If your child is myopic, he or she will have more problems seeing objects at a distance than up close. Myopia can be very unstable in a child, if diagnosed at a young age. Many children have rapidly increasing prescriptions, causing them to become even more dependent on their glasses over time.
There are new, research-proven treatments we can now offer at MVO to help decrease the rate at which your child’s glasses prescription increases. The higher the myopia, the higher the risks for certain sight-threatening diseases. In many cases these treatments can reduce the progression of myopia by up to 50%!
Why limit the progression of myopia? In addition to increased dependence on glasses, the risk for certain types of eye diseases increases with higher levels of myopia. Here are a few examples of eye diseases that are more frequently seen in people with high myopia:
The earlier we treat myopia, the better chance we have of controlling the progression, and limiting the risk of having vision loss from eye disease.
At your child’s full eye exam, our doctors may advise you to bring your child back for a Myopia Control consultation. They may recommend this if they feel the child is at risk for developing myopia, or, if they already have myopia, to assess the risk for rapid progression.
To learn more about these exciting new therapeutic options, two of our doctors are hosting a Myopia Control seminar on May 14, 2019 from 7:00 – 8:00PM at the Royal Canadian Legion (Cochrane).
Please RSVP to [email protected] or call 403-851-2020 to hold your spot!
Optics Engineered for Color Vision
Part optics, part neuroscience, EnChroma® glasses unlock a new world of color for people with color blindness. Our glasses are designed to make you look good, too, so better color vision can be a seamless part of your everyday routine.The EnChroma® lens technology is based on over a decade of research effort to understand the causes of color blindness and how to engineer an optical technology platform to address the problem.
How the Eye Sees Color
The structure of the eye projects light and images onto the retina, where a dense matrix of approximately 6 million retinal cone cells turn that picture into neural signals transmitted up to the visual cortex. Each cell is ‘color specific,’ responding mainly to light of specific frequencies. The three different types of cone cells correspond to the three primary colors of light: red, green and blue.
Leading-Edge Color Blind GlassesPatented Technology
For Color Vision EnChroma® created the new frontier in color vision technology. These color blind glasses are uniquely engineered to give those with color blindness the ability to see the broad spectrum of bright color most of us take for granted. Utilizing a patented light filter technique, this lens technology is applied with mathematical precision to address common forms of red-green colorblindness.
Maximum Color Impact
EnChroma® color blind glasses are designed with Outdoor and Indoor lenses for optimal use in different lighting conditions. Bright sunlight provides the maximum color impact, so the Outdoor Glasses offer the perfect choice for your first pair of EnChroma® glasses. EnChroma® Indoor Glasses are designed for lower light conditions such as cooking, or viewing computers and TV.
0 -2 Years
None, with the possible exception of live video-chatting (e.g., Skype, Facetime) with parental support, due to its potential for social development, though this needs further investigation.
No more than one hour per day. Programming should be age-appropriate, educational, high-quality, and co-viewed, and should be discussed with the child to provide context and help them apply what they are seeing to their three-dimensional environment.
Ideally no more than two hours per day of recreational screen time. Parents and eye care providers should be aware that children report total screen time use as much higher (more than seven hours per day in some studies). This is not unrealistic considering the multitude of device screens children may be exposed to in a day, both at home and at school. Individual screen time plans for children between the ages of 5–18 years should be considered based on their development and needs.
Almost six months have passed since our group of six went to Malawi. It has given me time to reflect on our journey and the things we accomplished there.
The purpose of out trip was to share our knowledge with the students studying optometry at Mzuzu University. The optometry program is five years, with classroom and clinical instruction, and costs approximately $ for the entire program. Not an insignificant sum! The students were bright, engaged and enthusiastic. We conducted lectures on a wide range of topics and assisted in the outreach clinics there. We also visited their clinical space and optical department at the local hospital. The donations of equipment, frames, lenses and books were greatly appreciated.
