Seeing Clearly in the Golden Years: Eye Care for Seniors

Jun 10, 2016 — by Dr. Parks
Tags: Retinal Diseases Eye Care

A senior eye care patient smiling broadly, her vision sharp and clearAt Pacific Retina Specialists, Dr. David J. Parks is pleased to serve the special eye care needs of senior patients who suffer from a wide range of retinal diseases, including age-related macular degeneration, retinal detachment, and retina vascular disease. He uses state-of-the-art technology and the most advanced techniques in vision care to ensure the comfort, safety, and best possible results for his senior patients, whatever their eye care needs. His reputation for providing superior eye care for seniors at his Beverly Hills, CA practice has spread throughout Southern California, attracting patients who are searching for the best that modern ophthalmology has to offer from throughout the region.

Whether you are a senior patient in need of exceptional eye care, or you are searching for such care on behalf of a loved one, we invite you to reach out to Pacific Retina Specialists today.

Meeting the Unique Eye Care Needs of Senior Patients

As people age, changes occur in the eye, some of which can be anticipated, others that cannot. For instance, all people will develop cataracts if they live long enough. By the age of 75, roughly half of all Americans have either had cataract surgery or have cataracts. This clumping of proteins on the eye’s natural lens will eventually lead to blindness if the lens is not surgically removed and replaced by an artificial intraocular lens (IOL). Fortunately, in the United States, blindness due to cataracts is extremely rare because excellent eye care is readily available. Eye surgeons such as Dr. Parks provide cataract surgery to patients along with premium, multifocal IOLs that offer the possibility of superior unaided vision.

On the other hand, age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a relatively common eye disease of which many people are unaware until it affects them personally. This retinal disease progressively robs people of their sharp, crisp central vision. AMD most commonly affects people over the age of 60 and is currently incurable in both its forms, dry and wet. However, if caught in its earliest stages, AMD can be effectively managed, and vision can be preserved. Dr. Parks has had success with various therapies, including thermal laser surgery and ocular photodynamic therapy in the treatment of wet AMD, the rarer but more destructive form of the disease.

Flashes and floaters also become more prevalent with age. Although these are often harmless, they should always be checked out, especially if they increase in frequency or intensity, as they could be signs of more serious conditions, such as retinal tears or retinal detachment.

As with all patients, Dr. Parks’ senior patients can expect to be treated with respect, courtesy, and the utmost professionalism at all times while under Dr. Parks’ care.

Learn More about Eye Care for Seniors at Pacific Retina Specialists

To learn more about specialized eye care for seniors, or to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. David J. Parks, please contact Pacific Retina Specialists today.

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