So you are getting to that age where you find yourself tromboning a book, note or pamphlet in order to read it (if you don’t know what tromboning means, this article doesn’t apply to you yet, but wait, you’ll understand someday). For those you haven’t previously had eye problems, this time comes usually around age 40 or so. Time to face it, you need reading glasses. Now the question is, do you just go to the drugstore and pick up something off the rack, or do you make an appointment with your optometrist. As always, there are a few things to think about when making this decision.
The Glaucoma Research Foundation has declared January to be Glaucoma Awareness Month. So exactly what is Glaucoma? Called the “sneak thief of sight” Glaucoma is considered one of the leading causes of blindness and comes on with virtually no early symptoms. It is the common name for a group of eye diseases that attacks the optic nerve and leads to permanent vision loss and blindness.
What are the Types of Glaucoma?
Currently, there are four known types of Glaucoma:
Some common eye injuries, such as deep puncture wounds from accidents, could require immediate treatment or surgery to prevent permanent eye damage or vision loss. If you’re worried that you have injured your eye, visit an eye doctor near you.
Minor surface scratches, on the other hand, may need only simple monitoring after an initial visit to the eye doctor to make sure complications such as eye infections don’t occur.
This guide to common eye injuries can help you determine your next step following an accident, especially if you are in an emergency situation. Safety precautions such as wearing safety goggles or glasses may be your best approach to preventing eye injuries altogether and maintaining healthy vision for a lifetime.
Spring and fall are beautiful seasons, but not so much if you are an allergy sufferer. The same irritants that cause sneezing and a runny nose among seasonal allergy sufferers also contribute to eye allergies – red, itchy, and watery eyes.
The Canadian Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Foundation estimates that 20-25% of Canadians have allergic rhinitis (also referred to as “hay fever”).
If you think you have eye allergies, we have a few helpful tips on how to get relief from your red, itchy, watery eyes.
Tips for Eye Allergy Relief
Perhaps you’ve heard the term “blue light”, but aren’t sure if it affects you or not. There are definitely some misconceptions about blue light, where it’s found and the potentially harmful effects, so hopefully this post can help to shed some ‘light’ on the situation.
Where is blue light found?
Blue light is everywhere. Smartphones and other digital devices have been targeted as the main blue light culprits, but the truth is, sunlight is the main source of blue light. Being outdoors during daylight is where most of us get the majority of our blue light exposure. There are also many man-made, indoor sources of blue light, such as fluorescent and LED lighting and flat-screen televisions.
Here is something we want you to keep in mind when considering laser eye surgery: You are getting your vision corrected, and think you’re done with visiting the Eye Doctor.
Certainly, but that does not mean that your eye health is something you don’t need to track in the future. Getting rid of the need to wear glasses, even designer eyewear, doesn’t mean you won’t have anything go wrong with your eyes down the road or in the future.
As a profession, Optometry provides exceptional opportunities to help people. As a certified Optometrist, you are an Eye Doctor – the only professional who can make visual diagnoses, prescribe corrective lenses, and fit them properly to your patients. Proper vision care can make a significant difference in a person’s life, not only by correcting their eyesight, but also through early detection of other health problems that sometimes show their first symptoms in the eye.
Maintaining your health requires a team effort.
In Canada, the average person’s life expectancy has steadily risen over the last century, thanks in large part to medical breakthroughs and access to medical care for all. Many of us make regular appointments for “physicals” with our family physicians a matter of course. We have regular dental “check-ups” to maintain oral health.
Sometimes, however, we forget that Optometrists are Eye Doctors, and that maintaining our ocular health is an important part of our health care strategy.
20/20 is a number that is widely recognized as the most optimal vision achieved. 20/20 is actually a measurement of the clarity and sharpness of a person’s vision, not a measurement of their eyesight. The numbers indicate the ability of sight from a distance of 20 feet. The first number is how far you are from an object to see it clearly. The second number is how far one normally should be to see the same object.
Example: 20/40 vision means that you must be 20 feet from an image that can typically be seen from a distance of 40 feet.
One of the harshest elements your eyes will ever encounter is the ultraviolet or UV rays from the sun. UV rays are a leading cause of skin cancer as well as a major cause of eye diseases, specifically cataracts. The increase of skin cancer around the eyelids is attributed to the lack of sunscreen usage on the skin surrounding the eyes. The best protection for your eyes is proper prevention.
How to Protect Yourself
Protecting your eyes from the sun is just as important as protecting your skin. Since sunscreen, obviously, cannot be used, exterior barriers must be used. The most common being sunglasses. Remember, not all sunglasses are created equal. There are ground rules for choosing and wearing sunglasses: