Eye Care for Seniors in Cape Coral, FL
Elmquist Eye Group provides expert, high-quality eye care for seniors in Cape Coral, Fort Myers, and throughout Lee County, FL. We can help you maintain excellent vision throughout your life.
Dr. Trevor Elmquist is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and specializes in general ophthalmology and cataract surgery. Dr. Elmquist has been selected for the past four consecutive years as one of America’s Top Doctors in ophthalmology by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.
Dr. Elmquist’s skilled team includes Dr. Kate Wagner, partner, and Dr. Nina Burt, who are board certified optometrists, and Dr. Sarah Eccles-Brown, who is a board certified ophthalmologist and a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
The team takes a personal interest in every patient, skillfully diagnosing and treating a wide range of eye conditions. Our patients find it comforting to have compassionate, concerned physicians who take a genuine interest in their eye health and provide valuable advice.
Common Eye Problems for Seniors
Age-related vision impairment affects tens of millions of Americans, and the risk increases with each decade of life, starting around the age of 40. What are common problems in the aging eye and how are they treated?
Cataracts are cloudy areas in the normally clear lens of the eye. They affect 20,000,000 million Americans aged 40 and older. The most common cause of cataracts is aging, but there are other causes. Cataracts may also be caused by an injury to the eye, by some medications, such as prednisone and corticosteroids, and by certain diseases, such as diabetes. The good news is that they can be cured by means of cataract surgery.
Glaucoma affects 2,700,000 million Americans age 40 and older. It causes vision loss and eventual blindness by damaging the optic nerve. There is no cure for it yet, and lost vision cannot be regained. Getting a comprehensive dilated eye exam at Elmquist Eye Group is the most important thing you can do to detect the disease before it damages your vision. When diagnosed and treated at an early stage, glaucoma can be controlled.
When the surface of your eye lacks sufficient lubrication, you may find yourself suffering from dry eyes. Dry eyes can occur at any age, but are more common in adults over the age of 50. Treatment includes artificial tears and lubricating eye drops and gels (available without a prescription) which help provide moisture and lubrication to the surface of the eye.
If you are diabetic, it’s important to find an eye doctor who is knowledgeable about and experienced with diabetic eye disease. At Elmquist Eye Group, we perform a thorough retinal exam through dilated pupils to check for any diabetic complications, including diabetic retinopathy and macular edema, leading causes of blindness in American adults. If caught early, they can be successfully treated.
Macular degeneration, often called age-related macular degeneration, or AMD, affects the part of the retina that is responsible for sharp central vision (called the macula). Elmquist Eye Group performs painless, non-invasive tests that allow us to see what is happening in your retina. Depending on the findings and severity of the condition, we may refer you to a retinal specialist for treatment.
We believe that prevention is always the best medicine. If you notice changes in your vision, make an appointment right away to avoid being one of the many seniors who are suffering from preventable eye problems.
At Elmquist Eye Group in Cape Coral and Fort Myers, we’re always happy to answer your questions about eye care for seniors and address your concerns. Get in touch with us today at (239) 936-2020 to schedule an appointment.