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6 Ways to Prevent Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

Age-related macular degeneration is a serious condition that can threaten your vision and general well-being. Characterized by the deterioration of the central area of the retina called the macula which is responsible for focused vision, the disease gradually reduces your central vision. This affects the ability to see fine details,...

Are You Missing Your Child’s Hidden Vision Problem?

Your toddler may show every sign of good eyesight including the ability to see objects in the distance, however that doesn't necessarily mean that he or she doesn’t have a vision problem.

“The Sneak Thief of Sight” Is On Our Minds This January

Make your resolution for healthy vision this year with increased awareness of the leading cause of blindness worldwide.

Holiday Season Shopping: Are Nerf Guns Safe for the Eyes?

This is the one way you can be sure that you or your child’s eyes are truly safe during Nerf shooting:

Dry Eye Syndrome Causes and Cures

Despite the fact that it is one of the most common eye problems, a surprisingly large percentage of patients are not aware of it.

November is Diabetes Awareness Month

Chances are it affects you or someone you know. November has been dedicated as a time to spread awareness about the disease, its risk factors and the effects it has on your body, your daily life and the lives of your loved ones.

Don’t Let Fall Eye Allergies Get You Down

Red, itchy, watery eyes and swollen eyelids (along with sneezing, congestion or a runny nose)...

How Contact Lenses Can be a Danger to your Eyes

Most people wouldn’t consider contact lenses dangerous. In fact, they are a great alternative to glasses, offering convenience and great vision for those who wear them. However, when not obtained and used according to an eye doctor’s instructions, the consequences can be devastating.   Contact Lenses Need to Fit Like...

An Active and Eye Safe Lifestyle

90%! That’s the number of sports eye injuries that studies show can be prevented using proper eye protection.  Yet most sports leagues don’t require protective eyewear as part of their uniform or safety requirements.  This leaves it up to athletes, parents and coaches to ensure that proper measures are taken...

10 Tips to Teach Children About Eye Safety

It is important to teach your children about eye health and safety from a young age.  This includes awareness about how your overall health habits affect your eyes and vision as well as how to keep your eyes safe from injury and infection.  Starting off with good eye habits at...

When 20/20 Vision isn’t Enough For Your Child

Since studies show that learning is 80% visual, children with untreated vision problems can really suffer when it comes to school. Most people think that good “vision” means 20/20 acuity but in reality, vision is much more complex.  Your brain is actually what completes the processing of the visual world...

Cutting Edge Eye-dentification

We have all seen the futuristic thrillers that use high-tech eye scanning identification systems but nowadays the technology does exist to use them in real life. A greater number of high security establishments have begun to use iris recognition for identification and security systems.   How does it work? The...

Innovations in Color Blindness

There have been a lot of videos going viral lately of color blind people “seeing color” for the first time using specialized glasses. The emotional reactions of amazement, shock and joy even lead some to break down into tears. The glasses provide these individuals a way to view the world...

Poolside Eye Safety

Whether it is the sea, the sand, the sun or the softball field, summer brings people outside and this creates exposure to a multitude of potential dangers to the eyes.  One risk that is possibly the least obvious is the swimming pool. Swimming pools are the culprit for multitudes of...

Cataract Awareness Month: What to Expect from Cataract Surgery

After the age of 50 most people will eventually be diagnosed with cataracts. Cataracts are when the natural crystalline lens of the eyes become clouded, causing vision impairment that can not be corrected by glasses or contact lenses. While commonly an age-related condition, occasionally there are infants born with a...

Sunwear for a Bright Future

According to the Vision Council’s 2016 UV (Ultraviolet Radiation) Protection report, parents are more likely to wear sunglasses (56%) than their children (only 29%!). Yet children, who spend much more time outside, are typically exposed to three times the amount of sunlight and UV radiation that adults get. This early...

How UV Damages Your Eyes

UV Awareness Month: This article might scare you, and we hope it does - just enough to motivate you to wear proper eye protection against the sun. Most people are aware of the dangers ultraviolet (UV)  light from the sun pose to your skin, while the long-term effects of sun...

What is a stye anyway?

A stye (known by eye doctors as a hordeolum) is an infection of an oil gland which forms a pimple-like bump on the base of the eyelid or within the eyelid itself. Styes can be uncomfortable, causing swelling, pain, redness, discomfort and sometimes excessive tearing or blurred vision if it...

Eye Allergies

Along with congestion, runny nose, coughing, sneezing, headaches and difficulty breathing, individuals with allergies often suffer from eye allergies or allergic conjunctivitis resulting in red, watery, itchy and sometimes swollen eyes. Just as irritants cause an allergic response in your nasal and respiratory system, your eyes also react with an...

Bifocal and Multifocal Contact Lenses 

If you are over 40 and have difficulty seeing close up, you probably have a common age-related condition called presbyopia which is when the eye’s natural lens loses the ability to focus on close objects. Presbyopia is a natural process that occurs as the eye ages and affects the majority of...

