3 Reasons that will make you buy Sunglasses today!

  Basking in the sun for rest of the summer sounds like a great Idea! But there are some dangers sunrays bring with them. Our eyes are susceptible and must be protected with a pair of Sunglasses at all times during the day. Sun-Related Health Problems Prolonged exposure to the sun can lead to severe health problems, which sunglasses can protect us. Skin Cancer: The skin around our eyes and eyelids is susceptible and a significant degree of skin cancers are discovered near the eyes. Utilizing UV-protective sunglasses with large lenses will help protect your eyes and skin around them. Glaucoma and Cataracts: Lengthened exposure to sun’s UV rays contribute to glaucoma and cataracts. Cataracts are cloudy areas on eye’s lens, and Glaucoma is a serious condition that can lead to blindness. Sunglasses with complete UV protection will alleviate the difficulties associated with glaucoma and threat of cataract. Macular Degeneration: Types of UV radiation can worsen Macular degeneration – a condition in which part of the retina, named macula, deteriorates and poses a risk of blindness. Pterygium: Commonly known as surfer’s eye, Pterygium is growth on the eyeball and can be painful. It is usually treated with eyes drops, steroids and surgery. Optometrists recommend prevention by wearing sunglasses with UV protection, especially on clouded days when the sun isn’t as visible, but UV rays are present in the environment. Headaches and Migraines: Harsh sunlight can trigger severe headaches and migraines. While some people are more prone to experience headaches, protecting our eyes from overexposure to light can alleviate the severity and prevalence of these painful experiences.   Hazardous Elements...

Your LATISSE® Questions Answered

Not all of us are born with long, thick, or dark eyelashes. You can look at pictures online, you can read tutorials with helpful tips, you can use makeup products, but you still might need something more to give you the elegant look you want, especially without all of the fuss of mascara and eyeliner. While there are some things you can do to naturally improve the look of your eyelashes, when you want to go one step further and look for a prescription, LATISSE® applications may be just what you need. There is some great information out there about this medication, but it’s scattered and can be hard to get a clear answer. Well, here are answers to all of the questions you have about LATISSE® treatments. Is LATISSE® Covered by Insurance? Unfortunately, a LATISSE® prescription is not covered by insurance. This is because health insurance companies cover medication based on necessity. If you have madarosis, a condition that causes eyelashes to fall out, you can ask your doctor or insurance company if LATISSE® applications will be covered. If you are simply looking to increase the length, color, or thickness of your eyelashes for cosmetic purposes, the prescription is not covered. How to Get a LATISSE® Prescription The good news is that a LATISSE® prescription can be provided by any qualified doctor. There’s no need to “qualify” for using the medication, but your doctor will most likely have a few questions about your eyes, health, and why you’re looking for a LATISSE® treatment prescription. If you have a primary care doctor that you see, simply mention that you...

Tips For Thicker, Beautiful Lashes

Women can spend a lot of time in the morning getting ready for the day or hours in the bathroom before a big event. We have tubes of mascara, eyeliner, blush, eyeshadow, makeup foundations, and medicine cabinets that are full of unused products that may have been sitting around for months. All in an effort to add some definition to our faces and create a focal point. That focal point is our eyes. We love to show off this feature that is unique to us. But some women have short, light colored, and thin eyelashes that make it hard to create a beautiful look, even with piles of makeup products. That’s where LATISSE® applications come in. Keep reading for tips on how to naturally nourish your eyelashes and see how LATISSE® eyelash treatments can help. Reduce Stress We understand that reducing stress isn’t as easy as it sounds and it can take time to remove stressful triggers from our lives. But when you can take some time to relax each day and give your mind a break from the daily grind, it may help improve the look of your hair and eyelashes. Our bodies can react to stress in various ways, including a higher chance of getting sick. Stress can also affect the process of hair growth. So after a long day of work or a stressful weekend filled with chores, give yourself an hour to take a long bath or watch a movie on the couch. Your eyelashes may thank you. Lubricate Your Lashes Just like we want to moisturize our skin to prevent it from becoming dry...

