Back to School Eye Test

There’s more to school than book bags and lunch boxes. It’s also the perfect time for your child’s eyes to be checked by an optometrist.  Just when you think your child is seeing well, there could very well be a problem. And vision problems are responsible for a staggering number of learning challenges due to the fact that 80% of classroom learning is done through the eyes.

Do you know how well your child can see? It isn’t always obvious to a child or a parent. Children assume everyone sees the world exactly as they do and rarely complain. As parents, the signs of vision problems are not easily detectable.

Here’s a big statistic:  1 in 6 children have some form of vision problems.

Good vision is vital to developing skills such as reading, copying and hand eye coordination. So before your children hits the books again this fall book them in for an eye exam with an eye-bar optometrist.

Eye exams are covered under provincial health insurance when you show your child’s health card. This means that there is no out-of-pocket cost for the eye exam.

Book your child’s eye exam.

Vision Rules!

In order to function at your best, your vision must be operating at its best. Vision is by far the most dominant sensory sense that humans have and will often out weight inputs from other senses. It’s estimated that vision makes up 2/3 of all the activity in the brain when your eyes are open.

To ensure that your vision still rules your senses, stop by and see one of the eye doctors at eye-bar for a complete eye health examination.

Book your next eye exam in Sherwood Park with an eye-bar optometrist.

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A Common Vision Problem – Nearsightedness

Nearsightedness (myopia) is a common vision condition by which people have problems focusing on objects in the distance. Close up vision tends not to be altered however, except in cases of very high nearsighted.

Nearsighted is one of the primary reasons why people schedule an eye exam with an eye doctor. Symptoms may include difficulty driving, taking notes in the classroom or boardroom, or recognizing a friends face from afar. Nearsighted people may find themselves trying to squint their eyes in order to better focus on distant objects, which can lead to frontal and temporal headaches.

Perceptually, nearsighted people often experience greater distance blur at night or in low lighting versus during daylight or bright lighting. This sends conflicting messages and can delay booking an appointment with an eye doctor. Regardless of the lighting though, images tend to seem slightly fuzzy and lack definition.

Nearsightedness can be a progressive condition, where by the amount of correction required may slowly increase over time. Nearsighted is the result of light focusing in front of the retina. This can be the result of an increase in the overall lenght of the eye. As such, routine eye exams by an eye doctor are recommended.

Common urban myths surround nearsighted include:

Wearing eyeglasses makes your vision worse - False

Not wearing your eyeglasses helps to strengthen or improve your vision - False

People who are diagnosed as being nearsighted by an eye doctor have treatment options. Treatment options for nearsightedness include: eyeglasses, contact lenses and refractive eye surgery procedures. Your eye doctor can help you to determine which treatment option is best suited for you.

Are you nearsighted?

Book your next eye exam in Sherwood Park with an eye-bar optometrist.

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Autumn in Sherwood Park

Autumn is by far one of the most beautiful seasons in Sherwood Park. But along with the changing of the leaves, there is also a change in the height of the sun. With the sun being more along the horizon we are all more likely to be hit by the suns intensity and glare while driving.

Over the past few weeks we’ve watch drivers flip down their visors or squint their eyes to try and cope with the changing driving conditions. Not only does this create a dangerous driving situation due to the reduced visibility, but it can also be hard on your eyes.

So with the changing of the season eye-bar reminds everyone to make sure that they change and update their sunglasses. 

Stop by the store to talk with our licensed opticians about the benefits of polarized sunglasses. Besides, you're going to need them for your winter vacation!


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Are you at Risk?

Did you know that age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is one of the primary causes of vision loss in people over the age of 60? In fact, 1 in 4 Canadians may develop macular degeneration in their lifetime, compared to only 1 in 10 who may develop glaucoma. The reality is that most people have never even heard of macular degeneration, let alone know whether they are at risk.

Like many other eye diseases, macular degeneration is a slow painless process that tends to occur over a number of years, with very few warning signs. In fact, macular degeneration can only be diagnosed after a thorough comprehensive eye exam conducted by an eye doctor.

Macular degeneration affects the central portion of the retina, or the area of the eye responsible for fine detailed visual tasks like reading or driving. Patients often initially complain of blurred vision, or a spot in their line of sight. But the reality is that most patients experience no problems in mild and even moderate cases of macular degeneration.

Currently, there is no pill or vitamin supplement that can guarantee that you won’t develop macular degeneration and certain risk factors may be out of your control.

Risks that are out of your control

Age – AMD increase with age
Race – Caucasians are at a greater risk then African Americans
Family History – Higher risk of developing late stage AMD
Gender – Females are more likely to develop AMD then men
Eye Colour – Blue or light colour irises

However, there are still some risk factors that you do have control over, that play an equal role in the potential development of macular degeneration.

Risks that you can control

Smoking – Just quit
Heart Disease – Watch your blood pressure and cholesterol
Exercise – Regular exercise
Weight – Obesity increases your risks
Diet – Eat a diet high in green leafy vegetables and fish
Sunglasses – Sunglasses help to reduce harmful UV light exposure
Eye Exams – Book an annual eye exam with an eye doctor


Learn more about age-related macular degeneration by visiting the CNIB @ eyeconnect or talk to your optometrist at your next annual eye exam.

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