As you age, you will discover that your vision is not like it used to be. That is when you should consult with us about what is normal vision change and what is problematic. When you visit Hofacre Optometric Corporation, with offices in Chino Hills and San Dimas, you will receive quality geriatric eye care from eye doctors who care for you and understand your eye changes.
Common Eye Changes
Our eyes change as we age, and some ways are normal. One of these changes is called presbyopia, which is the lens of the eye becoming stiffer with age. This is when people start to need reading glasses but otherwise have a near-perfect vision. The solution is simple; you get reading glasses. But be sure to confirm with our optometrist that presbyopia is your only problem.
Another common problem can be very bothersome. Floaters look like specks of dark spots moving around the eyes. As long as they are just a few, it is not anything to worry about. If you suddenly have too many floaters, it is time to see an eye doctor.
Dry eyes or tearing can also be an issue. For dry eyes, eye drops usually work fine, if they aren’t used too many times each day. Excessive dryness or tearing should be checked out by an eye doctor.
Problematic Eye Changes
Glaucoma can lead to blindness or permanent vision loss. Thankfully, it is treatable. Regular eye exams can detect it early and prevent it from getting worse.
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) makes it difficult to focus on detail-related tasks. Your vision will start becoming distorted, fuzzy, or shadowy. It is possible to detect it in its early stages by visiting our optometry office. This can be serious, so visit us as soon as possible if any problems occur.
Cataracts will affect about half of all Americans by the age of 80. If left untreated, they can cause blindness. The lens of an eye may become cloudy over time. There are eye surgeries that can change the lens to correct this condition.
People with diabetes can develop diabetic eye disease (diabetic retinopathy). Our optometrist may notice an onset of diabetes before your regular doctor can. Diabetes is serious, so it is essential to have annual eye exams as a part of your health routine.
Proper Eye Care at Any Age
Even if you rarely wear glasses, you should get an eye exam once at least every one or two years. If in the past, an eye doctor has noticed elevated eye pressure, the slow development of cataracts, or another eye health issue, it is best to have annual eye exams. Visit us if you start to have major vision problems or if you have any questions about your changing vision. If you would like to schedule an appointment with us at Hofacre Optometric Corporation, call our Chino Hills office at (909) 628-0091 or our San Dimas office at (909) 394-4545.