Frequently Asked Questions
Most optometrists and health professionals recommend that you have a comprehensive eye exam every one to two years, depending on your age, risk factors and whether or not you currently wear glasses or contact lenses. It is recommended that adults over 50 have annual eye exams, as many eye conditions develop with age and are considered ‘silent’ conditions, meaning that they creep up over time and can be difficult to detect without a comprehensive eye examination.
Being able to see clearly is incredibly important for your child’s overall development and routine eye exams are an essential part of school readiness. Children between the ages of 5 and 7 should have a full comprehensive examination to ensure that proper eye development occurs, however a younger child may be examined to rule out squints and high refractive errors. It is important to remember that your child does not have to be able to read, or even be able to talk, in order to have a thorough eye examination.
Yes. A script is essential in order to get contact lenses; it is important to remember that they are medical devices and great care should be taken when using them, as well as when fitting and dispensing them.
It’s simple; quality sunglasses help protect your eyes from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Our eyes are sensitive, so any prolonged exposure to sun can lead to a variety of problems. These include cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, pterygium (known as surfer’s eye) and certain types of cancer
A cataract is a clouding of the natural lens inside the eye, causing dull and fuzzy vision, that cannot be corrected with glasses or contact lenses. A cataract starts out small and at first has little effect on your vision. If left undiagnosed and untreated, you may then notice that your vision is blurred a little, like looking through a cloudy piece of glass.
Diabetic eye disease comprises a group of eye conditions that potentially can affect people with diabetes, where poorly controlled blood sugar is a risk factor. These conditions include diabetic retinopathy, diabetic macular edema (DME), cataract and glaucoma. All types of diabetic eye disease have the potential to lead to severe vision impairment or loss of vision.
Glaucoma is the degeneration of your eye’s optic nerve. An excess of fluid builds up in the front of the eye, causing an increase in intraocular pressure, and can potentially permanently damage the optic nerve if left untreated. Glaucoma is one of the leading cause of blindness for people over 60 years old. However, blindness from glaucoma can often be prevented with early treatment.
Keratoconus is a condition where the cornea develops an irregular outward protrusion, described as a cone-like shape, due to the thinning and bulging of the cornea, ultimately causing vision distortion. In the mildest forms of keratoconus, glasses or soft contact lenses may help restore clear, comfortable vision. But as the disease progresses and the cornea thins and becomes increasingly more irregular in shape, more specialised vision correction methods may be required.
Strabismus, or squint, refers to the inability of the eyes to focus on the same object at the same time, usually due to problems in the development of proper eye movement control and alignment. Strabismus is a common condition among children.