Why do some people develop swollen-looking pouches under their eyes, and what can be done about them? Two very common questions encountered in our exam room are answered by our eye doctors below.
The space between your eyeball and the bony rim of your eye socket is filled with skin and fat. With age, the skin gets thinner and loses elasticity, and the fat padding reduces in volume. This makes the area under your eyelid more likely to protrude and sag. As with most other conditions, genetics will play a role in terms of who is affected the most by age-related changes to the skin. Cosmetic surgery is the only solution for age-related changes to the skin and fat resulting in baggy eyelids.(more…)
If you’ve noticed your eyes feeling less comfortable lately – scratchy, irritated, dry and red – it may have to do with Dry Eye Syndrome (DES). DES symptoms often worsen as the weather gets colder, the humidity drops and we are exposed to more forced air from heating vents, furnaces and fireplaces.
Did you know that there are nine different categories of Dry Eye Syndrome, as well as many different contributing factors? Here are just a few:(more…)
As of 2012, the percentage of teenagers that own smartphones started to increase rapidly. At the same time, the number of hours of sleep they get each night has dropped dramatically. 40% of teens say that they get less than seven hours of sleep on most school nights. Sleep-deprived students can appear as though they have anxiety or clinical depression and can also have reduced academic performance. Lack of sleep among students is now a public health concern, and according to this study, cell phones and other portable computing devices are a major reason why.(more…)
Experts are warning that eyelash treatments are causing a surge in emergency eyelid procedures and serious infections. One of the most commonly reported problems is a condition known as blepharitis; a chronic inflammatory disorder of the eyelids that arises due to bacterial overgrowth on the eyelashes, explains Consultant Ophthalmic and Oculoplastic Surgeon Elizabeth Hawkes in a recent article.
Free Pair of glasses for kids in Kindergarten
Eye See Eye Learn (Also known as Fribbit) is a program for kindergarten-aged children run through the Alberta Association of Optometrists. Any child of this age who has a comprehensive eye exam by a doctor of optometry and requires eye glasses will be provided with a free pair. (Select Frames Only)
Studies have shown that 80% of learning is Visual. If a child has a vision issue, it can affect the way they learn.
It is recommended that your child’s first eye exam is at 6 months old and annually after that. Bringing your child in helps ensure eye health and/or vision problems are not a factor in preventing children from reaching their maximum learning potential.
Click here to book in your child for their eye exam today!
Macula 2 Essentials:
This is a vitamin that is specially developed for maintaining the health of the human eye. It has been formulated to help delay the progression of age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
Formulated with Lutein and zeaxanthin, these vitamins have the essential antioxidant substances that work together to protect the sensitive structures of the eye from damage . Lutein and zeaxanthin are the only two nutrients found in plants that are deposited in the macula (the most sensitive part of the retina) and the eye’s crystalline lens to protect them from damage by ultraviolet and blue light.
MACULA 2 ESSENTIALS will help maintain good eye health and is also a great daily multi vitamin.
Ascenta Omega 3 :
Not all Omega 3 Vitamins are created the same. Ascenta Omega 3 is a medical grade vitamin supplement that is formulated to be natural to the human body and easy to absorb. Here are some of the many benefits of using the Ascenta Omega 3:
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Did you know that certain vitamins have been found to be helpful for age-related macular degeneration (AMD)? What you may not know is that these same vitamins may actually increase the risk of vision loss for certain people! Vitarisk® is a test designed to determine what specific nutrients should be taken and which should be avoided, for those who have certain types of AMD.
Read about a new study that discusses the strong correlation between genetics and nutritional supplementation HERE
It’s also possible to determine the 2, 5 and 10 year risk of vision loss based on your genes (Macularisk® test).
AMD is the leading cause of acquired vision loss in North America and results from a combination of genetic and environmental risk factors. There are things that can be done to reduce your risk from this common condition.
Vitarisk® and Macularisk® involve a simple process done at our office where we harvest cells from the inside of your cheek using a swab, then the sample is sent off for analysis. Both are now available at MVO – discuss with your doctor during your next eye exam.
Are you wishing you could clean your glasses like the professionals? Here are a couple of tips and tricks to get those specs shining:
Every so often the nooks and crannies of your eyewear should be cleaned in an ultrasonic bath. Bring them by either one of our locations for this complementary service!
Suddenly, zig-zagging lights appear in front of you, moving across your vision. They expand off to the side blocking your peripheral vision. For a while (20-30 minutes usually) there are parts of your vision that are completely blocked out. What is happening? Is it a stroke? Retinal detachment?
These symptoms are commonly seen during an ocular migraine episode. The visual hallucinations are thought to be caused by blood vessel spasms in the area of the brain that processes vision. During the episodes, areas in the brain are triggered giving you the illusion of a series of flashing lights. Sometimes, the visual effects are followed by a headache, other times they are not. The vast majority of the time, ocular migraines are completely harmless. They may be brought on by changes in the weather, stress, or certain foods and can develop at any age. Some get them very frequently, once every week or two, while others only notice them once in a while. As your vision is temporarily impaired during an ocular migraine episode, if one should happen while driving, pull over to the side of the road until it subsides.
As episodes of flashing lights can be indicators for other, more serious problems, we always recommend that you come in to see one of our optometrists any time you experience new visual symptoms of any kind. As well, any new headaches you experience should be evaluated by a medical professional. If there are other symptoms such as a droopy face, slurred speech, or inability to raise an arm seek urgent medical attention as these may be indicators of a stroke.
Imagine putting in your contact lenses, then going from indoors to outdoors as your lenses seamlessly adapt to changing light providing all-day soothing vision. Now you can experience this in reality – Johnson & Johnson has just released their new ACUVUE® Oasys with Transitions™ Light Intelligent Technology*. MVO is one of a few select clinics in Alberta to be the first to receive these new biweekly disposable contact lenses.
Book an appointment with us to try them out for yourself!
**These lenses are not a replacement for sunglasses**
**Not everyone is suitable for contact lens wear. We will perform a complete oculo-visual health assessment to ensure contact lenses are safe for you to wear.**