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Save Your Vision Month: Open Your Eyes To The Importance Of Eye Exams

Eye exams shouldn’t just be another chore on your to-do list, they are an integral part of your health care. Good vision greatly increases quality of life and it needs to be cared for at every age, the same way as your body receives care. Eye exams offer a chance to ensure that your vision is doing all that it can for you and eye exams even offer other benefits. Optometrists are health care providers who are expertly trained to address and diagnose any eye conditions and to observe other health issues that may present during an eye exam. By having regular eye exams, you not only save your vision and general health now but also in the future as well.

Why To Get An Eye Exam

Detect Eye Diseases Early
There are many types of eye diseases that can impair vision permanently. Diseases such as glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration do not have cures and once vision is lost from these conditions, there is no way to restore it. There are, however, ways to treat these and other eye conditions so that progression can be slowed to preserve as much vision as possible while these conditions are in the early stages. When eye diseases are detected early, it can save your vision from deteriorating later. This is one reason why eye exams are so important; not all eye complications will present symptoms, so to catch them early you need an eye exam. 

Detect Other Health Issues
Health conditions affect the whole body, and that includes the eyes. Eye exams give your optometrist a chance to see the small blood vessels within the eye, and these can be very telling of your overall health. Conditions such as high blood pressure or diabetes can be detected during an eye exam and you can then take this information to your family doctor for further testing and instruction to learn how to manage your condition.

Correct Vision
Routine eye exams ensure that your prescription is up to date and that you can see clearly. Those who do not regularly visit the optometrist may have an outdated prescription that is not strong enough and they may be straining their eyes because of this. Consistent eye strain can cause eye fatigue, headaches, blurred vision, difficulty concentrating, and dry eyes. For children who do not have the right prescription, it can lead to learning difficulties as they struggle to either see the board or see the schoolwork in front of them, and this can cause children to fall behind in their studies.

Follow Eye Changes As You Age
The eyes typically don’t stop growing until a person is approximately 21 years old. Until then, vision is its most volatile and eyeglasses may be needed at any time. Even after your eyes have stopped growing, they will still change over time. You may experience vision changes as you enter your 40s and items that are close up start becoming difficult to see. This gradual loss of vision for close items is called presbyopia and it is common in middle age. The best way to address this condition is to have your optometrist check your prescription and arrange for either reading glasses or bifocals. As you age, you may develop eye diseases or conditions, especially as you reach your 60s or if you have other existing conditions that may affect your vision. While eye conditions can happen at any age and you should get eye exams for this reason throughout your life, the chances of developing eye diseases increase drastically as you age.

Have A Calgary Eye Exam At Specs In The City

To save your vision now and in the future and to make sure you are living your most comfortable optical life, visit Specs in the City for an eye exam. Maintain your current healthy vision for years to come with the help of our professional Calgary optometrists. Specs in the City offers affordable eye exams for Calgarians, including eye exams for children, adults, and seniors. To schedule an eye exam with Specs in the City either call 1-403-252-2020 or fill out the online contact form and let our experienced staff help you see and live better.


Q: Does Alberta Health cover eye exams?
A: The Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan (AHCIP) provides coverage for annual eye exams if you are between the ages of 0-18, or over 65. The provincial plan can also be used in times of emergency should you require an immediate appointment with an eye doctor. For those who are interested in booking an eye exam and who are between the ages of 19 and 64, Specs in the City is proud to offer affordable eye exams. Contact us to learn more.

Q: Is there anything I should bring to an eye exam?
A: Once you’ve booked your appointment there are a few things you can bring to better help us ensure your eye care needs are met. They are:

  • All prescription glasses, sunglasses, or contact lenses you’re currently using
  • All eye drops you’re currently using
  • The medications or supplements you’re currently on
  • A detailed family history of serious medical conditions
  • Details surrounding your vision insurance or work benefits
  • Medical records surrounding any eye surgeries or injuries you’ve had

Q: When should I go to the optometrist?
A: Eye exams should start at 6 months old, with another eye exam at 3 years old and another at 5 years old. After this, eye exams should be annual until age 18. Between ages 19 and 64, eye exams should be conducted every year or two, depending on any eye conditions you may have. Once you reach age 65, eye exams should once again be annual.

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