Your eyes are windows to your health.
Many ocular diseases have no symptoms until damage has already occurred. This is why annual eye exams are an easy and important way to protect your eyes and overall health. If you or your family are encountering the following signs, you should schedule to have your eyes checked by a doctor:
1. What's an Eye Exam? If you can't remember when you last had an eye exam, you’re definitely overdue.
2. Eye Irritation: Your eyes are red, dry, itchy.
3. Unusual Light Flashes: You are seeing dark/light spots, flashes of light, or floaters.
4. Existing Medical Conditions: You have diabetes or another health condition that affects your eyes. Also, if you have a family history of conditions like diabetes or glaucoma you may need exams more often, especially as you move into your 50s and beyond.
5. Poor Night Vision: You have difficulty driving at night, seeing street signs in the dark, or on a rainy day.
6. Headaches: You experience eye strain, headaches and/or blurred vision after spending an extended amount of time in front of a computer screen.
7. Motion Sickness: You get motion sick, dizzy, or have trouble following a moving target.
8. Trouble Reading Fine Print: You hold books or the newspaper further away from your face and squint or close one eye to read them clearly.
9. Post-Traumatic: You notice changes in your vision, especially after an incident of head trauma.
Did you know? In British Columbia, the following medical conditions are partially covered by BC Medical Services Plan (MSP):
- Ocular disease, trauma or injury
- Systemic diseases associated with significant ocular risk (e.g. diabetes)
- Medications associated with significant ocular risk
Please have your care card ready and book an appointment with us!