What to Expect from Your Exam
It’s important to have a full eye exam, because your eye doctor will determine your prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses, and also examine your eyes for common eye diseases. Your optometrist will also assess whether your eyes work together as a team, and examine your eyes as to determine your overall health.
A number of tests and procedures are included in a comprehensive eye exam which evaluate your vision and the health of your eyes. These tests include simple ones, such as having you read an eye chart, and more complicated tests, such as examining the health of the tissues inside of your eyes with a high-powered lens.
Depending on your age, physical condition, and risk factore, eyecare experts recommend you have a complete eye exam every one to two years. Call us at Mississauga Vision Centre or Brampton Vision Centre to schedule your next eye exam.
Children’s Eye Exams At Our Optometry Practices
Some experts estimate that 25% of school-aged children have vision problems as well as approximately 5% to 10% of pre-schoolers. According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), every child should have his or her eyes examined at 6 months of age, and again at age 3 and at the start of school. Every child should continue having his or her eyes examined at least every two years, with or without vision problems or risk factors for eye or vision problems.
Any child who has an existing vision problem or risk factor should have his or her eyes examined more often. Risk factors for vision problems include:
- developmental delays
- turned or crossed eyes
- family history of eye disease
- history of eye injury
- other physical illness or disease
- premature birth
The AOA recommends that every child who wears eyeglasses or contact lenses should have his or her eyes checked every 12 months, or sooner, or according to their optometrist’s instructions. Read more about Pediatric Eye Exams.
Annual Eye Exams in Brampton & Mississauga, Ontario
The AOA also recommends an annual eye exam for all adults who wear eyeglasses or contacts. Even if you don’t wear eyeglasses or contacts, depending on your rate of visual change and overall health, you still need an eye exam every two or three years until the age of 40. Our Mississauga and Brampton optometrists generally recommend more frequent exams for adults with diabetes, high blood pressure and other disorders, as often diseases can have an impact on vision and eye health.
It’s a good idea to have your eyes examined every one to two years if you are over 40. Over 40 it is important to check for common age-related eye conditions such as presbyopia, cataracts and macular degeneration. Read more about Vision After 40.
Due to the risk of eye disorders with older age, everyone over the age of 60 should be examined annually. Read more about Vision After 60.