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Why It’s Important to Have Annual Eye Exams When Over the Age of 65

Many people do not realize that a comprehensive eye exam involves checking more than just vision and determining a prescription for glasses or contact lenses. During an eye exam, optometrists screen for many detrimental eye diseases that have no apparent symptoms, as well as can diagnose a variety of other medical conditions by thoroughly examining the eyes. There are many reasons why our optometrists recommend that seniors, or those over the age of 65, should have annual eye exams.  In Alberta, the province provides yearly coverage for routine eye exams for senior citizens.

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Tools And Tips To Help Reduce Digital Eye Strain & Fatigue

To help expedite tasks within our busy lives, it seems that people have become chained to digital technology. Wherever you turn, this is apparent. People on computers, on their phones, or staring at TVs. As people continue to get busier, we turn to the conveniences that technology offers us. Allowing for us to cram even more into our busy days. We have the option to use technology for almost everything. We use digital devices for work, and then we go home and use them for pleasure. So it’s no surprise that there is now a condition called “digital eye strain”. Digital eye strain and digital eye fatigue are the terms used to describe the fatigue and eye strain put on our visual system, from staring at digital devices. If you suffer from digital eye fatigue, here are some recommendations and tools to help ease your discomfort.

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What Are The Signs And Symptoms Of A Retinal Detachment?

The retina is crucial to our vision. It is the light sensitive layer at the back of the eye that contains photosensitive cells called rods and cones. Light enters the eye and strikes the retina, which then triggers nerve impulses to be sent to various vision centers in the brain via the optic nerve. The brain then takes this information and interprets it and gives us visual perception.  If the retina detaches or is pulled away from its normal position it can cause permanent and irreparable vision loss. A retinal detachment is considered a medical emergency and treatment should be sought immediately.

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Why Having A Routine Eye Exam Is Important

Often when I tell patients that they are due for their routine eye exam, I get responses like, “I don’t need an exam, my vision’s fine” or “I’m not due for an appointment yet, because my insurance company only covers me every two years”. Sometimes looking for an insurance company that full covers your in many aspects like One Sure Insurance is a really hard thing to do. Although these may seem like valid reasons why not to have an eye exam, there are many other reasons and factors why your optometrist recommends for you to come in for frequent eye examinations. A routine eye exam, not only checks the vision of your eyes, but there are many other important health components that your optometrist will check at your appointment as well. 

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