At Cypress Eye Center, we are committed to the health and well-being of children’s eyes as well as adults. Parents play an important role in helping to assure their child’s eyes and vision can develop properly. Steps that any parent should take include: watching for signs of eye and vision problems, seeking professional eye care starting with their first comprehensive vision assessment at about 6 months of age, and helping their child develop his or her vision by engaging in age-appropriate activities.
When is an eye exam needed?
We recommend that your child have their first eye examination between the ages of 6 and 12 months. If not indicated otherwise by one of our doctors, their next examinations should be at the ages of 3 and 5 years old. At these appointments, your child will have a thorough eye examination to make sure his or her vision is developing properly and there is no evidence of eye disease. Once your child starts school, we recommend annual eye exams. During this period of life, children’s eyes can change very rapidly and it is important to stay on top of any visual changes.
All adults should get a baseline screening for eye disease by age 40 and above, regardless of whether any symptoms or risk factors for eye problems are present. This is the age when age-related changes in vision and the earliest signs of eye diseases can be detected. Super important because catching and treating problems like glaucoma, cataracts, Age related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy early can help minimize vision loss. And because the eyes can be a window into overall health, a thorough eye exam may also unearth other problems that can rear up at this age, such as diabetes and high blood pressure. How often you get follow-up screenings will depend on your test results, medical conditions, and other factors, such as your eye-health history.
These vision changes can occur without you or your child noticing them. It is important to detect and treat vision deficiencies early because the sooner a problem is detected and treated, the more likely treatment will be successful. When needed, we will prescribe treatments including eyeglasses, contact lenses, patching or vision therapy to correct vision problems.
Diagnostic Eye Exams Include:
- Glaucoma screening (Non-Contact Tonometry, Central visual field analysis, Ophthalmoscopy)
- Colour vision testing
- Eye alignment assessment
- General Ocular health assessment
- Slit-lamp Biomicroscopy
- Dry eye test and lots more
- Our Clinic is equipped with latest state of the art computerized equipment for carrying out comprehensive visual assessment of your eyes to determine your eye health status.