Senior Eye Care at Our Lubbock Optometry Center
None of us is getting any younger, and that goes for our eyes as well. Older eyes are at greater risk for certain diseases, some of which can cause blindness without proper monitoring and treatment. We're proud to provide senior eye care services at our Lubbock optometry center.
Senior Eye Care Services
We can help aging eyes with:
Cataracts can develop at any age, but they most commonly afflict seniors after many years of slow growth. The lens becomes cloudy and opaque, reducing color and night vision while also blurring daytime vision. Your optometrist can compensate for mild cataracts with corrective lenses. If a more severe cataract requires surgical removal, we can provide your pre-operative and post-operative care.
Glaucoma is a disease that occurs when the optic nerves suffer progressive, irreparable damage due to the unusually high fluid pressure inside the eye. You may suffer extensive optic nerve damage before the actual vision loss becomes apparent, but regular eye exams and pressure testing can help us catch glaucoma in time to prescribe treatment. Special eye drops and oral medications can stabilize most cases of glaucoma by getting the eyes' fluid pressure under better control.
Diabetic retinopathy is a retinal disorder caused by the effects of diabetes on the delicate blood vessels of the eye, leading to permanent vision loss. Since the risk of diabetes increases with age, we advise seniors to get regular medical checkups so the disease can be caught and controlled early. Comprehensive eye exams can also reveal early signs of diabetes; in fact, some people actually discover they are diabetic during an eye exam, making these routine procedures not only potentially sight-saving but also potentially life-saving.
Macular degeneration generally appears during your 50s or 60s, robbing you of your central vision by destroying the retinal cells that produce it, a zone called the macula. Early macular degeneration may not produce obvious symptoms, but as the disease progresses and abnormal blood vessels in the eye appear, you may not be able to see objects directly in front of you clearly. Your Lubbock optometrist can prescribe dietary and lifestyle changes to minimize this disease's development. Advanced cases may benefit from injectable medications.
As you age, your eyes tend to produce fewer tears. The resulting lack of protective tear film can cause dry eye, with symptoms including redness, itching, and blurry vision. Dry eye can contribute to eye infections and corneal ulceration if it goes untreated. We can treat dry eye with artificial tears, prescription eye drops, nutritional advice and lifestyle recommendations to help you keep your eyes hydrated.
Call Our Optometrist Today for a Senior Eye Exam
A senior eye exam every year helps us make sure your eyes are getting the support they need for many more years of optimal vision. Call Ginter Eyecare Center 806-798-8820 today to schedule your eye exam!