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Heterochromia – An Eye of a Different Colour

We are used to people having different eye colours, brown, blue, green, hazel, etc. We may even have seen someone whose eye colour appears to change, depending on lighting. But have you ever met someone who has two distinct different eye colours? Have you ever wondered what may cause something like that to happen?

What is Heterochromia?

All About Eye Colour

The eyes have it. Colour that is. Blue, brown, green, hazel and more. But what does eye colour mean? And what determines what colour your eyes will be? Over the years there have been attempts to predict a new baby’s eye colour based on the eye colour of its parents and grandparents, but the fact is, it isn’t that simple.

What Determines Eye Colour

Retinal Detachment, What You Should Know

How much do you know about what makes your eye work? Do you know what the retina is? The retina is made up of light-sensitive layers of tissue lining the back of your eyeball. This tissue collects visual input and send it through your optic nerve to your brain. Your brain uses this input to see the world around you. Now imagine what would happen if your retina was damaged. Unfortunately, this is a very real possibility.

What is Retinal Detachment?

Arthritis and How it Affects Your Vision

September is Arthritis Awareness Month. Arthritis is a chronic disease that currently affects more than six million Canadians, or over 20% of the population over the age of 15. Nearly 24,000 children have arthritis, as do almost 50% of seniors over the age of 65. Arthritis is an inflammatory condition that can attack the joints in your fingers, toes, hands, arms, legs, the ligaments of your spinal column from neck to low back, hips and shoulders. But were you aware that it can also affect your eyes?

Rheumatoid Arthritis and Your Eyes

What Does it Meant to be Colour Blind?

Many of you have probably heard the term Colour Blind before. You may even know someone who is colour blind to a greater or lesser degree. But do you know what it means? Does it mean that you see the world in black and white? Well, not exactly. In fact, some people may be colour blind and not even aware of it.

Colour Vision Deficiency

Will my Child Inherit my Eye Problems?

We know that many things that make us who we are can be inherited from our parents, hair and eye colour, facial features, height, or the lack thereof. Even some personality traits can be attributed to genetics, an easy going manner, or conversely, stubbornness, a love for reading or for taking apart and rebuilding things, a love of the outdoors. Other less desirable things can also be hereditary, such as arthritis, heart conditions or high blood pressure. But what about vision related problems? Can they also be inherited? Well, in some cases yes, but not necessarily.

Will you get your parent’s poor eyesight?

Making Children’s Eye Exams a Part of your Back to School Planning

Summer always seems to fly by so fast and the next thing you know, September is right around the corner and it’s already time to start getting your children ready to go back to school. But in the flurry of books and pencils, backpacks, crayons and calculators, making sure that their vision is up to par is every bit as important as assuring that they have enough binders. When was their last eye exam? Have they been squinting while watching TV or looking at a computer screen? Should you be scheduling an appointment with your optometrist?

Why Does My Eye Twitch?

Do you find yourself blinking or winking involuntarily from time to time? Does it happen frequently or only occasionally? Does it continue for an extended period of time, becoming both annoying and distracting? Should you be taking it seriously? The simple answer is yes, you should always take eye problems seriously. In the case of eye twitch, it could be one of several conditions, and it would be a very good idea for you to find out which, if any, apply to you.

Types of Eye Twitch

Legally Blind vs Totally Blind. What is the Difference?

There are a number of ways to describe vision. 20/20 is the common way of describing optimum vision, although it is merely a term used to describe what the average person should be able to see at 20 feet. Visual impairment can be used to describe a number of conditions that keep you from having less than ideal vision. But what does Legally Blind mean? How does Legally Blind differ from Totally Blind?

What is the Definition of Legally Blind?

A Disease Called Uveitis

Your eye is red and swollen, it hurts, your vision is blurry and sensitive to light. You obviously have Pink Eye, right? Not necessarily. There are other conditions that may cause these symptoms. One of them is called Uveitis.

What is Uveitis?

The name Uveitis actually describes a number of diseases that cause inflammation of the uvea, the middle layer of the eye. They can be either infectious or non-infectious. What they have in common is that they all destroy the tissues of the eye that supply blood to the retina. Damage to the retina can cause severe eye damage or even blindness.