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Tools And Tips To Help Reduce Digital Eye Strain & Fatigue

To help expedite tasks within our busy lives, it seems that people have become chained to digital technology. Wherever you turn, this is apparent. People on computers, on their phones, or staring at TVs. As people continue to get busier, we turn to the conveniences that technology offers us. Allowing for us to cram even more into our busy days. We have the option to use technology for almost everything. We use digital devices for work, and then we go home and use them for pleasure. So it’s no surprise that there is now a condition called “digital eye strain”. Digital eye strain and digital eye fatigue are the terms used to describe the fatigue and eye strain put on our visual system, from staring at digital devices. If you suffer from digital eye fatigue, here are some recommendations and tools to help ease your discomfort.

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Understanding Your Eyeglass Prescription

An eyeglass prescription contains valuable information regarding your visual needs and vision correction. To those with little or no optical knowledge, how an eyeglass prescription is written may look like a chaotic mess of symbols, letters and numbers. Each component of an eyeglass prescription represents a very important value that tells your eye care practitioner a lot about your eyes, sight, and vision correction needs. When getting eyeglasses, your optician will read your prescription and determine which lens options are best suited to what has been prescribed by your optometrist.

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The Risks of Purchasing Eyeglasses Online

In the busy world of today it is often more convenient and time efficient to purchase items online from the comfort of you own home.  As opticians and eye care professionals, we are often asked about the risks of purchasing prescription eyeglasses online as more and more consumers are drawn to this quick and easy form of shopping.  While ordering eyeglasses online may seem easy, it is very different from ordering a typical consumer item such as a sweater or shoes. Opticians are trained and educated to fit glasses and select lenses that are customized to your specific visual needs and prescription. Obtaining a prescription is only one of many steps needed to ensure you are seeing the best you can.

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What Are The Signs And Symptoms Of A Retinal Detachment?

The retina is crucial to our vision. It is the light sensitive layer at the back of the eye that contains photosensitive cells called rods and cones. Light enters the eye and strikes the retina, which then triggers nerve impulses to be sent to various vision centers in the brain via the optic nerve. The brain then takes this information and interprets it and gives us visual perception.  If the retina detaches or is pulled away from its normal position it can cause permanent and irreparable vision loss. A retinal detachment is considered a medical emergency and treatment should be sought immediately.

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How To Take Proper Care Of Your Eyeglasses

As you know, your eyeglasses are more then just a fashion statement or an accessory on your face. They are a very important medical device which helps you see your world clearly. So now that you have chosen your perfect set of new glasses, it is important to take care of them. By taking proper care and maintaining your glasses frequently, you can help preserve this very important piece of equipment for as long as possible.

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What Is A Contact Fitting For Contact Lenses?

Wearing contact lenses are a great alternative to eyeglasses. However, many people think that contacts are one lens fits everyone kind of deal. However, this is not true. There are many different elements which are assessed and accounted for when having a proper contact fitting for contact lenses. This is because contact lenses are medical devices which can impact eye health and vision. Therefor, it is important to have a proper fitting by an optometrist or licensed contact lens optician when looking to wear lenses. When having a proper fitting, your eye care professional will go through many important steps. This will ensure you have a lens suited for your eyes and vision.

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What Is The Difference Between Non-polarized Lenses & Polarized Lenses?

As opticians and dispensers, one of the most common questions we hear, when helping our patients choose the right sun protection is; “What is the Difference between non-polarized lenses and polarized lenses?” And “Do they really make a difference in the quality of my sunglasses?” Our main goal as eye care professionals is to provide each of our patients with the best knowledge regarding their sun protection. It is important when choosing polarized lenses, to know both the advantages and disadvantages. This will ensure that you are making the best choice in your sun protection. 

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Why Having A Routine Eye Exam Is Important

Often when I tell patients that they are due for their routine eye exam, I get responses like, “I don’t need an exam, my vision’s fine” or “I’m not due for an appointment yet, because my insurance company only covers me every two years”. Sometimes looking for an insurance company that full covers your in many aspects like One Sure Insurance is a really hard thing to do. Although these may seem like valid reasons why not to have an eye exam, there are many other reasons and factors why your optometrist recommends for you to come in for frequent eye examinations. A routine eye exam, not only checks the vision of your eyes, but there are many other important health components that your optometrist will check at your appointment as well. 

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Helpful Tips for Wearing Contact Lenses

For many people, contact lenses are a great addition to glasses, and can provide huge benefits. Not only are contact lenses aesthetically pleasing cosmetically, but they also compliment people with active lifestyles. However, even through contacts have their advantages, there are definite guidelines that a person should follow to maintain eye health and vision. When wearing contact lenses Calgary eye care professionals recommend these tips to help preserve vision and eye health.

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When Living In Calgary Sunglasses Are Important In Winter Months

When we think of sunglasses, images of sandy beaches, surf, patios, and sunshine are usually the first images that pop into our heads.  Rarely do snowy landscapes, ice, and winter jackets make the list of items synonymous with sunglasses.  However, when living in Calgary sunglasses are important at all times of the year.  Often with the absence of summer, we forget why it is important to protect ourselves from the rays of the sun. I’m going to give you some important reasons as to why you should wear your sunglasses regularly in the darker winter months as well.

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