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 concerns that affect vision and in some cases loss of vision.
According to the CNIB (Canadian National Institute for the Blind), 75% of visual impairment is preventable if detected early and treated.
Although 70% of people from around the world would rather give up 10 years of their life, or even sacrifice a limb, than lose their eyesight, less than one third of those polled take the basic steps necessary to preserve eyesight. (Barometer of Global Eye Health, a 2012 global survey).
Our clinic recommends regular, annual eye health exams as many eye disease associated with aging have little or no symptoms. When signs do appear, damage to the eye and vision may be irreversible.
During a regular eye health exam, your Urban Optique Optometrist will be looking for a variety of early signs of aging related eye disease as well as genetic signs.
In addition to eye disease, other systemic diseases show up in the tissues of the retina (back of the eye) such as diabetic retinopathy (signs of diabetes sometime before a patient is aware they have diabetes), high blood pressure, cancer of the eye and arthritis.
Only an Eye Doctor can determine how often a patient should schedule a full eye exam. Your Urban Optique Optometrist will recommend a schedule suited to a patients individual visual and genetic requirements. Here is a guide published by the CAO:
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.