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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, plus many others.

Being able to see well into the distance is very important because of how it lets you evaluate the stretch of road ahead and see any dangers that might appear. Most importantly, it gives you more time to act fast and stop any accidents that might have otherwise taken place. On the other hand, if your distance vision is poor then there's a chance you may not be aware of the hazards in time to stop an accident.

You also need peripheral vision, which allows you to see the sides of your vehicle, which is crucial to see other cars, animals and pedestrians without having to even glance away from the road ahead. Strong peripheral vision is also important when changing lanes and making turns. Make sure you know how to use both your rearview and side mirrors. Make sure they're angled properly, to assist your side vision.

Road safety is also highly dependent on good depth perception. This helps you measure distances correctly in busy traffic, change lanes and pass other vehicles. Strong depth perception requires adequate sight in both of your eyes. In cases of people that have lost vision in one eye, it's essential to check with an optometrist to see if it is okay for you to get behind the wheel. It may be suggested that you stop driving until your vision is corrected to achieve proper depth perception.

Accommodation also comes into use while on the road. If you're unfamiliar with the term accommodating, it is the capability to move your focus from a view in the distance to something in front of you, for example, from the distance ahead of you to the speedometer. For those 45 or older it's common for you to have trouble with near vision, and you might need reading glasses or some other vision correction solution to help you see objects up close. Speak to your optometrist to talk about the best option.

Being able to see color is also pretty important on the road. Those in the driver's seat need to be able to quickly identify traffic lights, road signs and warning signals. If you've got color blindness, your reaction time might be slower than people with regular vision. If this sounds familiar, it's best not to wear medium or dark colored sunglasses, as these can inhibit your ability to differentiate between colors.

Don't wait until you renew or apply for your driver's license to get your eyes checked. You never want to risk your life or the lives of other people on the road! If you feel your vision isn't perfect, make an appointment with your eye doctor, and have a thorough eye exam as soon as you can.

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.