Protect your Eyesight Edmonton
Vision is rated by Canadians as their most important sense, one that they would never want to give up. Yet many people do not take proper care of their eyes through regular exams. Problems with vision can start from birth and if these problems are left untreated, eyes can deteriorate and lead to permanent vision loss or even blindness.
Even if you think your vision is perfectly fine, regular checkups can detect silent conditions that can lead to vision deterioration if they are not caught early. The Canadian Association of Optometrists recommends that adults between 20 to 64 years of age have yearly eye exams. While the province of Alberta does not publicly fund eye exams for this age group, cheap eye exams
are available at clinics in Edmonton, Calgary
and various other locations throughout Canada.
Kids Need their Eyes Checked too
It is recommended that children have their eyes checked at around six months old and again at 3 years of age. While most pediatricians screen children for potential eye problems, it is a good idea for them to see an optometrist annually after 5 years of age. Undetected vision problems in young children can set them up for learning disabilities and poor grades. In Alberta, children and youth under the age of 19 are covered by provincial health insurance for eye exams.
Parents should be aware of the following symptoms in their children and should consult an eye specialist immediately if these signs are present:
swollen or crusty eyelids;
inflamed or watery eyes;
recurring sties and infections on eyelids;
complaints of itchy, burning or scratchy eyes;
dizziness, headaches or nausea following close-up work; and
double vision or constant blurring.
Children that suffer with uncorrected vision or eye health problems
face many difficulties academically, socially and physically. Also, issues with eyes can lead to permanent damage in addition to hindering a child's mental and physical development.
What Happens During an Eye Exam?
The optometrist will test your vision to see if you need glasses or corrective contact lenses during an eye exam and will also conduct additional tests such as:
Refraction assessment – this test will help the optometrist determine a corrective lens prescription that will keep your vision at its sharpest.
Eye muscle test – this assessment examines the muscles that control eye movement, looking for weakness or poor control.
•Visual acuity test – this measures how clear you can see from a distance and generally you will be asked to identify different letters of the alphabet printed on an eye chart.
Glaucoma test – measures the pressure inside your eyes. If the pressure is too high, it can lead to glaucoma, an eye disease that can cause blindness.
Regular eye exams by your eye care specialist will help you correct or adapt to vision changes and will provide you with expert advice on reducing eyestrain and caring for your eyes. Also, early detection of eye disease is vital to maintaining good vision and overall preventative health.