You visit your doctor and dentist regularly to ensure you're healthy, but what about your eyes? When was your last visit to your optometrist?

Did you know that your eyes are a window to your overall health? Optometrists have state-of-the-art equipment to detect many health problems early, such as diabetes, hypertension, thyroid disease and even certain cancers, the symptoms of which may be indistinguishable without an eye exam, in addition to detecting any vision defects such as myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism and presbyopia.

That's why you should have your eyes checked frequently, even if you think you have perfect vision. Moreover, certain diseases such as cataracts, age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and glaucoma can be detected and treated long before the first symptoms appear. 

The recommended frequency of eye examinations will vary throughout your life. Generally speaking, for children, we recommend a first eye exam at around nine months, then at three years of age and before starting kindergarten. 

Annual examinations are then recommended throughout the school career. Unless you have a pathology that needs to be monitored more closely, the Canadian Association of Optometrists recommends that adults have eye examinations every two years, then once a year from age sixty onwards.

If you wear contact lenses, it may also be advisable to have an eye exam yearly to ensure that you maintain good ocular health, given that the lenses are in direct contact with your eyes.

Regular eye examinations allow your trusted optometrist to monitor your eye health, detect changes as they occur and treat them promptly.

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