Pull out the party clothes… 2017 is on its way out to make way for 2018. While you’re starting your count down to the New Year, we thought that we would also start our own countdown. We’re counting down the top 10 reasons why to have an eye exam ! So if you’re feeling boared waiting for the clock to strick 12 and need to find a reason why to have an eye exam, read our blog article this week! Happy New Year!
One of the most common terms associated with optometry and eye exams is probably the term “20/20”. This term is so well recognized, that there are even popular phrases with it used outside of optometry. Such as, “hindsight is 20/20”! But what does it actually mean to have 20/20 vision? For most people, this term probably doesn’t mean a lot, other than the fact that it is associated with having “perfect vision”. But the number 20/20 does actually mean something. 20/20 is a unit of measurement used in optometry and the optical industry to asses vision. Our blog this week is dedicated to “20/20” to explain just in fact what it means and how it works!
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.
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!).
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!
Wow, it’s been one hot summer here in Calgary! Just even saying the word summer makes me think of a big old bright shining sun, which leads me then to think about wearing sunglasses. Sunglasses should be worn in every season of the year, not just in the summer! Sunglasses aren’t just a seasonal summer item, they are an important staple in your wardrobe, year-round! That’s why we want to bring attention to why it’s so important to buy a good pair of sunglasses and why you shouldn’t just buy your shades anywhere. The best person to buy sunglasses from if your optometrist, and here are the reasons why!
We are all too familiar with how our body changes with age. Just like the rest of our body, our eyes and vision also changes with age. This change in vision happen usually happens after the age of 40. This is when people will start to have difficulty with reading and seeing up close. This change is called Presbyopia. Being presbyopic, can make it hard to function throughout the day, especially if you are required to do a lot of reading or near tasks. As a result, most people turn to eyeglasses as a solution to their new vision problem. However, many people dread wearing eyeglasses, as there is often a perception that glasses makes a person look older. Well, we’re here to debunk this idea. There are many ways that eyeglasses can be your secret fountain of youth, and make you look younger!