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Understanding Common Terminology Used In Optometry

Just like any other medical profession, the field of optometry is full of long medical terms. Many words in optometry, have their root in latin and can sometimes be hard to spell and pronounce. There are many people who require vision correction, more mainstream words have been created to be used synonymously with the proper medical names. These words are both easier to remember and pronounce then their medical counterparts. Here are some common optical terms that you may hear during your next visit to the optometrist’s office.

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How Presbyopia Effects The Aging Eyes

“My vision is fine, I don’t need glasses…”  and “My glasses seem to not be working for me anymore!” These are some of the many remarks we as opticians hear from our patients who are getting closer to the age of 40; the age at which Presbyopia sinks in. Presbyopia is defined as the loss of elasticity of the lens of the aging eyes, occurring typically in middle age starting around the age of 40.  Patients visiting our office often notice that it is gradually getting more difficult to read anything within arms reach. They also often complain of eye fatigue and light seeming dimmer. An eye exam is often used to confirm presbyopia.

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Why It’s Important to Have Annual Eye Exams When Over the Age of 65

Many people do not realize that a comprehensive eye exam involves checking more than just vision and determining a prescription for glasses or contact lenses. During an eye exam, optometrists screen for many detrimental eye diseases that have no apparent symptoms, as well as can diagnose a variety of other medical conditions by thoroughly examining the eyes. There are many reasons why our optometrists recommend that seniors, or those over the age of 65, should have annual eye exams.  In Alberta, the province provides yearly coverage for routine eye exams for senior citizens.

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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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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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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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