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Pediatric Eye Exam 

It is reported 80% of learning is visual for children. Studies found about 20-25% of children have vision problems. Your children's ability to see clearly directly impact their ability to learn. Children often unaware of their vision problems, or they may lack the skill to communicate their issues. Undetected or uncorrected vision problems could cause children to suffer academically and athletically.  Amblyopia (often called lazy eye) is a common condition that one eye does not see as clearly as the other eye.  That affects their binocular vision and depth perception. Early detection and treatment is essential.  Children should have an eye exam every year even if they do not seem to have a visual problem.  

Seniors Eye Exam

Eyes change with time just like the rest of the body. Seniors are at high risk of eye disorders such as glaucoma, macular degeneration and retinal detachment. Cataract is the clouding of the lens behind the iris and it is unavoidable. Most of the conditions progress slowly and often do not cause any symptoms or discomfort in the early stages.  Some common medical conditions could affect the eyes, diabetes, high blood pressure, inflammatory arthritis and thyroid disorder, to name a few. Make sure you have a comprehensive eye exam every year to monitor the health aspect of the eyes. Most conditions are much easier to manage in the early stages. 

Diabetic Eye Exam

 

Diabetes may affect many organs of the body including the eye.  It is essential to have an eye exam at least once a year to prevent severe vision losses even if your blood sugar levels are stable and not experiencing any vision problems. Diabetes puts you at risk of developing several ocular diseases including: 

  

  • Cataract - Individuals with diabetes may develop cataract at a younger age and may progress at a faster rate. 

  • Glaucoma - Studies found that diabetes makes the individual twice as likely to develop glaucoma.

  • Vision fluctuation - Some individuals may notice their vision go blurry when the blood sugar level changes.

  • Diabetic retinopathy - Overtime diabetes may damage the delicate blood vessels on retina and cause them to leak blood and other fluids.  Later it may cause abnormal blood vessels to proliferate to compensate. Unfortunately those new blood vessels do not function well and can lead to bleeding and even retinal  detachment, resulting in vision loss. 

  • Macular edema - in the advanced stages, diabetes can cause fluid to accumulate under the macular which leads to blurred central vision.

Dry Eyes

Dry eye disease is a very common condition that occurs when your tears is not able to provide adequate lubrication for your eyes. Your eyes may not produce enough tears or produce poor quality tears that is unstable.  Some of the common symptoms include:​

  •  Irritation, burning, stinging or scratchy sensation.

  •  Redness 

  •  Watery eyes, which is the body's response to produce more tears to lubricate the eyes.

  •  Blurred vision

  •  Eye fatigue

  •  Difficulty in wearing contact lenses 

Many factors could cause dry eyes such as aging, medications, autoimmune conditions, excessive computer use, reduced blinking frequency and lack of sleep. Chronic dry eyes could affect your daily life and work performance. If you are experiencing those symptoms, book an eye exam for an assessment.  

Computer Fatigue Syndrome

It describes a group of eye or vision related problems that result from prolonged computer use.  

Symptoms include:

  •  eyestrain

  •  blurred vision

  •  headaches

  •  red, watery eyes

  •  tired looking eyes

  •  dryness, gritty feeling, our blink rate drops significantly when look at screen

  •  difficulty in seeing clearly at distance when look up from the screen

  •  neck and shoulder pain 

 

Uncorrected farsightedness, astigmatism, presbyopia, accommodative dysfunction or poor eye coordination can all contribute to the development of digital eye strain. In some cases, individuals who do not require glasses for other activities may benefit from glasses prescribed specifically for computer use.

20-20-20 Rule.  Take a 20 second break to view somewhere 20 feet away for at lease 20 seconds.

     

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