While basic eye care is important for everyone, not everyone needs the same things from their eye care provider. Eyes change as we age and are constantly undergoing subtle visual acuity changes and are susceptible to different conditions at different times during our lifespan. Our family eye care Riverside doctor at EyeCare Associates of San Bernardino is experienced in dealing with the special needs of patients at different stages of life and has tailored our practice’s eye exams to each specific life phase, especially children and seniors.
It is extremely important for the young child to be checked by our family eye care Riverside practice regularly because clear vision is essential during these intense periods of learning and development. Many acute eye problems start very early and the sooner they are diagnosed and addressed the more the child can learn to compensate. The most common eye condition; nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism can be diagnosed in early childhood, so too can several ailments that affect the way the eyes work such as strabismus, a misalignment of the eyes or amblyopia, poor vision development in the brain can be diagnosed through a comprehensive eye examination. A practice that specializes in pediatric eye care is better prepared to deal with extremely young patients even newborns.
Seniors come to our family eye care Riverside practice with eyes that are often changing more rapidly than at any time since adolescence. During the early senior years patients often experience a change in their visual acuity with many needing stronger reading glasses or reading glasses for the first time as their close vision gets worse. By far the biggest change that our doctor looks for with our senior patients is the appearance of certain eye diseases that are associated with the aging process. During the annual eye exam our doctor will try and detect the development of cataracts that generally develop due to age, family history, eye trauma or chronic disease. Glaucoma is a serious eye disease often leads to blindness due to increased pressure in the eye. Macular degeneration is another eye disease that is associated with age related changes to the retina causing blurry vision. By staying attuned to the special needs of our senior patients our practice can monitor their vision and catch problems related to age at an early stage when treatment is far more effective. So, let us care for all the members of your family no matter their age.