1. Myopia is an increasing trend in the world
Evidence is growing that myopia (nearsightedness) is growing around the world. Based on recent studies it is estimated that on average, 30% of the world is currently myopic and by 2050, almost 50% will be myopic; that’s equivalent to 5 billion people.
2. Eye Health Check Up, Not Just a Vision Assessment
Serious health conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and even cancer can be detected in a routine eye exam. Other health problems such as cataracts, retinal detachments and macular degeneration can be spotted early on by an optometrist (doctor of the eyes.) This is why it is important to not only get your most up to date prescription, but to also undergo a comprehensive eye health exam.
3. Glaucoma - The Silent Thief of Sight
Of all the eye conditions, glaucoma is the sneakiest. It is one of the leading causes of blindness in Canada. Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases which lead to progressive degeneration of the optic nerve. This in turn can lead to loss of nerve tissue that results in gradual, irreversible vision loss and potential blindness if not detected and treated early. If left untreated, some form of permanent vision loss is likely to occur. Of the eye health checks, this is one which can be missed if exams are not regularly performed.
4. Children's Eye Exams are Free (with a valid OHIP card)
In Ontario, OHIP covers for children 19 years old and under; an annual, full comprehensive eye examination plus any follow-up assessments that may be required with the same doctor. This is especially important when children are young, as they are not able to discern when their eyesight is beginning to change. While teachers may mention that their students are struggling to see the board at school (squinting, sitting closer to the front, etc), routine eye exams can also detect a prescription in children. This is far more comprehensive than the general screenings done at schools.