Keep an Eye on Your Vision with Regular Exams

Unfortunately, not all Canadians take their vision health as seriously as their overall physical health. It’s extremely important to schedule regular eye exams to ensure there are no eye issues and to help prevent eye disease and future vision loss.

The Canadian Association of Optometrists has outlined their position on the minimum frequency of examination for those at low risk as follows:

Infants and Toddlers
Birth – 24 months

First eye examination between the ages of 6 and 9 months.

Preschool Children
2 – 5 years

At least one eye examination between the ages of 2 and 5 years.

School-Age Children
6 – 19 years

Eye examination annually.

20 – 39 years

Eye examination every 2 to 3 years.

40 – 64 years

Eye examination every 2 years.

65 years and older

Eye examination annually.

What to Expect During an Exam
During an exam, an eye doctor will not only check your vision to see if you’re nearsighted or farsighted, but they will also perform a series of tests to check for eye diseases. The key to preventing vision loss is catching and treating diseases early—before any visible symptoms occur.

Eye Health and General Wellbeing
A comprehensive eye exam can also provide valuable clues about your general health including signs of arthritis, diabetes or head trauma. Read more about the connection between eye health and general physical health.

With children heading back to school in a month, don’t wait too long to schedule their yearly eye exam. Academics and even after-school activities can be negatively impacted by vision issues.

You can schedule a comprehensive eye exam through the Eye Exam Centres, available throughout Canada next to many Hakim Optical locations.

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