When Should I Have My Eyes Examined?
The Canadian Association of Optometrists recommends a specific examination frequency for adults:
- Those aged 20 to 39 should have their eyes examined every 2 to 3 years.
- Those aged 40 to 64 should have their eyes examined every 2 years.
- Those over 65 should have their eyes examined annually.
At Eye Effects, we love getting to know you and making sure your eyes and vision are appropriately cared for. So we recommend visiting us at least once a year for a proper examination so we can monitor your overall health and recommend treatment if necessary.
If you’re considered “at-risk” or have a preexisting condition, you may need to come in for an appointment more often. We will discuss this and any questions you have during your appointment!
What Does an Eye Exam Involve?
We use a multifaceted approach to eye care to ensure all aspects of your health and vision are cared for. Your exam may take anywhere between 30 and 60 minutes, depending on your current health. If we need to do any additional testing, we’ll let you know ahead of time so you can prepare. If you have any questions about our eye exam process, please give us a call!
The first thing we’ll do is a quick discussion about your health history. We’ll ask about your current ocular and physical health, the medications you take, your family’s medical history, and your current prescription if you wear corrective lenses.
We’ll also test your:
- Visual acuity
- Prescription for corrective lenses
- Pupillary response
- Peripheral vision
- Eye movement
- Eyelids, cornea, iris, and lens
- Retina and optic nerve
If you are over 60, you’re at a higher risk of developing glaucoma, so we may also test your intraocular pressure using a diagnostic test called tonometry.