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Eye Exams are Especially Important for Seniors

Eye care for seniors is much more detailed than just getting a stronger eyeglass prescription or switching from single focal lenses to progressives. There are a number of health risks and degenerative conditions to look out for.

When you book an eye exam with Shaughnessy Optometry, we’ll not only give your eyes the attention they need; we’ll make sure you understand all of our findings and what they mean for your health. Schedule your eye exam today.

How Often Do Seniors Need an Eye Exam?

Once you’ve reached age 60, you need to have your eyes examined at least once a year. This way, we can keep your prescription up to date and monitor your eye health; watching for any indications of disease.

Exceptionally Thorough Eye Care

We will never gamble with your eye health. We’ll use our considerably advanced diagnostic technology to uncover anything that might even hint at a potential problem. Our exams evaluate your eyes inside and out; literally! We’ll not only test your vision, we’ll look at the interior structure of your eyes to make sure everything is working at it should.

Disease Detection

Here are just a few of the diseases we’re looking for when conducting a senior’s eye exam.

As your eye ages, the proteins in the lens of your eye start to restructure. As they do, the lens slowly becomes increasingly cloudy. This is called a cataract, and as it develops, it restricts more and more light from reaching your retina, limiting your vision.

Cataracts can be resolved with a relatively simple surgery.

Glaucoma is a disease that causes damage to the optic nerve and is usually associated with intraocular pressure (IOP). The optic nerve is responsible for sending messages from the eyes to the brain. Damage from glaucoma is usually slow and cumulative; resulting in slow but steady permanent vision loss. In most cases, glaucoma does not present any symptoms aside from the slow vision loss. As a result, by the time a patient notices something is wrong, they have already lost a large portion of their vision.

The only way to prevent significant vision loss due to glaucoma is by catching it early, and the only way to do that is through regular eye exams. Schedule yours today.

The macula is the small central area of your retina which is responsible for your central vision. Sometimes, blood, irregular blood vessels, or fatty deposits called drusen can collect around the macula, causing “blind spots” or shadows. This condition is called age-related macular degeneration or AMD.

Vision loss due to AMD is permanent and irreversible, however, it can be prevented or delayed if the disease is caught early. Since it does not usually create any noticeable symptoms in the early stages, the best way to detect AMD is through regular eye exams.

We’ll check to ensure your macula and retina are healthy with every eye exam. Schedule yours today.

The inside of your eye is filled with a fluid called the vitreous. As you age, the vitreous changes from a gel to more of a liquid. As this change takes place, the vitreous tends to retreat or shrink away from the retina (often causing flashes and floaters). This process is normal and typically not vision threatening, however, in some cases the pulling of the vitreous can cause the retina to detach. Retinal detachment can be vision threatening without treatment.

In checking the health of your retina and macula, we’ll also look for any indication of vitreous detachment and any potential threat of retinal detachment.

Stylish New Frames are Waiting for You

After your appointment, why not browse our exceptional selection of fashionable quality frames? With popular brands like Etnia Barcelona, FYSH, Swarovski, Tom Ford and MODO, you can rest assured that you’re investing in quality, trustworthy eyewear. Browse all of our eyewear brands.

We Offer In-House Edging

We understand that you don’t want to wait for your new glasses. Our in-house edging lab allows us to get your glasses back sooner, and at a lower cost to you!

Happy with your signature look? In most cases, we can put new lenses into your current frames. Bring us your current glasses; we may be able to have them ready with new lenses within 2 hours.

Visit Our Shaughnessy Location

We’re located on Oak Street, just across the street from Emily Carr Public School and beside the Easter Seal house. Stop in, take a look around our office, and say hello; we’d love to meet you. Our patients have access to free street-level parking in our parking lot adjacent to the Royal Bank.

Address

3955 Oak St
Vancouver BC, V6H 2M7

Contact Information

Phone: (604) 677-4100

Hours

Monday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday: Closed

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