Importance of visiting an eye doctor

Do it for your eyes 

While vision correction is a large part of eye care, it’s by no means the only part. Eye doctors are specialists in locating and identifying a range of conditions that may not be immediately symptomatic. Serious eye conditions can begin to occur without any obvious signs, leaving you oblivious to them unless you visit your eye doctor. To avoid the risk of these diseases, which may result in permanent eye damage, you should make regular appointments with your eye doctor. 

Taking care of the rest of your body

Eye doctors are skilled professionals that can notice slight irregularities in the eye and diagnose the underlying conditions. The condition of blood vessels in your eyes are usually a good representation of the blood vessels in the rest of your body. These can be used to identify potential diabetes, hypertension, or other issues.  

Eye doctors can also identify the warning signs of eyelid skin cancer. As with many cancers, eyelid cancer is most treatable when caught early, making your regular eye exam all the more important. 

… And for your future

We all understand the importance of our eyes. We know that we’re always using them and we want to continue using them for the rest of our lives. There are many conditions that show subtle symptoms before impacting your daily life. Should these be caught early, they are often treatable.

Eye doctors have the training, experience and cutting edge equipment needed to see these symptoms before the underlying condition causes lasting damage. Visiting your eye doctor today may save you trouble down the road. 

Because you can’t self diagnose

As with any medical appointment, self exams and self diagnosis don’t match up equally with ones done by professionals. Free online eye exams or other substitutes can’t be trusted as accurate or reputable. Your eyes are important, so treat them to the best care available. 

Only a medical professional like an eye doctor should be trusted to examine, diagnose or treat your eyes. Not only are home exams inaccurate, done improperly, they could be dangerous.


Five Reasons Why You Should Have Your Eyes Checked

Eye health changes over time

A good result from your last eye exam is no reason to not schedule another. You should get your eyes checked bi-annually, regardless of how well your last exam went. A healthy eye doesn’t necessarily stay healthy. Eye doctors can catch sight degeneration and many eye conditions before obvious symptoms appear. 

The sooner conditions are diagnosed, the sooner they can be treated. Some damage to your eyes may be permanent, so it’s important to act quickly.

Make your vision a priority

We all know that vision is important, but it’s easy to take your eyesight for granted. If you’re not dealing with eye pain or noticeably affected vision, you may put off getting your eyes checked. Doing so may put you at risk of not catching a subtle change in vision or the early signs of an eye condition.

Instead, you should be proactive in taking care of your eyesight. Your eyes do a lot for you, so return the favour and have them checked. 

You may not notice a change in vision 

Would you notice a slight change in vision quality? Many people think they would, but that’s often not the case. Since we use our eyes all the time, a slow degeneration in eye sight over time is quite hard to notice. While we think our eyes are doing their job well, they may be straining to see clearly or struggling to focus in the dark.

These subtle changes may not seem like a big deal, but they can impede our ability to perform everyday tasks. Getting your eyes checked is a proactive way to catch gradual sight degeneration early. 

Some eye problems are hereditary

Do you have a relative that suffers from glaucoma or macular degeneration? These (and some other) conditions can often be hereditary. Checking in with your eye doctor about hereditary eye conditions is a smart idea. Remember, it’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to eye health. Catching any eye problem early is better than letting it progress unchecked, potentially resulting in long-term or even permanent eye damage. 

Check in on the latest trends

If you feel that your glasses are a little out of date, don’t hesitate to visit your eye doctor. It feels good to look good, so make an appointment to take a look at the latest brands, styles and trends the eyewear industry has to offer.

With so many options to choose from you’ll be sure to find the perfect new frames. Your eye doctor will be happy to help you pick out a new pair that complements the shape of your face and accentuates your style. 


Six Things To Look For When Choosing a Good Eye Doctor

Reputation, reputation, reputation 

Reputation is an important factor to consider when choosing an eye doctor. The best eye doctors will have consistently positive reviews and testimonials, which can be found on online review sites like Google reviews. Ask your friends and family about their optometrist - would they recommend them? Why or why not? 

Do you know any medical professionals you can ask for advice? Some family doctors may be happy to give you a referral to their optometrist of choice.

