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Senior vision care

Affordable eye exams for older adults

For adults over age 60, keeping up with regular eye exams is very important – especially for patients with existing health or eye conditions.

Comprehensive eye exams for seniors are performed by an optometrist (not a technician) at all Wisconsin Vision locations.

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Senior eye exams in Wisconsin

How aging affects the eyes and vision

Many eye conditions and diseases are more common with age. Fortunately, many of them can be prevented or corrected if treated early.

Common age-related vision problems and eye diseases:

 Presbyopia

 Dry eye

 Dimmed vision

 Age-related macular degeneration

 Glaucoma

 Cataracts

 Diabetic retinopathy

Schedule an eye exam with a doctor of optometry to learn more about managing your risk for age-related eye conditions.

You should also notify your eye doctor right away if you experience eye discomfort or any changes in your vision.

Routine eye exams can catch small eye problems before they turn into bigger (or permanent) ones. Eye exams and Optomap® retinal imaging can also identify other health issues like high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, and diabetes. It's especially important for older adults with diabetes to keep up with diabetic eye care.

How your optometrist can help

Many eye diseases have subtle or no symptoms in the early stages. By the time you notice vision changes and see an optometrist, the disease could be at an advanced stage.

The earlier eye problems are diagnosed and treated, the better your chances of protecting your vision. Even if you haven’t noticed any new symptoms or difficulty seeing, it’s important to keep up with routine eye exams to screen for age-related eye conditions.

Low cost eye exams for seniors

How much is an eye exam for seniors?

For seniors with vision insurance, it’s likely your plan covers all or most of the cost of a yearly eye exam. Our eye doctors accept most vision plans, and we’re happy to do a free benefits check and explain what’s covered. We also take CareCredit for eye exams (among other products and services).

Without insurance, an eye exam costs $59 at all Wisconsin Vision locations (terms and conditions apply to promotional eye exam pricing).

Does Medicare cover eye exams for seniors?

Medicare only covers eye exams for certain patients. If you meet the criteria for diabetes, glaucoma or AMD, you may be able to use your Medicare Part B benefits for an eye exam. Learn more about Medicare vision insurance or call one of our eye care centers for help.

Senior discount 

At Wisconsin Vision, seniors always receive 20% off most products and services. (Discount does not apply to contact lenses or already-discounted items).

We also offer quarterly deals and discounts on eyewear, including glasses, frames, lenses, and more. Check out our current promotions or contact your Wisconsin Vision (sometimes we have special in-store offers as well). Terms and conditions apply.

Treatment & referrals

As part of eye and vision care for seniors, a doctor of optometry can:

  • Order lab tests needed to diagnose or treat eye disease
  • Diagnose and treat glaucoma with topical or oral medications
  • Prescribe glasses or contact lenses
  • Provide orthoptic therapy (vision therapy)

If diagnosed with a serious or advanced eye disease you’ll be referred to a specialist, such as an ophthalmologist, depending on the level of care required.

Low-vision devices

Some low-vision treatment options include devices and products designed to help people with vision impairment. Your optometrist may recommend:

  • Magnifiers (hand-held, wearable, or stand)
  • Video magnifiers (to enlarge, brighten, or increase contrast in video displays)
  • Miniature telescopes
  • Text-to-speech readers

There are many different adaptive technologies and products available to help seniors with vision loss maintain independence. Your optometrist can help you understand your options.

Patients may be referred to low-vision rehabilitation services for seniors. Specialized low-vision professionals work with patients to maintain or improve their quality of life and independence.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does an eye exam for seniors cost?

Most forms of vision insurance will cover part or all of an eye exam for seniors. The cost without insurance is at all Wisconsin Vision locations.

How often should seniors get an eye exam?

The American Optometric Association (AOA) recommends adults 60 years or older have an eye exam once a year.

What is the most common vision problem in elderly adults?

Macular degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss in people 65 years or older. Macular degeneration is the deterioration of the retina, which causes blurry center field of vision.

Does medicare cover senior eye exams?

Medicare will cover eye exams for certain patients who meet the criteria for diabetes, glaucoma, or AMD. You may even be able to use your Medicare Part B benefits to cover an eye exam. Call one of our eye care centers to help clarify what coverages you're eligible for.

Does Wisconsin Vision offer senior discounts?

Seniors who shop Wisconsin Vision services or products receive 20% off. This applies to most products and services, with contact lenses or already discounted items excluded.

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