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I started wearing Ortho-Keratology at the age of seven, and it changed my life. No more losing soft contact lenses in the gymnasium during a basketball game, no more gingerly walking around the pool because I couldn’t see without my glasses, no more itchy my eyes when dust got into my contacts. Ortho-K was the perfect […]
Hyper-phoria is an eye condition where one eye tends to look higher than the other eye.
The problem with eyes being out of alignment is similar to your automobile wheels being out of their alignment. You tend to use one eye more than the other eye, and that works your eyes unevenly. When eyes do not work in sync, but fight against each other, reading becomes extremely difficult.
In most cases of hyper-phoria, you can compensate for this misalignment by tilting your head to one side, even if slightly only, to prevent seeing double vision. In severe cases, you will not only tilt your head, but also your neck, the shoulders, and your spine as well. This leads to headaches, neck aches, shoulder pains as well as backaches, all stemming from your eye problem!
We have ONLY ONE pair of eyes that must last us our entire lifetime! Use appropriate Safety Eyewear both at work AND at home so as to protect them.
1. Safety Lenses for Eyeglasses: These are made of glass, plastic, or polycarbonate. They are at least 3mm thick and provide frontal protection against flying objects. Safety Frames must be designed to withstand heavy impact.
2. Goggles: These look like oversized glasses. They can be worn alone of over prescription glasses for protection against flying particles, dust, or liquid splashes.
As winter approaches, it is noteworthy to realize that we all feel better seeing certain shades of light as well as appropriate shades of colours. Colours help harmonize the mind, body, and spirit. Too little light is known to cause winter Seasonal Affective Disorder (or SAD). Light stimulates the body, helps us form Vitamin D, […]
1. Look at the ceiling by standing or sitting and tilting your head backwards. You could even lie down on a bed or any flat surface.
2. Gently pull the lower eyelid between your thumb and index finger to create a ‘pocket’ for the drop.
3. Look up (away from the bottle) and slowly release a drop into the pocket of your eye. Do not touch any part of the bottle to your eye, to prevent contamination.
One out of four ‘normal’ children and seven out of ten so called ‘juvenile delinquents’ have vision problem serious enough to interfere with their ability to achieve their maximum learning potential at school.
Vision is more than healthy eyes and 20/20 eyesight. You need over 20 visual abilities to process all your incoming visual information. For example, eye movement control, focusing rapidly from near to far and back, sustained clear focus, eye teaming ability, depth perception, visual muscles integration, form perception, visual memory and many others.
Not ALL routine eye examinations include assessment of all of these visual abilities.
One of the eye problems that causes blurred vision is astigmatism. This happens when the cornea, or “window of the eye”, is out of shape. A normal cornea has a perfect curve, with the same degree of slope on all sides. Light rays that pass through the cornea come together at a single point on their way to the retina.
This simply isn’t possible in the astigmatic eye. The rays of light don’t come together at the same point. There are two separate images. This doesn’t mean that people with astigmatism see double, but it does blur their vision.
The term 20/20 refers to the size of the letter which the average eye can read 20 feet away. In most standard vision testing, you can read the familiar Snellen eye chart at a distance of 20 feet. The upper number of the fraction expresses this distance. The lower number identifies the size of the letter you were able to read at this distance. Thus, 20/70 vision means you were able to read at 20 feet the line which a normal eye can read at 70 feet.
Often, this test is given by having you look into a machine which creates the same conditions optically. The results are roughly similar to those of the Snellen chart.
The word “presbyopia” is Greek in origin and means “old man’s eyes”. Presbyopia comes to all of us if we live long enough. It’s part of the process of aging.
Presbyopia is a condition that exists when vision at reading distances becomes difficult and blurry due to a gradual decrease in the focusing ability of the lens of the eye. Presbyopia usually begins to affect those between 40 and 50 years of age. It is characterized by a need to hold reading matter farther away, better close vision with brighter light and symptoms of eyestrain and headaches.
Glaucoma is an eye disease in which the internal pressure in your eyes increases enough to damage the nerve fibers in your optic nerve and cause vision loss. The increase in pressure happens when the passages that normally allow fluid in you eyes to drain become clogged or blocked. The reasons that the passages become blocked are not known.
Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness in Canada. It most often occurs in people over the age of 40. People with a family history of glaucoma, African Americans, and those who are very near sighted or diabetic are at a higher risk of developing the disease.
The most common type of glaucoma develops gradually and painlessly, without symptoms. A rarer type occurs rapidly and its symptoms may include blurred vision, loss of side vision, seeing coloured rings around lights and pain or redness in the eyes.
You already know how important your overall health and well-being is. You also know how valuable your eyesight is to your daily life. So why ignore your eyes, when you are in for your physical check-ups?
For your eye exam, we test you not just for your eyesight, but also for the presence of Glaucoma, for hidden eye strain, and for any loss of your peripheral vision; just three of the (many) tests that you don’t get during your routine physical health exams.