Maintaining Healthy Sight
We all want to protect our eyesight and overall health for ourselves and our family - that is why annual eye exams are important. Regular eye care and exams can protect and prevent many eye diseases, if detected early. Today, a whole range of eye problems can be treated successfully without total vision loss. In addition, many vision problems begin at an early age, so it's important for children to receive proper eye care from the time they are infants.
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Having a regular eye exam is crucial in protecting you and your family’s eyesight. These exams allow your eye care practitioner to detect changes in the front of your eye so alterations can be made to your glasses or contact lens prescription. A thorough screening of the retina (the back of the eye) is also required to check that your eyes are healthy.
Your eyes are working from the moment you wake up to the moment you go to sleep. Your eyes take in an enormous amount of information about the world around you – shapes, colours, movements, and more. They then send the information to your brain, where it's processed, so the brain knows what's going on outside of your body.
You can start taking care of your child's eyesight from a very early age. It’s important to check that their eyes are healthy. Also, if a problem is found, the earlier it can be treated, the better. Children are screened for eye problems within a few weeks of birth, and then around the time they start school. If you have any concerns in between these tests, or if there are members of your family with eye problems, you should talk to your doctor or your eye care practitioner.
You can protect yourself against vision loss by working in partnership with your eye care professional. Ask questions and get the information you need to take care of yourself and your family.
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