Workplace Eye Wellness: The Dangers of Blue Light

When people think of workplace dangers to the eyes, it is usually machinery, chemicals or construction materials that come to mind.  However, a growing danger to the eyes is one that may be less obvious - exposure to blue light from digital devices, television and computer screens and artificial lighting....

How to Find the Right Pair of Glasses for your Child

Whether you are looking for regular prescription glasses, sunwear or protective sports eyewear, it can be tough choosing the best eyewear for children and teens. On the one hand, they need to be comfortable and provide the optimal fit for improved vision and protection. At the same time, they also...

Preventing Age-related Macular Degeneration

February is AMD and Low Vision Awareness Month in the United States, and it’s White Cane Week in Canada. Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is a leading cause of vision loss in adults aged 50 and older. Awareness...

Resolve to Prevent Glaucoma in 2016

This year, make healthy eyes and vision your resolution. Find out if you or a loved one is at risk for glaucoma, and take steps for prevention. Glaucoma is a leading cause of preventable vision loss and blindness in adults in the United States and Canada and the second leading...

Why Do We Need Glasses?

Refractive errors including myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism and presbyopia.

Eye Safe Toys and Gifts for This Holiday Season

‘Tis the season for giving, and parents, grandparents, family and friends need to know how to choose toys and games that protect children’s health and eyesight.

How Do We See?

Have you ever thought about how vision works? It's an incredible system and process!

How to Prevent Diabetic Vision Loss

Prevention and treatment for eye complications associated with Diabetes

Decorative Lenses Could Cost You Your Vision

Beware this Halloween and think before you blink (in decorative contact lenses that is)! Sure, decorative contact lenses can enhance any Halloween costume, but if not taken seriously, they can also cost you your vision. Whether they are sold as cosmetic lenses, colored lenses or fashion lenses, they are anything...

It’s Time to Be Serious About Home Eye Safety

Home Eye Injury Awareness and Prevention

6 Common Eye Myths Debunked

Over the centuries there have been a lot of old-wives tales circulating about eyes and vision. You know, like the one that if someone hits you on the back while your eyes are crossed they will stay that way. Unlike this example, some of these myths do have roots in...

Protective Sports Eyewear is a Serious Matter

There are thousands of eye injuries a year related to sports. According to the National Eye Institute eye injuries are the leading cause of blindness in children in North America and most injuries occurring in school-aged children are sports-related. Further 99% of sports-related eye injuries can be prevented simply by...

How Pregnancy Affects Vision

The hormonal fluctuations experienced during pregnancy can cause many unexpected changes in your body, including your eyes and vision. Most of these changes are temporary and will return to normal once you give birth.  It’s important to know which vision changes are normal for an expecting mother and which could...

Is Your Baby’s EyeSight Developing Normally?

A baby’s visual system develops gradually over the first few months of life. They have to learn to focus and move their eyes, and use them together as a team.  The brain also needs to learn how to process the visual information from the eyes to understand and interact with...

Guidelines For Picking the Right Pair of Shades

There is a lot more that goes into finding the right pair of sunglasses than just fit and fashion.  While it’s important to look and feel great in your shades, sunglasses also have the very important job of properly protecting your eyes from the sun.  Here are a few facts...

6 Things You Need To Know About Cataracts

Cataracts are a leading cause of vision loss in the United States and Canada. Here are 6 things you need to know. 1. Chances are you will develop a cataract!  Cataracts are considered part of the natural aging process so if you live long enough, you will likely eventually develop...

What You Need to Know About Firework Eye Safety

Canada Day may have passed but fireworks season is still in full swing and fireworks-related injury and death is a real and serious danger.  According to the 2014 Annual Fireworks Report, compiled by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission there were at least 11 deaths and 10,500 injuries due to...

5 Ways to Ensure Healthy Vision

Your eyes are constantly at work for you, playing a vital role as you navigate through each day. As May is healthy vision month, here are some things to keep in mind: Know your genes While your eyes may be the same color as your father’s eyes, you may have...

What Women Need to Know About Eye Health

According to Women’sEyeHealth.org, ⅔ of blindness and visual impairment occurs in women. Additionally, an estimated 75% of visual impairment is preventable or correctable with proper education and care. With the increased risks for women it’s critical for women to know about the risks and prevention to effectively protect their eyes...

Enjoying Life During Eye Allergy Season

Spring is in the air. But along with the beauty of the blooming flowers and budding trees, comes allergy season. The high pollen count and allergens floating in the fresh spring air can certainly wreak havoc on the comfort level of those suffering from allergies, causing an otherwise nature-loving individual...

Can you Really Go Blind from Looking at a Solar Eclipse?

Last week, people in South America, Europe, North Africa, and parts of Asia and the Middle East saw a solar eclipse. As you may have heard, looking directly at a solar eclipse is very dangerous for your eyes and vision. Nevertheless, this rare event is something that many people want...

