I may be biased, but I actually think eye exams are pretty fun. They’re not really like any other medical exams; there’s no blood being drawn, no teeth cleanings being done. Mostly, you get to look at strange, blurry looking images, and marvel as they become clearer. Eye exams give me a sense of wonder and awe – they give the idea of seeing the world through new eyes a much more literal meaning. That all said, you’re probably not going to want to go for an eye exam every day. You might wonder when exactly you should go for an eye exam; we’ll answer that here.
Routine eye exams are important. Depending on how old you are, you’ll want to get them done more or less often. Let’s start from the youngest and work our way up. Babies should usually have their first eye exams done at 6 months old; at this point, their eyes are starting to work together, and they can see quite a bit further than they could at birth. This baby eye exam can help spot potential health problems before they develop into something worse – your optometrist can also give you tips on helping your baby develop hand-eye coordination.
From 12 months to 5 years old, you’ll really only need one eye exam done, around 3 years of age, though your optometrist will tell you if your child needs more. Once your child is school age, however, you’ll want to take them for eye exams much more often; once a year! This is particularly important because we have a bit of a myopia crisis on our hands; the rate of short-sightedness in our children is skyrocketing. Good vision is integral to success in school; that’s why the Government of Manitoba helps cover vision care for children.
During most of your adult life, you’ll be fine going for an eye exam once every 2 years. When you’re around 65 years of age, however, you should start going for eye exams once a year again. The prevalence of ocular health problems, including age-related eye diseases, shoots up around this age.
Of course, this only covers when you should go for routine eye exams. There are plenty of other times when eye exams are appropriate. When you’ve had an accident and you worry your eye might be damaged, go to an optometrist right away. A sudden cascade of floaters or sudden flashing bright lights can also be indicators that there’s a problem. Sharp decreases in vision, blurry vision, double vision – if you’re not inebriated in any way, these are all signs you could be having vision problems, and you should go to an optometrist.
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