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Dr. Beth Skeya is a Doctor of Optometry. She has a special interest in geriatric eye care. She examines patients of all ages providing routine eye exams, urgent care visits and contact lens fittings.
Dr. Skeya received her undergraduate degree from Tufts University in Medford and her Doctor of Optometry degree from The New England College of Optometry in Boston. Dr. Skeya completed her optometry residency training in ocular disease and geriatrics at the Jamaica Plain campus of the VA Boston Healthcare System. She is a member of the American Optometric Association and the Massachusetts Society of Optometrists.
The incidence of visual impairment greatly increases with age. Also, most of the more common blinding eye conditions and diseases increase in incidence with age. Cataracts are a major cause of decreased vision or even vision loss. However, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration are also common causes of vision impairment.
Age 65 and Over
Seniors age 65 and over should have complete eye exams by their Eye M.D. every one to two years to check for cataracts, glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and other eye conditions (recommendations from the American academy of Ophthalmology).
Checking an older patient’s refraction is just as important. Poor eye sight is a major contributor to falls and thus debilitating injuries to seniors. Therefore, having up to date eyeglasses is very important for the senior population.