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Contact Lenses During The Summer

As we get into the summer months many of our patients are reaching for their contact lenses again so that they can wear sunglasses while outdoors.

Contact lenses do provide great vision and let you enjoy sports without having to worry about eye wear. With all the excitement to be ‘out and about’ doing things from swimming, biking, rock-climbing and hiking, it’s still important to maintain proper contact lens care and hygiene. Always remember to wash your hands before and after handling your contact lenses.

Also, remember to stick to your disposal schedule. Daily disposable tend to best when considering health and convenience. They allow you to enjoy wearing contact lenses without the worry about cleaning and storing the lenses. Either way, just remember to maintain your schedule and throw out your lenses as advised by your optometrist. It also a good idea to make sure you check the expiry date on your solution and replace your contact lens case on a regular basis to minimize the risk of infections. Check to see if your contact lenses have UV protection especially if you plan to be outside with them.

We still advise our patients to invest in a good quality pair of polarized sunglasses which helps protect the eyes and the retina really well. Whatever your vision wear choice just remember to be protect your eyes and stay on top of your routine and have your eyes examined regularly.

With that being said have a great summer and enjoy your outdoor activities!! Stay hydrated and stay safe!


A Window to Your Health

I look at the back of patients’ eyes all day long. I can’t count the number of times our patients ask us if everything is okay back there. The eyes really are a window to your health. They help us see diseases and conditions of the body. Most patients are astounded when they find out about this link.

Good Morning America did a great segment on the benefits of eye exams titled, “Get an Eye Exam: Arthritis to Cancer Seen in the Eye.”

Eye examinations can be the first to detect serious diseases and conditions such as cancer, diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, multiple sclerosis and heart disease. And that’s why it’s so important to get your eyes checked regularly. Getting an opportunity to know about something before it happens allows us to take preemptive action and have the chance to make adjustments. Before something gets serious, a comprehensive eye exam can reveal areas of opportunity.

So how do optometrists actually check the eyes for these diseases? In fact, an eye exam is the only non-invasive way for a doctor to look at the condition of the blood vessels. Using ophthalmic equipment, the optometrist can see right to the back of your eye called the retina and evaluate the blood vessels. Using different types of equipment, optometrists also evaluate the area between the front and back of your eye assessing the fluid for any particles, examining the natural lens of your eye and taking a look at your iris. All these techniques help give us a good idea of your overall eye health.

So don’t forget that your eyes are not only the window to your soul but also to the rest of your body!

If you have any questions about comprehensive eye exams or eye health in general, feel free to call us and we’ll be happy to help.


Do Carrots Improve Eyesight?

We can’t count the number of times we’ve been asked by parents if carrots will help improve their child’s eyesight. Most of the time, parents just want us to say yes in the hopes that the child will eat more carrots (which kids will try to avoid)! So what do carrots contain and are they good for our eyes?

Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, which gives them their reddish-orange color. When our bodies process the beta-carotene it is turned into Vitamin A. Vitamin A helps to protect the surface of the eye and adds more nutrition to the macula. While carrots do give us tons of benefits when it comes to their nutrient content, these veggies will not improve our vision alone. Basically, simply eating carrots isn’t enough to give you the best possible eye health! Eating a well-balanced diet full of greens, vegetables and anti-oxidant rich foods not only helps our bodies but our eye health too. And don’t forget about your sun protection; wearing good quality sunglasses always help in maintaining good eye health!

So where did this myth come from? During WWII the Royal Air Force spread a rumour that their pilots were gaining excellent night vision by eating lots of carrots. This was used as a diversion against the enemy giving them a huge advantage while they worked out the right strategy. This rumor stuck around over time and left parents all over with the belief that carrots would help their children see better….and maybe even eliminate their need of glasses.

So remember, carrots are great but you need to eat your veggies too!

If you have any questions about eye health in general, feel free to call us and we’ll be happy to help.