The Importance of Annual Eye Exams

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Many elders and older adults underestimate the importance of annual eye exams as part of their preventative healthcare. If the prescription on a pair of glasses seems to still be working, many seniors elect to skip the visit to the eye doctor. However, the eyes are a window into more than just ocular health! Why are annual eye exams so vital to your health?

Detect Health Problems Early

Numerous medical and vision conditions can be detected early in an eye exam, which opens up treatment options and improves prognosis. During an eye exam, your ophthalmologist could detect:

  1. Cataracts: Age is the top risk factor for cataracts, and untreated cataracts can cause major vision loss. Cataracts are often treatable with a quick outpatient procedure, so having them identified early is the best way to prevent poor vision from putting you in an unsafe situation.
     
  2. Glaucoma: This vision issue arises from an accumulation of pressure in the eye. Over time, it can harm the optic nerve and cause the loss of peripheral vision and permanent vision loss. There are no early signs of glaucoma externally, and many people do not experience pain until the condition is advanced. However, a yearly eye exam can detect it early on and prevent it from worsening.
     
  3. Hypertensive Retinopathy: Most people understand the link between hypertension and kidney and heart issues, but did you know that hypertension can also cause vision damage? Untreated hypertension narrows the blood vessels in the retina due to blood vessel damage elsewhere in the eye. This can lead to swelling in the optic nerve. An eye exam can identify hypertension early and treat the condition.
     
  4. Diabetic Retinopathy: Diabetic retinopathy is currently the leading cause of blindness in older adults, but it also has no early warning signs. However, an annual eye exam can diagnose this issue early.
     
  5. Additional Health Problems: During a thorough eye exam, an ophthalmologist can observe and detect the health of the blood vessels in your retina. These blood vessels are a good indicator of the health of the blood vessels throughout your body. Hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol and some cancers can be detected by the condition of your retinal vessels and blood supply.  

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Deborah Bakalich, Certified Senior Advisor®
Deborah Bakalich, Certified Senior Advisor®
Owner, Certified Senior Advisor (CSA®) & Assisted Living Placement Specialist - Senior Care Lifestyles, LLC provides compassion, guidance and recommendations to families faced with transitioning a loved one into Assisted Living, Dementia/Alzheimer’s Care, Skilled Nursing, Temporary Respite Care or a Continuous Care Retirement Community. Senior Care Lifestyles was founded in 2014 by Deborah Bakalich, a Certified Senior Advisor and graduate from both Towson University and Stevenson. Senior Care Lifestyles is uniquely positioned as a local (not National) Maryland based placement firm familiar with Maryland senior care facilities and in-state financial assistance programs for senior residents. They meet personally with each family to understand the seniors care needs including medical, personal lifestyle preferences, budget, religion and desired geographic location. They pride themselves in locally guiding and educating families through the entire maze of senior living options available and will schedule tours on behalf of the family and accompany the family on visits of communities. They are passionate and committed to finding the perfect match to call home and stays with the family throughout the entire process, every step of the way, until a decision is made, and the senior is safely moved into their new home. Senior Care Lifestyles can also provide the family with trustworthy, vetted, and reputable experts to assist with the transition for organizing, packing, moving, sale of real estate, estate planning, legal services, and determining eligibility for State, Federal and Veterans Benefits to assist with care costs. Deborah is a proud member of the Maryland Senior Resource Network (MSRN) where she has served as Vice President on the Board of Directors. She is a member of the Alzheimer’s Organization, Society of Certified Senior Advisors, Mid-Atlantic Network Group and a member of the Business Opportunity Network (BON).

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