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Flamborough Seniors: See the benefits of eye care

Shelley Scott, executive director, Flamborough Information and Community Services

As people age, they face an increased likelihood that they will suffer from eye problems. Eye problems that affect seniors can be very serious and may even result in blindness. Loss of vision can sometimes lead to a loss of independence. For this reason, an annual eye exam should be part of routine health care for all seniors.

There are a number of different eye problems that can affect older people. An eye specialist should be consulted if a routine checkup reveals any of the following problems: cataracts, corneal disease, strabismus, retinal disease, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma or macular degeneration.

Cataracts commonly form on the cornea of the eye as a person gets older. Cataract removal is a very common operation and is performed on millions of elderly people every year. If the operation is successful, vision can be restored in the affected eye.

Most of the people who suffer from blindness caused by macular degeneration are over the age of 70. At present, there is no cure for the ailment, which mostly impacts a person’s ability to see objects in the center of the field of vision.

Diabetic retinopathy is a leading cause of blindness in seniors and occurs after a person has suffered for many years with diabetes mellitus. Controlling blood sugar levels carefully can prevent the development of blindness because of diabetes.

Glaucoma is a progressive condition in which pressure builds up in the fluid inside the eye and causes permanent damage to the optic nerve. It is the second most common reason for loss of vision in seniors.

55 Alive Driver Refresher Course

This course will help seniors update the driving skills needed to pass the Ministry of Transportation’s written test.

Each course is conducted by instructors recruited by the Canada Safety Council. The six-hour, two session course is offered by FICS at Sealey Park Scout Hall (115 Main St. South, Waterdown) on Thursday, Nov. 15 and Friday, Nov. 23 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The cost is $25 plus $12 for the workbook.

For more information and to register for the course, call FICS at 905-689-7880.

Submitted by Shelley Scott, Flamborough Information and Community Services, 905-689-7880. Check out www.flamboroughseniors.ca.

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