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Myopia in children: what you need to know

Friday, March 22, 2019

Approximately 30% of Canadians are myopic, and that number continues to rise. While myopia affects people of all ages, there has been a recent rise in the number of children who are myopic. Currently, about 6% of children between the ages of 6 and 8 are myopic; by the time kids reach the ages of 11 to 13, that number increases to almost 29%. On top of the rise in numbers, children are becoming myopic at a younger age. This increase isn’t specific to Canada;…

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Colour blindness: an overview

Friday, February 22, 2019

The world is full of colour. Life is permeated by vivid and brilliant colours, and colour can have an impact on what we see and how we perceive the world. But what if you see colours in a different way than most people? What is colour blindness? Colour blindness is the inability to distinguish between colours – most often red and green. The term “colour blindness” is a misnomer, however; the condition could be more accurately called “colour deficiency.” Contrary to popular belief, colour blind…

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Why it’s important to wear sunglasses in the winter

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Sunglasses are usually seen as a summer accessory, along with hats and sunscreen. But, just like hats and sunscreen, it’s important to wear sunglasses in the winter. Even though the weather is colder (and snowier) and the days are shorter, UV rays are still hitting us. Here are three reasons why it’s important to wear sunglasses in the winter: 1. UV protection. This is one of, if not the, most important reasons to wear sunglasses year-round. Unlike bears, UV rays don’t hibernate in the winter….

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2019 Prescription Eyewear Trends

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

New year, new glasses! (Right?) But before you head out to buy your new glasses this year (hopefully at our clinic, of course!), let’s take a look at some of the trends for prescription eyewear for 2019. Shapes A lot of people have glasses that are more neutral in shape (that is, shapes that are more rectangular or circular). Those shapes will likely never truly go out of style, but 2019 will also introduce more geometric shapes. This year, look for octagons, hexagons, and bold…

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Glaucoma: The Silent Thief of Sight

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness; in Canada alone, there are over 400,000 people who suffer from glaucoma. It’s called the “silent thief of sight” because it usually occurs with no symptoms. What is glaucoma? Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that affect the optic nerve. Glaucoma occurs when there is increased intraocular pressure (or IOP) in the eye as a result of improper drainage of fluid. If the eye’s drainage system is working properly, then fluid can drain out; if…

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Introducing the Dry Eye Clinic

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

A note: if this post looks familiar to you and you’re a newsletter subscriber, that’s because this post was initially released as a newsletter to our patients. If you’d like to sign up for our newsletter, please sign up here. Do you suffer from dry eyes? Have you tried multiple drops and found only temporary relief – or no relief at all? That’s likely because you haven’t found the actual cause of your dry eyes. Let us help you! We’re introducing a new way to…

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Vision Coverage: What is Covered by Alberta Health?

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Here is a brief overview of Alberta Health’s vision coverage. Children Alberta Health covers one complete eye exam for children and teens under the age of 19 every benefit year (a benefit year is July 1 – June 30). They will also cover one partial exam and one diagnostic procedure. Please note that Alberta Health doesn’t cover retinal photos, so that will be an added fee. Alberta Health will also cover medically necessary exams and eye health emergencies. Adults Alberta Health does not cover eye…

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Children’s Vision Issues

Thursday, October 18, 2018

While children may have symptoms that can indicate a vision or eye health problem, it’s also possible for vision issues to be asymptomatic. In these cases, the only way to detect them would be through a comprehensive eye health exam.

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Digital Eye Strain

Monday, October 1, 2018

It’s no secret that people are spending more and more time on digital devices. After all, we’re very much a plugged-in society. But how does all this screen time affect our eye health? Does it have an effect at all?

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Blue Light

Friday, June 29, 2018

So…what exactly is blue light? Essentially, it is a high energy light that is visible to the human eye. All light that we see falls along the visible light spectrum (remember the acronym ROYGBV?).

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