Growing up, we personally thought we were invincible in some ways. Our parents on both sides wore glasses, yet we were still without going into our 20’s. Each of our parents did get our eyes checked, but not in a fashion that is recommended today to obtain the optimal eye health. Luckily, we are both fine, making adjustments on our own before running into anything too severe or needing surgery. Considering May is Vision Health Month, we wanted to share some details and facts about how easy and important it is to visit your local Atlantic Superstore.
In keeping with our own advice, our family visited one of the three local Superstores in our area.
Check online or call your location if you are not sure an Optical Department is available. We are in a small metropolis area with three locations and two out of three have Optical Departments. Upon arrival, we found that our location was fantastic! Clean, well stocked with so many style choices to choose from and staff members that were extremely friendly and helpful.
HOW OFTEN IS AN EXAM NECESSARY?
There is no short answer for this question, for a few reasons. According to the Canadian Association of Optometrists (CAO), your time in-between visits changes based upon your age, as well as should there be any changes through those years with your eye health. Still not sure what that means to you? Take a look below at what they recommend.
- Infants and Toddlers (Birth to 24 months) – First
eye examination between the ages of 6 and 9 months
- Preschool Children (2 to 5 years) -At least one eye
examination between the ages of 2 and 5 years
- School Age Children (6 to 19 years) – Annually
- Adults (20 to 39 years) – Every two to three years
- Adults (40 to 64 years) – Every two years
- Adults (65 years or older)– Annually
I can tell you, in all honesty, we have not followed this properly. It wasn’t because we didn’t want to, but only for the fact of not being informed. Now that we know, through proper research done through the years for optimal vision health, we now follow the guidelines.
LIFE CHANGES DUE TO VISION LOSS
THREE VISION LOSS FACTS
- 1 in 4 school aged children have a vision problem.
- 1 in 7 Canadians will develop a serious eye disease in their
lifetime, which is why eye health and vision care is so important.
- The most common causes of serious vision loss occur later in
life so it’s especially important for older adults to get regular eye
These three facts are only a few reasons why it is important to follow a strict checkup routine with your Optometrist. Like any other major health issue that could arise, (we say major as sight is pretty important) early detection is best, as well as a visit to an Optometrist is important. An Optometrist is able to detect abnormalities that you and I, as parents, cannot detect. The only things we can see, which is a definite and possible sign of an eye health concern, is changes in our children’s daily behavior.
The reason that these visits stay continuously important is that our health only deteriorates over time with age. Did you know that with regular visits to your Optometrist you can obtain early signs of other health issues like; hypertension, high cholesterol, vascular disease, thyroid disease, brain tumors and diabetes? As with age and vision health, Optometrists are also watching for the presence of; age-related macular degeneration (AMD), glaucoma, or diabetic retinopathy, which are the top four causes of vision loss in seniors.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR?
There are a few common things to watch for that many parents may allow to go unnoticed. I can assure you that if you see any of the below situations happening with your child, it’s time to contact your Optometrist. We use the term a lot, “better safe than sorry”, and that’s definitely our standpoint when it comes to our family’s vision health.
- Having difficulty reading
- Sitting close to the TV or holding a book too close
- Frequent eye rubbing
- Sensitivity to light or excessive tearing
- Closing one eye to read or watch TV
- Avoiding using a computer because it hurts their eyes
- Having trouble seeing the chalk board
- A sudden drop in grades
There could definitely be other behavioral issues that your child could be doing that would point to a possible Optometrist visit, however, these are the main reasons that are spoken about by parents. Should you even think there may be an issue, you are better to be safe than sorry and schedule an appointment.
We all have pretty busy lifestyles in one way or another. It could be due to children or even adult sport events, illness of one individual or another, working long hours etc. etc. In the end we need convenience and great customer service. I mean, isn’t that what everyone should want with every service they use? This is why we love that select Atlantic Superstore locations have Optical Departments. While we are shopping, a family member can stop in for an exam, or even to browse their pretty fantastic selection of eyewear for the whole family.
Disclosure: This post is part of the YummyMummyClub.ca and the #SuperstoreVisionMonth sponsored program. I received compensation as a thank you for my participation. This post reflects my personal opinion about the information provided by the sponsors.