Children's Eye Exams Are Important

Does my child have a vision problem?

  • Is my child squinting or frowning when trying to spot near or far objects? 

  • Does my child rub his/her eyes or blink excessively?

  • Is my child exhibiting poor eye tracking skills? 

  • Does my child have trouble with coordination? Hand-eye or body-eye coordination during physical activities such as a game of catch or riding a bike can arise from difficulty seeing.

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No more air puff test!!!!

We have all had those eye exams where we go in dreading the air puff test. There is nothing to like about this part of an eye exam, I mean having to keep your eyes open while you have air blown into them should come with a prize of its own. Its purpose is to find out whether or not you have elevated eye pressure, although elevated eye pressure does not automatically mean you have glaucoma, it elevates your chances of leading to glaucoma. Let’s face it, like blood pressure, we would rather you keep your eye pressure at a lower level than a high one.

 

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Why you should get prescription sunglasses?

Whenever there is mention of prescription sunglasses, most people ask the question: Are prescription sunglasses worth it? If you are an outdoorsy person who likes to hike, bike, walk in the sunshine or if you simply like to drive around during sunny weather, then most definitely yes they are worth it. Prescription glasses are necessary to some and even require a special coating to protect their eyes from computer or phone screens. So why not invest in a good pair of sunglasses that you know will protect your eyes from the sun’s UV rays?

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Shipyards Garden District in Lower Lonsdale

We at View Optometry love to be part of our local community, we believe it brings businesses closer to one another. One way that we do this is to participate in the Shipyards Garden District initiative. This is the second year of this program and we are happy to say that we have taken part in this project since the beginning. In our second year we hope to grow more produce to give back to those around us. If you walk by our or any of the garden boxes in Lower Lonsdale, feel free to take any herbs or greens you would like.

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Do you want longer lashes?

Ladies, have you ever seen someone with long thick eyelashes and wish they were yours? Or worse, seen a man with the best looking eyelashes but who doesn’t appreciate them? Well we are happy to say that we at View Optometry may be able to be of assistance when it comes to longer lashes. We carry a science based and FDA approved treatment called Latisse and in this blog we will tell you why this treatment will make all your lash wishes come true!

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How to clean your glasses…
  • Washing your hands and drying them before you clean your glasses is a good first step

  • Run your glasses under a stream of warm water, make sure it’s not hot water as this may damage the anti-reflective coating on your lenses.

  • Spray eyeglass cleaner on the lenses (Another cleaner that is okay to use is dish soap, a small drop will do if you are out of eyeglass cleaner)

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Tips for healthy eyes

It’s May and you’ve booked your haircut appointment, your dentist appointment, your physical check appointment…. but have you booked your annual eye examination appointment? For the majority of the population, an eye exam doesn’t become important until the eyesight starts blurring or there are sudden symptoms such as floaters or eye strain. Just like the rest of your body, your eyes need to be taken care of, as you only have one pair of eyes in a lifetime

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Sports Eye Safety Month!

In April, we welcome spring and the renewal of outdoor sports! Outdoor or indoor sports may require some safety glasses such as squash or mountain biking. In this blog we will tell you why it is so important to wear protective eye wear. Staying active is one of the most important parts of staying healthy but safety is often overlooked and can result in eye injuries with permanent damage.

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Save your vision!

There are many factors that could be affecting your vision! If you are working on the computer often and your glasses do not have a blue filter coating, you may find that after a day’s work that your head will be splitting, your eyes will be dry and you will have to go through it all over again tomorrow. Wearing sunglasses may seem like the smallest action yet it helps protect your eyes against all the UV rays which may cause excessive squinting, cancer and may lead to blindness. Construction workers should always wear safety glasses to avoid little pieces of dirt and possible metal or cement from going into their eyes and scratching their corneas.

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What is low vision?

