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The Saskatchewan Association of Optometrists recommends that all children have a full eye examination by the age of three. If a parent or caregiver notices any problems earlier, such as an eye turn, squinting, poor hand-eye coordination, or a lag in development, that child can be seen even when they are an infant. Children are usually seen yearly thereafter. In general, adults should have their eyes examined every 1-2 years depending on their age and eye health status.
Often, eye problems are asymptomatic so routine eye examinations in all children are crucial to preventing and detecting eye and vision problems early on. Saskatchewan Health covers eye examinations for children under the age of 18, individuals on social assistance programs, and for certain eye emergencies including infections, allergies, and foreign body removals.
Regular eye examinations are important for anyone with diabetes. Your optometrist will dilate your pupils to look for signs of diabetic retinopathy, which can show up when there is leaking of the tiny blood vessels inside the eyes. Early detection of diabetic retinopathy can prevent blindness.
Uncontrolled blood sugar levels can also cause changes in your prescription, causing more nearsightedness or farsightedness than usual. Other effects of diabetes on the eye include early cataracts, glaucoma, and even paralysis of certain eye muscles causing blurred or double vision. Majority of the diabetic eye examinations are covered under Saskatchewan Health.
For more information, visit https://www.diabetes.ca
A cataract occurs when the lens in your eye becomes cloudy. It usually affects your vision gradually causing blurring of vision at all distances. Although they are usually age-related, they can occur due to medications, excess UV exposure, cigarette smoke, injury, disease or even be congenital if a child is born with a cataract. A comprehensive eye examination with your optometrist will detect any formation or worsening of cataracts. Cataract surgery is performed millions of times a year, and can now be done at the Weyburn General Hospital with an ophthalmologist.
For more information on cataracts, visit http://doctorsofoptometry.ca/cataracts/
Approximately 80% of learning happens through the visual system and as many as 1 in 4 children have a vision problem that may impair their ability to learn. Often, children can have a vision-related learning problem and still see 20/20. It is important for a child to have not only good vision, but visual skills to maintain good vision at all distances, good focusing ability to allow for changes in distances, good eye control for movement and tracking, and also good visual efficiency skills and eye-hand coordination.
Although some children with a vision-related learning problem may not have any symptoms, caregivers should be alert for headaches, irritability, avoiding near or distance tasks, squinting, rubbing of the eyes, frequent tilting of the head, eye turns, and decreased reading performance.
Children rarely complain of vision problems. The Eye See … Eye Learn program in Saskatchewan helps raise awareness on the importance of having children’s eyes examined early in their school years in order to provide the best opportunity for academic success. Children do not need to know how to read for their eye examination. Saskatchewan Health covers the cost annual eye exams for call children under the age of 18. Treatment for vision problems may include glasses, eye patching or vision training.
Common symptoms of CVS include headaches, eyestrain, blurred vision, eye irritation, double vision, or watery eyes. It can be caused by uncorrected refractive errors, a misalignment of the eyes, or even just a screen that is not ergonomically set for the user. A routine eye examination will determine if you have computer vision syndrome, and your optometrist can determine the most effective treatment.
Although each individual’s visual demands and environment may vary, there are a few general ways to prevent computer vision syndrome include using adequate lighting, minimizing glare, regular blinking during screen time, and anti-reflection coatings on the lenses of your glasses.
Glaucoma results from damage to the optic nerve and is one of the leading causes of blindness in Canada. It is a progressive condition that usually occurs in individuals over the age of 40, and is known as “the silent thief” because there are no symptoms of vision loss in glaucoma until the individual loses a significant amount of vision. This means that a person with 20/20 vision can have glaucoma.
Peripheral vision is affected first, then central vision loss in advanced glaucoma. Left untreated, glaucoma can cause blindness. The only way to prevent glaucoma is through a comprehensive eye exam with your optometrist. Glaucoma is either treated with eye drops, laser surgery or glaucoma surgery. For more information about glaucoma, visit http://doctorsofoptometry.ca/glaucoma/.
Although the human eye cannot detect UV light, it is absorbed by the tissues in and around the eyes. Chronic UV exposure can lead to keratitis, cataracts, pterygium, macular degeneration, and many other eye conditions – some of which have the potential to cause permanent vision loss. There are many options to protect your eyes from harmful UV rays including tinted glasses, sunglasses, photochromic lenses, and UV blocking contact lenses.
Dry eye is a very common problem that can either occur if your eyes do not produce enough tears or produce tears that do not have the proper composition. Dry eye may not only be a nuisance, but can cause fluctuating or decreased vision if left untreated. Symptoms include burning, stinging, redness, or foreign body sensation. With more severe dry eye, a person may experience blurred vision, light sensitivity or even excess tearing.
Causes of dry eye include problems with blinking, environmental factors, hormonal changes, aging, medications and certain health conditions. Dry eye can affect the comfort of your eyes and the way your contact lenses feel. There are different ways your optometrist can diagnose dry eye. Because dry eye is a chronic condition and there is no cure, treatment is geared towards managing the condition and improving the comfort of your eyes with lubricating eye drops, ointments, plugs, treating systemic disease, supplements, or prescription medications that are available to help your body produce more tears.
Inflammation of the eyelids can result in red, burning and irritated eyes. This condition is known as blepharitis, which occurs on the base of the eyelashes and around the oil glands that produce the outer layer of the tear film. Blepharitis usually occurs in people who are prone to oily skin and dandruff, and can occur at any age. Blepharitis puts an individual more at risk for infections, but this chronic condition can usually be managed with warm compresses and lid hygiene. Your optometrist will be able to detect and give recommendations to manage the condition. Occasionally, prescription drops or ointments may be used.
Inflammation of the clear layer on the surface of your eye is referred to as conjunctivitis, which can be further classified as infections, allergic, chemical or viral. With specialized equipment, your optometrist will be able to accurately diagnose the cause for your red eye or “pink eye” and prescribe the proper treatment. Some types of conjunctivitis just irritate the eyes, whereas others can be more serious and affect your vision. It is important to have the condition diagnosed and properly treated.
Individuals who have loss of vision due to a range of conditions may benefit from magnification devices, offered at Weyburn Eye Care. In addition to your comprehensive eye health and vision examination, your optometrist may refer you to the CNIB, a non-profit organization that helps individuals with vision loss rehabilitation. For more information, visit www.cnib.ca/en.
Many of our patients at Weyburn Eye Care of undergone laser refractive surgery. There are many criteria that your optometrist may consider when evaluating your candidacy for laser vision correction including age, history, eye health, and general health. For the ideal candidate, it can be a life-changing experience. If you are interested in laser vision correction now or in the future, you can find more information at www.horizonlaser.com.
Your optometrist will be able to evaluate your eyes, and conduct the pre-operative and post-operative assessments. Weyburn Eye Care works closely with the team at Horizon Laser Vision Centre in order to provide the best care.
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