Routine eye care, including comprehensive eye exams, should be on everyone’s medical checklist. These services help to ensure the long-term health of the eyes and alert eye doctors to any potential problems so that treatment can be started right away. While these services are beneficial to all, it is especially important for senior patients to prioritize eye health. As the eyes age, they become vulnerable to a number of eye health problems and diseases, many of which require vision correction to restore crisp, focused eye sight. Dr. Raul Peña offers eye care for seniors at his practice serving the Rio Grande Valley so that these patients can continue to benefit from healthy eyes and clear vision as they enjoy their golden years.
General Eye Care
Every individual should undergo a comprehensive eye exam at least once a year. These exams are the best way to monitor the health and functions of the eyes, as well as to create any necessary treatment plan to ensure that the eyes remain healthy and functional. When a patient suffers from vision impairment, when an eye disease has developed, or when a patient is at high risk for eye disease (as is the case for most seniors), these appointments should be scheduled more frequently. In general, it is recommended that senior patients schedule a comprehensive eye exam at least once a year. If any complications or symptoms develop in between these appointments, they should be reported to Dr. Peña right away.
Vision impairment can impact even very young children, and many people deal with this problem all of their life. However, even individuals who have never experienced vision impairment may see a shift in vision as they reach their senior stage of life. As the eyes age, some of the muscles may weaken and patients may have trouble focusing on images. Presbyopia, an impairment of reading vision, is especially common in senior patients. In many cases, vision loss may also be a side effect of an eye disease or degenerative condition. Dr. Peña can look at each individual case and recommend an appropriate treatment plan based on the patient’s unique needs. Dr. Peña offers a wide range of vision correction services including corrective lenses and laser vision treatment.
Specialty Services for Seniors
Unfortunately, as a patient ages, his or her risk of eye disease increases as well. Dr. Peña offers specialty eye care services to address the most common eye problems effecting seniors. These eye complications include the following:
- Retinal disorders
- Macular degeneration
Each of these conditions can compromise eye health and inhibit a person’s visual functions. Fortunately, Dr. Peña offers eye services that can help control or treat these conditions in order to help patients maintain clear eyesight for the duration of their senior years.
Schedule an Appointment
Routine eye care is the cornerstone of good eye health. If you are looking for quality professional eye care to help you maintain your eye health and vision as you age, Dr. Raul Peña can help. Schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience to learn more about our wide range of eye care services.