Your sight is precious and as you age, it is important to preserve this special sense that has given you so much enjoyment over the years. Your eyeDOCS optometrist can help you manage your eye health.
Early detection is critical in successfully treating and preventing eye conditions before they lead to major visual changes.
- Presbyopia: a natural effect of aging in which the ability to focus on close objects decreases over time. Presbyopia can cause headaches, blurred vision, and the need for more light while reading and sore eyes.
- Cataracts: distorted or cloudy vision caused by the lens inside the eye losing its transparency over time. Cataracts can require changes to your glasses or surgical removal.
- Diabetic Retinopathy: a weakening or swelling of the tiny blood vessels in the retina of your eye, and the growth of new blood vessels resulting in blood leakage and other changes. If diabetic retinopathy is left untreated, blindness can result.
- Macular degeneration: a disease that results in degenerative changes to your central vision, and is a leading cause of vision loss among older adults.
- Glaucoma: a “silent thief” that often has no symptoms until significant damage has occurred. Glaucoma is caused by elevated pressure within the eye, and can lead to serious vision loss if not detected and treated at an early stage.
- Low vision: very limited sight that, without treatment, interferes with a person’s daily activities.
Very often, serious eye conditions can develop without obvious symptoms, making the ongoing management of vision health a key factor in everyone’s overall healthcare plan.
A comprehensive eye examination by your optometrist is the first step to maintaining your eyes. OHIP provides coverage for yearly comprehensive eye examinations for Ontario residents aged 65 and over. Your optometrist may also recommend additional testing as part of your comprehensive eye examination such as Optomap, visual field testing, and optical coherence tomography.