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Eye Glasses | Senior Eye Care
The health of your eyes, while important to the young, is even more important asyou age. Eye sight, in general, tends to deteriorate over time. You may have had perfect 20/20 vision in your younger years, but have noticed recently that your vision just isn't what it used to be. It is therefore more important than ever to make eye care a top priority.
The health of yours eyes can be evaluated by either an optometrist or ophthalmologist. An eye exam usually consists of several different tests to evaluate various aspects of your vision. These aspects include your peripheralvision (how well you can see at the outer limits of your visual field), visualacuity (how clear your vision is), and intraocular pressure (how much pressureis inside the eye). Generally, glasses are prescribed if you are either nearsighted (can see close objects clearly) or farsighted (can see far away objects clearly). In the event that your vision is blurry both close up and faraway, bifocals can be prescribed.
Many times, if you are provided with an eye glass prescription, you will be able to obtain glasses right in your doctor's office. However, you also have the option of taking your prescription to an eye glass store. Many eye glass stores will also accept vision insurance, thereby reducing or eliminating your out of pocket expense. In addition, stores that specialize in eye glasses will many times have a larger selection of different styles and brands. After all,fashionable styles have nothing to do with age!
While both, Optometrists and Ophthalmologists can provide a prescription for glasses, if needed, Ophthalmologists can also treat other eye conditions, such asglaucoma or cataracts. Glaucoma is a disease of the optic nerve, that can be permanent. Cataracts is a cloudy film that forms on the lens of the eye, making it difficult to see clearly. These conditions can be caused or aggravated by many health conditions common to the older population, including hypertension and diabetes. This is why regular eye exams are so important.
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