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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...

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 –...

Tips to Assist in Developing Your Child’s Eyes – Part Two

In the previous blog, we discussed tips on ways to help your child’s eyes develop properly from four months to two years old. Talking to your child as you walk around, hanging a mobile from his or her crib, giving them different objects to hold, and encouraging them to walk in order to perceive depth will help their eyes to grow strong and healthy. Taking your child to a pediatric optometrist will also ensure that any health problems are caught early. If glasses are needed, your child can grow accustomed to wearing glasses and are still able to learn everything they need to to have successful years in school. Pre-School Vision During toddler years, vision skills are strong but are still continuing to grow. Learning how to see can be challenging, but also fun with the correct tools and toys for your child to play with. At this age, children will continue to develop hand-eye and body-eye coordination and then visual motor skills necessary in order to learn how to read. There are things a parent can watch out for when a child is playing that can be related to vision problems. If you notice your toddler has difficulty with playing ball, riding a bike, or if they avoid playing with puzzles, coloring books, or other detailed and eyesight related activities; these could be signs they have a vision problem. There are also activities that can help your child continue to develop their vision. Read aloud to your child in order for them to follow along and see what you are reading. Let them play on a chalkboard, with finger...

Tips to Assist in Developing Your Child’s Eyes – Part One

Having a baby is a magical experience and is one of the biggest additions to your life. You can prepare as much as you’d like, but there will always be things that you are not prepared for. This doesn’t have to be as scary as it sounds; you may never be prepared for how smelly a dirty diaper can be. One thing that first-time parents should be aware of, however, is how to tell if your baby needs an eye exam and what things you can do as they grow, to ensure they are getting the best eye care possible. Read through some tips on eye care for infant vision, pre-school age, and school-age children. Schedule an appointment today at Vision Care Centre if your child has yet to have an eye exam. Infant Vision Tips A baby’s vision takes time to develop as they grow, and there are things a parent can do to assist in your baby’s precious eyes to develop healthily and strongly. When your baby is six months old, they may be sitting up on their own and will have a personality of their own. It is also time to schedule an appointment with a pediatric eye doctor. The optometrist will test for health problems of the eye, early detection of nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and the ability of the eye to move. During the first four months, your baby will begin to follow objects with his or her eyes and reach for objects as depth perception continues to increase. To assist in developing eye health, keep a nightlight in your baby’s room, rearrange the baby’s crib...
Get Treatment Options for Cataracts from Our Langley Optometrist

Get Treatment Options for Cataracts from Our Langley Optometrist

  Cataracts are an extremely common condition of the eye. It’s something that’s routinely diagnosed by our optometrist in Langley. According to the University of Michigan, “By age 65, over 90 perfect of people have a cataract and half of the people between the ages of 75 and 85 have lost some vision due to a cataract.” That’s almost everyone. While that might seem scary, it’s important to remember that cataracts aren’t painful. They are even often treatable. What is a Cataract? Cataracts are cloudy formation on the lens of your eye. The lens sits behind your pupil and handles focusing light and images onto your retina. What Causes Cataracts? We don’t really know what causes the lens to start to develop this cloudiness. We know that the cloudiness is caused by proteins in the lens “clumping” together as we grow older. Those clumps can get bigger and start to affect our vision. People who have diabetes, hypertension, or who are overweight or smokers are all at a higher risk of developing cataracts. You might also be at risk if your family has a history of developing cataracts. What Are the Warning Signs? The warning signs of a cataract are fairly obvious, though if they develop slowly you might not notice the issue as much. You’ll experience cloudy, blurred vision. You might also feel like the lighting in the room is dimmer than it used to be. You might see halos around lights or need brighter light to work on projects or for reading. In extreme cases, you might notice that the colors in your vision are fading. What...