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Seniors Should Have Their Eyes Examined Annually

Our eyes change as we age, and especially once we reach age 60. Annual eye exams are your best line of defense against unnecessary vision loss.

Our eyes are our ticket to independence. From taking in the sights on vacation to driving to the grocery store to reading a new book, our eyes enable us to experience much of what the world has to offer.

As we age, our eyes naturally change. Some changes – such as the development of cataracts – can be treated effectively, while others (like the onset of glaucoma) can’t be reversed after the fact. Early detection of developing eye diseases is key to long-lasting eye health.

Canadians over age 65 are at a higher risk for many eye diseases. In most cases, regular eye exams can detect these developing conditions and further vision loss.

OHIP provides financial coverage for a routine eye exam once every year. Additional testing may be indicated and there may be a fee. Please contact us if you have any questions about these tests.

You are well aware of the changes to your body as you age. Your eyes are no exception.

By age 65, 33% of Canadians will have some kind of vision-impairing eye disease. The most common are: glaucoma, cataracts, age-related macular degeneration (AMD)and dry eye.

Glaucoma is often called the “silent thief of sight” because its initial onset shows no symptoms. Unfortunately, this asymptomatic behaviour is fairly typical of many eye diseases.

This highlights the importance of regular eye exams, as by the time you notice a change in your vision it is likely too late to reverse any vision loss.

What to Expect at Your Eye Exam

We will first gain perspective on the current state of your eyes by performing several diagnostic test procedures. These tests are painless and non-invasive.

If your eyes are healthy, we will discuss our observations and address any questions or concerns you may have. If we find evidence of an eye disease or cataract development, we will inform you of our findings as well as outline the appropriate next steps.

If you wear corrective lenses, we will measure and update your prescription as needed.

The eye exam should take no more than an hour.

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