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Why It’s Important to Visit Your Optometrist

Your vision isn’t static. It changes along with you over the years and you should be aware of what to expect to best protect your eye health. Here is some information about how your vision changes as you get older:


From birth to about six months, your infant’s eyes will develop rapidly. Although your child’s vision will largely be blurs for this time, a lot is going on behind the scenes. Vision plays an important role in overall early development and most doctors recommend that you get your child’s eyes checked at about six months, and then annually after that, to make sure everything is as it should be.

Around preschool, your child will develop hand-eye coordination and depth perception. Lots of children’s games, such as playing with coloured blocks or puzzles, help develop these faculties. Although it’s important that your child has fun while playing, you should also keep an eye out for any potential problems with how your child’s vision is developing. Consult your local Calgary eye doctor if you notice anything unusual.

During your child’s school years, poor eyesight can often develop without even being noticed. Difficulty in school may, in fact, be a difficulty with seeing. During this period near- and farsightedness develop as well as astigmatism. Annual eye exams can keep your child learning to his or her full potential.

Once you’re an adult, you’ll have a lot of information about how to maintain your vision after it’s done with its early development. Rather than ensuring that your eyes develop correctly, your optometrist can help you maintain your eyes to be sure nothing happens to interfere with your vision.

During your adult years, and particularly after 40, you’re at higher risk for glaucoma, which can cause a lot of damage before you even experience any symptoms. If you experience any distortion or cloudiness in your vision, be sure to consult your doctor immediately.

After around 65, you unfortunately will be at higher risk for degenerative problems with your eyesight. Cataracts and macular degeneration become a concern that you should discuss with your doctor. With the proper care, your vision can be protected for years to come. Be sure to schedule an exam at least once a year to keep track of your health.

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We at Focus West Optometry offer optometrist services for every stage of life in the Calgary community. Our team of specialists have the knowledge to advise you about your eye health and make recommendations about how to maintain your vision for your entire life. Contact us today at our practice in Calgary for complete eye care, from eye exams to prescription glasses.