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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....
Why Get a Diabetic Eye Exam?

Why Get a Diabetic Eye Exam?

Diabetes is a complicated disease and affects all sorts of functions within the body.  From foot problems to damaged blood vessels to cataracts and glaucoma in the eyes. The eyes are a powerful and obviously an incredibly important organ in your body, so it is important to have regular eye exams when you have diabetes. Read on to learn more about what problems can occur in the eyes that are caused by diabetes. At Vision Care Centre in Langley, we want to give you the best eye care possible, and that includes detecting eye problems related to diabetes. Diabetic Retinopathy This eye condition affects the blood vessels in the retina, which is a light-sensitive tissue in the back of the eye. This is the most common eye disease that impairs vision and can cause cancer in people who have diabetes. The biggest symptom of diabetes is high blood sugar and this is known to damage tiny blood vessels located in the retina, which leads to diabetic retinopathy. Sending signals through the optic nerve to the brain, the retina detects light and converts it to these signals. With diabetic retinopathy, these blood vessels can leak fluid or hemorrhage, which causes distorted vision. This disease progresses by the blood vessels becoming more and more damaged. First losing the ability to transport blood, then new blood vessels grow, but are weak, thin, and have a high chance of leaking. Scar tissue eventually forms causing the retina to become detached which can cause permanent vision loss. People with diabetes type one and two are at risk for diabetic retinopathy, but the longer one...
Macular Degeneration Guide: What It Is & What To Look For

Macular Degeneration Guide: What It Is & What To Look For

More than 11 million people in the United States have some form of macular degeneration. This is a serious and potentially blinding eye condition that primarily affects people over the age of 60. What, exactly, is it? What are the warning signs? And can it be treated by our eye clinic in Langley? Let’s take a closer look at macular degeneration. What Is Macular Degeneration? Macular degeneration affects a part of the eye known as the macula. The macula is a visible area of the retina in the back of your eye that’s responsible for your sharpest vision. This area allows you to see objects that are straight ahead of you. The loss of the macula can inhibit your ability to do activities such as read or drive your car, although you may still retain some of your peripheral vision. Macular degeneration is the deterioration of this area of the retina. What Causes It? No one really knows what causes macular degeneration, but there are some factors that can make you more at risk. Age is the biggest risk factor; people over the age of 60 are at the highest risk and will want to be screened for the condition when they visit our eye clinic in Langley. Smoking doubles your risk of developing macular degeneration. You may be at higher risk if the condition runs in your family, too. What Are the Warning Signs? People who develop macular degeneration don’t experience pain; this is a pain-free eye condition. They may, however, experience unusual symptoms with their sight. This includes text appearing blurry when you look at it or...
Great Questions to Ask When at Our Langley Eye Clinic

Great Questions to Ask When at Our Langley Eye Clinic

Coming into our Langley eye clinic for an appointment soon? We can’t wait to see you! Everyone on our team is passionate about providing the best care for our patients and making them feel comfortable as we help them achieve better eye health. One of the ways you can do this is by preparing questions for our optometrist before your visit! We’re always happy to answer any questions that you might have and give you the information that you need in order to make smart decisions for your eyes Read Full Report. Here are some great questions you should consider asking on your next visit! Questions for Our Optometrist How does my current prescription compare to last year? It’s good to have an idea about how your vision is progressing. This is something that your eye doctor will closely monitor, but it’s something you should be aware of, too. Sharp declines in vision are a concern, and you should be aware of the changes happening with your eyes. What are the treatment options for my eye condition? If you are diagnosed with an issue, take an active role in your treatment. Whether it’s Dry Eye Syndrome or Glaucoma, you need to understand what’s happening and what can be done about it. We’re happy to go over all of your treatment options with you and help you choose the right one. What can I be doing to take care of my eyes? We love when patients want to take an active role in their eye health! Our eye doctor has plenty of tips to help you take better care of...