Senior Eye Health
Your vision changes as you get older. The best way to deal with these changes is to anticipate them and to take steps to safeguard the health of your eyes. People over the age of 60 are more prone to the following conditions:
- Dry eye
- Retinal Detachment
- Macular degeneration
- Temporal arteritis or Giant cell arteritis
Chronic diseases such as Diabetes and Hypertension can also cause changes in your retina and cause loss of vision. Moreover, long term use of certain medications to treat common ailments such as amiodarone for irregular heartbeat, plaquenil (hydroxychloroquin) for arthritis and other connective tissue diseases, and tamoxifen for breast cancer can also adversely affect the health of the eye and need regular ophthalmic screening to detect any signs of toxicity.
One of the easiest ways to stay on top of your eye health is to have regular eye exams. Because many of the age-related health problems that can cause vision loss develop painlessly and may not have any noticeable effects on your vision, regular eye exams can significantly improve your chances of diagnosing and treating these problems before they become serious. The American Optometric Association recommends that everyone over the age of 60 get an eye exam every year.