We all know that if we plan a day at the beach one of the essential things to bring is sunscreen. Yet not everyone thinks of UV protection for their eyes. After spending 8 hours on the beach without any sunscreen on we can definitely feel the burns on our skin, but we can’t feel our eyes burning if we don’t wear sunglasses.
We have no pain receptors on our eyeballs that react to overexposure to UV, so we don’t feel the damage like we would if we laid out in the sun without any sunblock on. So what does happen over time with multiple exposures to sunlight? What does sun damage to the eye look like?
Ultraviolet light (UV) that comes from the sun hits our skin cells and starts a cascade of events on the molecular level. I won’t get into the details but UV damage causes mutations at the level of our genome, that’s the stuff that dictates how our cells function. The more UV damage to our skin, the more damage we get, yes it is additive. The worst part about it is that our genome gets passed...
Wondering what kind of vision problems could be affecting your child? Did you know that school screenings do not pick up most vision problems that affect children? Children’s vision is precious and lack of depth perception, lack of focusing ability or eyes that are not teaming together can lead to trouble with learning, falling behind in school, and can even affect their sports skills.
The Canadian Association of Optometrists recommends that your child has their first eye exam at 6 months and we recommend annual eye exams afterwards. Children are covered for eye exams every year through OHIP until they turn 20 years old. Bring your child in today to ensure they are seeing with the best and most comfortable vision. We look forward to providing your whole family, including your littlest ones, with the best vision care.
I would like to have LASIK, am I a candidate for LASIK?
Your doctor of optometry will take multiple measurements to see if you are a candidate for LASIK. You must be 18 years old and have a stable prescription to undergo LASIK surgery. One of our doctors will refer you to a laser center for a second consultation. At the laser center, one of their laser consultants will take more in-depth measurements of your eye to see if you have enough tissue available for the procedure to be done in a safe and effective manner. Together with the information our doctors send over your consultant will be able to let you know if you are a candidate. They will take care of booking your surgery date. Our doctors will take care of your post-operative follow-ups and are available to you should you have any questions.
How do you choose which laser center to send me to?
Our doctors have developed relationships over time with some of the best surgeons in the area. We send our patien...
How do your eyes feel after a long day working at the computer? How many hours do you spend on your smart phone, tablet or laptop? It seems that now most of our time is spent on digital devices. Our personal lives as well as our professional lives revolve around digital devices that allow us to do our jobs faster, as well as allowing us to easily communicate. But it comes with a price, and digital devices can do a number on our system. Here are some common conditions that can occur due to prolonged time on digital devices:
· Eye strain
· Double vision
· Trouble focusing our vision
As children we grow up spending most of our time outdoors, playing in the playground and chasing our friends outside. Times have changed, and this is no longer our focus. We now spend a lot of our adult time checking our emails on our phones, laptops, or tablets, and we spend our spare time playing games on those same devices. Our world has progressed into a digital world...