Brief Course Description
Dispensing to Seniors
The population is ageing and people are
living longer. The average life expectancy in the
United States is now more that 75 years and this
bodes well for the optical industry. The “baby
boom” generation, that large segment of the
population born between 1946 and 1963, have
all now reached their fortieth year and well
beyond. As we know when we turn 40 the
crystalline lens in our eye has lost enough of its
flexibility so that we are now required to wear
corrective lenses for near vision activities such
as reading. The point is that almost everyone
over the age of 40 requires some sort of visual correction.
Not only are people are living longer, but they are often engaging in active, visually
intensive life styles much longer than was customary in the past. Many seniors are entering
new careers, some are going back to school while others spend time doing volunteer work.
Ascertaining the needs of the patient is always important, but it is especially so when
working with seniors.