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....

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...
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...
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...
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...
Tips From Our Optometrist On Dealing with Dry Eyes

Tips From Our Optometrist On Dealing with Dry Eyes

Dry eyes can be caused by any number of things. When you come to our Langley optometrist with concerns about dry eyes, the first thing he will do is to try to diagnose what is causing the dryness. Knowing the reason behind your dry eyes can be the first step in correcting the problem. Some of the most common reasons for dry eyes are: Wearing contacts. Contacts draw moisture from your eye to stay hydrated, so they can make your eyes feel much drier than normal. Having LASIK surgery. While no one is absolutely sure what causes dry eyes after LASIK surgery, it could be caused by damage to the cornea from the laser. Your cornea is responsible, in part, for the production of tears. Working on the computer all day. When you work on a computer (or tablet or look at your cell phone) for long periods of time, you are less likely to blink as often. Blinking distributes your tears across the surface of the eye, so when the eye is open longer and tears aren’t making their way across your eye, it’s going to dry out. Dry eyes isn’t something you just have to live with, though. There are a number of things that you can do in order to combat the dryness. Our optometrist can help you decide which course of action is the best one for you. Dealing With Dry Eyes Drops For most people, this is all that they need to do in order to overcome dry eyes. Putting drops in your eyes 3 or 4 times a day can greatly reduce the symptoms of...
Your Guide to Hot Eyeglasses Trends in 2017

Your Guide to Hot Eyeglasses Trends in 2017

The New Year is nearly here! It’s the perfect time to make a change, whether that’s to your career, your home, your lifestyle, or something as important as the glasses that you wear. If you’ve been wearing the same old style for many New Year’s celebrations, it’s time to make a change. We have an amazing selection of eyeglasses in Langley. We can find the pair that are perfect for your face, personality, and budget. Check out some of the hottest trends in eyeglasses in 2017 and see if any of them inspire you to look for something new! Hot Trends for Eyeglasses in 2017 The hot decade this year is the 1980’s. In the last few years, a lot of the most popular eyeglasses were modeled after styles that were popular in the 1950’s and 1960’s. That meant a lot of thick black and cat eye frames. Style is always influenced by what’s popular in media, and this was no exception. The rise in popularity of these styles is attributed to shows like Mad Men, which took place in the 1960’s and enjoyed phenomenal ratings. Next year, the hot trend is going to be the 1980’s. You’ll see a lot of oversized glasses, blush frames, and interesting earpiece designs that will remind you of what the cool kids were wearing about 30 years ago. You can thank huge hit shows like Stranger Things for the resurgence of 1980’s fashion. Lots of thick frames but more bright colors. Thick frames are here to stay, but unlike last year, we’re going to see more of a variety of the color...
The Future of Contact Lenses, Part 1

The Future of Contact Lenses, Part 1

Contact lenses have basically remained unchanged for the last 50 years. Sure, there have been some improvements, but the idea remains the same: a plastic lens fits over your cornea to correct your sight. Contact lenses aren’t going to be that simple for much longer, though, and soon you could have some lenses that are internet enabled among other tricks. There are a lot of exciting things happening in the world of contact lenses and our Langley team loves to read about all of them. Before we take a look at where we’re going, though, let’s take a look at where contact lenses began. A Brief History of Contact Lenses 1508 Yes, the idea for contact lenses came from clear back in the 16th Century. From a very famous inventor, no less: Leonardo DaVinci. DaVinci sketched out some ideas for the concept of contact lenses. It would take a few hundred years for anyone to give it a try, though. 1887 A Swiss doctor made the first contact lens out of glass, perhaps inspired by DaVinci’s sketches. It wasn’t the small lens that we know and love today, though; this one fit over the entire eye and was extremely uncomfortable. 1938 It took doctors more than 50 years to make the change from glass to plastic, which is probably why contact lenses didn’t catch on sooner. This was the year the lenses were finally made from more comfortable plastic materials. 1948 Just ten years later, eye doctors scaled down the size of contact lenses and developed a set that only covered the cornea instead of the entire eye. This...