Healthy Vision as You Age
At Ratas Optical, we help keep your eyes healthy and your vision clear, no matter your age. Because our eyes age as we do, older adults are more likely to encounter certain eye diseases and potential vision issues.
If eye issues are identified early, they can be managed and controlled. Regular eye exams are an essential part of the early identification and management of eye and vision problems.
Book your next eye exam today.
When Should You Visit?
As you age, every aspect of your health starts to require more and more attention—especially your eyes. From ages 20 to 64, it’s recommended to visit for eye exams every 2 years. However, as the eyes age, more frequent eye exams are recommended.
After the age of 65, it’s best to visit for yearly eye exams. Depending on other health conditions, we may recommend a different eye exam schedule.
Eye Diseases Affecting Seniors
One of the major risks of aging eyes is eye diseases and conditions. Even though some eye diseases rarely show early warning signs and symptoms, It’s important to know if you’re at risk and visit for regular exams.
Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) can develop in two different ways—dry AMD and wet AMD. The disease is the leading cause of blindness in people over 55 years of age.
Dry AMD is caused by drusen deposits in the macula. Over time, these deposits will build up and start to cause blind spots in a patient’s vision. If not managed, these blind spots can eventually turn into total vision loss.
Wet AMD normally occurs as a result of dry AMD. This type of AMD is caused by blood vessels breaking under the macula. The liquid from these blood vessels can cause partial vision loss and blindness.
While cataracts aren’t exactly an eye disease, they can cause partial vision loss and eventually blindness. In a healthy eye, the lens of the eye is clear. Cataracts are the clouding of this natural lens. This process happens as the eye ages but can also be caused by other factors like smoking and diabetes.
Once cataracts start to cause vision loss, they’ll need to be managed with a higher lens prescription or treated with cataract surgery.
Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that target the optic nerve. As it’s one of the leading causes of blindness in people over 60 years of age, we regularly test for it during senior eye exams. Regular eye exams are often the only way to identify glaucoma early before serious eye damage.
If identified early, glaucoma management can be used to help prevent blindness and partial vision loss.
Protect Your Eyes
Regular eye exams should always be part of your healthcare routine, especially as you age. Book your yearly eye exam today.
You can find our practice in our building on Danforth Ave. If you need any help finding our practice, give us a call!
- Phone: 416-465-6251
- Fax: 416-465-8648
- Email: [email protected]
- 219 Danforth Ave
- Toronto, ON M4K 1N2
Hours of Operation
- Monday: Closed
- Tuesday: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Wednesday: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Thursday: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Friday: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Saturday: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Sunday: Closed