What are the warning signs that my child might need glasses?
It’s important to catch vision problems in children early so they can get treatment before any problems worsen. This is why optometrists suggest taking your child in for an exam as young as possible, or at least before they begin school. However, if you notice your child squinting, covering one of their eyes, bringing electronic devices or other objects closer to their face than is normal, or losing concentration on schoolwork very quickly, make sure to take them in for an eye exam. These signs may signify that your child is in need of refractive correction.
Should I wear coloured contact lenses?
Colored contact lenses can be a great, impermanent way to change up your look, however, it is important to consider the risks before beginning to use coloured contacts. Above all, be sure to consult your optometrist to ensure your eyes are healthy enough so that the contacts won’t cause any problems. Also remember that colored contacts must be cleaned in a similar fashion to regular contacts, or there is a high risk of infection, so make sure you have the proper contact cleaning supplies on hand. When purchasing coloured contacts, be sure to choose lenses that are not too far from your original eye colour, for the most natural look possible. If they are too different from your natural eye, you may have issues seeing through the opaque colour needed to change your eye colour.
What is the meaning of the numbers on my eyeglass prescription?
The most common eyeglass prescriptions consist of one number, which can be positive or negative. Negative numbers indicate that a prescription is correcting myopia commonly known as nearsightedness. The more negative the number, the more nearsighted you are. If the number is positive, they are meant to correct hyperopia, or farsightedness. The larger the number is, the more farsighted you are.
Individuals with astigmatism, a condition where light does not focus properly due to the fact that your cornea is not round, will have three numbers on their prescription, written in the form, spherical x cylinder x axis. The spherical number simply referred to the amount of near or farsighted you are, what your prescription would be without your astigmatism. The second number in the cylinder position is either negative or positive and tells the eye doctor what level of astigmatism you have and how your cornea is misshapen. The axis builds on this number, telling us in degrees where the misshapen cornea is in your eye.
How often should I be going to the optometrist?
This is a question on many people’s minds, as insurance companies tell them one thing and their declining eyesight tells them another. The Canadian Association of Optometrists tells us that different age groups should go at different frequencies.
(Birth- 2 years old)- First eye exam should happen after a child turns half a year old
(2-5 years old) – In this period of life, a child should be taken in for one eye exam, minimum.
(6-19 years old)- Children this age need one eye exam per year.
(20-39 years old)- Younger adults only need one eye exam every 2-3 years, as they have stopped developing, but their eyesight has not yet begun to decline.
(40+ years old)- These adults/seniors should return to the yearly visits to monitor for eye conditions associated with old age.
Can I play sports with my contact lenses on?
Yes, you absolutely can wear contact lenses while playing sports. In fact, eye doctors recommend contact lenses because they are safer. Think about it. The lenses in eyeglasses can break and cause eye injuries. Not only that, but glasses don’t provide peripheral vision, so it is easy to miss a ball coming at your head.