Why have an Eye Exam?
Most of us take our health for granted. We take our vision for granted, too. We think nothing of booking our dental checkups and cleanings, and go for our annual physicals, but give little thought to the health of our eyes. The truth is that many eye problems sneak up on us. Many eye diseases, like glaucoma, have no symptoms. Many systemic diseases, like diabetes, affect the health of the eyes. In most instances, loss of vision is gradual and goes unnoticed for some time before the situation is addressed, like the gradual loss of near vision that comes with middle age. Just like when the dentist says “no cavities” there is comfort in knowing that you see well and that your eyes are healthy.
It is said that 80 percent of learning is visual, and that one-in-six children has a vision problem that is significant enough to impair learning. Children younger than nine will rarely admit to difficulty with their vision even though they may have significant difficulty seeing clearly or comfortably. There has been many a parent surprised to learn their child needed glasses or had an eye coordination problem, when nothing was suspected. Be certain that your child sees as well as possible. Bring your child in for an eye exam. The examination is child-friendly (using pictures) and children can be seen as early as six months of age.
It would be nice if we had the eyesight of a teenager throughout our entire life. The truth is that most of us do not. As we age, we lose the ability to focus clearly on near objects. We need longer arms and reading assistance. Some of us develop age-related conditions like cataracts, macular degeneration and glaucoma. Systemic illnesses and medications sometimes cause annoying side effects. We deal with dry eyes, and perhaps allergies. The eye examination of the older adult is designed to assess and address the changes that come with the approach of the golden years.
Dry Eye Disease
Tears are not just for crying. They help to keep the surface of your eye (cornea) healthy. They provide lubrication to keep you comfortable, protect against disease and allergens, and assist with clear, consistent vision.
Dry eye disease has many causes and is more common as we age. It is also more common among women. In all cases, tears do not stay on the cornea between blinks to maintain comfort and a healthy eye.
Symptoms of dry eyes are often hard to describe, but include:
A gritty or sandy sensation
Burning and stinging
Watery eyes, tearing
Redness and irritation
Inconsistent blurry vision
Contact lens intolerance
Please talk to us about how your eyes feel. While there is no cure for dry eyes, there are treatment options available to help you manage your symptoms.
After your eye examination we would be more than happy to fit you with an eyeglass prescription that will help to improve your vision. We will take care to help you find a frame that complements your face, matches your style, and is fashionable. The frame should fit you comfortably and be suitable for the lenses that will go in it. We will assess your wants and your needs, your hobbies, your occupation and the intended use of your glasses. We can make prescription sport glasses, swimming goggles and sunglasses, too.
The beneficial effects of sunshine feel wonderful but we all know that it is possible to have too much of a good thing! The UV rays from the sun can cause skin and eye damage, including the following:
Cataracts and macular degeneration
Skin cancer of the eyelids
Pterygium and pinguecula (fleshy growths on the eye surface)
Snow blindness (inflammation of the cornea)
In addition to filtering out harmful UV rays, sunglass lenses are made to reduce glare as well (polarized lenses), which is especially comfortable when driving and when out on the water or snow. Many frame styles are available to suit your needs and preference.
Treat yourself! Invest in a quality pair of sunglasses. You won’t regret it!
There are many reasons to consider wearing contact lenses. A gymnast or basketball player will appreciate good eyesight with freedom from glasses, and eyeglasses do not always fit well under a hockey helmet! Contact lenses provide better vision for certain types of vision problems. Some people simply do not like the look of themselves in glasses. Contact lenses can be fitted across all age groups to improve vision for a number of conditions, including near and far sightedness and astigmatism. Multifocal contact lenses address the needs of patients who need help with both near- and far-distance vision. Type of lens and lens material will depend on individual needs; complex cases may require rigid gas permeable lenses.
Laser Vision Correction
Many of our patients have chosen to have laser vision correction. After a comprehensive eye examination, and a discussion of your needs and expectations, we will be able to tell you if you are a suitable candidate for laser correction. Refractive lens exchange is an option in certain cases as well. It the decision is made to proceed, you will be referred to a trusted laser centre and will return to us for expert follow-up care.
For eye care in Markham, choose Heritage Optometry.