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Why annual eye tests are important

Why Are Eye Exams Important?

Routine eye exams are important — regardless of your age or your physical health.

During a comprehensive eye exam, your optometrist does more than just determine your prescription for glasses 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.

Often optometrists are the first health care professionals to detect chronic systemic diseases such as high blood pressure and diabetes.

 

Who Should Get Their Eyes Examined?

Eye examinations are an important part of health maintenance for everyone. Adults should have their eyes tested to keep their prescriptions current and to check for early signs of eye disease.

                                                                  


Children's eye exams are important to ensure normal vision development.

Eye exams for children also are very important to insure normal vision development and confirm that children have the visual acuity and vision skills required for schoolwork and other activities.

Children don't always know what "normal" vision looks like, so they're unlikely to complain of vision problems. However, because vision is so closely linked to the learning process, undetected learning-related vision problems can lead to trouble with schoolwork.

If your child is performing poorly at school, be sure to have his or her eyes examined by an eye doctor who specializes in children's vision to rule out an underlying visual cause.

                                                                    

What Is the Eye Doctor Checking for?

In addition to evaluating your eyes for glasses and contacts, your optometrist will check your eyes for eye diseases and other problems that could lead to vision loss. Here are some examples of the conditions that your eye doctor will be looking for:

  • Refractive error. This refers to near-sightednessfarsightedness and astigmatism. Refractive errors are corrected with eyeglasses, contacts or refractive surgery.
  • Amblyopia. 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..
  • Eye teaming problems. 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.
  • Focusing problems. These problems can range from incompletely developed focusing skills in children to normal age-related declines in focusing ability (presbyopia) among older adults.
  • Eye diseases. Many eye diseases, such as glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy, have no symptoms in their early stages. Your optometrist 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.
  • Other diseases. Optometrist can detect early signs of some conditions and diseases by looking at your eye's blood vessels, retina and so forth. Your optometrist may be able to tell you if you are developing high blood pressure, high cholesterol or other problems.
    For example, diabetes can cause small blood vessel leaks or bleeding in the eye, as well as swelling of the macula, which can lead to vision loss. Your optometrist will likely detect this during a complete eye exam.
  • Age-related conditions. As you age, the likelihood that you will develop an age-related eye problem increases. For example, cataracts. Detecting and treating age-related eye problems early can help maintain quality of life and reduce the risk of permanent vision loss.

                                                                              

 

Why Vision Screenings Are No Substitute for a Complete Eye Exam

Vision screenings are limited eye tests that help identify people who are at risk for vision problems. These are the brief vision tests performed by the school nurse, optometrist, other health care providers or volunteers.


The eye test that you take when you get your driver's license renewed is an example of a vision screening.

Depending on who is performing the test and where the test is given, vision screenings may include tests for blur, muscle coordination and/or common eye diseases.

Keep in mind that a vision screening can indicate that you need to get your eyes checked, but it does not serve as a substitute for a comprehensive eye exam.

A comprehensive eye examination is performed by an optometrist and includes careful testing of all aspects of your vision. Based on the results of your exam, your optometrist can recommend a treatment plan suited to your individual needs.

Remember, only an optometrist or ophthalmologist can provide a comprehensive eye exam — family physicians and paediatricians are not fully trained to do this, and studies have shown that they can miss important vision problems that require treatment.

 

 

 

Treatment Plans After Your Eye Exam

 

Treatment plans following your eye exam can include a prescription for glasses or contact lenses to correct refractive errors, vision therapy or strabismus surgery for binocular vision problems, medical treatment for eye disease or simply a recommendation that you have your eyes examined again within a specific time frame.

Your optometrist may recommend that you take eye vitamins or vision supplements to maintain good eye health or to help alleviate specific problems like dry eyes.

No matter who you are, regular eye exams are important for seeing more clearly, learning more easily and preserving your vision for life. 

                                                                  

Optometrists have an unobstructed view of the eyes' blood vessels, which is where they can see signs of these chronic conditions.

