Your eyes aren’t just the windows to your soul
They also hold clues about your health. Eye doctors are often the first to notice serious diseases – including brain tumours, hypertension and diabetes – by examining the condition of the blood vessels in your retina.
All adults need a biennial eye exam
…Or an annual one if they’re over the age of 60. A 2018 study by the Canadian Association of Optometrist found that two out of three seniors had an eye condition such as cataracts, glaucoma or macular degeneration.
Watch out for the ‘silent thief’
Glaucoma, the leading cause of irreversible blindness, is called a ‘silent thief’ for good reason. “In the early stages, it’s asymptomatic,” says optometrist Kirsten North. “The only way to catch it before significant damage has occurred is with regular eye exams.”