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Early detection and treatment of eye problems is the best way to keep healthy vision throughout life. By age 65, one in three people has some form vision impairing eye disease. Most of those affected are unaware because there are often no warning symptoms.

Moreso, poor sight is naturally associated with growing older. A thorough eye examination can uncover abnormalities of the visual system and related structures. This assessment can also reveal evidence of many forms of systemic diseases that affect the eyes such as hypertension and diabetes. With appropriate intervention, potentially blinding diseases such as glaucoma, cataract, age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy often have a favourable outcome.

Since many eye diseases and disorders become more as we age, Ophthalmologist worldwide recommend that at age 40, the time when early signs of disease and changes in vision start to manifest, adults with or without any sign or risk factor for eye disease get a baseline disease screening. Much like mammograms at 40 or colon screenings at 50, this vision screening is a reminder to adults as they need to maintain their eye health. Taking care of your eyes and getting regular examinations can prevent many leading causes of blindness.

For individuals at any age with symptoms or at risk for eye disease (such as family history of eye disease, diabetes or high blood pressure), it is recommended that they see their eye doctor for prompt intervention and to determine the frequency of eye examination needed.

when to see your doctor

If you observe one or more of the following signs, please contact us to make an appointment. You could be averting a serious eye disease.

  • Over cautious driving habits
  • Finding lighting too bright or too dim
  • Holding books or reading materials close to face or at arm's length
  • Squinting or tilting your head to see
  • Difficulty in recognizing people
  • Flashes of light or black spots in your vision
  • Hazy or blurry vision
  • Rainbow halos around bright light
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