 

 If you hadn't had an eye test recently and want to ensure good eye health, please contact us to book an appointment

 

Lise-Marie Germishuizen Optometrist is a company focused on eye examinations, fashion eyewear, contact lenses,  children's vision and spectacle lens innovations.  Our mission is to help make everyone who needs prescription eyewear look bette and see better.

We are proud of the personalized eyecare provided to our patients,  as well as the best quality products, the finest customer service and the greatest product value.

We offer you and your family the latest designer eyewear, lifestyle and hi-tech lenses, contact lenses, fashion accessories and eye exams.,  striving to service the market place with innovative products and ideas. With a strong belief that eyewear is the first noticed, most important accessory in a person�s wardrobe, we offer eyewear for the way you live, work, and play.  Still,  the health of your eyes is our primary concern.

We specialise in contact lenses and are constantly reviewing the latest research and products so that we can offer you the most contemporary and comfortable options.

At home or at the office? Sporty or dressy? Are you too busy/fussy to carry around more than one pair of glasses? Are you rough on your glasses? Do you do a lot of night driving? Are you in front of the computer more than 10 hours a day? Do you enjoy different looks for different occasions? Are you outside for most of the day? Is sun protection important?  We are here to find the best fit for your lifestyle.

With a strong belief that eyewear is the first noticed, most important accessory in a person�s wardrobe, we offer eyewear for the way you live, work, and play. Eyewear is often the first noticed, most important accessory in a person�s wardrobe, therefore we offer eyewear for the way you live, work, and play. 

 The health of your eyes is our primary concern. We specialise in contact lenses and are constantly reviewing the latest research and products so that we can offer you the most contemporary and comfortable options.  Apart from comprehensive eye examinations,  we also do sports vision evaluations and training to enhance your leisure activity performance and conduct free driver�s licence and skipper�s licence screenings.

 Come in and talk to one of our team about your needs and we will pro-actively recommend the best course of action. You will leave knowing much more about your eyes and the best solution for their optimum health and performance.

Why Are Eye Exams Important?

Routine eye exams are important — regardless of your age or your physical health.

During a comprehensive eye exam, your optometrist does more than just determine your prescription for glasses 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.

Often optometrists are the first health care professionals to detect chronic systemic diseases such as high blood pressure and diabetes.

 

Who Should Get Their Eyes Examined?

Eye examinations are an important part of health maintenance for everyone. Adults should have their eyes tested to keep their prescriptions current and to check for early signs of eye disease.

                                                                  


Children's eye exams are important to ensure normal vision development.

Eye exams for children also are very important to insure normal vision development and confirm that children have the visual acuity and vision skills required for schoolwork and other activities.

Children don't always know what "normal" vision looks like, so they're unlikely to complain of vision problems. However, because vision is so closely linked to the learning process, undetected learning-related vision problems can lead to trouble with schoolwork.

If your child is performing poorly at school, be sure to have his or her eyes examined by an eye doctor who specializes in children's vision to rule out an underlying visual cause.

                                                                    

What Is the Eye Doctor Checking for?

In addition to evaluating your eyes for glasses and contacts, your optometrist will check your eyes for eye diseases and other problems that could lead to vision loss. Here are some examples of the conditions that your eye doctor will be looking for:

  • Refractive error. This refers to near-sightednessfarsightedness and astigmatism. Refractive errors are corrected with eyeglasses, contacts or refractive surgery.
  • Amblyopia. 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..
  • Eye teaming problems. 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.
  • Focusing problems. These problems can range from incompletely developed focusing skills in children to normal age-related declines in focusing ability (presbyopia) among older adults.
  • Eye diseases. Many eye diseases, such as glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy, have no symptoms in their early stages. Your optometrist 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.
  • Other diseases. Optometrist can detect early signs of some conditions and diseases by looking at your eye's blood vessels, retina and so forth. Your optometrist may be able to tell you if you are developing high blood pressure, high cholesterol or other problems.
    For example, diabetes can cause small blood vessel leaks or bleeding in the eye, as well as swelling of the macula, which can lead to vision loss. Your optometrist will likely detect this during a complete eye exam.
  • Age-related conditions. As you age, the likelihood that you will develop an age-related eye problem increases. For example, cataracts. Detecting and treating age-related eye problems early can help maintain quality of life and reduce the risk of permanent vision loss.