Experience and expertise

When choosing an eye doctor, make sure to look at the variety of expertise and experience at each clinic. Eye health encompasses many different components, each of which are important. You’ll want to find a clinic that can help you with eye exams and diagnosis, as well as eyewear selection. 

Take a look at some eye doctor’s websites to see their listed education, experiences and expertise. This should give you an idea of their qualifications to treat you and your family. 

Compassion at the clinic

Whether you’re looking for an eye doctor for yourself or your whole family, you’ll want them to be caring and compassionate. Search for an optometrist that is eagerly looking to accept families into their clinic - and have experience in doing so.

Take a look at the “Testimonials” section of an eye doctor’s website. This should tell you all you need to know about past patient experiences. Look for a range of individuals and families that have had positive, friendly encounters with their eye doctor to find a compassionate clinic. 

Strong qualifications

Does the eye doctor you’re considering have their qualifications listed on their website? Take a look through and compare with other clinics. Eye care is not something you want to leave up to chance, so it is in your best interest to look for someone who is adequately qualified. 

Check to see if there are other optometrists, opticians or optometric assistants available at the clinic to assist your eye doctor. They may also have specific qualifications that can help you achieve your best possible eye health. 

Modern equipment 

The best eye care stems from a combination of committed, qualified eye doctors and state of the art equipment. Check to see if the eye doctors in your area list any new or specialized equipment on their websites or brochures. Modern equipment can help eye doctors diagnose and treat conditions sooner and more effectively than ever before.

The field of eye care is always changing and evolving. You’ll want to choose a clinic that is committed to evolving with it. 

Eye doctor availability

The best eye doctor in the world isn’t very useful to you and your family if they don’t have open availabilities. If you call to book your first appointment and the waitlist is long, you may want to consider going with another clinic.

Your eye care professionals should be able to make time to meet your needs. This isn’t possible if they’re overwhelmed with bookings. 

Make sure to ask if the eye doctor you’re considering does appointments on the evenings and weekends. You’ll want to choose a clinic that has compatibility with your lifestyle and schedule. 


Why should you consider Cole Harbour Optometry for eye care? 

Cutting edge technology 

Cole Harbour Optometry’s commitment to excellence goes beyond our skilled and experienced staff. Our patients are also treated to some of the best available medical equipment, guaranteeing the highest possible standard of care.

Recently, Cole Harbour Optometry acquired an Ocular Coherence Tomography. This allows us to take accurate, detailed 3-D images that lead to early diagnosis of hard to detect conditions. These include diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration and glaucoma. 

This new acquisition, coupled with our retinal camera, visual field analyzer and other high tech equipment are utilized by our skilled eye doctors to guarantee the highest level of care.  

A wide range of services

As with the rest of your body, your eyes are complex. To accurately understand and fulfill our patients’ needs, we employ a variety of tests and services. 

These include: 

  • Glaucoma and cataracts screening
  • Visual Field testing 
  • Specialized testing for people taking certain medications, many of which have ocular side effects (e.g. medication used to treat Rheumatoid Arthritis)
  • Motor Vehicle, Aviation Licensing and Occupational Exams
  • Contact Lens Fittings, specializing in Bifocal Contact Lens fits
  • Customized frame selection, fitting & adjustments by highly qualified licensed opticians and optometric assistants

...And many other services. Cole Harbour Optometry is eager to help you meet your eye care needs, whatever they may be. 

Our caring staff

The staff at Cole Harbour Optometry cares deeply about our Dartmouth, NS community. Our team of optometrists, opticians and optometric assistants want every patient to feel comfortable in our office and confident in our quality of care. 

You’ll find our staff to be friendly, non-judgmental and eager to assist you in any area of eye care. We understand the importance of pairing competence with compassion - the best combination to treat your families eye care needs. 

Going above and beyond

Cole Harbour Optometry not only meets the standard of care, but goes well past it. In addition to delivering exceptional traditional eye care, our staff engages in a modernized, holistic approach to many eye problems. This allows us to promote proactive and preventative eye care that may not be utilized at other clinics. 

As an industry leader in holistic approaches, we offer counselling for holistic treatment of a number of common eye conditions—such as dry eyes and macular degeneration. We also offer naturopathic advice for many systemic conditions.

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