HEALTH: The ‘eyes’ have it

Taking your eyes for granted can be risky. Your eyes are more important than just for sight. They can be health indicators notifying you of issues with your well-being.

Your eyes are far more important than just for seeing. They can indicate that you may be having health issues of which you are not even aware. They can warn about blood pressure issues, oxygen problems and far more.

Myth or fact? Real truths about eye health.

May is Vision Health Month, the perfect time to raise awareness about what optometrists can do to maintain your vision and help manage eye disease. Let’s start by seeing how much you know about eye health.

    1. Adults 65+ should see an optometrist every year. 
      Fact. Yearly comprehensive eye exams for adults 65+ are essential to ensure that the effects of aging eyes, such as glaucoma and cataracts, are quickly detected and treated. If you’re under 65, you should get an eye exam every one to two years, or as recommended by your optometrist. Now’s the time to find an Ontario optometrist and book an eye exam.

    2. Eye exams aren’t necessary unless you’re having vision problems.
      Myth. Many serious eye conditions don’t have obvious symptoms like blurred vision until the disease is more advanced and difficult — even impossible — to treat. It takes an optometrist to detect eye diseases and treat them early before lasting damage or permanent vision loss occurs.

    3. An optometrist can detect health conditions that are not eye diseases.
      Fact. Your eyes are a window into your overall health. An optometrist can detect signs of serious health issues in other parts of your body before any visible symptoms are present, such as; diabetes, multiple sclerosis, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, carotid artery disease, cancers and kidney disease.

    4. 90% of optometrists can provide same-day appointments.
      Fact. Optometrists can often see you on the same day. Whether you’re booking your yearly exam or have an issue with your eyes such as an infection, sudden vision changes or an injury — an optometrist can help.
      Find an optometrist near you and make an appointment.
    5. Parents know if their child has a vision problem.
      Myth. Many parents don’t realize their child has a problem with their vision. Kids may have a hard time expressing their vision problems or may think their vision is normal. Headaches, clumsiness, eye rubbing, squinting and difficulty reading are some warning signs of vision problems in children. The Ontario Association recommends that children have their first eye exam at six months-old, another before starting junior kindergarten and annually thereafter, to ensure good vision and development.

Source: Zoomer magazine


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