If you struggle with vision problems or eye pain, it’s important to see an eye doctor as soon as possible. At CHW Cares in Washington Heights, Manhattan, highly trained ophthalmologists offer comprehensive eye care services for New York City patients ages 65 and older.
Eye care (ophthalmology) includes vision testing, eye exams, vision correction, and treatments for eye diseases. Attending routine eye care visits with CHW Cares can perfect your vision and reduce the risk of complications linked with glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration, and diabetic eye diseases.
Signs and symptoms that may indicate you need treatment for vision problems or an eye disease include:
You might have vision or eye health issues because of a family history of eye problems, older age, diseases like diabetes, eye injuries, or previous eye surgeries.
Seeing CHW Cares ophthalmologists at the first sign of an eye problem can improve and even save your vision.
During an eye exam, your ophthalmologist discusses your medical history and asks about symptoms. They test your vision using various tests; you might read letters and numbers on an eye chart from a distance or complete refraction testing by looking through multiple lenses. These tests help determine if you need glasses or contacts.
Your eye doctor dilates your pupils using eye drops to get a better view of your entire eye. They may use a magnifying device to look at your eyes, screen you for glaucoma and other eye diseases using specialized equipment, or recommend imaging procedures to get an in-depth picture of your eye health.
If you have vision problems or eye disease, your eye doctor may recommend:
Taking dietary supplements, eating healthy foods, and protecting your eyes from the sun are things you can do at home to maximize your eye health and vision.
Wearing contact lenses or eyeglasses, or undergoing laser vision correction surgery, can give you improved vision and a better quality of life.
Taking medications or using eye drops can reduce eye disease progression, alleviate unpleasant symptoms, or help your eyes heal from an infection or surgery.
If you have a progressive eye disease, your ophthalmologist may recommend surgery to remove, repair, or replace tissues within your eye.