5 Things Your Optometrist Wants You To Know

If you’ve ever wondered whether or not staring at a computer can harm your eyes, or if you’ve ever slept with your contacts in, you’ll want to read this blog. An optometrist isn’t just there to check on your glasses prescription and have you read the tiny letters on the wall, but your eye doctor can learn a lot about the health of your eyes and your body with a quick visit. There’s also a lot your optometrist can teach you about your eyes and the habits and myths you may have picked up on. Computers Don’t Damage Your Eyes While sitting at your desk and working on a computer all day can cause your eyes to feel tired, strained, and even cause temporary blurriness, it doesn’t actually cause any damage or harm. This doesn’t mean you should work longer and push your chair up closer to the screen though. Any optometrist would recommend giving your eyes a break by looking away from the screen every 20 minutes for two to five minutes. Closing them regularly will also help them to stay moist with natural tears. Glasses Don’t Make Your Eyes Weaker If you’ve noticed that you, friends, or family get fitted with glasses and then need to regularly go back to get an updated prescription, it’s just a coincidence. Our eyes can change depending on our age and other circumstances, but it’s not because we got glasses. If you’re experiencing difficulty reading, a hard time reading street signs, or blurred vision, it’s time to visit the optometrist for another look at your prescription. Your Eyes Are Brown Even...
Keep Sunglasses Handy All Year

Keep Sunglasses Handy All Year

There’s something wonderful about the summer months when the sun is shining strong and the air is warm. Since the days are longer and the weather is nicer, people spend more time outside during the summer than during other months. Whether it’s packing up for a trip to the beach or heading out on the town for a day, one thing that lands itself on everyone’s list is sunglasses. Sunglasses can be worn for style, like our favourite designer sunglasses, or they can be worn for eye health. Whatever your reasoning may be, it’s important to remind yourself that the sun can easily damage your precious peepers, even in the depth of winter. The powerful light energy from the sun doesn’t waver after summer ends. The harmful UV rays from the sun can cause serious damage to unprotected eyes. We recommend wearing sunglasses anytime you go outside during the day so you can protect your eyes from cataracts, macular degeneration, and pterygium. Cataracts: The lens of the eye develops a cloudy layer that leads to foggy vision. It is estimated by the National Eye Institute that 20 percent of cataracts cases are caused by UV exposure. That means about 500,000 of the 2.5 million Canadians with cataracts could have prevented the disease by wearing sunglasses. Macular degeneration: A disease that can lead to blindness is not one to be reckoned with. Macular degeneration is generally caused by either the middle of the retina deteriorating, fatty deposits under the retina accumulating, or leaky blood vessels growing under the retina. Pterygium: A piece of tissue grows over the white part of...

Things to do Before School Starts

It’s August! And that means summer is winding down and you’re trying to cram in a few last summer activities before it’s time to shop for school supplies, stay up late helping with homework, and days of chauffeuring around the kids. The final weeks before school opens back up can be hectic, but take a breath and try to enjoy these last days. If you need a final summer family fling, here are a few options and some tips to help you jump back into the school year, including the best school supplies and making a trip to your local Langley optometrist for a checkup. Hayward Lake Take the family to the beach at Hayward Lake, just under an hour away from Langley. This reservoir and recreation area has hiking trails, including a 10 km Reservoir Trail that connects to the 6 km Railway Trail. You can bring your bikes or hiking shoes for an enjoyable afternoon viewing the scenery and wildlife. Vancouver Zoo Close enough you can make a day trip of it, the Greater Vancouver Zoo is just 20 minutes away from Langley. You can visit with frogs, lions, cheetahs, ostrich, pythons, and more! A great introduction for kids interested in science, wildlife, and the earth. For younger children who need a break from walking, jump on the safari train to see the perimeter of the zoo. What Supplies Young Students Need Most Pencils: Teachers recommend Ticonderoga #2 pencils that are sturdy and won’t be destroyed by pencil sharpeners. Stay away from cheap options that break and snap in the sharpener. Eraser Caps: Because you know kids...
Optometrist Eye Exams Are Good For Your Health

Optometrist Eye Exams Are Good For Your Health

When was the last time you visited an optometrist for an eye exam? If you already wear glasses or contacts, chances are you’ve at least been in for a check up in the past year. However, if you have had healthy vision in the past, it is likely you haven’t been to the eye doctor for quite some time. During school, children are given eye exams at least once a year during an annual physical. However, once those children graduate into adulthood, the frequency of keeping up with those exams diminishes. This is bad timing because regular eye exams are more beneficial for your health than determining whether or not your vision is keeping up to par.     Regular Eye Exams Can Prevent: Glaucoma – The nerve that connects the eye to the brain is damaged, which causes a collection of eye conditions that can lead to blindness. Cataracts – Like looking through a fogged-up window, cataracts cause the lens on the eye to develop an opaque layer that leads to cloudy vision. Retinal detachments – This is an emergency-type of case when the retina pulls away from the tissue and blood vessels that nourish the eye. Macular degeneration – Fatty deposits accumulate under the retina, the middle of the retina deteriorates, or leaky blood vessels grow under the retina are all ways one can experience macular degeneration. The most common symptom is blurred vision, which can eventually lead to vision loss. Diabetes – The body has too much sugar in the blood, which causes many different diseases that are collectively known as diabetes. High blood pressure –...
The Future Of Contact Lenses – Part 2

