Why should I go for an eye examination when I do not have any symptoms?
Regular eye exams are the only way to catch “silent” eye diseases such as Glaucoma in the early stages, so they can be treated before permanent vision loss occurs. In addition, several underlying medical conditions (including diabetes, brain aneurysms, thyroid malfunctions etc ) could be detected through routine eye examinations.
What is low vision?
Low vision is not blindness but is a level of vision below normal (20/70 or worse) that cannot be corrected with conventional glasses. Low vision can interfere with a person’s performance of daily activities, including reading or driving.
What is the difference between an ophthalmologist and an optometrist?
Ophthalmologists are medical doctors that have received specialist training in eyecare. They provide comprehensive eye care including medical, surgical and optical care. The training program includes six years of medical school, one year of internship and five years of post-graduate medical training in eye care.
Optometrists are medical professionals that are trained to diagnose and treat some eye conditions but are not licensed to perform surgical eye treatment procedures. Optometrist training include six years of optometry school and one year of internship.
When should my child’s eyes be examined?
It is recommended that the first vision screening be conducted for a new-born baby prior to being discharged from the hospital. Visual function will be monitored by your child’s paediatrician during well-child exams (usually at two, four and six months of age). If there are any signs of an eye condition, your child may be referred to an ophthalmologist. Beginning at three years of age (and yearly after five years of age), amblyopia (poor vision in an otherwise normal appearing eye), refractive and alignment screenings should take place. If you notice any signs of decreased vision or misalignment of the eye, please contact your ophthalmologist for a complete eye examination.
When should an adult’s eyes be examined?
Specific eye care needs vary depending on the age and risk profile of the patient. Below is a chart with a recommended time line of how often an adult should receive an eye examination.
Ages 20-39 – Every three to five years.
Ages 40-65 – Every two to four years.
Ages 65 and older – Every year.
Is poor vision hereditary?
Yes, poor vision can be directly related to your family’s history of eye health. It is important to see an eye care professional at the first sign of poor vision.
Will working at a computer screen hurt my eyes?
No, there is no evidence that working at a computer can damage the eyes. However, low light, glare on the monitor, or staring at a computer screen too long can cause the eyes to become fatigued. It is recommended to take frequent breaks to allow your eyes to rest.
Is conjunctivitis (Apollo) contagious?
Yes, conjunctivitis is very contagious. To help prevent spreading conjunctivitis, avoid touching your eyes with your hands, wash your hands frequently, do not share towels, and avoid work, school or day care activities for a least five days or as long as discharge is present.
Are sunglasses good for my eyes?
Wearing UV protective lenses can be beneficial in protecting your eyes from cataract formation. Surprisingly, clear UV coated lenses may offer more protection than darker lenses because they allow the eyes to be exposed to more light causing the pupil to constrict more, which ultimately prevents more light from getting to the eye.
What are the warning signs that a child might need glasses?
Common signs that a child has a vision problem that requires corrective eyewear include:
- Consistently sitting too close to the TV or holding a book too close;
- Using a finger to follow along while reading;
- Tilting the head to see better;
- Frequent eye rubbing;
- Sensitivity to light;
- Excessive tearing;
- Closing one eye to read, watch TV or see better;
- Avoiding activities that require near vision, such as reading or homework, or distant vision, such as participating in sports or other recreational activities;
- Complaining of headaches or tired eyes;
- Receiving lower grades than usual.