Calgary Family Eye Doctors is a team of caring professionals who provide excellent service in a warm and friendly environment.
Changing lives through eye care. We take the time to get to know our patients and we treat them as if they are family. We work towards effectively managing or preventing eye diseases and offer specialized services such as a dry eye centre and specialty contact lenses, as well as glaucoma diagnosis and management.
When it comes to eye health, a full eye exam is the single most significant factor in protecting your vision. A comprehensive exam focuses on diagnosing and preventing various eye conditions. Since some conditions are asymptomatic, it is important to see a doctor regularly, even though it may seem like nothing has changed.
To help maintain your eye health, full exams are recommended every 1-2 years. Your doctor will advise you of the exam schedule that best fits your needs.
A child’s first eye exam should be done at 6 months of age or sooner if there are any vision or eye health concerns. Alberta Health Care covers basic eye exams for children until the age of 19.
Eye exams are necessary to ensure that children have all the tools they need to succeed in school and beyond. This is especially important since there are some serious, life- and sight-threatening eye conditions that can and do affect children.
At Calgary Family Eye Doctors, our goal is to create a comfortable, welcoming, and fun environment for children. The best way to promote eye health is to start seeing children at a young age.
With age comes wisdom…and a greater likelihood of eye conditions. As such, vision care is essential as we age, since healthy vision helps us with driving, navigating our environment, and promoting our independence, thus ensuring a higher quality of life.
Calgary Family Eye Doctors uses high end technology to help you maintain your eye health, so you can keep doing the things you love to do. We offer specialty testing to evaluate cataracts, glaucoma, and age-related macular degeneration.
Alberta Health Care covers basic eye exams for Albertans age 65 and older.
Not everyone loves glasses, and contacts are an alternative to wearing them. There are contact lenses for all types of prescriptions; for example, astigmatism, near- and far-sighted, and bifocal contacts are now available. Our goal is to find contact lenses that offer the most comfortable fit and the best vision for each patient. For new contact lens wearers of all ages, we offer expert trainers to help patients learn how to properly and safely insert and remove contacts.
From age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, pink eye to digital eye strain we have a wide breath of experience in eye issues and diseases to help you. Learn more below.
AMD is the leading cause of vision loss in Canadians. While there may be no symptoms in the early stages, AMD can become progressively worse over time, eventually leading to significant vision impairment and the loss of central vision. AMD also worsens with UV exposure and older age.
To help slow the progression of AMD and to protect your vision, it is necessary to have regular appointments with your Optometrist so that they can monitor any changes that may occur.
A cataract is the clouding of the lens in your eye, which is normally clear. Cataracts are quite common and become more common with age. To help prevent cataracts, it is important to wear good sunglasses with 100% UV protection and to visit your Optometrist regularly for monitoring.
Conjunctivitis, also called red eye or pink eye, is a common eye infection that often affects children, but can also affect adults.
If you think you have conjunctivitis, it is best to see your Optometrist as soon as possible for proper diagnosis and treatment.
Alberta Health Care covers all optometric health visits for all ages.
One of the biggest concerns from diabetes is vision loss from diabetic retinopathy. A dilated health exam should be done as soon as someone is diagnosed with diabetes, and then repeated at least yearly.
Diabetic health exams are covered by Alberta Health Care.
We all love our electronic devices, but unfortunately, they also take a toll on our bodies. Our devices affect not only our vision, but also our sleep cycles and circadian rhythm.
Digital eye strain is the added stress on our eyes from using electronic devices. Symptoms include eye fatigue, headaches, double vision, blurry vision, and/or inconsistent vision.
Digital eye strain affects people of all ages, including children. Optometrists can prescribe special glasses and/or glasses with features such as blue light coatings to help minimize the effects of digital eye strain.
Flashes and floaters” can be signs of an eye emergency. If you are experiencing either of these, it is important to see your Optometrist as soon as possible for diagnosis and treatment.
Seeing flashes of light in your vision can be a tell-tale sign of a serious eye emergency such as retinal detachment and needs to be treated immediately.
Floaters, on the other hand, can range from benign vision disturbances to a sign of an eye emergency. Most of us have a few floaters that we see as little squiggles or dots that float in and out of our vision. However, a sudden increase in the amount or size of your floaters is not normal and needs to be evaluated immediately.
If you experience new flashes or floaters, please seek immediate treatment.
Glaucoma is an eye disease that is becoming more common in Canada. It is also referred to as the “silent stealer of sight,” since there are often no symptoms until it is severe. Glaucoma causes reduced peripheral vision that progressively worsens if untreated and is more common as we age.
Our Optometrists look for signs of glaucoma at every regular eye health exam, since early detection means that we are better able to protect from vision loss.
With our dry climate, dry eye is very common in Alberta. However, most patients with dry eyes do not know they have it and are consequently under-treating it.
Factors that can increase dry eyes are computer/screen use, wearing contact lenses, increased age, as well as some medical conditions and some medications. Women are also more affected by dry eyes.
Symptoms of dry eyes include dry or watery eyes, sore eyes, burning/itchy eyes, blurry vision, or difficulty with prolonged computer/screen use. However, dry eyes can also be asymptomatic.
Calgary Family Eye Doctors offers specialized dry-eye testing to help with the diagnosis and management of dry eyes. We offer a large array of treatment options for patients with dry eyes.
For some patients, laser surgery can be an amazing option to be free from glasses or contacts. Many different types of surgery are now available to correct several different eye conditions such as astigmatism, nearsightedness, farsightedness, and presbyopia. However, it is important to note that not everyone is a candidate for surgery. Ask us more about testing and post-op care.