10 Steps to Prevent Vision Loss

March is Save Your Vision Month, a time to raise public awareness about how to protect your eyes and your vision. Most people aren’t aware that 75% of potential vision loss can be prevented or treated. This largely depends on patients being proactive and educated about their eye health. Here...

Refocus on the Digital Age with Computer Glasses

Digital devices have impacted our world in so many positive ways, allowing us to connect, work, play and get information at the speed of light. But all of this good brings with it a measure of concern: Digital Eye Strain or Computer Vision Syndrome. Focusing on your vision on digital...

Living With Low Vision

Low vision describes a set of conditions in which there is significant visual impairment which can not be corrected with traditional means such as glasses, contact lenses, medication or eye surgery.   Low vision includes a loss of visual acuity which can’t be corrected to better than 20/70, significant visual field...

Under Pressure: Are you at Risk for Glaucoma?

Glaucoma is a serious, vision threatening disease. You can save your eyesight, by knowing the facts. Are you at risk of developing glaucoma? The short answer is yes. Anyone can get glaucoma and because of this it is important for every person, young and old to have a regular eye...

Know How and When to Treat an Eye Infection

It’s that time of year again…coughs, sneezing, running noses and itchy, red eyes.  How do you know when an eye irritation is something that needs medical attention? First of all, any time an eye infection is accompanied by fever, excessive discharge or pain, you should see your eye doctor immediately....

8 Tips to Beat Winter Dry Eyes

One of the most common patient complaints during the winter months is dry eyes. In the cooler climates, cold winds and dry air, coupled with dry indoor heating can be a recipe for eye discomfort.  Dryness and irritation can be particularly debilitating for those who wear contact lenses or suffer...

“Eye” Am Home for the Holidays – 7 Eye Tips for College Students

Winter break is in a few weeks and, with college students finding their way home for the holidays, it is a good time for parents to check in and make sure their independent kids are taking care of themselves properly.Vision plays a key role in learning as well as extra-curricular activities...

Do You Know the Facts About Diabetic Eye Disease?

November is Diabetes Awareness Month. Do you know the facts?

7 Things You Should Know About Eyelid Twitches

You may have experienced this before. Out of nowhere, your eyelid starts twitching uncontrollably. While this can be a cause of aggravation, eyelid twitches, spasms or tics are actually quite common. Here are 7 things you should know about this eye condition: Eye twitches are generally caused by a repetitive,...

October is…

October is 'Eye Injury Prevention Month' in the USA and 'Eye Health Month' in Canada. There are about 285 million people living with blindness and low vision all around the world. Children account for some 19 million of them. The vast majority of visual impairment is readily treatable and/or preventable....

World Sight Day Challenge – No More Avoidable Blindness

The World Sight Day Challenge, slated to take place on October 9, 2014 is an annual awareness day that aims to focus global attention on blindness and vision impairment worldwide. The day aims to create awareness that blindness can be avoided if there is universal access to quality vision and...

Protect Children’s Eyes During Sports

The new school year has kicked off and you can tick off purchasing all that back to school equipment. Now, it's time to think about what your child will need for after school sports and hobby activities. Making sure they have the right protective eyewear for their sporting or athletic...

Children’s Vision Month

This is children's vision month. Please read on for valuable information.

Cutting Edge Glaucoma Technology

A futuristic, yet simplistic, eye implant paired with a smartphone app may change the way eye doctors treat glaucoma.

Comfortable Vision for Back-to-school Reading

School is starting: Do you know how to set up your child’s homework and reading spot? Reading and writing are some of the most fundamental skills that your child to facilitate learning in school, so it is important to make sure that your child's eyes are comfortable when they are...

Be on the Lookout for Vision Problems this Summer Break

Summer vacation is well under way, but did you know that even when your child is out of the classroom, vision problems can have an impact on his/her daily activities? Look out for these 4 warning signs during the summer months – they could be a sign of vision difficulties...

Should You Be Worried About Eye Floaters?

Eye floaters are actually more common that you may think. Many people notice specks or cobweb-like images moving around in their line of vision, at some point. Some even report experiencing a "snow globe effect" as if they are swatting at many imaginary bugs. Floaters may be an annoyance, but...

Keeping an Eye on Cataracts

Cataracts affect millions of people nationwide and as the population continues to age, the numbers keep increasing. The good news is, cataracts are often manageable and treatable. Here are some facts you should know to help you recognize cataracts and prevent permanent vision loss. A cataract is a clouding of...

A Look Behind Sleeping Eyes

Have you ever wondered what your eyes do when you finally close them after a long day of visual processing and stimulation? Let's take a closer look at what happens behind your closed lids when your head hits the pillow. Firstly, once your eyes are closed, they do continue to...

6 Things You Should Know about UV Radiation and Your Eyes

The heat of long summer days is nearly upon us. As the sun's rays intensify and people spend more time outdoors in the sunshine it is very important to be aware of the potential damage exposure to the sun can have on your eyes. May is UV Awareness month. Here...

