Why is it Important to have an Eye Exam?
Being able to see clearly is just one facet of your overall eye health, and regular eye exams, whether or not you have glasses or contacts and even if your vision appears to be perfect, is the first step to ensuring your eyes remain healthy.
During a comprehensive eye exam, the optometrists at Eye Expressions do much more than just determine your prescription or visual acuity (the sharpness of your vision - measured by your ability to identify letters or numbers on a standardized eye chart from a specific viewing distance). Your eyes are also examined for common eye diseases, for how your eyes work together as a team, and your eyes are evaluated as an indicator of your overall health, including chronic systemic diseases.
Regardless of your age or physical health, an annual comprehensive eye exam, can detect any eye problems when they’re most treatable, maintaining your quality of life, and significantly reduce costs associated with managing these conditions:
• Adults should have their eyes tested to keep their prescriptions current and to check for early signs of eye disease. If you’re over the age of 50, a family history or other risk factors for age-related macular degeneration (AMD), ask your eye doctor about how often you should have your eyes examined. AMD is the leading cause of blindness and vision loss in Canada according to the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB).
• For children, eye exams can play an important role in normal development and learning. Children who have trouble seeing or interpreting what they see will often have trouble with their schoolwork, and children will not complain of vision problems simply because they don’t know what ‘normal’ vision looks like.
In addition to nearsightedness and farsightedness, Dr. Jade and Dr. Dave will check your eyes for:
• Astigmatism, a defect in the eye or in a lens caused by a deviation from spherical curvature, which results in distorted images, as light rays are prevented from meeting at a common focus.
• Amblyopia, or when the eyes are misaligned or when one eye has a much different prescription than the other, that if left untreated results in permanent vision impairment.
• Strabismus, defined as crossed or turned eyes alignment, causing problems with depth perception that can lead to Amblyopia.
• Diseases, such as cataracts, glaucoma, or diabetic eye disease including some systemic conditions and diseases like high blood pressure or high cholesterol.
If a problem is found, a treatment plan is initiated and can include:
• A prescription for glasses or contact lenses to correct refractive errors;
• Vision therapy or strabismus surgery for binocular vision problems;
• Medical treatment for eye disease; or
• Simply a recommendation that you have your eyes examined again within a specific time frame.
For over 20 years, Dr. Jade has provided routine eye exams and emergency vision care to Lloydminster. As eye care professionals, we offer the information you need to keep your eyes healthy. For your vision needs, call to schedule an appointment with Dr. Jade or Dr. Dave at 780-875-1117 today. For eyewear in Lloydminster, consider Eye Expressions Optical, conveniently located right next door.