Eye care for seniors

March 01, 2019

Visual impairment is one of the main manifestations of the aging process.

In fact, diminished eye clarity sets in as early as the age of 40 years for most people and even younger for some.

Therefore, extraordinary care must be provided to preserve eyesight, especially for people approaching mid-life or those entering their twilight years.

This is not only to ensure their prolonged productivity but also to enable them to enjoy a more pleasurable retirement.

For some seniors, however, retirement is not the end of work or personal productivity.

Many of them, in fact, still want to stay on the job and remain economically self-reliant and productive citizens.

Needless to say, this desire to remain on the payroll compels them to have sharp vision and be physically able to accomplish regular work or tasks.

Needless to say sharp vision would be the key to this post-retirement career.

Of all the human senses, sight is foremost in importance.

And so Senator Nancy Binay is calling for the establishment of a national senior vision services program dedicated to providing medical and other needed services for the country's elderly persons who have functional visual impairments.

"The eye is an important organ of the human body that is used in everyday life. As they age, elderly people encounter different problems that lead to impairment of visual functions," Binay, who introduced Senate Bill No. 2157, otherwise known as the Senior Vision Services Act, said.

According to the lady lawmaker, the proposed measure seeks to protect and promote the health and welfare of our senior citizens by creating a national senior vision program that will provide comprehensive services for their functional visual impairments.

Under the program, elderly citizens with functional vision impairment may avail of medical services such as vision screening, eye examination, provision of corrective eye glasses, client and family counseling, information and referrals for ophthalmological, optometric, or other health care services.

The program, which will be under the direction of the Department of Health (DOH), shall also offer technical assistance and training for human services personnel to serve persons who are blind or visually impaired.

The DOH shall likewise take into consideration the lack of services for elderly persons in need of vision services, and to establish or expand existing blind or visually impaired services currently available in municipalities and cities throughout the country.