Diabetic Eye Disease in Elderly Population

The elderly face a number of threats to vision. According to Vision Problems in the U.S., a report by Prevent Blindness America and the National Eye Institute, the age group with the highest prevalence of diabetic retinopathy by percent is 65 to 74. The report notes an 89% spike in diabetic eye disease between 2000 and 2010. The issue of vision problems in the aging population deserves attention.

Although the number of individuals diagnosed with diabetes has increased, proper education and care can help prevent vision loss. There are several approaches to caring for elderly with vision problems.

1. Check lighting in the home- make sure lighting is adequate in all rooms.
2. Continue having regular eye exams and keep eyeglass or contact lens prescriptions up-to-date.
3. Take advantage of aids for low-vision, such as large print options, speech software for computer systems, and video enlargement. These systems can help people with impaired vision make life easier.

To find out more about eye exams, eye health, and  contact lenses or to schedule your next eye exam, contact Steck Eye Care today to schedule your next eye appointment, call us at (414) 628-4235