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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 of developing conditions including but not limited to dry eyes, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy or glaucoma. It's worth noting that the chance of women being diagnosed with vision impairments has become more common as a result of the female population's increasing lifespan.

As a woman, the first step to take to guarantee strong sight is to make a thorough eye test part of your normal health check up. Be sure to go get a full eye test before you turn 40, and that you adhere to the advice your eye care professional encourages. Additionally, know your family history, as your genetics are an important factor in understanding, diagnosing and preventing eye diseases. Be sure to examine your family's medical history and alert your eye doctor of any conditions present themselves.

When it comes to nutrition, maintain a healthful, well-balanced diet and make sure to include foods containing zinc, omega-3 fats and beta carotene, all which help protect against eyesight loss as a result of eye disease. You can also take vitamin C, riboflavin and vitamin A tablets, which are all good starting points to managing optimal eye health.

For women who smoke, make a commitment to quit, because even second-hand smoke can add to the danger of eye disease and is a proven factor in the macular degeneration that can come with aging (AMD) and cataracts. Ultraviolet rays, which can also be a party to the development of cataracts and AMD, are very harmful for your eyes. When outside, and not just during the summer, don't forget to put on 100% UV protective sunglasses and a sun hat that will protect your eyes from the sun.

Changes in hormone levels, like those that occur during pregnancy or menopause, can also affect your sight. Sometimes, these changes can even make the use of contacts less effective or uncomfortable to wear. If you're pregnant, you may want to reduce contact lens wearing time and alter your eyeglass prescription as needed. It's worthwhile to schedule an appointment with your eye doctor during your pregnancy to talk about any eyesight or vision changes you may be noticing.

There are also precautions to take to shield your eyes from dangers at home, like cleaning supplies. Be sure that domestic chemicals, including cleaning agents, bleach and pesticides are kept safely and are locked away from small children. Scrub your hands thoroughly after working with all chemicals and use eye protection if employing the use of strong chemicals. Wear proper safety goggles when repairing things at home, especially when working with wood, metal or power tools.

When used carelessly, eye makeup might also be a safety hazard for your eyes. Particularly when it comes to eye makeup, you should never use anyone else's products. Avoid using old makeup and discard anything that's older than four months, especially anything that's aqueous. Look out for abnormal reactions and cease use immediately if you notice pain, itchiness or redness in or around the eyes. Be aware also that you might develop allergic reactions to make up you've been buying for years. And of course, be sure to avoid actual contact with the eye when applying eye makeup.

Women need to be educated about the dangers and considerations when it comes to caring for your eyes. And also, it can't hurt to inform the women you know, like your daughters and friends, on the best ways to protect their eye and vision health.

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.