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It is important to treat our eyes with care throughout our lives. Ignoring changes in vision or skipping eye examinations puts our most precious faculty at risk.
The Canadian Ophthalmological Society (COS) recommends that adults see an ophthalmologist as soon as possible if you experience any of the following symptoms:
Having your eyes examined periodically throughout your life and giving a family history of any eye disease is important.
An initial eye exam at six months old helps with early detection of vision problems that can contribute to developmental delays, educational setbacks and behavioural problems in children having difficulty seeing properly.
Healthy adults who do not notice anything wrong with their eyes should see an eye doctor according to this schedule:
Age 19 to 40: at least every 10 years
Age 41 to 55: at least every 5 years
Age 56 to 65: at least every 3 years
Over age 65: at least every 2 years
Yes. Canadians at a higher risk include:
These people should see an eye doctor according to this schedule:
Over age 40: at least every 3 years
Over age 50: at least every 2 years
Over age 60: at least once a year
A diagnostic eye examination requires knowledge and experience provided by a medical doctor with specialty certification in ophthalmology
A refractive examination involves the taking of measurements for visual acuity and the prescribing of correction. This examination does not require a medical doctor.
The use of supporting vision team personnel to perform certain non-medical procedures or tests is appropriate as a means of increasing the availability of ophthalmologists to provide medical services, and to provide comprehensive and efficient eye care to the greatest number of people.
Supporting personnel on the vision team work with and are supervised by ophthalmologists at all times. The ophthalmologist is responsible for the delivery of comprehensive eye care, which includes primary, secondary or tertiary care.
Prevent eye injuries — practice smart eye safety:
Wear protective goggles around chemicals, cleaners, tools & machines
Protect your eyes from the sun
Wear protective eyewear, helmet & faceguard when playing sports with a ball or puck
Protect your eyes when using elastic devices such as bungee cords
Handle fireworks with extreme care & caution