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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 or eye strain. This can result in changes in your vision, which might make it painful or difficult to perform normal activities, like reading books or working on a computer for extended periods of time. These vision problems can be expressed through the following symptoms: blurry vision, headaches, eye strain, squinting and problems seeing at close and far distances.

Blurred vision is one of the most common signs of a vision problem. If you have blurred vision when focusing on faraway objects, you might very well be myopic or nearsighted. If you suffer from blurred vision when you're looking at anything at close range this could mean you suffer from hyperopia, or farsightedness. Blurred vision can also mean you have astigmatism which occurs due to a flaw in the shape of the cornea, or sometimes the curvature of the lens inside the eye. No matter the reason you have blurry vision, it's vital that an optometrist examine your vision and decide on the best way to improve your sight.

Another common warning sign of a vision problem is difficulty discerning shades or strength of color. This generally means the patient has a problem perceiving color, or color blindness. Color blindness is often unknown to the patient until discovered with a test. Color blindness is generally found in males. If present in a female it could indicate ocular disease, in which case, an eye care professional should be consulted. For people who struggle to distinguish between objects in minimal light, it could mean the patient suffers from night blindness.

Cataracts, a condition commonly found in elderly people can have a number of indicating signs including: unclear sight that weakens in bright light, weak night vision, trouble discerning small writing or details, the need for brighter light when reading, puffiness of the eye, and an opaque white appearance to the usually dark pupil.

Pulsing pain in the eye, headaches, blurred vision, inflammation in the eye, rainbow halos around lights, nausea and vomiting are indicators of glaucoma, a severe medical illness, which needs medical attention.

In children, it's useful to look out for uncoordinated eye movement, or crossed eyes, which could indicate a vision problem called strabismus. Specific behavior, like rubbing one or both eyes, squinting, or needing to shut one eye in order to focus better, often point to strabismus.

If you experience any of the symptoms mentioned here, see your eye doctor promptly. While clearly some conditions may be more problematic than others, any disruption to normal sight can be a burden, and impact your quality of life. A short visit to your optometrist can save you from unnecessary discomfort, or further eye and vision problems.

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.