It may be an obvious yes to some, but surprisingly many patients are unaware that their local optometrist is actually the first place they should pay a visit to when dealing with an eye emergency. Not a hospital. Since childhood, we have all had it ingrained in us that in a case of an emergency call 9-1-1, well not when it comes to your eyes. Your best bet is to see your optometrist. Why? Simply put, optometrists are trained to deal with all sorts of eye emergencies. Read more
Have you ever thought about eating food for your eyes? We eat every day several times a day, but what determines what we eat? Some of us eat to live and others of us live to eat, to sort of speak. Whichever category you fall into, you should be aware that what goes into your tummy also affects your eye health. Read more
Parents are busy bees, and many miss obvious signs their child is having trouble seeing. Dr. Sharma stresses the importance of regular eye exam check-ups for everyone, but especially for children. It can affect more than their vision. Young minds can feel excluded or embarrassed because they can’t see clearly. It can also affect their ability to learn. Unfortunately, many children with vision issues think their vision is normal, because they just don’t know any better. It’s up to parents to ensure their children’s eyes are healthy and happy! Read this week’s article on 8 signs that your child is having trouble seeing, and know what to look for in your children! Read more
I’m sure many of you can answer yes to this question. Yikes! Jumping into a swimming pool with your contact lenses on can be risky. We know what you’re thinking, “what am I supposed to do, wear my glasses?” It can be frustrating as a contact lens wearer to enjoy a pool without being susceptible to dangerous microorganisms. We hear you! But it’s extremely important swimmers take precautions to protect their eyes. Read more
This is probably the most common question our office receives by patients. “How often should you see your eye doctor for an eye exam”? Patients are usually confused because they just haven’t been properly informed. Firstly, you should see your optometrist regularly. If this is news to you, well let’s just say we are happy you know now. It could save your eyesight. Read more
There is a lot of confusion about what does it mean to be nearsighted or farsighted. Many patients come into our office having the two eye conditions confused. This week’s article will explore the topic and dispel any confusion, so read on! Read more
What Does it Mean to be Colour Blind?
There are varying types of colour blindness. Being colour blind is usually inherited; however, it can result from having health conditions, like diabetes. Many people incorrectly assume someone who is colour blind cannot see any colour at all, and only sees black and white. Although this is a form of colour blindness, it is not the most common type. Those who are colour blind, generally have varying levels of difficulty seeing red, blue, or green light, which affects how they see other colours. Read more
That little area on patient check-in forms about family history is more important than you may realize.
Usually, when patients reach this part of the check-in form they do their best and write something, but fail to write a complete family eye history because they just don’t know. Many eye diseases are hereditary and so knowing your full family eye history helps your optometrist identify potential high-risk areas. Read more
Have you ever heard of putting a raw steak on a black eye? What about changing the color of your eye with honey? It’s hard to decipher what’s fact and what’s just a plain old myth. Well, you need not look any further because we have gone through and listed some common eye “tips” you may have heard of to see just how true they really are. Don’t be fooled the next time you hear someone say an eye myth! Read more
With Thanksgiving just around the corner, many Victorians will be hopping on a flight to join families for the long weekend. None of us really mind a short flight, other than the cumbersome check-in dance we all have to do prior to boarding. But a long flight is a whole nother story, am I right? A vacation is supposed to be fun and relaxing, but if you have irritated eyes, an unintended effect of long flights, your trip can take a turn for the worse.