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Just as you schedule regular visits for your family at the dentist’s office, you should schedule regular eye exams. In the Grand Falls-Windsor and Lewisporte areas, it’s easy to schedule eye exams at Howlett Optical. Don’t wait until you hear from your child’s teacher that he or she seems to be struggling to see the whiteboard or screen at the front of the classroom or until you start experiencing end-of-day headaches from straining to focus on your computer screen. Regular eye exams should be part of your wellness and preventive care routine whether you’re experiencing eye problems or not. Why? Because many eye problems don’t show obvious symptoms at the earliest stages, your eye exam can catch problems when they are easiest to treat.
At Howlett Optical, we perform thorough eye exams that include far more than reading the eye chart! Here’s what we’ll do during your visit with our optometrists:
Medical history review
Visual acuity exam (reading the eye chart)
Ocular motility exam (checking the motion, alignment and muscles of the eyes)
Refraction test (checking for nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism and presbyopia)
Eye pressure measurement (checking for glaucoma)
Eye health exam (includes examination of the eyelid and cornea, checking for cataracts and dilation of your eye to examine the retina and optic nerve)
Depending on your medical history and overall health and wellness, we may use additional tests, including retinal imaging, to see and document changes in your eyes. Your eye exam is also a good time for you to talk about any concerns or problems you have; if, for instance, you are experiencing eye strain at the end of your workday or want to switch to contacts or progressive lenses, your Howlett Optical optometrist can suggest solutions to help you see more clearly and easily.
Early diagnosis and intervention can help you preserve and protect your vision health. Here are some common eye conditions and vision problems that we may see during an eye exam. Please be aware that the following information is presented for educational purposes only; consult your optometrist to discuss your personal symptoms and vision health.
The leading cause of poor vision in adults, cataracts are a clouding of the eye’s lens over time. Studies suggest that cataracts can be prevented by protecting your eyes from UV rays, avoiding cigarette smoke, pollution and alcohol. A diet rich in selenium and Vitamins A, C and E can also be helpful. Surgery, usually performed when the cataract is large enough and dense enough, is highly successful in removing cataracts.
If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, you should schedule at least semi-annual eye exams to ensure that any damage to your retina from diabetic changes to the fine blood vessels in your eyes are detected early. Laser treatment can slow these changes and preserve your vision. Let your optometrist know if you experience blurred vision or distortion.
Do you feel your eyes are burning or irritated? Your optometrist can suggest lubricating eye drops to counteract the effects of aging, certain medications or a dry climate.
Often a hereditary condition, glaucoma is a condition when elevated pressure within the eye damages the optic nerve, leading to a gradual loss of peripheral vision and total blindness. Fortunately, treatment of glaucoma with eye drops, oral medications or laser treatment can halt the progress of the disease. There are few early warning signs of glaucoma so regular eye exams are essential to diagnosis. If you experience pain, blurred vision or coloured halos around light sources, make an immediate appointment with your optometrist.
Many seniors experience loss of vision due to problems with the part of the retina called the macula. Macular degeneration, a leading cause of blindness worldwide, can be slowed with laser treatment if it is caught early enough. Good nutrition, stressing sources of zinc and Vitamin A, C and E, and UV protection for your eyes are essential in preventing macular degeneration. Some early symptoms that should be reported to your optometrist include blurred vision when reading, fading colour vision, distortions or loss of vision in the centre of your field of vision or distortion of vertical lines.
The retina can separate from the pigment epithelium due to holes or tears in the retinal tissue, by tumors or by fluid pressure in the eye. Elders and people with extreme myopia should consider getting more frequent eye exams to watch for retinal detachment. Be alert to symptoms such as a sudden loss of vision, light flashes or a sudden increase in spots and floaters. Surgical treatment is an option.
Often manifesting during the teens and early twenties, Retinitis Pigmentosa is a spectrum of hereditary disorders affecting the pigmented area of the retina. People may experience night blindness and a gradual contracting of the visual field resulting in tunnel vision. While these conditions cannot be treated with corrective lenses, we can help you adapt to living with Retinitis Pigmentosa.
Spots and Floaters
People often ask us about the mysterious translucent threads that seem to float in front of their eyes. These are usually harmless pieces of protein in the fluid inside the eye. If you see a sudden increase in floaters, spots or flashes of light, call us for an appointment, as these could be signs of a retinal detachment.
A stye is usually experienced as swelling and tenderness at the edge of an eyelid. Styes are harmless and typically disappear on their own. A hot compress may help you feel more comfortable; if styes are recurrent, your optometrist may recommend an antibiotic ointment.