Eye Exams for Seniors By Gordon Wong, OD on March 07, 2020

Middle-aged man has eye examined in an office settingAdvanced age is a risk factor for many eye conditions. The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends that adults age 60 and over visit their eye doctor every year or two for a complete eye exam. Early diagnosis of eye problems can prevent irreversible damage.

Drs. Gordon Wong and Wildon Wong offer comprehensive eye exams for seniors in La Jolla, CA. Gordon Wong Eye Designs & Optometry offers everything from precise diagnoses to high-quality eyewear solutions in one convenient location. The eye center also serves Carmel Valley, CA, and San Diego, CA. Read on to learn more about what to expect at eye exams for seniors.

The Risk of Eye Disease Increases with Age

The cumulative effect of age and sun exposure increases the risk of age-related eye conditions. One in three adults over the age of 65 has some form of vision-reducing eye disease, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Symptoms for many of these conditions may not be immediately noticeable, which is why regular eye exams are so important. If you have a family history of eye problems or diabetes, you may be at increased risk of developing eye conditions. 

Common Vision Conditions in Seniors

Common age-related conditions include:

  • Glaucoma: This serious eye problem causes an increase in intraocular pressure. If left untreated, glaucoma can lead to permanent vision loss. Our eye center offers glaucoma treatment that can relieve discomfort while restoring your eye health.
  • Cataracts: Like a camera lens, the human lens can obscure vision if it becomes cloudy. This eye condition gradually sets in with age. Our office offers safe and effective cataract surgery to treat this eye problem.
  • Retinal disorders: Retinal disorders include age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal detachment, and other retinal-related disorders.
  • Conjunctivitis: Pink eye causes the eye of the eye to become red or pinkish in color. Conjunctivitis can by caused by bacteria, viruses, and allergies.

Beyond eye conditions and diseases, common eye problems associated with advanced age include:

  • Presbyopia (inability to read small print)
  • Floaters
  • Dry eyes
  • Watery eyes

During your eye exam at Gordon Wong Eye Designs & Optometry in La Jolla, one of our eye doctors will perform a comprehensive exam that will diagnose any of these listed conditions or eye problems.

What to Expect during Your Eye Exam

Your eye exam will include chart readings to test your vision. Beyond vision tests, one of our doctors will use high-powered lenses to examine the structure of your eyes. Additional tests will measure eye pressure and ocular motility (eye mobility), among other eye functions.

We welcome patients to come with questions they may have. Bringing a list of eye symptoms that you have concerns about can help our doctor diagnose potential eye problems.

If any eye conditions, diseases, or problems are found, you will be given treatment at that time or a later date. We ask patients to arrive 10 minutes early and to plan for a one-hour visit.

Schedule Your Eye Exam Today

Regular eye exams can detect eye problems before they impact your vision and health. Our eye doctors use state-of-the-art technology and have years of experience dealing with a wide range of vision concerns. To schedule your eye exam, please contact our office online or call (858) 454-4699.

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