3 Things All Optometrists Wish More People Knew

No one would go years without putting oil in their car, or checking their house for leaky plumbing, yet when it comes to our health we often ignore preventative maintenance. On a list of essential healthcare professionals, optometrists are almost always down near the bottom. This is unfortunate, as your eye doctor is your first line of defense against declining eyesight later in life. If you can’t remember the last time you had your eyes checked, here are some things you should know. Everyone Needs An Optometrist Most people only think about going to the eye doctor when they notice a problem with their vision, but few realize that the key to avoiding vision problems is regular check-ups. Even if you were told 15 years ago that you have 20/20 vision, you still need annual eye exams to catch general health conditions, like diabetes, before they cause significant damage. Sunglasses Are NOT Optional It’s easy to remember sunglasses when you’re hanging out at the beach all day, but did you know sunglasses should be worn almost every time you leave the house? The UVA and UVB protection provided by high quality sunglasses or transition lenses can prevent cataract growth and protect against macular degeneration. These threats don’t disappear just because the weather is cold! Smoking Is Detrimental To Your Eyesight There are thousands of reasons to stop smoking, but not everyone realizes that vision impairment is one of them. Smoking cigarettes drastically increases your risk for eye conditions like cataracts and age-related macular degeneration later in life. If it’s been more than two years since your last eye exam,...

Why Summer Is The Most Dangerous Season For Contact Lenses

If you wear contact lenses to correct your vision, you probably only think about them twice a day: In the morning when you’re putting them in, and at night when you’re taking them out. It’s important to realize that there are lots of environmental factors that put your lenses at risk, however, especially in the summertime. As you prepare for warmer weather, keep these eyecare warnings in mind. Swimming Swimming in a chlorinated pool can dry your contacts significantly, while keeping them on in an open body of water dramatically increases risk for infection and contamination by waterborne organisms. If you don’t already wear disposable lenses, you may want to ask your Vision Care Centre doctor about purchasing a few pairs for the summer. Then, after you go swimming, just toss the lenses and put in a clean pair! Air Conditioning When you’re hot and sweaty, air conditioning feels great on your skin, but it’s actually very hard on your contacts. Air conditioned environments are extremely dry which can make contacts extremely uncomfortable. The solution is to carry around a bottle of contact-approved rewetting drops that will help your eyes maintain a healthy level of moisture. Seasonal Allergies Many people battle seasonal allergies, but did you know that your contacts could be making symptoms worse? Allergens and pollutants in the air can settle on the lenses. When allergies strike, we often run our itchy, watery eyes for relief. This only agitates the debris on the lenses and makes everything worse look at this now. Keep a pair of backup glasses handy and swap them for contacts on days when...

Helping You See All Year Round

Let’s face it, you wear glasses. Not only that but you have a vision problem, like many astigmatisms, that cannot be corrected with contact lenses. Or maybe you have dry eyes and contacts rub you raw. But summer is coming and you don’t want to take your next beach vacation or sit by the pool and have to make the choice between not being able to see with just regular sunglasses or be blinded while wearing your prescription lenses. Prescription sunglasses are the perfect solution and help to protect your vision. When you spend time in the sun, your eyes are exposed to both UV-A and UV-B rays that can damage your vision over time. Individuals who participate in outdoor activities such as skiing, snowboarding, and watersports are further prone to damage from the rays reflecting back off the snow and water. Just like you would never wear your sunglasses indoors, why would you use your regular prescription glasses outside? Even if you aren’t a die-hard snowboarder, simply driving to and from work without sunglasses can cause discomfort. Squiting can blur your vision and make it hard to see the car turning next to you or the pedestrian crossing the road. This could easily be resolved with your prescription in an excellent pair of sunglasses. Make an appointment with your local optometrist to get your prescription checked and then visit the optician to try on a variety of sunglass options. Always check that your lenses will block 99-100% of the damaging UV rays. At Vision Care Centre in Langley, BC, we offer our patients a wide variety of designer...