Any or all of these symptoms can make it difficult for you to get through your normal day. If you’re experiencing any of these signs of aging eyes, it’s a sign that you need to come into our office for a consultation.

Optometrist Talks About Serious Eye Diseases

You may have spent your entire adult life with close to the same vision prescription, or even perfect eyesight, but once you reach about 50 years of age your chances of more serious changes increases. Our optometrist will check for a wide variety of issues during your eye exam, including:

  • Glaucoma
  • Cataracts
  • Macular degeneration
  • Ocular hypertension

It’s All About Early Treatment

All of the serious diseases senior eyes can develop might exist in your eyes for months or years before creating any symptoms. If they’re caught in these early stages, before you can even tell they’re there, our optometrist has a good chance of treating them to delay or prevent any permanent damage. If you wait until the symptoms are bad enough to affect your daily activities, the damage may already be too extensive to correct.

The only way to find out if you have the early stages of any vision-threatening disease is by having a comprehensive eye exam. If you’re diagnosed with an early case of any of these diseases, our optometrist can offer treatment and advice for keeping your sight in good condition for as long as possible.

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