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All Posts Tagged: Vision

Why Halloween Contact Lenses Are Bad For Eyes

It’s spook season! You’ve picked out the perfect halloween outfit. But now, you’ve decided that what will really put your costume over the top, is adding an eye-popping touch! A crazy looking pair of halloween contact lenses that you saw at the party store will really complete your look! Well, if you think that this is a great idea… think again! Many people aren’t aware of the dangers associated with wearing costume contact lenses. Contact lenses, such as these can cause irreversible damage to eye health. This can result in decreased vision or in extreme cases even permanent vision loss!

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Pumpkin For Healthy Eyes! – Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe

It’s finally fall (aka: pumpkin season)! The amount of mouthwatering pumpkin foods to celebrate, this time of year is endless. Pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin bread, pumpkin pie, pumpkin… pumpkin… pumpkin! Let’s face it, if October had a mascot… It would be some character that resembled a pumpkin! The pumpkin is a very versatile vegetable. It pairs well as an ingredient within both sweet and savoury recipes. But along with the benefit of versitility, it is also a good source of nutrition for eye health! Use this fall vegetable within a desert legend, such as the cheesecake and you have a winning combination! (Amazing pumpkin cheesecake recipe included!)

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When Should A Child Eye Exam Be Done?

Parents are often not able to detect if their child is having problems seeing and needs eyeglasses. Catching vision problems at an early age is very important. Undiagnosed vision problems can result in learning problems, behavioural problems, and even permanent decreased vision. It is for these reasons that the Alberta Association of Optometrists recommends that a child eye exam be performed on all children between 6 and 9 months of age.

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Tips For Wearing Sunglasses

Just because summer is coming to close, doesn’t mean that we should neglect having good sun protection for our eyes. In the cooler fall months, it is still very important for everyone to wear sunglasses. UV radiation can cause changes in skin cells causing skin cancer and other problems. Just as skin damage can occur from over exposure to UV rays, damage to the eyes from UV rays can also occur. Common eye conditions that can occur in relation to over exposure of UV rays are, cataracts, macular degeneration, pinguecula and pterygiums. Much of this damage is cumulative, that is why it is important for everyone to wear sunglasses! However, picking a pair of sunglasses can sometimes be a daunting task. Here are some tips about wearing sunglasses and also how to protect your eyes from UV damage.

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Why Does an Eyeglass Prescription Expire?

After having your eyes examined, you may notice that there is an expiry date on your new eyeglass prescription. Often, people will question why this expiry date is there. Especially, if the individual feels that they are in good health and have good vision. Most optometrists will usually mark a prescription date as valid for 1-2 years after a full eye health and vision check. There are many reasons and factors that an optometrist will consider before determining a prescription’s expiry date. Our blog article examines some of the reasons which determine when an eyeglass prescription expires. 

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What Is Astigmatism Correction?

There are some common terms that you may hear during your visit to your optometrist and one of them may be the word “astigmatism”. This is because an astigmatism is a very common eye condition, which tends to occur in everybody to a certain amount. Most amounts of astigmatism can be corrected by either eyeglasses, contact lenses, and in many cases even eye surgery. But for many people who have an astigmatism, they don’t know what it is, why they have it, or what the options are for astigmatism correction.

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The Back To School Eye Check Up!

The first day of school can be an exciting time for little ones. There is lots to do prior to the first of school. Getting school supplies, new clothing, runners, and backpacks are some of the regular items that a person might find on their “back to school” to do list. One of the most important items that should also make your list of “to do”s before school starts, is making sure your child has their back to school eye check up! Eyesight is a critical part to any child’s success in school. Getting an eye exam before school starts will get your child started on the right track!

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Summer Time Tips For Eye Protection

Summer is a great time to enjoy the beautiful weather… and for some of us, enjoy the extra time we get off work for summer holidays. Sometimes though, how we choose to spend our free time, doesn’t come without risk. In the summer months, we tend to be more active with things such as yard work, sporting activities, and other leisure activities, like camping and hiking. However, while doing some of these different activities, we are sometimes unknowingly putting ourselves in harms ways. It is obvious one should be careful with this knife for slicing, for example. Such things are countless, and because of this we can be at a greater risk for suffering an accident that can result in bodily harm. That is why, while enjoying the summer we have to be smart, and proactively protect ourselves from danger. Our eyes are no different, here are some tips about eye protection that you can try and put into practice, to help keep your eyes and vision safe.

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Food For Healthy Eyes – Black Bean & Mango Salad

We all know that a healthy diet is one of the key factors in maintaining overall body health and wellbeing. But not everyone knows that healthy eating also promotes healthy eyes and vision. There are many different vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that are found in food. Most food for healthy eyes, comes from fruits and vegetables. I find summer an easy season to get my daily intake from fruits and vegetables. This is because more fruits and vegetables are in season and more readily available. Because of this, one of my most favourite types of dishes to eat during the summer months are salads.

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How UV Exposure Causes Sun Damage To Eyes

Most of us know the importance of sun protection for our skin. That is why we slather on the SPF sunscreen when we are headed outside to eyjoy the sunshine! However, many of us don’t know that those same damaging ultra violet radiation waves (UV) that we protect our skin from, can cause irreversible sun damage to eyes. Often with our skin, harm from UV is noticed not long after sun exposure, usually in the form of a sun burn. And, even though our eyes can suffer a sun burn as well (photokeratitis), the harm done to our eyes by UV is often not evident for years after cumulative sun exposure. 

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