The most important thing you can do to preserve your eyesight is to visit your eye doctor for regular checkups.
Like the rest of your body your eyes will change gradually as you age. However, unlike the rest of your body, the eyes rarely hurt if something is wrong. We’ll advise you when it’s time to be re-examined. So, don’t rely on broken glasses or lost contact lenses to remind you of your next appointment. Follow the advice of experts, have your eyes examined by an eye doctor on a regular basis.
Why should you see an Optometrist?
Glaucoma is the leading cause of preventative blindness today, and can be detected by regular eye health exams with an eye doctor. It is caused by increased pressure in the fluid inside the eye which causes damage to the optic nerve and loss of peripheral vision.
Diabetes patients are 25 times more likely to become blind than those without the disease, so annual eye health exams are essential.
Seniors should be on the alert for eye conditions such as macular degeneration, the leading cause of central vision loss among older people. Early detection is essential, as its damage is permanent. Cataracts are another common effect of aging that can be easily detected by optometrists.
Computer vision syndrome is very common in those who work in front of a computer terminal all day. An optometrist can recommend strategies to prevent eyestrain and improve eye health.
Children should have their eyes examined before the age of three for childhood eye disorders. School-aged children should be examined every year, as at least 80 per cent of all classroom learning is visual. Parents should watch for rubbing or blinking of the eyes, poor hand/eye coordination, poor reading skills, headaches, eye-covering or head-tilting as signs that a child’s eyes need attention.
All information on this site is provided for educational purposes. It is not a substitute for the advice of your optometrist.