It’s that time of year again, daylight savings time… I’m not sure why this is actually called “daylight savings” as for many people, they end up getting less hours of daylight, which results in a dark drive home. Driving home in pitch dark paired with winter road conditions can be stressfull and hazardous, even for the best of drivers. Making sure that our commute home is a safe one, should be a top priority. That is why this week’s blog article is all about tips for night vision and driving at night.
We are well into the season of pumpkin spice EVERYTHING! Not only did Starbuck’s traditional pumpkin spice latte turn 15 this year, but I think pumpkin spice craze has actually hit a new peak. So far in my fall shopping adventures, I have came across pumpkin spice yogurt (which is delicious), pumpkin spice Bailey’s (which I have yet to try) and pumpkin vanilla spice body lotion from the body shop (smells as good as it sounds!). But why the craze for pumpkin? Did you know that pumpkin is one of those foods you don’t have to feel guilty about eating (that is of course, if it’s real pumpkin). Did you know that there is even eye health perks from pumpkin? You can get more tips from the outback vision protocol.
Well, it’s definitely fall outside! The leaves have turned colours and everything is turning to “pumpkin spice”. This means, that soon the scariest day of the year will be here, Halloween! When it comes to Halloween and dressing up your little ghosts and ghouls, a little preparation will help to ensure everyone has a safe and happy Halloween. Now that we’ve got over the hump of Thanksgiving, your little one’s focus is probably on Halloween. They may even already have their costume picked out. One of your jobs as a parent it not only to make sure the costume is warm enough to handle our Canadian October 31st weather, but also to make sure that it is safe for your children’s eyes. Our blog article this week, gives some tips on children’s eye safety for Halloween.
So, it’s officially back to school!!! Because September is associated with “back to school”, we thought we’d go all scholarly on you! In honour of back to school, our September blog articles have been written to test your eye-q! These short quizzes are all about eyes, eye exams optometry and contact lenses. We hope that you have fun with them. And hopefully at the end of them, you are able to say “eye didn’t know that and eye learned something new!” (sorry, couldn’t resist the pun!).
September can be a hectic time, especially if you’re a parent of a school age child. Getting back to a routine and business as usual can be chaotic. There are so many things to plan for when sending kids back to school, that we hate to add one more thing to your list. But, seeing how important we think this item is to add… we’re going to any ways! Has your children had a routine children’s eye exam lately? If the answer is no, it’s time to make that appointment with your optometrist. There are so many ways to help and encourage your child to be successful at school! Making sure your child has a comprehensive children’s eye exam is the first important step, this will be perfect to find out if they have hyperopia or anything else.
Unless you had gone off the grid on Monday, you would have heard of, or witnessed the solar eclipse. This eclipse was a huge event! It was the first total eclipse to cross the United States, coast-to-coast in 99 years. Because of the path the total eclipse travelled, millions of people were able to experience totality. For the rest of millions of people (basically, the rest of North America), we got to experience a partial eclipse. It has even been reported that this eclipse was the most watched solar eclipse in history. So, as you read further into our blog article this week, you may be questioning yourself, why more talk of the eclipse!?… It did have more then it’s fair share of media coverage over the past week! Well, because an important part of eclipse watching, was taking precautions to prevent eye damage. We thought this would be a great time to discuss and answer the question, “what are the problems with sun damage to eyes?”.
Check you calendars!… If you haven’t yet heard… tomorrow, something big is happening! On Monday, August 21, 2017 a total solar eclipse is predicted to cross a path across the US! The best place to view the total eclipse is in the United States, but us Canadians will also be able to enjoy a partial eclipse from many locations as well. If you want fully enjoy this rare, “once in a lifetime” type event, you should make sure that you do so safely. Viewing a solar eclipse with no eye protection, or the wrong type of eye protection can be very harmful to your eyes. Not wearing the correct type of eye protection can cause serious damage to the eyes. Read our blog article, to learn how to watch the eclipse safely!
I think the majority of people know, that cumulative exposure to the suns rays (ultraviolet light “UV” in particular) is harmful to our body! This is why in the summer, we slather on the sunscreen and wear our sunglasses. When out at a park on a nice summers day, I also see parents lathering their children in sunscreen. However, I do not always see children wearing sunglasses. Some people may think that children don’t really need to wear sunglasses. But wearing sunglasses when we are younger is especially important for eye health! Here are the reasons as to why children should also wear sunglasses for children.