The Future Of Contact Lenses – Part 2

We’ve learned the history of contact lenses and now it’s time to take a gander into the future. We don’t have a crystal ball, but we do have the Internet, and that’s pretty close to the same thing these days. Contacts have ranged from full glass eye panels to the thin plastic lens we know and love today. In the next five, 10, or even 20 years, we might have contacts that are the new smart devices. From entertainment purposes to administering medication, scientists have their eyes on contact lenses that are more useful than only correcting failing vision. Contact Lens Advancements On The Horizon Smart Technology Just like in all of the great sci-fi films, contact lenses of the future may give wearers access to a world powered by electricity. Electronics and eyeglasses are in the works as we speak, but applying this nano technology to a contact lens can help set the precedent for a new way of life, a way that monitors a person’s eye health, provides necessary information to avoid trouble, and one that makes it a bit easier to entertain on the go. However, one hurdle currently in the way of this sci-fi dream becoming a reality is the germs that can accumulate on contacts that are worn 24/7. Once this dilemma is solved, these futuristic lenses could easily become the new norm. Medical Right now, certain diseases such as glaucoma, diabetes, and high blood pressure can be detected through regular exams. People with these diseases visit specialists multiple times each year. With smart contact lenses, the lens itself could detect when pressure is...

All You Need to Know About Cataracts

Eye care, from a young age on, is important for the future of your eyes. The healthier lifestyle you lead, the less chance there is of developing eye illnesses. An illness that is more common as people get older is cataracts. However, seniors are not the only ones who develop cataracts. Learn more about cataracts and eye care by reading through this blog and contact your local optometrist at the eye clinic Vision Care Centre. Our opticians are passionate about the health of your eyes and want you to have a resource you can rely on when you need more information on eye care. Contact our eye clinic today for an eye exam. Cataracts Aren’t On Your Eyes Many may think that a cataract actually forms on the eye, that it is a coating on the surface of the lens that hinders eyesight. However, a cataract forms on the inside of the eye when proteins break down and can cause the distortion of your vision. With healthy eyes, these proteins are clear; but as a cataract forms, the proteins break down leaving behind a haze in your vision. When the cataract is forming, you can’t feel it and it may take years to develop enough to hinder your eyesight. This is why it’s important for people over a certain age to have regular eye tests at an eye clinic. Learn Why It’s Important to Have an Eye Exam! Cataracts Don’t Just Occur In Older People There are several risk factors that can cause people as young as 40 to develop cataracts. If you have sustained an injury, have had an...

Foods to Avoid for Healthy Eyes

The holiday season is almost over. For some, now comes the more challenging season of New Year’s resolutions. Most will choose to spend more time with family, to get outside more, or to exercise more. All of these resolutions are noble and will be worth the effort. If you haven’t chosen a new year’s resolution, consider this: eat better for your eyes. As adults, when eyesight has evened out, you may have glasses or contact lenses, or you might have great vision; either way, you can prevent vision from deteriorating or from becoming worse. Rather than telling you what to eat, we will change it up a little bit, and tell you what foods to avoid. Our eyes are full of blood vessels, so foods that are also good to avoid for heart health should also be avoided to keep your eyes healthy. Margarine and Vegetable Oils Condiments often have ingredients that have negative impacts on your body. Mayonnaise, salad dressing, or jelly, all have either a high-fat content or high sugar content. Also, foods that have margarine or vegetable oils and are man-made should be avoided. Foods that are high in polyunsaturated fats will oxidize in your body and can lead to inflammation and may even cause clogged arteries. Fried Foods Avoiding foods with vegetable oils means avoiding fried foods because that is how they are made. Canola oil, commonly used to fry foods, is a genetically modified product that can also lead to clogged arteries. Fried foods can also cause plaque to build up which can lead to high blood pressure, also a danger to your eyes....