Dealing with Your Tween’s and Teen’s Eyesight

It can be devastating for a tween or teen to be told he or she needs to wear glasses, especially if it is sudden. Many tweens and teenagers are concerned about how glasses will affect their appearance, whether they will be made fun of (which unfortunately is a legitimate concern...

9 Tips for Coping With Eye Allergy Season

Spring is on the way. Soon the sun will be shining, the flowers blooming and allergy season will be upon us. If you have allergies, your eyes are often affected by the high pollen count along with other allergens floating in the fresh spring air. Tree pollens in April and...

How Your Eyes Convey Emotion

Your eyes communicate much more than you may realize, in fact they play a huge role in your non-verbal communication. Consciously or not, the way you move your eyes, look at someone, blink or make eye contact can say a lot about what you are thinking and feeling. Here's a...

Protecting Your Eyes From The Desk Job

There are so many people who spend hours a day, if not most of the day working on a computer or mobile device. They usually do so without taking notice of the effect this has on their bodies. Using a computer or handheld device for extended amounts of time can...

New Study Shows How Your Eyes Shed Light on Your Health

It's been said that your eyes are the window to your soul. Well, research is showing that your eyes are a window to a lot more than your thoughts and emotions; it can be an indicator of your overall health.  A study by UnitedHealthcare entitled, “Impact of Eye Exams in...

Hope in Sight for Low Vision

Low vision is a condition in which an individual suffers significant vision loss that can't be fully corrected with glasses, contact lenses, medication or surgery. Low vision can affect both children and adults, but is more common in the elderly, and requires significant adjustments to daily life. Here are some...

How to Encourage Young Kids to Wear their First Pair of Glasses

Your child's first pair of glasses will make an important difference in his or her ability to see and interact with the surrounding world. However, a new pair of glasses can also present a big adjustment for both parents and kids as you get used to a new look and...

7 Facts You Should Know About Glaucoma

7 Facts You Should Know About Glaucoma Glaucoma, which refers to a group of eye diseases that damage the optic nerve, is often called 'the silent thief of sight'. This nickname evolved because the disease creeps up unnoticed in its early stages, causing no pain and few, if any symptoms....

New Year’s Resolutions for An Eye Healthy 2014

The New Year is a time to start fresh and renew our commitment to health, happiness and success. It’s important to include eye and vision health and safety in these resolutions. Here are the top six ways you can make your eyes and vision a priority this year. Schedule a...

Dr. Gilani Discusses What Is Dry Eye Syndrome and What Causes it

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Fun Holiday Gifts That Are GOOD for Children’s Vision

The holiday season is on our doorstep. With technology so much a part of our lives, the easy go-to gifts for kids often include an enormous array of hand-held video devices and home gaming systems. Did you know that after extensive use these games can be harmful to children’s eyes...

What You Should Know about Diabetes and Your Vision

Diabetes affects people of all ages, races and genders.  An estimated 9 million Canadians suffer from diabetes according to the Canadian Diabetes Association. In fact, diabetic eye disease is the leading cause of new cases of blindness among adults in the North America. If you or someone you care for...

Keeping Your Contact Lenses Clean

If you wear contact lenses, you probably know the hygiene routine you should follow when removing your lenses: Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water and dry them on a clean, lint free cloth. Remove the lens from your eye and clean the lens immediately (if you wear multi-use...

10 Tips to Protect Your Vision

Did you forget to put on your sunglasses today? Are you constantly sitting in front of a computer screen without taking breaks to look away? Maybe you also skipped your yearly eye exam, again. These are just some of the things we tend to overlook when it comes to our...

This Halloween Be Wary of Costume Contact Lenses

As Halloween approaches and costume planning gets more serious, many consider the use of novelty or costume contact lenses as a way to add that extra flair. Whether you are dressing up as a cat, a vampire, or looking for something fun that glows in the dark, dressing up your...

How to Prevent Dry Eyes During Air Travel

Many travelers experience dry eyes after extended travel by air. The dry environment of a temperature- and pressure-controlled air plane cabin can take its toll on your eyes. The good news is there are a number of steps you can take to reduce the uncomfortable symptoms associated with travelers’ dry...

Does Chlorine Hurt your Eyes?

Just because the summer is coming to an end, doesn’t mean that we have to say goodbye to the swimming pool. Whether it means a nice refreshing dip on a warm fall afternoon or a winter swim in an indoor pool, swimming is a great activity for both fun and...

Technology in the Classroom and the Eyes

The use of technology has become commonplace in the classroom. So much so that today’s generation of students, from kindergarten to university, navigates computers, smartphones and tablets all the time.  Many schools have even implemented the use of smart boards and bring your own device (BOYD) programs. However, as amazing...

