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Presbyopia: an overview

Friday, June 7, 2019

Getting reading glasses sometimes feels like a rite of passage – or, at least, a rite of aging. It’s common to hear of people with perfect vision having to need glasses when they’re in their 50s or 60s. Why does this happen? Do our eyes suddenly worsen after a certain age? Well…sort of. The culprit here is most likely an eye condition called presbyopia. It will affect all of us at some point in our lives. What is presbyopia? Presbyopia is the loss of close-up…

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May is Vision Health Month

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

May is Vision Health Month! Throughout the month, eye care professionals in Canada and around the world will work to raise awareness about eye health. Good eye health is important for everyone, regardless of age. In fact, we recommend that children go for their first comprehensive eye health exam at six months of age, and yearly thereafter. What is a comprehensive eye health exam? The Canadian Association of Optometrists has an overview here. A comprehensive exam is so much more than a vision screening, and…

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Eye See You education program launch

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

We’re very excited to announce the launch of Eye See You, our community outreach and education program for children. It’s designed to complement the province-wide Eye See Eye Learn program, which provides free prescription glasses to children in kindergarten. Since Calgary Family Eye Doctors is a participating clinic in the Eye See Eye Learn program, we want to do what we can to promote eye health education for children to ensure that parents and caregivers know that comprehensive eye exams are important for children of…

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Meet our Optometrists

Friday, April 26, 2019

Choosing a new Optometrist can be a bit daunting, especially because there are so many to choose from. If you’re new to our clinic, we’d like to introduce our Optometrists so that you can get to know them a little before you come in for your appointment. Dr. Brent Hopfauf Dr. Brent is one of our owner-optometrists. Born and raised in Calgary, he returned to his hometown after completing his Optometry degree at the University of Waterloo. He continues to research the most recent advancements…

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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 is more accurately called “colour deficiency.” Contrary to popular belief, colour blind people…

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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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