Q: I was recently in for my eye examination and am astonished at all the advancements in technology that have occurred since my last visit. As the new year is just around the corner, what can I do as a patient to continue to care for my eyes?
A: What a good question. Booking your annual eye examination is one of the most important things you can do. We have found that pre-appointing your appointment helps to keep that annual visit in place. Most patients are always astonished when they find out it has been 2 or 3 years (or more) since their last visit, even though they had intended to come every year. Insurance coverage also affects these bookings but please note that there are so many “silent, non painful” eye conditions that checking annually is so important to maintain proper eye health.
If you wear glasses, please, please make sure you have an up-to-date back up pair to wear. If you can not function without your glasses for either reading or driving, this is imperative. This also goes for contact lens wearers. It is your job as a patient to make sure you have a functioning pair of glasses in case you have an infection and/or injury to your eye(s). This time of year there are many infections and viruses going around, so the risk of infection is higher. Even if you have “never” had an eye infection, it only needs to happen once for you to see how difficult it is to function without a back up pair of glasses. Many of you out there that are in this situation also have high prescriptions which can not be made up in 1 hour. Keep this in mind.
Many post-cataract patients are so pleased with their implants that they manage with over the counter reading glasses. This is fine for spotting purposes but a pair of prescription glasses to properly correct some of the astigmatism and balance between the eyes is also very important.
Finally, be safe. Wear safety glasses when doing repairs around the house. Wear sports goggles for squash, badminton, swimming, etc. Wear sunglasses to protect from uv rays.
Dr. Patricia Fink
Millcroft Shopping Centre
2080 Appleby Line, Unit E6
Burlington, Ontario, L7L6M6
Tel: (905) 319-1066