Eye Care Question of the Week: #6

Question:

Can my kids wear contact lenses?

 

Answer:

Absolutely! Contact lenses can be a great option for kids who participate in sports like dancing, gymnastics, soccer, hockey, or skiing. Eyeglass can be hard to fit under many helmets, may fall off during flips and tumbles and can actually pose an ocular hazard during contact sports. Not wearing vision correction can be just as hazardous in some sports such as hockey, where optimal vision is required for peak athletic performance and personal safety from flying pucks.

Contact lenses are a safe and healthy alternative to eyeglasses when worn and cared for in a responsible manner. In order to ensure optimal patient compliance amongst teenagers our eye doctors will often lean towards using single use one day disposable contact lenses whenever possible. Contact lenses such as Dailies Aqua Comfort Plus and Acuvue TruEyes provide parents with the assurance that their child is always wearing a clean new healthy contact lens.

At eye-bar we don’t believe that children should rely completely on contact lenses for their vision corrections needs, but certainly they can play a role. To learn more about whether or not contact lenses are a safe healthy option for your child, book an eye examination with one of the optometrists at eye-bar today

 

Please note: Contact lenses are a medical device and should be treated with care and respect. All contact lenses should be fit by a trained professional to ensure optimal vision and ocular health.      


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Eye Care Question of the Week: #5

Question:

What is a dilated retinal exam?

 

Answer:

A dilated retinal exam involves the instillation of medicated eye drops that temporarily increase the size of the pupil (the dark portion of your eye). These eye drops provide your optometrist with a better view of your retina, and allow them to better evaluate your overall ocular health.

Patients should receive an annual dilated retinal exam if they have any of the following eye conditions or have a family history of eye problems such as: cataracts, glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, diabetes type-1 or type-2, hypertension (high blood pressure), arthritis, or anyone with high myopia (nearsightedness).

So talk to your optometrist about booking a dilated retinal examination at your next appointment.

 

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Eye Care Question of the Week: #4

Question:

What is pink eye?

 

Answer:

Pink eye is a general term used to describe the appearance of a red swollen looking eye. An eye can become inflamed or ‘pink’ for a number of reasons including: allergies, viral and bacterial infections, chemical irritants, or because of an underlying disease process.

In general however, ‘pink eye’ is most often used to describe a viral eye infection. Viral eye infections are one of the most common eye infections that optometrists and ophthalmologists encounter. Patients often present with sinus infections, runny noses or other cold like symptoms. Eyes often take on a pinkish hue, water excessively and become light sensitive. Symptoms are usually the worst within the first 3-5 days, with most symptoms resolving within 1-2 weeks.

Because viral pink eye can be extremely contagious, therefore it must be detected and treated properly. Patients should not go to work, school, or day care until they visit an eye doctor to confirm the diagnosis.

 

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Eye Care Question of the Week: #3

Question:

Do I really need an anti-reflective (AR) coating on my lenses?

 

Answer:

The bottom line is yes.  Anti-reflective coatings dramatically improve the performance of your new eyeglasses and the overall quality of your vision. 

Anti-reflective coatings help to prevent both internal and external optical reflections and they allow for increased light transmission through the lens. The result is brighter, clearer more natural feeling vision.

For patients with prescriptions that require thinner high index lenses, anti-reflective lenses become even more crucial as internal reflections are magnified.  These lenses are also easily scratched or damaged and require the additional scratch resistant benefit that anti-reflective coatings offer.

7 – Reasons to purchase anti-reflective lenses

  • Improved cosmetic appearance
  • Increased light transmission – Brighter vision
  • Improved contrast sensitivity – Fine detail vision
  • Reduced glare on the computer
  • Reduced glare for night time driving
  • Improved scratch resistance
  • Easier to clean

 

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Eye Care Question of the Week: #2

Question:

How often should I have my eyes examined?

 

Answer:

One of the core beliefs behind eye-bar is that every patient wants to see they’re very best. However, far to often insurance plans, or government policies dictate our personal health care strategy. As Canadians, we also grew up believing that you only saw a doctor when you had a problem.

The concept of preventative health care however is starting to catch on across all areas of medicine. Research consistently shows us that early detection and diagnosis of medical problems helps to improve long term patient outcomes. Knowing your personal health and your risk factors empowers patients to make improved lifestyle choices.

So at eye-bar, we believe that everyone regardless of age should receive a comprehensive annual eye health examination. Annual eye exams by an eye doctor provide piece of mind, knowing that you truly are seeing your best and that your eyes are health.

 

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