Eye Care Timeline: Ages 65 and Older

People age 65 and over face an increasing risk of cataracts, glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy. Many of these conditions can be treated, if they are identified early. Left unrecognized and untreated, these conditions threaten your vision.

For more information about eye health information for Adults 65 and older and answers to other questions about eye health for Adults 65 and Older, please click here.

If you are 65 or older, have a complete eye exam with an ophthalmologist at least every year or two. Early diagnosis and treatment are extremely important for protecting your vision and, when possible, preventing permanent vision loss.

You may qualify for a free eye exam. EyeCare America Seniors EyeCare Program offers eye exams and up to one year of medical care and/or surgical care at no out-of-pocket cost for seniors who have not seen an ophthalmologist. To see if you, a loved one or a friend, 65 and older, is eligible to receive a referral for an eye exam and care, call the helpline at 1-800-222-EYES (3937). The EyeCare America Seniors EyeCare Program helpline is available 24 hours a day, every day, year-round.