Things A Little Blurry?


How important to you are yearly eye exams? I'm really guilty on this one. Been a long time. I should go in because one of the best things in life is being able to see clearly.
Sep 27, 2015 @ 12:33 pm

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I've never had one ever
Sep 29, 2015 @ 01:07 pm


Although many optometrists will tell you that getting your eyes checked every year is necessary, it really isn't if you're between 20-50. Every two years is a good standard, you could even stretch it to three or four years if you are having no problems with your vision. Here are my guidelines:

1. If you don't wear glasses, consider: Do you feel like things are blurry either near or far away? Are you finding you're getting sore, tired eyes often, do you feel eye-strain, burning, dry, or painful eyes? Are you getting headaches between or above your eyes on a regular basis? Get your eyes checked.
2. If you wear glasses: Have you noticed your glasses are not working as well as they used to? does something feel "off" when you wear them? Are you experiencing any of the symptoms listed in the first question? Has it been a while since you got your eyes tested? Get them tested, your prescription may have gotten better or worse.
3. Are you over 40? If you're having trouble reading close up or having to take your glasses on and off a lot, it might be time for bi-focals or progressives. Don't fight getting them, the younger you are when you go into them, the easier it is to get used to them.
4. Are you over 50? Get your eyes tested every two years because you are more likely to have prescription changes (getting stronger, especially in the add power for reading) more frequently, and getting an overall eye-heath check is getting more important to make sure you aren't developing cataracts.
5. Are you over 65? If you're in Canada, you are covered every year for an eye exam (through OHIP, at least). Get it done every year to make sure you are not developing cataracts, glaucoma, or having other eye health issues. Cataracts are likely to develop and worsen within as little as nine months to a year, so just because you "had the beginnings of cataracts" last year does not mean they might not have progressed significantly in one year.

Remember to see how often you are covered, if in Canada, if you have some pre-existing health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and previous eye-health issues like having a lazy eye in childhood. You might be covered every year and you might as well take advantage of it.
If you're not covered, two years should be just fine, but if you're feeling symptoms of eye strain or blurred vision, get one done.

You can get a low cost eye exam at a lot of outlets in the USA, some are included when you purchase glasses.
In Canada, Walmart is usually the lowest price on an eye exam. In Ontario they are around 85 dollars. Costco usually has great prices on these exams as well. Private optometrists' offices will usually charge more for an exam and have little add on fees. This is because the digital equipment used for these exams is very expensive, and they have to pay for these machines out of pocket, so they charge more for the exams to pay them off. Larger companies will absorb the cost differently and therefore charge less for the exams.
Feb 26, 2016 @ 09:11 pm


I go every second year. My eyes are so bad. I can't see anything. I wear contacts.
Feb 26, 2016 @ 11:35 pm


I go every two years when I have insurance. If not, I'll wait!
Mar 02, 2016 @ 01:53 am


I go every three years
Mar 02, 2016 @ 02:38 am


I don't go in anymore.
Mar 02, 2016 @ 03:43 am


I have not been to see the optometrist since i was a kid.. Guess maybe i should make an appointment...
Mar 02, 2016 @ 08:25 am


I go every second year. Surprisingly, this year my eyesight had improved.
Mar 02, 2016 @ 09:33 am


I wear glasses and contacts. I like to be sure my prescription is correct. Even when it's not covered, I make funds for it. It's very important to me.
Mar 02, 2016 @ 10:42 am


I haven't been in years and am supposed to go every year as I had corrective surgery as a child. definitely time to make an appointment.
Mar 02, 2016 @ 12:09 pm

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