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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 are born with an underdeveloped visual system that develops with them. In the beginning, babies can view objects only up close. A youngster's optical structure is continuously stimulated as he develops. Children's games and toys can be one of the easiest ways to stimulate a youngster's sight. Nevertheless, it's important to remember that most childhood mishaps take place at home, many of them with games and toys.

So what can you do to avoid endangering your children's sight? Here are some simple tips for choosing games for the home that are safe for your child's eyes.

First of all, ensure long-handled toys - such as play brooms- don't have sharp edges, and prohibit or monitor young children carefully if they are handling them. While blocks pose little danger for almost all ages, it's best to check that the corners are not sharp, in order to avoid eye injury. It's advised that you steer clear of shooting toys, such as arrows or guns. In an instance where this is not possible, then shooting toys should only be used when accompanied by a responsible grown-up. If your older child uses a chemistry set or woodworking tools, be sure to provide him with safety goggles.

What else can pose a problem in your house? Toys are actually just the tip of the iceberg. As a guardian to your children, it's your job to go through your home and make sure there's nothing that could threaten your child's eyes. One of the most common risks is chemicals that haven't been stored in a safe place. If a child can reach these materials they are in danger.

Although it's true that games and toys for children may not always be 100% harmless, there are many excellent toys that can benefit children's eyesight. There are many toys tailored to certain ages that provide amazing ways to stimulate optical development. When buying toys for kids, look for those that develop hand-eye coordination and will encourage youngsters to learn about colors, shapes and space. You may want to consider trying to do some research before checking out the toy store. This way you can ensure that your purchase is safe for your child's eyes and will enrich their visual development at the same time!

Clinic Protocols and Patient Guidelines – COVID -19

We have been working diligently to establish protocols to keep both our patients and staff safe during this time and for the foreseeable future. The following protocols and guidelines have been established to ensure the highest level of sanitation possible.

Clinic Hygiene and Sanitization Protocols


Arrival to the Clinic

ONLY scheduled patients are permitted to enter the clinic. If you were driven to the clinic, please ask your family/friend to wait for you in the car. Please enter the clinic no earlier than 5 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment.

If you arrive late for your appointment, it may have to be re-scheduled as we must keep on time to ensure enough time for sanitation between patients and avoid overcrowding at the reception area.

Please wear a MASK before entering the clinic.

If you do not have a mask, we will be offering them for a nominal fee.


Further Safety Precautions

Touchless Payment

Currently, we are only accepting Interac, Mastercard and Visa cards. If you have extended health insurance, Please inform our staff with all the details. We deal with Sun life, Great-West Life, Blue Cross and Manulife we will bill your insurance first and then charge your credit card the remaining balance.

Physical Distancing

Please be mindful to keep 2M distance if you run into other patients in the reception room. Stand on the floor decals. We are aiming to stagger appointment to avoid congregation in the waiting room.

Sanitation time between each treatment has been scheduled and we are using hospital grade disinfectants to sanitize all high touchpoints, tables, light switches, door handles etc

Practitioner PPE

We will be wearing masks, and some will be wearing face shields, gloves, and scrubs.

Paying for your treatment


Booking Appointments

Please email the clinic at or call at (604) 420-2115 for your future appointments.

24 Hours Prior to your scheduled appointment

24 hrs. prior to your appointment, you will receive your 24-hour reminder email. It will have a link to the THRIVE BC COVID- 19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool. The link is: IF you answer YES to any of the questions, please call the clinic to reschedule your appointment no earlier than 2 weeks. This is extremely important for the safety and protection of our patients, therapist, and our families.

Upon the arrival of your appointment, if we notice any flu-like symptoms or through conversation realize that you have possibly engaged with friends/family who may have been exposed to COVID- 19, we will respectfully ask you to reschedule the appointment.

Product Purchase

Our Staff will assist you in Choosing your Eye Wear, Please DO NOT HANDLE THE FRAMES FROM THE DISPLAY. Once you have made your Frame selection the remaining frames will be sanitized before being placed on the frame bars.

These protocols are in place to ensure the health and safety of you, your loved ones, our staff, our practitioners, and their families.

We thank you for your patience and understanding. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Lougheed Town Centre Optical & Optometry

Located at 9855 Austin Rd, Ste 147, Burnaby, BC V3J 1N4

Phone: 604-420-2115

We are back! We are now open to our normal business hours. Please request an appointment here or call 604-670-3329. We are looking forward to seeing you again. Thank you, and stay safe.