Your Eyes & Your Health

Saskatchewan Association of Optometrists

Regular eye exams can play an important role in maintaining your overall health. Not all eye conditions will present with symptoms, vision changes or pain. Optometrists recommend that adults have a comprehensive eye examination every two to three years, and children and seniors annually. In some cases, more frequent visits may be required and recommended by your optometrist. As primary eye care providers, optometrists are suited to play a pivotal role in early diagnosis and prevention of ocular conditions and diseases that can threaten sight.

Eye injuries pose another risk to vision and it is estimated about 90 per cent of all eye injuries could be prevented by wearing proper eye protection. Optometrists can recommend and provide you with Canadian Standards Association (CSA) approved safety eyewear to ensure you get a fitting frame that protects against hazards specific to your work or hobbies. Safety eyewear can be made with prescription lenses to ensure maximum comfort and visual function is maintained.

With some public health restrictions still in effect, screens have offered us ways to stay connected with friends and family, allowed us to work remotely, and offered entertainment through airing professional sports and other programming. Unfortunately, too much screen time can lead to digital eye strain. Screen position, contrast, glare, and other factors can contribute to digital eye strain. You can relieve some discomfort from digital eye strain by using the 20-20-20 rule; focus on something at least 20 feet away for 20 seconds every 20 minutes. Having uncorrected vision problems can make computer use less comfortable and efficient. Your eyes could be exerting extra effort or be forced to work harder to maintain a clear image when viewing the screen. To ensure comfortable and efficient computer usage, visit your optometrist for a thorough eye health exam.

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