A seminar on Eye Health for Senior Citizens is presented each year on Senior's Day at Dr. Pae's Downtown Toronto clinic. This seminar, which is presented by Dr. Pae, focuses on the importance of regular annual eye examinations. This seminar is open to all existing patients as well as those interested in learning more about eye health for Senior Citizens.
Many seniors grew up in a time when health care had a more "reactive" approach - that is, you went to see a doctor only if you were sick. Today, health care takes a more "proactive" approach. Seniors should have regularly scheduled, annual eye examinations. These remove the guesswork of relying only on the presence or absence of symptoms as a measure of eye health and visual function. At annual examinations, potential threats to vision can be detected and treated before they become bigger problems. Many problems that threaten seniors' eyes, such as primary open-angle glaucoma, remain symptom-less until they progress to further stages, when vision loss may not be reversible.
Q. How often should seniors have their eyes examined?
A. Once a year, and more often if you have specific problems that need to be monitored. The Ministry of Health recommends annual eye examinations for all seniors, and seniors are allowed to have one eye examination per year covered by their Ontario Health Card.
Q. What are the common eye problems that affect seniors?
A. Refractive error (the need for corrective lenses), cataract (gradual loss of transparency of the lens of the eye), glaucoma (damage to the optic nerve of the eye associated with high pressure of the fluid within the eye), and macular degeneration (loss of central vision due to deterioration of the corresponding retinal receptor cells of the macula) are some of the eye problems that commonly affect seniors.