Ten Reasons for An Eye Examination
- Most eye diseases have no symptoms
Serious eye conditions such as glaucoma and retinal conditions can be detected earlier, before causing permanent damage to your eyes.
- Family history
Many eye conditions are genetically linked.
- Systemic disease affects the eye
Hypertension, diabetes and other chronic diseases often damage the circulation of the eye, thus routine preventative care and monitoring is required.
- Prevention is easier than a cure
Eye disease damage can be permanent. Fortunately, many conditions can be prevented if detected at an earlier stage.
- Environmental concerns
Environmental conditions such as computer use, UV exposure, and smoking can all play a role in affecting the human eye and vision system.
- Prescription drugs can affect your eyes
Many drugs can cause side-effects or discomfort to the eyes, thereby necessitating regular ocular monitoring.
- Vision is our most important learning sense
The overwhelming majority of information we obtain from around us is through our eyes. A child’s learning is 80% visual. Therefore, it is highly recommended that all children be seen before 4 years of age to rule out any ocular development problems at an early stage.
- Contact lens wearers
Contact lenses can cause subtle changes to the cornea, thus requiring close monitoring. Contact lenses should be inspected on a regular basis to determine their integrity and wearing safety.
- Previous surgical patients
Patients who have had cataract, retinal, or laser vision correction treatment (LASIK/PRK) require close monitoring for future changes to the surgically altered eye tissue.
- Maintain clear, comfortable and efficient vision
The human eye is a finely-tuned instrument, a ‘wonder of nature’, that requires expert attention on a regular basis.
Some patients require assessment every 3, 6, 12 months or more. This depends on factors such as those listed above, and is determined by your optometrist. Your eye health is a partnership between you and the optometrist. In our offices we practice Preventative Care to detect problems before they arise or at their earliest of stages when treatment success is highest.
How often should I have my eyes examined?
Your optometrist will advise you of the interval between your full eye & vision examinations which is appropriate for your vision and eye health needs. This time interval does vary for different situations, so we contact our patients when their next routine check is due. Changes in vision and eye health are often quite slow and subtle, and can easily go unnoticed if not checked regularly.
Of course if a problem arises sooner, please make an appointment so that we can assess the situation for you.