Eye Care for Seniors in Fort Myers, FL
Prevention is always the best medicine. As a leading eye care provider in Fort Myers, FL, Elmquist Eye Group cares about the vision of all of our patients, no matter their ages. Not all seniors suffer from eye problems, but diseases such as glaucoma can be present without any symptoms. The best way to catch serious eye conditions and treat them successfully is to detect them early.
Dr. E. Trevor Elmquist and his skilled team – Dr. Kate Wagner, partner, Dr. Nina Burt, and Dr. Sarah Eccles-Brown – have been serving communities in Lee County and throughout Southwest Florida for more than 20 years. We take pride in offering a unique blend of expert eye care and a passion for providing the best service to patients of all ages.
Dr. Elmquist and Dr. Eccles-Brown are board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and fellows of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Drs. Wagner and Burt are skilled optometrists who are board certified by the State of Florida and the National Board of Optometry. Together, we have helped thousands of Floridians enjoy better vision.
Common Senior Eye Conditions and Diseases
Floaters: Floaters are the tiny spots that drift through your field of vision. They affect millions of people and can be very annoying. A comprehensive eye examination will often confirm that these spots and floaters are harmless and do not require any treatment.
Dry Eye: When the eye does not produce enough tears or the tears evaporate too quickly to provide enough lubrication to the eye’s surface, you may suffer from dry eye, an often chronic problem in older adults. The condition may be easily controlled with artificial tears and medicated eye drops.
Cataracts: A cataract is clouding of the normally clear lens inside the eye. The most common cause of cataracts is aging, but they may also be caused by injuries to the eye, medications, such as prednisone and corticosteroids, and by certain diseases, such as diabetes. Cataracts do not have to impair your vision forever; they can be treated with cataract surgery.
Glaucoma: Glaucoma may not have any symptoms, but it is a leading cause of blindness in seniors. Early detection is key because it can be controlled. It is very important to have your eyes checked frequently as you age in order to prevent damage to your eyesight.
Age-Related Macular Degeneration: Occurring more frequently in adults over 50, this is one of the leading causes of vision loss. Macular degeneration is a loss of central vision but does not cause complete blindness.
Retinal Disease: People with diabetes are 25 times more likely to lose vision than those who are not diabetic, and approximately 90% of them will develop diabetic retinopathy. You can avoid substantial vision loss with early diagnosis and treatment. Diabetic retinopathy can be treated with laser to seal off leaking blood vessels and destroy new growth.
If you notice any changes in your vision, schedule an appointment right away with Elmquist Eye Group to avoid being one of the many seniors who suffer from preventable eye problems.
Elmquist Eye Group is committed to providing seniors with the most advanced eye care available in Cape Coral and Fort Myers, FL. Don’t wait until you experience vision problems to make that all-important appointment. Schedule an eye exam today by calling (239) 936-2020.