Treating Vision Problems Lowers Risk of Falling in Seniors

For adults over the age of 65, the right pair of vision correcting glasses can literally be a life saver. Seniors aged 65 and up are at increased risk of falling, which is the leading cause of injury, injury-related death, and hospitalization for this age group. According to the Centers...

The Great Glasses Play Day 2013

The first weekend of August (August 3rd and 4th) has been marked as the 2nd annual Great Glasses Play Day. The event, which first launched in 2012 was created for parents, eye care professionals, educators and children who wear glasses or have other vision challenges to celebrate and create awareness...

First Aid for Eye Injuries

To ensure that your eyes remain healthy, it is essential to protect them from injury and to take proper care measures if an injury has occurred. Here are a number of practical first aid tips to remember if you or anyone you know suffers an eye injury. The very first...

Understanding the Eye Chart

Eye charts of different variations have become a standard in vision screenings and eye exams. One of the most familiar charts associated with vision is the Snellen eye chart, designed by Dutch ophthalmologist Hermann Snellen in 1862 to measure visual acuity- how well you can see at various distances. Although...

Cataract Awareness

Cataracts, one of the most common causes of blindness, develop when the lens of the eye, located behind the iris and pupil, becomes opaque or cloudy. A cataract can result in loss of vision as it prevents light from passing into your eye and focusing on the retina. While cataracts...

Age Related Macular Degeneration and Your Central Vision

Did you know that age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is one of the leading causes of vision loss and blindness among adults aged 50 and above? AMD occurs when the part of the retina responsible for your sharp central vision, the macula, begins to deteriorate. Central vision is the visual field...

How to Choose the Right Sunglasses

Do your sunglasses have what it takes to protect your eyes? As the summer heats up and people spend more time outdoors, it is very important to wear UV blocking eyewear to protect against exposure to ultraviolet rays that can cause damage to your eyes. Damage caused by UV from...

Women’s Eye Health Month: An Eye on Cosmetics

Women's eyes are regularly exposed to potential irritants through the use of cosmetics. As eye shadow, mascara and eye liner can breed unseen dirt and bacteria, it is vital to ensure that the products you use to apply and remove your makeup are hygienic to prevent irritation that can cause...

A Recipe for Eye Health

Did you know that your dietary choices have an impact on your eye health and vision? Opting for appetizing food that at the same time provides you with all the nutrients that are essential for preserving your vision, is taking a major step towards minimizing the risk of eye disease...

Spring Eye Allergies

Spring is right around the corner, as the winter begins to wind down and the fresh, warmer air begins to rear its head. Unfortunately for many, it's often hard to enjoy nature's blooming beauty as the warmer weather also brings about the onset of itchy, watery eyes that come with...

The Right Way to Clean Your Eyeglasses

We all know how frustrating it can be trying to see clearly through a smudged pair of glasses; clean lenses can really make a world of difference. While it may not be something that you pay much attention to, the way you clean your lenses can also make a difference,...

Dry Eye Syndrome: When Dry Eyes are Chronic

Dry eyes are a common problem for many individuals particularly during the winter months when exposure to dry air and whipping wind is increased. However, if you are suffering from dry eyes that just won't go away, you may have what is known as Dry Eye Syndrome - a condition...

Ski Goggles: How to Choose the Best Winter Sports Eyewear

Ski Goggles are an essential part of proper eye protection when participating in winter sports. In order to choose the best winter sports eyewear for your needs it is first important to know what risks are in the first place. UV protection UV danger is just as much a problem...

Diabetic Eye Disease

Even many people with the disease are unaware of the fact that diabetes increases the risk of vision-threatening eye damage. In fact, the risk is so high that diabetes is the main cause of blindness in adults under 75 years old. One of the risks of diabetes is retinal damage...

Astigmatism Doesn’t Rule Out Contact Lenses

A lot of people with astigmatism are under the impression that they are not able to use contact lenses due to their condition. Well, there's actually a unique type of contact lens that corrects astigmatism. The cornea of a normally sighted person is round, but the cornea of an eye...

Retinoscopy: What is it?

Sometimes, especially when doing an eye exam on small children the optometrist will direct a light in the eyes. But why? This test is a retinoscopy examination, and it's a basic way to measure the refractive error of your eye. Whether you're near or farsighted, or you have astigmatism, examining...

Focusing on Smartphones

Lately, it seems that we're addicted to smartphones. Tablets and smartphones are so convenient when we're on the go. Nevertheless most people hold their phones and tablets very close to their eyes. Reading like this can be hard on your eyes. Small text and images require your eyes to work...

Multifocal Lenses

Presbyopia, or far-sightedness, is a common condition that usually starts to affect people who are 40 or older. It's one of the harsher realities of aging, but it's good to know that developing presbyopia when you already wear glasses for distance vision doesn't mean you need to start switching between...

Eye Patches: A Simple Solution to a Common Problem

Are you worried your child has a lazy eye? It develops when the brain shuts off or suppresses vision in one eye. Vision might be suppressed if a child struggles to see properly through one eye because of nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism. Usually, an eye patch is recommended in the...

