Is an Eye Screening the Same as an Eye Examination?

When was the last time you took your child to the optometrist for an eye examination? You’re not sure? But it’s okay, because your child’s whole class had their eyes tested at school and the result was that everything was fine. So that means we can skip going to the optometrist this year, right? Actually, not really. A school eye screening isn’t the same thing as a comprehensive eye examination. Here are the differences.

What does Vision Screening entail?

What You Should Know About Your Child’s Vision

Mid-August may not be the time you want to be thinking about kids going back-to-school, but unfortunately, September is right around the corner, and your kids need to be ready. Along with those school supplies, have you made sure that their eyes are ready for another school year? After all, the best high-tech equipment in the world won’t do any good if your child can’t see it properly. When was the last time your child saw an optometrist?

How Often Does my Child Need to Have His/Her Eyes Tested?

Making Your Child’s Vision a Priority

The Canadian Association of Optometrists has declared October Children’s Vision Month. In their words, “Regardless of your age or physical health, an annual comprehensive eye exam helps detect vision issues at an early stage, improving treatment options.” That is why they recommend that a child’s first visit to the optometrist should be between six and nine months of age, the second visit at age three, the third just before he/she begins school, then annually thereafter until age 18.

Why Should my Baby Visit the Optometrist?

Will my Child Inherit my Eye Problems?

We know that many things that make us who we are can be inherited from our parents, hair and eye colour, facial features, height, or the lack thereof. Even some personality traits can be attributed to genetics, an easy going manner, or conversely, stubbornness, a love for reading or for taking apart and rebuilding things, a love of the outdoors. Other less desirable things can also be hereditary, such as arthritis, heart conditions or high blood pressure. But what about vision related problems? Can they also be inherited? Well, in some cases yes, but not necessarily.

Will you get your parent’s poor eyesight?

Making Children’s Eye Exams a Part of your Back to School Planning

Summer always seems to fly by so fast and the next thing you know, September is right around the corner and it’s already time to start getting your children ready to go back to school. But in the flurry of books and pencils, backpacks, crayons and calculators, making sure that their vision is up to par is every bit as important as assuring that they have enough binders. When was their last eye exam? Have they been squinting while watching TV or looking at a computer screen? Should you be scheduling an appointment with your optometrist?

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Astigmatism

This is an interesting subject in that the first misconception that needs to be cleared up is its name: Astigmatism, not a Stigmatism. The next thing you need to know is that it is not an eye disease, it is a refractive error similar to nearsightedness (Myopia) and farsightedness (Hyperopia). Simply put, it is a condition where the eye focuses light improperly.

What causes Astigmatism?

What does 20/20 Vision Mean?

20/20 is a term commonly used as the definition of perfect eyesight. But is that really what it means? Actually, it is much more complicated than that.  In fact, even the term perfect, isn’t that easily defined when it comes to your vision.

Visual Acuity

In 1862, Herman Snellen developed a system for measuring the sharpness of vision, known as visual acuity. The system measures your ability to see letters or numbers on a chart at a prescribed distance, generally 20 feet.  The measurement system is known as Snellen fractions and read as: 20/20, 20/40, 20/60, etc. Using this measurement system, a person with 20/20 vision would be considered as having “normal” vision, meaning that they can see letters and numbers at 20 feet that they average person should be able to see at 20 feet. A person with 20/200 would be considered legally blind.

Getting to Know Your Optometrist

March 23rd is World Optometry Day, an excellent time to get to know your Optometrist. Question 1: What do you know about your Optometrist? Do you know what they do?  Question 2: When was the last time you saw yours?  Question 3…Wait! Why don’t we work on questions one and two first, and that sneaky Question 1.5 I snuck in the middle.

What is an Optometrist?

Is Your Child having Trouble with School Work? It Could be their Eyes

If a child is having trouble in school, isn’t completing their assignments, isn’t paying attention, or has trouble focusing, it is often common practice to consider the cause to be a learning disability. That may indeed be the case, but not always. You should also consider the possibility that the problem could be eye related. On average, one in four children will develop a vision problem that can effect both their ability to learn and their behavior.

Symptoms of Eye Problems to Watch For

Month of May is Vision Health Month

Regularly scheduled Comprehensive Eye Exams should be part of everyone’s preventative healthcare routine because eye exams can help detect eye diseases and conditions that could affect your overall health.

“Comprehensive eye exams can serve as early detectors for a number of potentially serious health conditions, ranging from diabetes and high blood pressure to certain forms of cancer,”  Dr. Barry Thienes, President of the Canadian Association of Optometrists.

The Canadian Association of Optometrists recommend bi-annual eye exams for adults and annually for those over 65. A child’s first eye exam should take place between six to nine months of age, then before they turn five, and annually while they are in school.