A woman wearing glasses, eye chart in background | Eye exams in Surrey British Columbia

Eye Exams

Regardless of your age, getting regular eye exams in Surrey is incredibly important. The gift of sight is one we take advantage of often, but our eyes help us through every facet of daily life – even Rapid Eye Movement while we are sleeping. Regular examinations are important for children and adult alike to check for various eye health concerns, such as vision problems, glaucoma, macular degeneration, cataracts, and more. An optometrist can determine if your vision or retinas have changed, as well as recommend eyeglasses and contact lenses as needed.

Up until the age of 60, kids and adults alike are generally advised to visit an optometrist at least every two years to ensure no changes in vision have occurred and that their eyes have remained healthy, or improved if there were previous issues. Problems with sight can significantly impact a child’s learning in school, and are commonly associated with spending long periods of time on the computer as many adults are required at work.

At Newton Optometry Clinic, we find that our patients who schedule regular appointments every year or two can significantly avoid serious problems – and can pass along their good habits to their kids when they bring them in for eye exams in Surrey. For those with some potential risk factors, eye doctors will likely suggest more regular appointments – perhaps annually.

Children born premature or with developmental delays, for example, may be more susceptible to vision problems. Having a history of eye disease in the family or having crossed eyes (technically known as “strabismus”) should also visit an optometrist more often than what is suggested for most people.

Furthermore, adults who are over 60 are advised to schedule eye doctor appointments on an annual basis as they could be more likely to develop related issues or diseases, such as cataracts, glaucoma, and trouble reading up close. Adults at any age, however, who have diabetes or high blood pressure, a potentially hazardous job, a history of eye disease in their families, previous eyes injuries or surgeries, or those taking medication that can disrupt vision and overall eye health should visit more often than what is generally a bi-annual recommendation.

If you do not have pre-existing problems, an eye exam in Surrey can also reveal underlying issues that you may not even realize are affecting you. These can include glaucoma, diabetes, dry eyes, and macular degeneration. An optometrist may recommend or have educational information about laser surgery, as well, and can conduct helpful care before and after an operation of this nature.

In addition to the standard optometry examination process, Newton offers many services that support and encourage good eye health. We conduct visual field testing to measure your peripheral vision, pediatric eye exams to identify any vision problems with your child early, a free comprehensive eye and vision assessment for babies, treatment for red or sore eyes, dry eyes, and various eye emergencies that may occur, as well as management of ocular diseases like glaucoma, macular degeneration and cataracts.

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