Eye Exams - Mississauga Optometrist will keep Vision Sharp

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Eye Exams are Essential
With the ever-increasing use of technology in daily life, especially in cities like Toronto and Mississauga where people stare at computer screens for hours on end, eyestrain is a rising issue. Wear and tear on eye muscles resulting from using technology can also cause the following:
  • Blurred vision;
  • Headaches;
  • Fatigue; and
  • Pain.
A recent study shows that one in seven Canadians may be living with some level of correctable vision loss. Astoundingly, more than one third of Canadians over the age of 40 could have an eye disease without displaying any symptoms or experiencing any problems with their vision. In fact, many eye diseases have very few signs in the early stages, but can cause irreversible vision loss if not caught and treated as soon as possible. An eye exam can detect and treat visually debilitating diseases such as:
  • Glaucoma – a condition involving damage to the optic nerve;
  • Retinoblastoma – a cancerous tumour in the retina;
  • Cataracts – a clouding that develops in the crystalline lens of the eye, blurring vision and causing blindness; and
  • Macular Degeneration – a deterioration in the macula, which is part of the retina responsible for the sharp, central vision needed to read or drive.
Poor health is also linked to poor eyesight. For example, people who smoke have a higher risk of developing cataracts and causing optic nerve damage. An eye exam can find health issues beyond vision, including the following:
  • High cholesterol;
  • Diabetes;
  • Vascular conditions; and
  • High blood pressure.
Also, people who are vitamin deficient may suffer from problems with their eyes. That is why it is critical to have regular eye exams.
Frequency of Eye Checkups
Eye exams are essential for people of all ages and all Canadians should be seeing an optometrist at least once per year. It is recommended that infants have their eyes checked as early as six to nine months old, while children between the ages of two and five should undergo at least one eye exam during this time, with examinations occurring annually after that.
Those who already wear glasses or prescriptive lenses also need to visit the optometrist on a regular basis. If you are having vision problems and are not being treated by an eye care specialist, you should schedule an appointment as soon as possible.
Get your Vision Checked in Mississauga
Apart from evaluating your eyes for glasses or contacts, and checking for disease, the optometrist will also check for common conditions that can affect vision including:
  • Nearsightedness – makes distant objects appear blurry and is the most frequent cause of poor eyesight;
  • Farsightedness – causes difficulty in seeing objects that are near; and
  • Astigmatism – a refractive error in the eye that causes blurred vision.
The eye specialist will conduct a comprehensive eye exam to make sure your vision remains intact. Being proactive with your eye health through routine eye exams will help detect the early onset of disease or functional damage before you even notice a problem. Exams are inexpensive and easy to book, with an eye clinic located in Mississauga and in various other locations in Toronto. Schedule regular eye exams to ensure your vision lasts a lifetime.