February is mostly known for Valentine’s day but in the optometry world it is also known as low vision month! There’s a significant part of the population that struggles with low vision and that will struggle with it in the future. The National Eye Institute quotes “ By 2030, when the last baby boomers turn 65, the number of people 65 and over is projected to reach 7.2 million, with 5 million having low vision.”

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January is Glaucoma Awareness Month

2019! It’s a new year and a fresh start! The new year is usually when people start making resolutions for themselves, most want to adopt a healthier attitude or make more time for themselves, well we have one that combines both. Glaucoma is an eye disease that leads to irreversible blindness and unfortunately it does not generally present any signs or symptoms. This month we are going to raise awareness about Glaucoma otherwise known as “The sneak thief of sight”.

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Safety during the holidays!

It’s December, that time of year where your neighborhood fills up with Christmas lights, your kitchen smells of cookies and pies, and the shopping malls are overcrowded with people trying to get last minute gifts.  During the holidays is also when the amount of injuries spike, including eye injuries! In the optometry world, December is known as Safe Toys and Gifts awareness month. We will let you know what you can do to prevent eye injuries so that your holidays are spent in the ER.

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November is Diabetes Awareness Month

Diabetes is easily one of the diseases that is most commonly known to the public. Most people know how type 1 requires insulin and type 2 doesn’t show symptoms until there are obvious complications. Not a lot of people know that diabetes can be caught during an eye exam and that is what we will be talking about in this blog. If diabetes is a concern or runs in your family, please mention it to your optometrist so he or she can take the necessary precautions and tests.

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Marijuana and the Eyes

Optometrists are not allowed to prescribe any oral medication, they are only allowed to prescribe topical medications such as eye drops or ointments. Now based on this statement, if you’ve assumed that our optometrist will not be able to give you a prescription for medicinal marijuana, you have assumed CORRECT! 

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Back to School Eye Exams!

It’s hard to believe that September is already here and school is back in session.  As you make your list of back to school supplies, don’t forget to add an eye exam.  Pencil Crayons and new runners are fun to pick out, but if your child has an undetected problem with their vision then successful learning may prove to be problematic.  It is estimated that 25% of school age children have a vision problem.   If they are left untreated, a child’s ability to learn, socialize with others, and participate in extracurricular activities such as sports will be affected.  Many children struggle with vision problems simply because they do not know they have a problem.

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How to choose a frame

Booking an eye exam is the easy part, you have a time, date and location to get to but what happens when your prescription changes and you need new glasses? If you’ve never had glasses, the prospect of having to choose frames can be daunting. There are several questions you may ask yourself: What’s the latest fashion, what colour looks good on me, how do I know which shape to get? We don’t claim to have the answer to ALL these questions but we can help you with some tips on how to choose your new pair of frames.

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Would you rather see as a cat, dog, or eagle?

Animal lovers, this one is for you! Whether you have a pet at home or just love animals in general, tune in to learn about their eyes! Animals like us have two eyes but some animals can’t see all of the colors we see or they can see more than we do, here are some animals that will surprise you in terms of their sight.

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How UV can damage our eyes

Summer is here! Finally, blue skies and warm weather, beaches and ice cream. All these things mean a bright shining sun and harmful UV rays. Luckily there is a solution to this problem; sunglasses! Summer is a good time for you to invest in a sturdy pair of  sunglasses. For those who wear glasses 24/7, I would recommend a pair of prescription sunglasses. 

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Allergies And The Eyes

Even with all this rain it seems like allergy season has started in North Vancouver.  In the last week I have had several patients talk to me about their eyes feeling itchy when they go outside.  Over the counter medication can work for some people but a prescribed allergy drop may work better.

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Eye Health Throughout Life: Part 3

What to do to help prevent cataracts from developing:

  • Regular eye exams (annually)

  • Quit smoking (Easier said than done, we know, but there’s no harm in trying!)

  • Manage blood sugar and blood pressure

  • Choose a healthy nutrient-dense diet

  • Wear sunglasses

  • Reduce alcohol intake - Goodbye 2nd glass of wine :(

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