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Vision Care for Seniors at San Juans Vision Source

At San Juans Vision Source in Eastsound & Friday Harbor, we try to perform early diagnostics in order to address common vision challenges that can develop as you age.

Common Vision Challenges as You Age

Below are some of the most common vision challenges that can affect seniors as they age.  Our doctors can assist patients with the diagnosis and manage the progression of these diseases.  We also can offer recommendations on adjusting your lifestyle to ensure the safety of the patient.

  • Cataracts:  Cataracts lead to blurred vision, putting seniors at a higher risk of serious falls.  Learn more about this eye disease here.
  • Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD):  AMD is a progressive eye disease that causes blurry central vision, making it difficult for individuals to read, see signs, distinguish colors, and recognize faces.  Learn more about AMD and it’s challenges here.
  • Glaucoma:  Glaucoma is an eye condition that damages the optic nerve, causing irreversible vision damage and leading to blindness, loss of peripheral vision, and blurred vision.  Learn about Glaucoma and how we can help here.
  • Diabetic Retinopathy:  Diabetic Retinopathy is an eye disease that causes blindness and vision loss in diabetic patients. Aside from providing care plans that encompass basic needs, assisted living professionals are experienced in diabetes management in seniors.  Learn more about our services for diabetic retinopathy here.
  • Dry Eye:  Dry eye is a condition that causes a painful, irritating, or burning sensation to the eye and is often triggered by age, allergies, weather, medication side effects, or prolonged dehydration. Although dry eye isn’t considered a severe condition, it can negatively affect the quality of life in seniors.  Learn how we can help patients with dry eye here.
  • Ocular Hypertension: Ocular hypertension occurs when the intra-ocular pressure inside the eye is higher than average.
  • Low Vision:  Low vision is the condition of having impaired vision that glasses, medications, and surgery can’t correct. Vision impairment in older adults can be traumatic and may lead to depression, feelings of isolation, and loss of independence. Plus, they’re at higher risk of serious falls and medication errors.

Concerned about your vision as a senior or the vision of your loved one?  Schedule an appointment with us today.

Assisted Living for Seniors Experiencing Vision Challenges

Coupled with the vision care provided by our team at San Juans Vision Source, patients with these conditions can benefit from assisted living communities.  Some of the ways assisted living can help:
  • They can help visually impaired seniors with a safer living environment.  They are designed with emergency response systems and guard rails.
  • Staff at facilities can assist with mobility to prevent falls or assist patients who experience a fall.
  • They offer accessible spaces with optimized indoor lighting, handrails, and other built-in aids that can be beneficial for people with compromised vision.
  • Staff are often trained in recognizing eye symptoms and can assist with medication administration.
  • They are used to the challenges of visually impaired seniors and know how to create a support system and minimize associated risks.

Click here to learn more about how assisted living communities can benefit seniors with eye conditions.

If you are concerned about your vision as a senior or are a family member with a senior who is experiencing change to their vision or eye comfort, make an appointment today.