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Options for elective corrective eye surgery

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Have you ever thought about getting elective eye surgery to correct your vision? Many people decide to have corrective surgery to eliminate the need for glasses or contacts. The most well-known type of surgery is laser eye surgery. There are also non-laser surgery options, such as implantable lenses (or ICLs). Types of corrective laser surgery: PRK Lasik Epi-Lasik Lasek SMILE Types of corrective non-laser surgery: CK (conductive keratoplasty) Implantable lenses (ICL) Refractive lens exchange (IOL) Interested in learning more? Health Canada and Zeiss both have…

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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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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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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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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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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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