The Eyes are a Gateway to Your World
Your eyes are precious. IRIS Optometrists dedicate their lives to helping you experience the best in the world of eyecare. The following article will cover the importance of taking care of your eyes:
• How often should you have an eye exam • What to expect from an eye examination • Why healthy diet and lifestyle are important.
Had Your Eyes Checked Lately? The first 6 years of life are the most crucial to long-term eye health and vision. Children should have eye health and vision examinations at 6 months then 3 years of age and annually after that. Adults with visual needs should have annual eye exams while others a minimum of one every 2 years.
Early detection of vision and eye health symptoms can often be treated, if untreated, it will become a permanent visual issue. You may need reading glasses, multi-focals, bi-focals, tri-focals, or progressive lenses. Today’s eyewear is stylish, comfortable, and easy to wear.
Seniors 65+ should have annual eye exams. IRIS Optometrists will help to adjust your vision and monitor your eye health to ensure you experience better vision for many years.
What to Expect at an Eye Examination It’s important to have a conversation with your optometrist about your eyes, your visual demands at work and play, your family eye history, and the history of your eyes. The examination should involve updating your glasses and contact lens prescription, assessment of your eye muscle coordination, plus a detailed eye health examination. The doctor should be testing for sight- threatening diseases (glaucoma, cataracts, and macular degeneration) and looking for signs of diseases of the body (diabetes, high blood pressure, cancers, and high cholesterol). Visual field testing and retinal digital imaging are useful tools in detecting eye disease early and preventing vision loss.
Healthy Diet and Lifestyle A healthy diet and lifestyle are vital for eye health and to reduce the effects of aging. Here are some ways you can maintain good eye health:
• Quit smoking. It’s the best way to prevent or delay cataracts and Macular Degeneration (MD). • Wear high quality 100% UV protective, polycarbonate sunglasses. • Take triglyceride form Omega-3 fatty acids. They’re especially important for conditions like dry eye and MD. • Make sure your diet is high in antioxidants (like vitamins C, vitamin E, lutein, and zeaxanthin). They can slow the development and progression of cataracts and MD.
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Visit your IRIS optometrist annually to help optimize and protect your vision. Prevention and early detection are the best lines of defense against eye diseases and vision loss. Visit www.iris.ca/exam or 1.800.474.7429 to book your eye exam.
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