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blindness retinopathy solar eclipse

Edit — After my original post on solar eclipse, many patients have been looking for these eclipse viewing glasses with no success. Here is a great DIY alternative recommended by NASA. Original Post — Are you all ready for the solar eclipse on Monday August 21st? It looks like those of us in lower mainland […]

eye exam

The following are the most common refractive vision conditions. You may have a combination of these conditions. Fortunately, most of them can be corrected by glasses, contact lenses or refractive surgery in most cases. Nearsightedness or myopia Eye focusing power too strong Blurry distance vision Clear near vision Usually occur after the age of 6 […]

yellow driving glasses

Lately, I have had a number of patients asking me about yellow driving glasses. It is true that yellow tinted lenses increase contrast, but any kind of tinted lenses decrease the amount the light entering your eyes. This is dangerous when used at night, because limiting the amount of light is the same as limiting […]

pollen allergies eye

Facts Eye allergies affect approximately 20% of the population Can be associated with contact lens wear Types Seasonal allergic conjunctivitis Perennial allergic conjunctivitis Vernal keratoconjunctivitis Atopic keratoconjunctivitis Giant papillary conjunctivitis Symptoms Itching Swelling Redness Watery discharge Light sensitivity Blurry vision or even vision loss in more severe cases Treatment Avoiding allergens Cold compress Artificial tears […]

retinal detachment

Retinal detachment is separation of the inner layers of the retina from the back of the eye ball. It is usually painless, but visual symptoms usually appear before it occurs: Sudden appearance or increase in floaters Flashes of lights Shadow or curtain in front of your vision Sudden decrease in vision Seek immediate medical help […]

eye exam

Lately, I have been asked frequently about the difference between sight tests and eye exams. This is taken from the British Columbia Association of Optometrist: A number of optical stores offer what are called “sight tests,” using automated machinery. But make no mistake – a sight test is not a proper eye exam, which only […]