Eye Screenings are Important for You and Your Family - Tamarind Optical!
An eye screening, usually conducted by your eye doctor or primary care physician, is basically a diagnostic
process that does not replace a comprehensive eye exam. The purpose of vision screenings are to get your eyes tested for a variety of issues including glaucoma or some other sort of eye disease.
Vision tests do not tell the whole story of your eyes. The eye tests usually only check vision, so more comprehensive testing is required to check the accuracy and effectiveness of your eyeglass prescription as well as the internal and external health of
your eyes. A comprehensive eye examination should included testing for potential eye issues as the refractive state of your eyes, dilated fundus examination, visual acuity, ocular alignment, binocularity, and of course color vision testing.
The eye care professionals at Tamarind Optical in Cape Breton are here to help diagnose any vision disorders that may be present, and provide an eye care solution moving forward. The purpose of an eye screening is to identify vision problems at a treatable stage, if they are present. Some recognized eye abnormalities that Tamarind Optical would check for would be crossed eyes, wandering eyes, or droopy eyelids.
Comprehensive Eye Screenings
A comprehensive eye screening is performed by a qualified optometrist or eye doctor to make sure your eyes are the very best they can be every day of your life!
Our daily lives seem to be jammed packed with events from morning until we go to bed. It is so easy for you to overlook your eyes. You may forget where you left your keys,
or to charge your smartphone, but it can't be stressed enough just how important it is to not forget your eye screening (vision screening).
When you make an appointment to get your eyes tested at a local optometrist, the vision test results will be used to determine the best solutions to correct any vision problems that make exist. Usually an eye screening test is intended to identify anyone, young and old, that may have undetected vision problems.
During an eye screening you may be checked for things like color blindness or signs of serious eye problems like glaucoma and cataracts. Don't be alarmed! Eye problems can be treated at an early age, especailly if they are detected early.
A cataract screening are usually carried out as part of the overall comprehensive eye exam or eye screening. Family members who may have cataracts see the world similar to looking through a dirty or foggy window. Can you imagine driving a car, reading a book, or playing hockey with this problem? Cataracts usually develop slowly over time and cloud the lens of the eye as we age.
Cataracts are now the leading cause of vision loss in Canada, usually in adults who are 55 and up. During the eye screening, the optometrist will review any symptoms that are found, look at your medical or family history, and then perform a few necessary tests to further determine if you have cataracts or not.
Visual Acuity Test – During this eye test you will be
asked to read a line of letters on a chart or through a viewing device.
The letters will get smaller the farther down on the chart you go. Your eyes are basically covered, one at a time, by covering one eye, then the other. This vision
screening test will let the eye doctor know if you can see at a given distance.
Slit Lamp Examination – A slit lamp is a basically a microscope that uses a bright line of light, or a slit, to allow your optometrist to examine the anatomy in the front part of your eye. This allows your local eye doctor to look at the cornea, lens, iris, and the area between your cornea and iris.
Eye doctors in Cape Breton use a wide variety of eye screenings and tests to examine your eyes. You are in good hands at Tamarind Optical, but it is super important not to forget your eyes and get an eye screening appointment for you and your children.
Increased Risk of Getting Cataracts:
There are many factors that determine the increased risk of getting cataracts such as:
- ✓ Age
- ✓ Diabetes
- ✓ Previous eye injury
- ✓ Previous eye surgery
- ✓ Extreme exposure to sunlight
- ✓ Smoking
- ✓ Obesity
- ✓ Use of certain medications
- ✓ High blood pressure
- ✓ Excessive alcohol use
Schedule an Eye Screening Test Today
If you can't see as well as you used to, if you have to squint to read a book or to look at TV, they it may be time to have your eyes tested!
Tamarind Optical Services in Sydney and Glace Bay, offer a wide range of eye-related services including Eye Exams, Eye Screenings, Eye Treatment, Contact Lens Service, Prescription Glasses, and Prescription Sunglasses for men, women, and youth, not to mention seniors.
Simply call our office to schedule a consultation appointment or book and eye exam online, and we'll address your needs from there - Sydney 902-564-5332, Glace Bay 902-842-3333