Our eyes take us through all ages
and stages of our life. Any number
of factors can affect our eye health
and ability to see, especially as
we grow older. When detected
early, many vision problems can be
The Canadian Pediatric Society
recommends babies be screened
for congenital cataracts as early
as six months of age and
preschoolers be tested for “lazy”
or misaligned eyes before the
age of five. Once in school, have
your children checked every 18 to
24 months for problems such as
myopia (near-sightedness), which
often begins to appear around the
age of nine.
Vision can change throughout
adulthood, at times the result of
Seeing your vision clearly
Eye care important through all ages and stages
failing to regularly rest your eyes
when reading or using a computer
or tablet, ultraviolet (UV) ray
damage, or poor general health.
As we get older, a number of
problems become more common,
such as presbyopia (the condition
that makes reading glasses
necessary), cataracts and macular
degeneration. Healthy eating and
UV protection can help reduce the
risk of some of these problems.
“So many things that affect the
eyes are lifestyle related,” says Dr.
Howard Gimbel of the Gimbel Eye
Centre, which is celebrating its 50th
anniversary this year.
If focusing problems exist or
develop, the solutions go beyond
prescription glasses to include
surgical treatments such as LASIK,
PRK (photorefractive keratectomy),
and implantable corrective lens
to treat myopia and astigmatism.
As well, refractive lens exchange
for patients who need thick
glasses, KAMRA autofocus to treat
presbyopia and cataract removal.
Consult an ophthalmologist to
explore your options.
Whatever your age, family history
or current eyesight, your eyes
deserve to be taken seriously. As
well as being connected to your
overall health, seeing clearly plays a
huge part in your quality of life.
— Elizabeth Chorney-Booth
Sponsored by Gimbel Eye Centre
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