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3 reasons to not avoid your eye doctor

When is the last time you had an eye exam? Maybe it’s been a year. Or five. Or maybe you don’t even remember. It can be difficult to schedule yet another regular check-up, but if you take the time to take care of your eyes, you’ll surely be glad you did.

Reason 1: Vision development

Vision affects many aspects of life. Children and adolescents should have regular eye exams to make sure their eyes are maturing normally. Vision problems can interfere with growth and scholastic development, and regular check-ups can help prevent this. Experts report that as many as 25% of children could have undiagnosed vision problems.

Reason 2: Your eyes are always changing

Aging, lifestyle, pregnancy and conditions like diabetes are just a few of the things that can affect your eyes. Seeing your eye doctor regularly will help you minimize eyestrain, make sure your eyewear prescription is up to date and ensure your eyes are healthy and free of disease.

Reason 3: What you don’t know can hurt you

According to recent studies, as many as 1 in 7 Canadians are living with vision loss, and a lot of it could be corrected. On top of that, it’s estimated that one-third of Canadians over 40 could be walking around with eye disease without any symptoms.

Optometrists (eye doctors) also look for eye diseases at a regular check-up. Diseases, like glaucoma and macular degeneration, can progress with little notice, silently causing permanent damage to your vision. Regular eye exams can catch these problems early.

How often should I have an eye exam?

Experts recommend the following eye check-up schedule, based on your age.

Babies

(0-2 yrs)
First eye examination: between the ages of 6 and 9 months.

Children

(2-5 yrs)
At least once between the ages of 2 and 5 years.

Children

(6-19 yrs)
Once a year.

Adults

(20-39 yrs)
Every 2 to 3 years.

Adults


(40-64 yrs)
Every 2 years.

Adults

(65+ yrs)
Once a year.

 

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