Conditions Seniors Should Be Checked for during Eye Exams

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Seniors should get their eyes examined regularly not only because they need to maintain their eye health but also because these exams can identify additional conditions. If left untreated, the following conditions could have a negative impact on your aging loved one’s sight and overall health. 

High Blood Pressure

Undiagnosed hypertension can damage the heart, the kidneys, and the blood vessels in the back of the eyes. High blood pressure can also cause the retina’s blood vessels to narrow and the optic nerve to swell. A routine eye exam can aid in diagnosing hypertensive retinopathy in its beginning stages.

High blood pressure can have a negative impact on an older adult’s overall wellbeing. If you have a senior loved one who needs help maintaining a high quality of life while aging in place, reach out to Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of in-home care Rhode Island families can rely on. All of our caregivers are bonded, licensed, and insured, there are no hidden fees, and we never ask our clients to sign long-term contracts.

Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic retinopathy is an eye disease that often has no early warning signs. This disease develops when blood vessels in the retina change, causing them to swell and leak. Seniors whose regular eye exams include eye dilation can be checked for this disease and possibly save their sight.


Glaucoma is the accumulation of pressure inside the eye. It can cause a loss of peripheral vision, damage the optic nerve, and even lead to blindness. A yearly eye exam is crucial for diagnosing glaucoma in the beginning stages and preventing loss of sight. Glaucoma is difficult to self-diagnose because there are no warning signs or pain to let a senior know something isn’t right.

Cognitive Decline

Scientists from the University of California, San Francisco, found there could be a connection between slightly enlarged blood vessels in the retina and cognitive deterioration in women. The researchers believe a slight case of retinopathy, which can be diagnosed during a regular eye exam, may indicate the beginning stages of vascular changes in the brain. Early diagnosis and treatment may be the key to delaying cognitive impairment.

If your senior loved one has been diagnosed with a serious condition and needs help with tasks like meal prep, transportation, bathing, and grooming, reach out to Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of home care families can trust. We also offer comprehensive care for seniors with dementia, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s.


Cataracts are almost unavoidable for the elderly. They develop with age as the lenses of the eyes become less flexible. Seniors with cataracts may experience symptoms such as cloudy or blurred vision and sensitivity to light. If cataracts are detected early enough through an eye exam, an updated prescription for eyewear may temporarily delay the need for outpatient surgery. 

Many of these conditions can make it challenging for seniors to live independently. If your aging loved one is managing a serious illness and needs help accomplishing everyday tasks, he or she can benefit from Rhode Island live-in care. Seniors who need around-the-clock assistance can rely on professional live-in caregivers to prepare nutritious meals and snacks, assist with personal hygiene tasks like bathing and grooming, and provide timely medication reminders. Home Care Assistance will work with you to customize a care plan that’s just right for your loved one’s needs. Call one of our friendly Care Managers today at (401) 284-0979 to learn more about our customized care plans.


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