The Eye Exam
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The Eye Exam
Even if you seem to see clearly, it is important to have your eyes examined regularly in order to screen for “silent” disorders such as glaucoma that can cause blindness if not treated early.
When is it time to have an eye exam?
- If small characters are hard to read or if near-vision activities such as sewing and arts and crafts are difficult to do
- If you read better when books or newspapers are held away from you
- If your head aches, if your eyes are tired or itchy after reading or working on the computer
- If you have difficulty driving at night and can barely read the road signs
- If your eyes are irritated, dry, red, or sensitive
- If you see spots, flashes, or floaters in your field of vision
- If you have been diagnosed with diabetes
- If you have difficulty reading or learning
- If you handle chemicals or use powerful tools or if you practice sports dangerous to your eyes
Children with difficulty reading or learning in school may have vision problems. According to the Canadian Association of Optometrists, here is the suggested eye exam frequency according to age:
- Newborns and toddlers (0 to 2 years old) – around 6 months of age
- Preschool children (2 to 5 years old) – at 3 years old before starting school
- School children (6 to 19 years old) – every year
- Adults (20 to 64 years old) – every year or every two years
- Older adults (65 years old and over) – every year
See to your ocular health.
Dr. Marc Gagnon, M.Sc., Ph.D.