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Why Senior Eye Exams Are So Important

Why Senior Eye Exams Are So Important

As we age, our bodies and eyes change and we can be at increased risk for various age-related eye conditions. From 40 years of age and up, age-related eye vision changes are noticeable, which is why annual eye exams are essential in monitoring your eye health. Senior eye exams are an important tool in preserving vision and overall eye health. After the age of 65, the cost of annual eye exams is covered under your Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan (AHCIP). Regular senior eye exams can detect age-related eye conditions, prompting fast and early treatment that can help prevent vision loss, and maintain eye health throughout your life.

Senior Eye Exams Can Detect These Age-Related Conditions

Here are some common age-related eye conditions that seniors can experience and how senior eye exams can help address these conditions.

Cataracts: Cataracts are a clouding of the lens in the eye that can lead to blurred vision and sensitivity to light. A senior eye exam can detect cataracts and determine the appropriate course of action, including cataract surgery if needed.

Glaucoma: Glaucoma is a group of eye conditions that damage the optic nerve and can lead to vision loss. Early detection and treatment of glaucoma are critical to preserving vision, and a senior eye exam can help detect glaucoma and provide treatment options.

Macular Degeneration (AMD): Macular degeneration is a condition that affects the center of the retina and can lead to vision loss. Regular senior eye exams can help detect age-related macular degeneration and provide treatment options to slow the progression of the disease.

Diabetic Retinopathy: Diabetic retinopathy is a condition that affects people with diabetes and can lead to vision loss. A senior eye exam can detect diabetic retinopathy and provide treatment options to slow the progression of the disease.

Dry Eye Syndrome: Dry eye is a common condition that can lead to discomfort, irritation, and vision problems. A senior eye exam can help diagnose dry eye, determine the cause of dry eye syndrome, and provide treatment options to alleviate symptoms.

What To Expect During Your Senior Eye Exam

When you book your senior eye exam, this is what you can expect during your appointment: 

Patient History: Your eye doctor will ask about your medical and eye history, including any current symptoms or concerns you may have.

Visual Acuity Test: This test will assess your ability to see clearly at different distances, using a chart with letters or symbols.

Refraction Test: Your eye doctor will use a machine to determine your prescription for glasses or contact lenses.

Slit Lamp Exam: Next, your eye doctor will use a special microscope to examine the front part of your eye, including the cornea, iris, and lens.

Dilated Eye Exam: Drops will be placed in your eyes to dilate the pupils, allowing the eye doctor to examine the back of the eye and check for signs of age-related eye conditions such as cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy.

Eye Pressure Test: This test measures the pressure inside your eye, which can be an early sign of glaucoma.

Visual Field Test: This test measures peripheral vision, which can be affected by certain eye conditions such as glaucoma.

Review and Discussion: Your eye doctor will review the results of the tests and discuss any findings with you, including any recommended treatment options.

Senior Eye Exams At Market Mall Optometry

Regular senior eye exams can help detect and treat age-related eye conditions, preserving your vision and improving your quality of life. Don't wait until it's too late to protect your vision. If you're a senior experiencing any vision problems, book your senior eye exam appointment with Market Mall Optometry. Senior eye exams with the skilled and experienced optometrists at Market Mall Optometry can help detect age-related eye conditions before they start to limit vision. Our optometrists will work with you to develop a management plan to slow or stop the progression of eye conditions. To schedule a senior eye exam and keep your vision and eye health safe, contact Market Mall Optometry at 403-286-4884 or through our online contact form.


Q: How often should seniors have eye exams?
A: It is recommended that seniors have comprehensive eye exams every 1-2 years, or more frequently if they have a chronic eye condition or other health issues.

Q: What should I bring to a senior eye exam?
A: You should bring your current glasses or contact lenses, a list of any medications you are taking, and any information about your medical and eye history.

Q: Can a senior eye exam detect other health problems?
A: Yes, during a senior eye exam, the eye doctor can detect signs of other health issues such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes, and provide a referral for treatment if necessary.

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