Eye advice for the Over 60s by Leighton Griffiths, Store Director at Specsavers Opticas Marbella.
Specsavers advises everyone over the age of 60 to have an eye test at least once a year as older eyes are susceptible to certain changes which can be detected during an eye test.
Why should I have a regular eye test?
Some people wait until their vision becomes impaired before having an eye test. This can be risky because some eye conditions can have few noticeable symptoms until they reach an advanced stage. For those over the age of 60 it is suggested that they make an annual eye test part of their normal healthcare routine.
What problems can affect the eyes over 60?
Cataracts – The lens becomes opaque, blurring vision and even leading to loss of sight if left untreated.
Glaucoma – A build-up of fluid within the eye can increase pressure, which in turn damages the optic nerve. The loss of visual field often occurs gradually and slowly therefore can be difficult to notice and this loss of vision can never be recovered, so prompt diagnosis is essential.
Macular degeneration – In older people, the macula – the centre of the retina which is used for detailed vision – thins and occasionally bleeds. This can lead to distortion, or even loss, of central vision.
How can an eye test identify these conditions?
Modern testing equipment can help opticians to see the back of the eye. With this information, if there looks to be any issues patients will be referred to the right medical professional for treatment.
Specsavers Opticas Marbella, is located on Avda. de Ricardo Soriano 12, Local 5A. They have Digital Retinal Cameras and use this cutting edge technology as standard as part of their thorough eye test.