As we age, there are some natural changes in our vision and eye health. Canadians over the age of 65 are at a higher risk of eye-related diseases and issues. In some cases, these diseases can even result in vision loss.
According to the CNIB (Canadian National Institute for the Blind), 75% of visual impairment is preventable if detected early and treated.
In 2012, a global survey was performed. 70% of people from around the world stated they would rather give up 10 years of their life than lose their eyesight. However, less than one-third of those polled take the basic steps necessary to preserve their vision.
Did you know that many eye disease associated with aging (like glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration ) often appear without showing any symptoms at all? By the time signs do appear, damage to the eye and vision may be irreversible. Annual eye exams are the best way to catch the disease before it ravages your eyes.
During a regular eye health exam, your Urban Optique optometrist will be looking for a variety of early signs eye disease as well as genetic signs. These signs usually appear inside the eye, so we use our highly advanced technology to both test your eye’s function, and look at the inside structure of your eye. We’ll inspect your retina, determine your field of vision, and test your intraocular eye pressure.
Only an examining optometrist can determine the exact frequency with which a patient should be having an exam. However, the Canadian Association of Optometrists recommends the following as a guideline:
Alberta Seniors are covered for a basic eye exam annually if they are over 65 and if the eye exam is performed in Alberta. Some medically necessary eye appointments may also be covered.
It is important to not only pay attention to your vision changes but book an annual eye health exam as a preventative measure to detect and prevent early signs of eye disease. Don’t be a statistic.