Comprehensive Eye Exams in Hamilton, Burlington and Oakville
Routine eye exams are important, regardless of your age or physical health. At our practices in Hamilton, Burlington and Oakville, Ontario, each of our eye doctors will not only determine your prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses, but will also check your eyes for common eye diseases, assess how your eyes work together as a team and evaluate your eyes as an indicator of your overall health.
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A comprehensive eye exam includes a number of tests and procedures to examine and evaluate the health of your eyes and the quality of your vision. These tests range from simple ones, like having you read an eye chart, to complex tests, such as using digital retinal imaging technology to evaluate retinal health.
Eye care experts recommend you have a complete eye exam every year to assess your risk for potentially damaging eye conditions, as well as to keep on top of any changes in vision you may be experiencing.
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Annual eye exams are recommended for any patient who wears eyeglasses or contacts. If you don’t need vision correction, an eye exam every year still is necessary to prevent eye conditions or diseases from going unnoticed. Doctors often recommend more frequent eye examinations for people with diabetes, high blood pressure and other disorders, because many diseases can have an impact on vision and eye health.
Since the risk of eye disease continues to increase with advancing age, everyone over the age of 60 should be examined annually.
If you are over 40, having your eyes examined every year can check for common age-related eye problems such as presbyopia, cataracts and macular degeneration.
Eye Exams for Children At Dr. Fallon Patel and Associates
Some experts estimate that approximately 5% to 10% of pre-schoolers and 25% of school-aged children have vision problems. All children should have their eyes examined at around 6-9 months of age, at age 3 and again at the start of school. Children without vision problems or risk factors for eye or vision problems should then continue to have their eyes examined at every year throughout school. Children can undergo faster prescription changes compared to adults, so yearly eye exams are important to monitor their visual acuity.
Children with existing vision problems or risk factors should have their eyes examined more frequently. Common risk factors for vision problems include:
- premature birth
- developmental delays
- turned or crossed eyes
- family history of eye disease
- history of eye injury
- other physical illness or disease
Children who wear eyeglasses or contact lenses should have their eyes examined at least every 12 months or according to their optometrist’s instructions. Read more about Pediatric Eye Exams.
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