The Benefits of Regularly Visiting Your Vancouver Optometrist

An optometrist is a university-educated professional who has earned a Doctor of Optometry Degree. Optometrists perform a variety of important primary healthcare services for vision and vision-related problems. They perform complete eye exams, prescribe vision-correcting lenses, diagnose eye conditions, and prescribe medication and treatment plans for those conditions.

There are four main reasons why you should regularly visit a Vancouver optometrist at Granville Mall Optical for a complete eye exam:

1. To maintain good eye health

Visiting an optometrist in Vancouver is simply an important part of maintaining good eye health. Just as you go to a dentist for your teeth and to a doctor for your overall health, seeing an optometrist for your eyes should be one of the primary ways you care for your physical health.

2. To correct vision problems
It isn't always easy to tell if you need glasses, especially if your eyesight has worsened slowly over time. Going for a complete eye exam is the only way to know if you need corrective lenses and how strong your prescription needs to be.

3. For early detection of eye diseases
Since optometrists in Vancouver are trained in diagnosing and treating ocular conditions, visiting one on a regular basis is the best way of making sure that degenerative eyesight diseases don't progress to an irreversible point before they are detected. Catching eye problems early can help prevent vision loss in the future.

4. For early detection of other health problems
All parts of the body are interrelated, and it just so happens that the eyes can provide healthcare practitioners with some important warning signs of serious health problems. By examining the eye, optometrists are able to detect conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, rheumatoid arthritis, and even brain tumors before any other significant symptoms manifest.

How Often Should You Go for a Complete Eye Exam?
The Canadian Association of Optometrists generally recommends different frequencies of eye examinations depending on a person's age. According to their guidelines, children and teenagers between 6 and 19 years of age should go for an eye exam annually, adults between 20 and 39 should go every 2 to 3 years, adults between 40 and 64 should go every 2 years, and adults over the age of 65 should go at least once a year.

In order to check that their vision is developing as it should, infants should have their first eye exam somewhere between 6 and 9 months. Children should then have at least one more full eye examination between 2 and 5 years of age, before they start going to school.

Complete Eye Exams in Vancouver for the Whole Family

If it's time for you or any of your family members to visit a Vancouver optometrist, then you can come in for a complete eye exam at Granville Mall Optical. We'll make sure your eyes are healthy and set you up with an accurate prescription if you need corrective lenses.

Give us a call or send us an e-mail to schedule an appointment for your eye exam.

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