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Eye Exams Made Easy

Your eyesight is one of the first things to fail as you get older. Unfortunately, blurry vision can make it hard to drive, grocery shop, clean your house or simply read your morning newspaper.

There’s no question that maintaining strong eyesight is essential to your independence. However, one of the easiest ways to better your vision can also be one of the most challenging for seniors: getting measured for the right pair of eyeglasses.

Optometrists Deborah L. Geering-Fend and her partner Dr. Sheryl Bruce take care of many seniors at Coastal Vision Center.

“As you get older, health problems can negatively effect your eyeglass screening,” says Dr. Bruce. “For example, memory problems can make testing confusing. Common vision problems such as dry eyes can interfere with test results and so can many common medications.”

Dr. Geering-Fend and Dr. Bruce recommend the following for your vision screening:

1. Keep your head still, in the exact same position during your vision test.

2. If you use artificial tears, use them before your exam. Dry eyes can effect results negatively.

3. Take any and all eye medications on schedule the day of your exam

4. Bring or wear your current glasses.

5. Bring your older glasses also - especially if they’re a pair you prefer

6. If both 1 and 2 choices appear to look the same, it’s okay. Just tell the doctor because this also provides important information.

7. Bring a list of all medications. Certain medications have vision side effects, which should be discussed during your exam.

8. Remember, there isn’t a right or wrong answer when you’re getting tested for glasses.

“We recommend that everyone over age 65 visit an optometrist and an ophthalmologist every year,” says Dr. Geering-Fend.

You can reach Dr. Geering-Fend and Dr. Bruce at 310-792-6200.
You can also view a full list of our ophthalmologists by clicking here.

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