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Comprehensive Eye Exam – Have You Checked Your Eyes Lately?

The most important part of health maintenance for everyone is routine eye exams. We at our clinics in Surrey and Abbotsford, not only determine your eyes for common eye diseases, but also check for glasses and contacts, assess how your eyes work as team and evaluate your eyes as your overall health, during a complete eye health exam. Serious underlying conditions are detected with are routine eye exam such as retinal holes or retinal tears, glaucoma, ocular and brain tumors, diabetic retinopathy, dry eyes and contact lens related disorders, even if you find your vision fine. These and other conditions can result in vision loss and very serious health problems, if left undetected.

We are able to exchange vital health information with other eye specialists inside and outside of the ICare Doctors of Optometry, as a comprehensive eye health care provider in Surrey and Abbotsford, BC. We have access to very advanced vision technology to assist us in diagnosing and monitoring your eye health, and at our eye clinics in Surrey and Abbotsford, we have caring and well trained staff. In addition to laser surgery co-management, we also offer emergency referrals for serious eye problems requiring immediate attention.

Eye Health Exams for Adults

To check for early signs of eye disease and to keep their direction current, adults should have a comprehensive eye health exams every two years. A yearly eye checkup is suggested, for seniors and children. Children should first be seen at 12 months of age, or younger if there are specific concerns.

We specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of Low Vision Conditions, in addition to routine eye health exams. We provide training and education on low vision devices and new developments in low vision treatments. With appropriate devices and training, patients with low vision can learn to use their remaining vision to its full potential so that they can live as independently as possible.

We provide referrals to specialists and can manage post eye surgery health from infants to old age people to ensure not only quality of vision and eye health but also quality of life and treat, diagnose and help prevent diseases and eye relate structure.

As Doctors of Optometry, we review your case history and on basis of factors that affect vision and eye health examine your eyes externally and internally both with eye movement, sharpness and peripheral vision, see color, depth normality, adjust focus. If we detect problem, we recommend exercise, glasses, contact lenses or surgery. Your vision is priceless. Routine eye exams by a Doctor of Optometry not only ensure good vision and eye health, but peace of mind.

Eye Health & Exam Frequency

Infants (six months or younger):

Newborns have all the ocular structures necessary to see, although are not yet fully developed your baby can see blurred patterns of light and dark. For the first six months, an infant’s eyes can appear slightly crossed or out of alignment, but this is usually normal. Lazy eye, or amblyopia, is another condition that becomes apparent within the first six months of your baby’s life. If detected or treated before eight years of age, it will often resolve completely. Visual abilities play a big role in early development. A Doctor of Optometry can use shapes, pictures and other child-friendly ways to evaluate vision and eye health.

Preschoolers:

For child between one to two must develop good hand-eye coordination and depth perception. At this stage of their development, toddlers also like to paint, draw and colour, sort shapes and sizes, and fit or assemble pieces. These activities are all integral to their visual development.

Be alert for symptoms that may indicate your child has a visual problem:

  • Red, itchy or watering eyes
  • Sensitivity to light
  • An eye that consistently turns in or out
  • Squinting, rubbing the eyes, or excessive blinking
  • A lack of concentration
  • Covering or closing one eye
  • Irritability or short attention span
  • Holding objects too close
  • Avoiding books and television
  • Visible frustration or grimacing

School-age children:

These children’s are constantly in use at play and in the classroom. If any of these visual skills are lacking, your child will need to work harder and may develop headaches or fatigue. A vision-related problem may cause some of the symptoms described below:

  • Headaches or irritability
  • Avoidance of near or distance work
  • Covering or rubbing of the eyes
  • Tilting of the head or unusual posture
  • Using a finger to maintain place while reading
  • Losing place while reading
  • Omitting or confusing words when reading
  • Performing below their potential

Protect your child’s vision if you notice any of these symptoms.

Adults:

For adults, a regular eye exam is an important to make your vision last. People over age of 40 may be at an increased risk for age-related eye conditions.The most common eye problems among adults include:

  • Presbyopia
  • Cataracts
  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Macular degeneration
  • Glaucoma

Adults aged 19 to 64 should have an eye exam at least every two years, and people with diabetes should have an exam at least once a year.

Seniors:

As people are aged, their vision needs change. A comprehensive eye health exam should be the key to preserving your vision and making it last a lifetime. Adults aged 65 or older are at a higher risk for a number of eye conditions and diseases that can threaten your sight, including:

  • Presbyopia
  • Cataracts
  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Macular degeneration
  • Glaucoma
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