                                                                              

 

Why Vision Screenings Are No Substitute for a Complete Eye Exam

Vision screenings are limited eye tests that help identify people who are at risk for vision problems. These are the brief vision tests performed by the school nurse, optometrist, other health care providers or volunteers.


The eye test that you take when you get your driver's license renewed is an example of a vision screening.

Depending on who is performing the test and where the test is given, vision screenings may include tests for blur, muscle coordination and/or common eye diseases.

Keep in mind that a vision screening can indicate that you need to get your eyes checked, but it does not serve as a substitute for a comprehensive eye exam.

A comprehensive eye examination is performed by an optometrist and includes careful testing of all aspects of your vision. Based on the results of your exam, your optometrist can recommend a treatment plan suited to your individual needs.

Remember, only an optometrist or ophthalmologist can provide a comprehensive eye exam — family physicians and paediatricians are not fully trained to do this, and studies have shown that they can miss important vision problems that require treatment.

 

 

 

Treatment Plans After Your Eye Exam

 

Treatment plans following your eye exam can include a prescription for glasses or contact lenses to correct refractive errors, vision therapy or strabismus surgery for binocular vision problems, medical treatment for eye disease or simply a recommendation that you have your eyes examined again within a specific time frame.

Your optometrist may recommend that you take eye vitamins or vision supplements to maintain good eye health or to help alleviate specific problems like dry eyes.

No matter who you are, regular eye exams are important for seeing more clearly, learning more easily and preserving your vision for life. 

                                                                  

Optometrists have an unobstructed view of the eyes' blood vessels, which is where they can see signs of these chronic conditions.

 

 If you hadn't had an eye test recently and want to ensure good eye health, please contact us to book an appointment

 

Lise-Marie Germishuizen Optometrist is a company focused on eye examinations, fashion eyewear, contact lenses,  children's vision and spectacle lens innovations.  Our mission is to help make everyone who needs prescription eyewear look bette and see better.

We are proud of the personalized eyecare provided to our patients,  as well as the best quality products, the finest customer service and the greatest product value.

We offer you and your family the latest designer eyewear, lifestyle and hi-tech lenses, contact lenses, fashion accessories and eye exams.,  striving to service the market place with innovative products and ideas. With a strong belief that eyewear is the first noticed, most important accessory in a person�s wardrobe, we offer eyewear for the way you live, work, and play.  Still,  the health of your eyes is our primary concern.

We specialise in contact lenses and are constantly reviewing the latest research and products so that we can offer you the most contemporary and comfortable options.

At home or at the office? Sporty or dressy? Are you too busy/fussy to carry around more than one pair of glasses? Are you rough on your glasses? Do you do a lot of night driving? Are you in front of the computer more than 10 hours a day? Do you enjoy different looks for different occasions? Are you outside for most of the day? Is sun protection important?  We are here to find the best fit for your lifestyle.

With a strong belief that eyewear is the first noticed, most important accessory in a person�s wardrobe, we offer eyewear for the way you live, work, and play. Eyewear is often the first noticed, most important accessory in a person�s wardrobe, therefore we offer eyewear for the way you live, work, and play. 

 The health of your eyes is our primary concern. We specialise in contact lenses and are constantly reviewing the latest research and products so that we can offer you the most contemporary and comfortable options.  Apart from comprehensive eye examinations,  we also do sports vision evaluations and training to enhance your leisure activity performance and conduct free driver�s licence and skipper�s licence screenings.

 Come in and talk to one of our team about your needs and we will pro-actively recommend the best course of action. You will leave knowing much more about your eyes and the best solution for their optimum health and performance.



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