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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 affected as well by blurriness or sensitivity to light. These effects can be so debilitating for allergy sufferers that they interfere with all aspects of everyday life - from work to play.

When an individual with allergies is exposed to an allergen he or she is sensitive to, the immune response is to send out histamines to defend against the ''intruder''. This reaction by the hypersensitive immune system results in the symptoms we all know such as sneezing, couching and congestion as well as eye related symptoms.

If you wear contacts, eye allergies can sometimes be exacerbated because lenses can often attract allergens. Additionally, when our eyes itch, our first reaction is usually to rub them which can cause even more discomfort for those wearing contacts. Use of rewetting drops can sometimes alleviate symptoms but many lens wearers decide to limit the use of their lenses. If you wear contacts and experience seasonal allergies, it could help you to try a different brand of contacts, particularly if you aren't using daily disposables which minimize the likelihood of pollen accumulation. You don't have to suffer from your contacts - visit our North Vancouver, BC eye care practice to discuss your condition.

Whether you wear contacts or not, here are a few ways to reduce fall ocular allergy symptoms:

  • Check the area pollen count and remain indoors when counts are high, particularly at peak times such as midday.
  • Close windows when possible, especially when driving.
  • Use a clothes dryer rather than hanging clothing out to dry whenever possible.
  • Instead of sweeping, use a damp mop to clean floors, which is more effective at cleaning away allergens.
  • Try not to rub your eyes. Use a cool compress for soothing irritation or itchiness.
  • Take a shower at night to remove any pollen you may have collected throughout the day.

While over the counter medications and eye drops can sometimes help relieve symptoms, a prescription medication may be more effective. In this case, make a visit to your eye doctor as soon as possible to talk about your options and begin proper treatment. Our North Vancouver, BC eye care office is here to help your eyes feel their best despite allergy season!

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 info@lougheedoptical.com 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: https://bc.thrive.health/covid19/en 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.