Even if you do not notice any problems with your vision, regular eye exams with an optometrist are recommended to screen for visual problems that can be detected before you notice them. Conditions such as glaucoma do not have any symptoms until the vision loss is present and untreatable.
However, early detection and treatment can preserve vision. Other systemic conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure can also be detected by looking at the delicate blood vessels inside the eye.
This depends on your age and risk factors. For instance, for healthy adults with no other risk factors, we suggest a routine eye health examination every two years. For children below the age of nineteen and adults above the age of sixty-five yearly eye exams are recommended.
A first eye exam is recommended at the age of three. A child does not need to know their alphabet as there are different tests and techniques used in a young child's eye exam that are specially developed for young children to understand. However if a parent suspects a problem they can have their children's eyes and vision examined at any age. In most cases there will be no concerns. The first five years of life are the most critical to the development of the visual area in the brain so better safe than sorry.
Eye problems such as amblyopia (one eye that does not see as well as the other) can be detected before the child or parents are aware of it. Early detection for certain conditions are crucial as treatment is often only effective in the young development ages. Dr Kelly does focus on family eyecare so please call our office with your concerns and check out our Kids View on our website!.
The length of an eye exam depends on your age, eye conditions, risk factors, whether you wear contact lenses or not, and your questions. We suggest allowing for an hour at the office, although in many cases it can take less time. In some rare cases, when we have to fit in someone with an eye emergency, we may be delayed, but we strive to keep you informed if this occurs.
This depends on your eyes and general health and is very individual. If you are interested in refractive surgery please mention it during your eye health exam and Dr. Newhouse will go over it with you.
Nelson Family Eyecare is located at 366 Baker St. in downtown Nelson, B.C.
We are open Monday to Friday 8:30 am- 5:00 pm and Saturdays 8:30 am – 3:30 pm.
Please note that in July and August our office is only open until Noon on Saturdays.
NEW! We now have evening hours! Every Second Thursday Evening we are booking appointments. Call us at 250.352.5152.