How much do you know about your eyes?

If you've got an eye exam penciled in for some time soon, there are a few things you can do to be extra ready for it. If you want to make sure your exam is effective and worthwhile, there are several facts we will need from you. It is crucial...

A Closer Look at Night Vision

Something wakes you up in the middle of the night, or you're searching for a light switch or door handle or phone in the dark. These sorts of things happen to us all the time. A number of minutes pass before you begin to recognize familiar things in your surroundings....

Presbyopia: Managing the Inevitable

Experiencing some trouble with reading is a frequently occurring problem if you're hitting middle age. This is why: As time passes, your eye's lens grows more rigid, decreasing your ability to focus on close objects. This is called presbyopia. People with untreated presbyopia may hold printed text at arm's length...

Keeping Toys Safe for Eyes

It can be challenging to choose toys that are not harmful for our children's eyes. Infants don't have a completely developed visual system at birth, but it becomes more refined over time. There aren't many things that help a child's visual development better than playing, which involves hand-eye coordination and...

Back To School With Good Vision

A huge percentage of progress at school is accomplished visually. But even with this overt correlation between eyesight and learning, many parents don't realize how profoundly vision problems affect education, and don't include eye exams as part of their child's back to school health check-up. It's important to know that...

What is Convergence Insufficiency?

When a child has trouble at school, it isn't always a learning disability. It's important to be aware that the child could be suffering from a hidden but very real vision problem that hinders learning at school. It's called Convergence Insufficiency (CI). In short, CI is a near vision problem...

Focusing on Visual Acuity

Everyone has come across the terms visual acuity and 20/20 vision. As frequently used as these terms are, do most people actually know what they mean? Having a proper understanding of what they imply will enlighten you as to how your eye specialist assesses your vision when you have an...

A Fresh Look For Your Eyes

Are you after a fresh look that'll make you feel great? There are lots of colour contact lenses that allow you to slightly enhance or radically alter your eye color. There are so many these lenses on the market these days, so you'll be sure to find what you're looking...

Keeping Your Eyelids Clean

Inflamed eyelids, also referred to as blepharitis, is something that a lot of people suffer from at some point during their lives. It's a common eyelid inflammation, often associated with a bacterial eye infection, certain types of skin conditions, such as acne, or dry eye symptoms. Often, symptoms include itching,...

Fresh Lenses: Why?

How often do you leave your soft contact lenses in for a little too long? It's a fact of life that a lot of things are in in top form when they're fresh. It's helpful to know that the same principle can be used to understand the importance of changing...

Focusing on Cataracts

Did you know that cataracts are the most common culprit of deteriorating vision among those 55 and older? More so, more than fifty percent of the population aged 65 and older has at the very least, partial cataract development. By old age, it is likely that almost all people will...

Keeping Eyes Safe from UV Rays

It's a fact that basically everybody is exposed to UV rays. But the potential risks related to long-term exposure to these harsh rays are rarely thought about, to a point where the majority of people barely take enough action to guard their eyes, even when they're planning to be out...

Focusing on Comprehensive Eye Exams

It's May, and that means that it's Healthy Vision Month. When did you last have a comprehensive eye exam? Checking your eyes regularly is one of the most important things you can do to guarantee your eyes remain strong and healthy. During the procedure, your eye care professional checks your...

Watching Out for Poor Vision

In patients, whether young or old, sometimes poor vision can be caused by a number of conditions such as anatomical changes or defects in the eye or visual system, eye diseases, side effects caused by medication or injuries to the eye. Commonly, people also experience visual disturbances resulting from aging...

Women and Eye Care

The many stages of a woman's life can have an impact on her vision. Eye disease among women is being diagnosed in increasing numbers, particularly in aging women. In fact, studies indicate that most women over the age of 40 exhibit some sort of visual impairment, and are at risk...

Eye Safety and Sports

When the spring arrives, as well as a greater chance to engage in a new set of sports, comes a rise in the number of sports related eye injuries. Every year, many children and adults suffer eye injuries as a result of sport play that could easily be prevented with...

How Vision Affects Road Safety

When on the road, the value of seeing properly can not be underestimated. As a matter of fact, safe driving needs a number of visual abilities - for example, being able to see both far ahead as well as your immediate surroundings, side or peripheral vision, night vision and color...

Vision and Health at Work

The workplace can be a harmful place for your eyes. It is important for both corporations and their workers to be knowledgeable about workplace eye safety and ways to prevent work related eye injuries. Each day, employees are inflicted by workplace related eye injuries that need the attention of an...

What is Astigmatism?

The cornea around your pupil and iris is, under usual conditions, spherical. As light enters your eye, part of the job of your cornea is to focus that light, directing it to the retina, in the back of your eye. What happens when the cornea is not perfectly spherical? The...

