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10 things to remember when wearing contact lenses

Monday, June 24, 2019

Contact lenses are a popular option for vision correction; many people prefer them to glasses. Contact lenses do have several benefits, such as being able to wear non-prescription sunglasses and having better peripheral vision. However, contact lenses are a medical device that sit on your eye (they sit on a layer of tear fluid on your cornea), which means that they’re not without risks. It’s easy to become complacent about eye health and proper contact lens care. Here are ten important things to remember when…

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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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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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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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Diabetes and your eyes

Friday, January 4, 2019

If you have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, you’ve likely been told that you need to get your eyes checked yearly. Have you wondered why your family doctor is telling you that you need to see your optometrist to help monitor your diabetes? The short answer is that in an eye exam, your optometrist can see if there’s been any damage to your blood vessels. It’s not easy to see active blood vessels (in fact, your eyes are the only place on your body…

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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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Five ways your glasses prescription can change rapidly

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Diabetes This is probably the most common cause of temporary prescription changes.  In general, if a patient has high blood sugars, they will experience a myopic shift (become more nearsighted).  When their blood sugars stabilize, I will see the opposite change, there will be a hyperopic shift (become more farsighted).  Both of these shifts will normalize.  The time it takes depends on how quickly we can get the blood sugars back to normal.  I usually wait until a patients HbA1c levels (anyone who is diabetic…

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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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