Professional Eye Care Helps Senior Patients Preserve Eye Health
By David Gross on July 01, 2016
At Deen-Gross Eye Centers, preserving clear vision for our patients is a top priority. Clear vision allows patients to maintain a degree of function and freedom that is invaluable. Any patient is susceptible to eye infections or diseases that can alter vision, but no group of patients is more vulnerable than seniors. Once a patient reaches the age of 65, the risk of eye complications increases dramatically. Our experienced team of eye doctors provides eye care services to monitor the health and function of the eyes so that, as conditions develop, they can be treated before any permanent damage occurs. We offer a full range of eye care for seniors at our Merrillville, IN practice, including treatments for the leading causes of blindness in elderly patients. Under the superior care of our doctors, senior patients can continue to enjoy clear, focused vision that allows them to maintain their independence as they age.
The Importance of Eye Exams
One of the most valuable services that we offer our senior patients is a comprehensive eye exam. An eye exam is important to patients of all ages. Ideally, patients should schedule an eye exam at least once every two years. However, because senior patients are more likely to develop eye diseases that threaten vision, we recommend more frequent exams for these patients. To ensure that any eye diseases or other eye complications are detected early, we suggest that all patients over the age of 65 schedule a comprehensive eye exam once a year.
At a routine eye exam, our doctors will examine all layers of the eye. In addition to running several routine tests, we will also discuss the patient’s medical history, as well as any symptoms that the patient may be experiencing. We have refractive, corneal, and glaucoma specialists on staff at our practice; these doctors work together to determine if any eye diseases or complications are present. If the patient is in need of any treatment, or requires an increase in their eye prescription, additional appointments will be scheduled so that the problem can be addressed before it progresses further.
Diagnosis is one important step to preserving eye health and vision, but treatment is another. Most damage that occurs to the eyes is irreversible. However, we offer a full range of treatments for the most common types of eye diseases and vision impairment. These treatments focus on preventing further damage from occurring and preserving as much of the patient’s vision as possible. When conservative treatments no longer prove effective, we also offer surgical treatments to restore eye health and vision. Below are some of the treatments we offer that may be especially beneficial to our senior patients:
- Laser eye surgery
- Cataract surgery
- Glaucoma treatment, including surgery
- Corneal transplant
Routine eye care is the greatest defense a patient has for protecting the eyes against the effects of aging. If you are looking for skilled and experienced eye doctors to care for the health and function of your eyes, contact us at Deen-Gross Eye Centers at your earliest convenience.
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"After wearing glasses my entire life, Dr. Gross corrected my eyesight to better than 20/20 vision."Richard B - St. John, IN