I see 20/20 - Why do I need an Eye Exam?

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I passed a vi­sion test – Do I still need an eye exam?

Vi­sion tests and screen­ings are not Eye Ex­ams, as they are of­ten not per­formed by eye doc­tors. A com­pre­hen­sive eye exam is more than read­ing let­ters on a chart across the room. A li­censed eye doc­tor such as an Op­tometrist or Oph­thal­mol­o­gist will per­form a com­pre­hen­sive eye exam to eval­u­ate the com­plete health of the in­side of your eyes.

I can see well and have no prob­lems – Do I need an Eye Exam?

Many po­ten­tially sight rob­bing eye dis­eases may not have no­tice­able symp­toms. Eye doc­tors are able to de­tect early signs of eye dis­eases such as glau­coma, mac­u­lar de­gen­er­a­tion, de­tached retina, cataracts and more, which can can steal sight for many years un­no­ticed and the vi­sion may not re­turn to nor­mal. Early de­tec­tion, treat­ment and man­age­ment can help en­sure a life­time of good com­fort­able vi­sion.

I have check ups with my fam­ily Dr – Do I need an Eye Exam?

Eye doc­tors use highly spe­cific in­stru­ments and spe­cial mag­ni­fi­ca­tion lenses to look into the back of your eyes to de­tect sub­tle blood ves­sel or nerve changes re­lated to health prob­lems such as di­a­betes, high blood pres­sure, risk of stroke and many other sys­temic dis­or­ders which may first show up in the eye.

My child has great vi­sion – Does my child need an eye exam?

An eye doc­tor will eval­u­ate your child’s eyes to en­sure nor­mal de­vel­op­ment and rule out eye health prob­lems so early child­hood eye ex­ams are es­sen­tial. The eye doc­tor will de­ter­mine your child’s eye’s abil­ity to fo­cus, move and work to­gether ef­fec­tively and ef­fi­ciently. Chil­dren with far­sight­ed­ness or astig­ma­tism may avoid or dis­like read­ing which raises the risk for learn­ing prob­lems. 80% of what a child learns is pre­sented vis­ually there­fore good vi­sion is vi­tal for op­ti­mal learn­ing.

How of­ten should my child have eye ex­ams?

Chil­dren are gen­er­ally seen once a year how­ever the eye doc­tor may ex­am­ine your child more fre­quently de­pend­ing on their spe­cific needs.

Owner, Neda M. Zadeh RO. and Dr. Sarah Wang B.Sc.,OD. Dr. Sarah Wang com­pleted her B.Sc de­gree at the UofT and ob­tained her Doc­tor­ate of Op­tom­e­try De­gree at the pres­ti­gious New Eng­land Col­lege of Op­tom­e­try. She is a mem­ber of the Col­lege of...

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