Dealing With Pink Eye

Pink eye, also known as conjunctivitis, is a frequently encountered eye illness, particularly with kids. This condition can be caused by bacteria, viruses or even allergies to ingredients found in cosmetics, chlorine in swimming pools, and pollen, or other products, which penetrate your eyes. Many types of pink eye can...

The Aging Eye: Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

How many individuals are aware that age related macular degeneration (AMD) is a leading cause of loss of vision in adults over age 65? AMD is a condition that causes a breakdown of the macula of the retina which is the part of the eye that is responsible for clear...

How Do You Disinfect Your Contact Lenses?

When it comes to wearing contact lenses, it is crucial to be fully aware of the importance of proper eye hygiene. A study conducted by Bausch & Lomb this past August revealed that an alarming number of adults regularly use dangerous chemicals rather than contact lens solution to soak their...

Don’t Let Winter Dry Eye Get You Down

Dry eyes can be often worse during the winter as a result of the cold, dry air.

The Winter Sun and Your Eyes

It's official! Winter is here, which means in some locations bitter cold winds and cold precipitation aren't far behind. You would never even conceive of leaving the house without a coat in overcast conditions, but surprisingly, a lot of people don't think to wear sunglasses. Although many of us don't...

National Glaucoma Awareness Month

As January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month, in this article we would like to review the importance of regular screening for this vision threatening disease. Glaucoma is a category of progressive ocular diseases that damage the eye's optic nerve, which may be a precursor to blindness. If not treated, the...

Presbyopia and Getting Older

Visit your North Vancouver, BC Optometrist to Find Out About Treatment Options Presbyopia is an age-related condition in which the ability to focus on things at a close distance becomes significantly diminished. As people around the world are living longer a larger number of individuals develop the condition, which currently...

A Holiday Guide to Toy Eye Safety

The holidays are upon us which means Erector Sets for some, and Barbie dolls for others. Well intentioned grandparents love surprising the favorite little ones with the ''in'' toys for the holiday season. It is crucial that family members advise others about some guidelines about safe and age appropriate toys....

Use Those Flex Spending Account Credits Before it’s Too Late!

Looking for a new pair of specs for the kids? Think it's time for an eye examination? Considering laser vision correction? Now is the time to save big on your eye care needs. The end of the year is coming which means that your annual flex plan will soon run...

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A Different Perspective: What is Colour Blindness?

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Diabetic Retinopathy: A Leading Cause of Vision Loss

Diabetes is the main causal factor of impaired sight among men and women between age twenty and seventy-four. As of 2008, over 4 million men and women in North America afflicted with diabetes were found to have blindness caused by diabetes. Of this number, seventy thousand suffered from acute diabetic...

All You Need to Know About Amblyopia (Lazy Eye). Treatment in North Vancouver, BC

Amblyopia, also known as lazy eye is the lack of central vision development caused by the inability of the eyes to function together. With most occurrences of lazy eye the eyes themselves are typically healthy but the condition cannot be corrected by just the use of prescription eyeglasses. Left untreated...

North Vancouver, BC Vision Tests: Examining the Vision Chart

  Ever wonder what 20/20 eyesight really means? 20/20 vision is a phrase to describe a normal level of clarity of eyesight or visual acuity measured from 20 feet away from the object. That is to say that an individual with such vision can clearly see an object from 20...

North Vancouver, BC Treatment for Autumn Eye Allergies

  Toward the end of the summer, many people start to experience symptoms of ragweed allergy or hay fever. In addition to sneezing and congestion, ocular allergies are often a significant cause of discomfort. Eyes can become itchy, puffy, and irritated and often sting or tear. Vision can often be...

Halloween Eye Safety: Watch Out For Decorative Contact Lenses!

  Halloween is a time for fun, parties and dressing up but you wouldn't want the fun to end in some frightening eye damage. Over the past few years, special effect contact lenses have become a popular accessory for costumes particularly with teenagers and young adults and the trend is...

Computer Vision Syndrome Treatment in North Vancouver, BC

  Findings from the American Optometric Association show that above seven out of 10 of employed persons that work for the majority of the day on a computer screen (which is over 140 million people) suffer the affects of computer vision syndrome or eye fatigue. Prolonged periods of working at...

How to Protect your Child’s Eyes at Home

  As September marks Home & Sports Eye Safety Month, this post will highlight ways to keep your house eye safe particularly when selecting toys that are safe for your children's eyes. It's important to take the earliest chance to ensure your house is an eye-safe zone. In general, babies...

Makeup Advice for Contact Lens Wearers from your North Vancouver, BC Eye Care Practitioner

If you use contact lenses a few precautions should be taken when applying makeup. Below are some professional pointers for ways to make sure you keep your eyes beautiful and safe. Which Makeup Are the Safest for your Eyes? To start, we recommend that you use only cosmetics that are...

Getting Sunblock Out of Your Eyes

If you have ever gotten sunscreen in your eyes, you are aware how excruciating it can be. A very strong spray in the eye can even result in stinging that lasts for hours. It can take hours before the victim can open his eyes, particularly in the glaring sun. There's...

