Annual Eye Exams Are the Key to Healthy Eyes
The Alberta Association of Optometrists (AAO) recommends that healthy adults have their eyes examined every year.
Taking care of your overall health also means yearly visits to your Optometrist for a comprehensive eye exam. Yearly comprehensive eye exams are important regardless of your age or physical health, as having good vision doesn’t mean your eyes are healthy. During your comprehensive exam, we will evaluate both your vision:
- Checking your prescription
- Testing your eye coordination and alignment
- Testing your depth perception
- Assessing your colour vision
- Checking your eye pressure
Your Optometrist will not only determine your prescription for glasses or contact lenses, but will also check your eyes for common eye diseases, such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, or retinal detachment. As ocular diseases progress gradually, early detection, testing and treatment can mean all the difference in maintaining your vision.
As we get older, the importance of monitoring vision changes grows. People age 65 and older, should have a comprehensive eye exam at least once a year, more frequently if directed by your doctor. Adults aged 65 or older are at a higher risk for developing a number of eye conditions and diseases that can impair your sight, some of these conditions do not have any warning signs.
Some common vision changes include:
- Trouble identifying objects, especially at night
- Difficulty judging distance
- Everyday tasks, like driving or reading, require more effort or require glasses
- Colours are less bright
- Visual field begins to narrow
- Dry Eye Disease, leading to burning or stinging eyes