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Back-To-School – Your Child’s Success Starts With A Child Eye Exam!

It’s only a few weeks until the start of school. If you’re a parent of a school-age child, you’re probably deep in the thick of school prep! Buying new clothes, pencils, backpacks, and binders is all part of the back-to-school scramble. But, another item that should be a “must do” on the back-to-school checklist, is ensuring your child has an up-to-date child eye exam! A child eye exam plays an important part in your child’s success and will start your little student down the path to a successful school year!

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Is It Okay To Swim While Wearing Contact Lenses?

We’ve had a pretty amazing summer weather wise. And this week will be no different. With forecasts aiming to break temperature records in the low to mid-thirties, Calgarians are going to be looking for ways to cool down. One popular trick to beat the heat is by taking a dip in a local lake or pool. Although this is a way to help prevent heat stroke, for contact lens wearers doing something as simple as swimming opens them up to other risks. Risks such as contracting a serious infection that can impact eye health. So if you, yourself wear contacts or a have someone close to you who does, you may find this week’s blog article of interest. Read on to learn whether it is okay to swim while wearing contact lenses.

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Tips For Buying Kids Sunglasses

Choosing an item for a child can be a daunting task. Children are the ultimate critics! If a child doesn’t like something, you can bet you’ll hear about it! Sometimes, this makes buying an item for a child a challenge! Many parents are intimidated when it comes to selecting eyeglasses and sunglasses for their children. But it doesn’t have to be that hard! Read our tips on buying kids sunglasses to ensure your child’s next pair of sunglasses is a hit!

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5 Important Reasons Why Children Should Wear Sunglasses!

Well, the summer is officially underway! And thank goodness Mother Nature has been cooperating by providing us with some exceptional weather to enjoy! It’s a great treat for kids who get to enjoy their break away from school! If you’re like many parents, you probably try to remember to lotion your kids up with sunscreen before sending them out to play, right!? But do you also make sure your children have sunglasses on as well? Although many parents are concerned about preventing sunburn to the skin caused by UV exposure, many parents overlook protecting their child’s eyes from those same damaging UV rays. Our blog article this week explains the value of kids sunglasses. So, here are 5 reasons why children should wear sunglasses.

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Do I Need To Wear Sunglasses When Cloudy?

SUN-glasses were designed to be worn when sunny! So why would anyone want to wear sunglasses when cloudy out? Even though one of the main functions of sunglasses is to help combat glare and bright light from the sun they definitely serve a purpose and should be worn on overcast days as well. Our blog article this week is dedicated to informing our readers and patients about the importance of why a person should wear sunglasses when cloudy!

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What Is The Treatment For Eye Allergies?

If you’re one of the many people who suffer from seasonal allergies, you’ve probably had a few or all of the symptoms that go with it! Sneezes, sniffles, runny nose, congestion, and irritated eyes are all common symptoms of seasonal allergies. Many people who suffer from allergies which affect the eyes often seek help to find relief. It’s never fun living with red, burning, itchy, watery eyes with puffy eyelids! But did you know that there are different treatments which can offer relief? Read on, if you’re one of the many people who seek treatment for eye allergies!
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Tips to Prevent A Summertime Eye Injury!

Now that spring is finally behaving like spring, you might find yourself spending more time outside! This is the time of year that we tend to our yards to get them in tip-top shape for summer. But, before you head out to do your seasonal spring and summer cleanup, read our article on the eye related dangers lurking in the backyard! Nobody wants to spend a beautiful summer day in a doctors office or emergency room due to a preventable eye injury or accident.
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How Do Our Eyes See Colour?

May is one of my favourite months of the year! With the warming weather, the colour pallet of the earth changes from neutral hues of browns and beiges to bright greens and gem tone colours as flowers start to blossom and bloom! But have you ever wondered how we see colour or if we all see colour the same? Because colour is such an important part of our environment and daily living, we decided to write a blog article on understanding how our eyes see colour!

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What Causes Reading Problems As We Age?

I heard recently that 40 is the new 20! With so much exposure to what is current via TV, the internet and social media, it’s easier than ever to keep up with what’s trending and in style. One thing that is definitely never in style is squinting to read or see things up close! As we age, most people will find that their near vision gets worse! So, why is it when people hit the magic age of 40 that they start to have problems with reading? Read this week’s blog article to find out what causes reading problems as we age!

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What Causes Itchy Eyes?

Well, the warm weather is finally here and the trees and flowers are starting to bud! Most of us welcome this time of year. But unfortunately, this time of year causes some of us to suffer from itchy eyes. Itchy eyes are usually caused by some type of allergens, but not always. Our blog article this week addressed the question of what causes itchy eyes? And gives some solutions to help alleviate eye itch!

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