This Month is Cataracts Awareness Month: Schedule your Eye Examination in North Vancouver Today

Many adults aren't aware that cataracts are the leading cause of sight loss for individuals over the age of 54. In fact, over half of individuals above sixty-five have some degree of cataracts. What is a cataract? A cataract is a clouding of the eye's clear lens. This prevents the...

Getting Your Child’s Vision Ready for the Classroom: North Vancouver Children’s Eye Exams

Many professionals stress that approximately 80% of learning takes place through a child's eyes. Because a child's eyesight may change occasionally, consistent eye and vision care is crucial to a student's classroom success. Surprisingly, most parents don't make sight tests part of their child's back-to-school health check-up. In addition a...

Contact Lenses: A Real Self-Esteem Booster for Young Adults

No adolescent likes to be caught wearing something that makes them different, and in the case of some teenagers, eyeglasses can often feel that way. Teenagers can balk at the thought of wearing glasses and coming across ''nerdy''. Compared to glasses, children and teenagers who switch to contact lenses report...

Handling Common Eye Injuries

Eye injuries come in many shapes and sizes, with varying degrees of severity. Some might require emergency treatment and immediate care by an eye care practitioner, while others can be taken care of at home. Read these guidelines for common eye injuries, to decide the next step in case of...

Have You Had an Eye Exam Recently?

When we have eyes that are in good condition, it's easy to forget about the importance of taking preemptive action namely, an optical exam. However, early diagnosis of eye disease is necessary to maintaining healthy eyes. This can easily be done with an eye exam. Many eye and vision problems...

A Guide to Summer Eye Care

  Now that the summertime is finally here it’s time to guard your eyes from summertime hazards. Here are some pointers on staying safe in the sun: Buy glasses that block 100% of UV rays. If your shades don’t guard against 100% of UV rays, they may be causing more...

Guarding Your Children’s Eyes

Studies show that eye injuries account for 40,000 trips to the emergency room each year. That's the equivalent of one eye accident every 780 seconds! Eye Care professionals report that the vast majority of those damage would have been simply prevented by wearing proper eye protection. Most injuries take place...

The Reason Carrots are a Recipe for Healthy Vision

We have all been told that carrots improve night vision, but is it really true? Optometrists say that the orange vegetable can't prevent you from needing eye glasses. However, carrots do provide significant amounts of beta-carotene, a vitamin that is very good for your eye health and therefore eating carrots...

Ultraviolet Awareness Month – The Sun and Your Eyes

  Because of campaigns to inform the public of the hazards of Ultraviolet (UV) radiation to your skin, (including sunburn and skin cancer), most know about the necessity of using sunscreen and using other protective measures particularly during the blazing summer months. What is less known is that ultraviolet rays...

Contact Lens Care Tips

  Contact lenses require careful treatment and care in order to be a safe and effective option for individuals needing corrective eye wear. Improper care can lead to ripped or torn contacts, or or even serious eye infections or abrasions, which rarely but sometimes results in vision loss. Children and...

Rigid Lenses: Are You a Candidate?

  Although you may be more accustomed to soft contact lenses, another lesser-known brand of contact lens materials exists: rigid gas permeable (RGP) lenses, sometimes referred to oxygen permeable lenses. In reality, RGP lenses involve newer technology than soft contacts, which are longer-lasting, allow finer vision quality, and provide better...

Eye Allergy Season is Approaching – Are You Ready?

Do you have red eyes, itchy eyes or watery eyes? If yes, you may be suffering from seasonal eye allergies. For many of us, March is the beginning of eye allergy season, marking the onset of uncomfortable symptoms such as red eyes, itchy eyes, stinging, burning and watery eyes. Spring...

Why You Should Stop and Think Before Buying Glasses on the Internet

In today's world, where a growing number of consumers have become used to buying more and more products through the Internet, glasses are an item that you are better off purchasing in person. Why? Although online optical dealers often promote cheap prices, the benefits of purchasing glasses at an optical...

February is Macular Degeneration and Low Vision Awareness Month

February is dedicated to spreading awareness of macular degeneration (AMD) and low vision. AMD is the leading source of visual impairment for senior citizens. Macular degeneration often results in low vision, a phrase eye care professionals use to refer to major visual impairment that cannot be helped by typical treatments...

Be Informed About Glaucoma

In an effort to spread the word about the ''silent blinding diseases,'' January has been named National Glaucoma Awareness Month. Glaucoma is the second leading source of permanent vision loss, accounting for 9%-12% of all cases of blindness in the United States and effecting nearly 70 million people around the...

Winter Eye Care Tips… It’s Time for Sunglasses

Yep, it's true. Sunglasses aren't only a vital accessory in the sunny season. While most people are aware of the damage the sun presents to our eyes in the summertime, how many realize that it is essential to take precautions during the wintertime as well? In reality, those ultraviolet rays...

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