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Vision Changes: When to Schedule an Adult Eye Exam

Vision Changes: When to Schedule an Adult Eye Exam

As we age, our eyes undergo several changes that can affect our vision. The lenses in our eyes become less flexible, making it harder to focus on close-up objects, the muscles that control the size of the pupils and the movement of the eyes become weaker, leading to difficulty adjusting to changes in light and decreased ability to track moving objects, and the risk of developing eye conditions such as cataracts, glaucoma, and macular degeneration increases as we age. These changes can have a significant impact on our daily lives, affecting our ability to drive, read, and perform other activities. Regular adult eye exams are crucial in detecting and addressing these changes, helping to maintain good vision as we age.

When To Schedule An Adult Eye Exam

Here are some signs that indicate you should see your optometrist for an adult eye exam:

  1. Blurred or distorted vision: If you notice that your vision is blurry or distorted, it is a sign that you need an eye exam. Blurred vision can be caused by a number of conditions including nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, cataracts, or macular degeneration. A comprehensive adult eye exam can determine the underlying cause and help determine the best course of treatment.
  2. Difficulty seeing at night: If you experience difficulty seeing in low light conditions, you should schedule an adult eye exam. Night vision problems can be caused by cataracts, glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, and a number of other eye conditions. An eye exam can help identify the cause of the problem early and help you seek treatment to preserve your vision.
  3. Eye strain and fatigue: If you experience eye strain, headaches, or fatigue after reading or using a computer, book an appointment with your optometrist. Computer vision syndrome, presbyopia, and dry eye can cause eye strain and fatigue. An adult eye exam will assess your eye health and determine if your vision changes are caused by digital eye strain.
  4. Squinting or frequent headaches: If you find yourself squinting to read or focus on objects, it is important to schedule an adult eye exam. Squinting can be a sign of many vision problems, including nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, or presbyopia. Frequent headaches can also be a sign of an underlying vision or eye health condition. An eye exam can help identify the cause and your optometrist can recommend the appropriate treatment.
  5. Floaters and flashes of light: Floaters and flashes of light can be caused by a number of issues including a detached retina, vitreous detachment, or retinal tear. An adult eye exam with retinal imaging allows your optometrist to diagnose the cause of floaters or flashers of light and determine the most appropriate treatment protocol.
  6. Diabetes: Diabetes can cause diabetic retinopathy, cataracts, and glaucoma. If you have diabetes, it is essential to have regular diabetic eye exams to detect these conditions early and prevent them from causing vision loss. Regular adult eye exams can even help detect signs of diabetes before a patient has been diagnosed.

Preserve Your Vision With Regular Adult Eye Exams

If you experience any vision changes or have any underlying health conditions that can affect your eye health it is crucial to schedule an adult eye exam. Early detection and treatment of vision problems can prevent vision loss and help maintain good eye health. Remember to have regular adult eye exams as recommended by your eye doctor, even if you do not have any noticeable vision problems. Regular eye exams are the best way to ensure good vision for life.

Regular adult eye exams monitor your eye health, but they are also an important part of maintaining your overall health. If you want to protect your eye health and your overall health, book an adult eye exam at Market Mall Optometry in Calgary NW. Our staff will check for any abnormalities and we will ensure you are informed and educated about your eye health and any developing conditions. To schedule an eye exam, call Market Mall Optometry at 1-403-286-4884 or fill out the online contact form.


Q: How often should I have an eye exam?
A: Adult eye exams are recommended once every two years, once a year for those over 65.

Q: What should I expect at an eye exam?
A: A standard eye exam includes:

  • Assessment to test colour deficiency
  • Measurement of depth perception
  • Measurement of the pressure inside of your eyes
  • Measurement of your existing glasses prescription
  • A review of any health concerns you may have or that may be in your family history
  • Examination of your eyes with and without the help of lenses 
  • Full assessment of the health of your eyes 
  • Retinal photo to assess the health of the back of your eyes 
  • Optometrist-determined prescription

Q: Are comprehensive eye exams uncomfortable?
A: A comprehensive eye exam is non-invasive so you will not feel any pain or discomfort for the duration of the exam.

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