Apart from your age or physical well being, it’s important to have regular eye exams.
During a thorough eye check-up, your Toronto eye doctor, will check your eyes for known eye diseases, evaluate how your eyes work together as a team and assess your eyes as an indicator of your overall health. In addition, he will ascertain your prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses.
A complete eye evaluation consists of a number of procedures and tests to study and observe the health of your eyes and the quality of your vision. These tests vary from simple ones, like your reading an eye chart, to complicated tests, such as using a high-powered lens to check the health of the tissues inside of your eyes.
Eye care experts advise having a full eye exam every one to three years, depending on a number of factors including age, risk factors, and physical condition.
Eye Exams for Children in Downtown Toronto, ON
Some authorities estimate that roughly 5% to 10% of pre-schoolers and 25% of school-aged kids face vision challenges. According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), all children should have eye evaluations at the following ages: 6 months, age 3 and once again when school starts. Kids without vision issues or risk factors for eye or vision problems are then recommended to have their eyes looked at every two years right through school.
Children who have current vision problems or risk factors need a comprehensive examination more frequently. Well-known risk factors for vision problems include:
- developmental delays
- premature birth
- turned or crossed eyes
- family account of eye disease
- a record of eye injury
- additional physical illness or disease
The AOA advises that kids who wear eyeglasses or contact lenses need eye exams at a minimum of every every 12 months or in keeping with their eye doctor’s instructions. Read more about Pediatric Eye Exams.
Visit Dr. Shirley Blanc, OD For Annual Eye Exams
The AOA also advocates an annual eye exam for all adults who wear contacts or eyeglasses. If you don’t usually need vision adjustment, you still require an eye evaluation every two to three years until the age of 40, depending on your individual rate of visual difference and general health. Optometrists often advise more frequent examinations for those with diabetes, high blood pressure and other maladies, since many diseases can have an impact vision and eye health.
If you are over 40, it’s a good idea to have your eyes assessed every one to two years to check for known age-related eye problems such as presbyopia, cataracts and macular degeneration.
As the risk of eye disease continues to increase with advancing age, everyone over the age of 60 should be examined annually. Read on for more about Vision After 60.
To set up your eye exam with Dr. Blanc, please call our Downtown Toronto eye care practice today!