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Regular Eye Exams are Important

Regardless of your age or physical health the importance of routine eye exams cannot be stressed enough.  During a comprehensive eye exam at Illusion Eyewear & Eyecare in Mississauga, our experienced optometrists do much more than just determine your prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses.  He or she 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.  Here are some examples of the conditions that your eye doctor will be looking for:

This refers to nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. Refractive errors are corrected with eyeglasses or contacts.
Even if your eyes appear to be properly aligned, it’s possible they do not work together efficiently as a team. Such binocular vision problems can cause headaches, eye strain and other problems that can affect reading and other near vision tasks.
Eye doctors can detect early signs of some conditions and diseases by looking at your eye’s blood vessels, retina and so forth. Your eye doctor may be able to tell you if you are developing high blood pressure, high cholesterol or other problems.
This occurs when the eyes are misaligned or when one eye has a much higher degree of refractive error than the other. In such cases, the brain often will ignore or suppress vision from the turned or blurry eye. Left untreated, amblyopia can stunt the visual development of the affected eye, resulting in permanent vision impairment. Amblyopia usually is treated by patching the stronger eye or by instilling eye drops that blur vision in the stronger eye. These methods require the child to use the amblyopic eye more extensively, which usually improves its visual acuity.
These problems can range from incompletely developed focusing skills in children to normal age-related declines in focusing ability (presbyopia) among older adults.
As you age, the likelihood that you will develop an age-related eye problem increases. For example, cataracts affect at least half of all Canadians age 65 and older. Detecting and treating age-related eye problems early can help maintain quality of life and reduce the risk of permanent vision loss.
Strabismus is defined as crossed or turned eyes. The examiner will check your eyes’ alignment to be sure that they are working together. Strabismus causes problems with depth perception and can lead to amblyopia.
Many eye diseases, such as glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy, have no symptoms in their early stages. Your eye doctor during the eye exam in Mississauga will check the health of your eyes inside and out for signs of early problems. In most cases, early detection and treatment of eye diseases can help reduce your risk for permanent vision loss.
Presbyopia is the natural loss of ability to focus at objects at close range. It usually presents itself, uninvited, of course, in those over 40. This inevitable condition occurs as the lens of the eye loses elasticity due to the aging process. This results in a hard time reading small print or focusing on the screen of your smart phone, for example. Once this progressive worsening ability to focus on near objects starts, you might notice having to hold reading material further away, headaches and eyestrain. Luckily this condition can be easily remedied by eyeglasses. A quality pair of progressive or bifocal lenses will correct any pre-existing vision problems you may have. A simple pair of reading glasses may be all you require. Presbyopia can sometimes be corrected by bifocal contact lenses or by a speciality fitting method called “mono vision” for suitable candidates.

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