One of the things that left a lasting impression was the large number of Malawians that could benefit from optometric care and the determination and drive of the students to accomplish even a fraction of what is needed. Although the university was not as well equipped as those in North America, the quality of the optometric education and the way the students took pride in what they were learning was first-rate. We were privileged to play a small role in their development and hope to continue our assistance in the years to come. These students will face challenges ahead, but we feel hopeful for their success.
Another thing that left an impression was the spirit of the Malawians. Malawi is called the warm heart of Africa and this was very evident. The children were cheerful and curious, and the adults were friendly. There was always a smile and a wave from the city to the countryside. Over three quarters of the population are aged 29 or less, so it is a very young country. We spent some time with a group of children at an orphanage, many being HIV positive. Even though they had lost their parents and life was challenging, they enjoyed playing with soccer balls and tarps and included us as well. They were well-mannered and polite, which speaks to the compassion and care the adults gave them.
It was an amazing trip, one not to be forgotten.
Early eye exams also are important because children need the following visual skills that are essential for optimal learning: Excellent visual acuity at all distances. Accurate and comfortable eye teaming skills. Accurate eye movement skills.
A brief examination of your child’s eyes by a pediatrician or family practice doctor is not a substitute for an eye exam performed by an optometrist or ophthalmologist. Only ODs and OMDs have the advanced training and clinical tools to perform a thorough evaluation of your child’s eyes and vision.
According to the Canadian Association of Optometrists (CAO):
In Alberta children under 19 yrs. of age are covered for one complete eye exam, one partial exam, and one single diagnostic procedure per benefit year.
Be sure to tell your eye doctor if your child has or displays any of the following:
Vision and Learning
Classroom learning is largely visual, so a comprehensive eye examination is essential to provide the full assurance of vision and eye health that a simple eye-chart test or a vision screening cannot.
While vision screening tests the ability to see clearly at a distance, a comprehensive eye exam looks at all aspects of a child’s vision function, including how well the eyes focus up close, how the eyes work together and the overall health of the eyes. 20/20 vision doesn’t mean perfect eye health!
With all the soccer practices, birthday parties and recess play, parents are constantly awaiting the dreaded day of when their child walks through the door with the broken pieces of their glasses.
This of course, is followed by all the glue and tape to help preserve the frames until your next optometry appointment. Unfortunately there isn’t enough make-shift-adhesives in the world that will save them.
This is why at Mountain view optometry has created a 2nd pair system. Having that safety net of knowing your child wont have to live with distorted sight as temporary as it may seem, always brings some kind of ease.
We at Mountain View Optometry love to support parents find second pair solutions as well as being conscious of cost.
We are offering any child under the age of 16 are able to purchase a second pair of glasses for only $99.00.
Many trends from 2018 are holding strong through the new year, one of the biggest being the translucent color palettes. Semi-clear greys, pinks, and nudes are still going to be quite popular. Another trend being carried over is the round eye shapes, and double bridge frames. Many designers are leaning towards removing the bottom bar and having only the top bar act as the bridge.
Some new trends we will be seeing this year are:
Slim oval, rectangular, and cat eye frames
Lightly tinted lenses
High-contrast tortoise shell, like the Tokyo tortoise
Bold reds and purples
Oversized square shapes
The Pantone colour of the year is Living Coral so we will start to see that infused into fashion trends in the coming months. Likely it will become a popular lens tint colour.
It seems that many styles this year are reminiscent of a decade passed and may signal upcoming trends for 2020
-Jasmine Okada, Optometric Assistant
For anyone who may be excited about the recent legalisation of marijuana, thinking it may reduce your risk for a common type of eye disease – this news may not be too thrilling. Recent studies at the University of Indiana showed that two components of marijuana (CBD and THC) did not behave as expected when eye pressure was measured.
High eye pressure is a risk factor in glaucoma – a disease that causes progressive loss of peripheral vision if untreated. It was widely believed that marijuana decreased eye pressure and therefore lowered the risk of vision loss from glaucoma. The recent study showed that while THC did decrease eye pressure, this was counteracted by CBD and actually caused a rise in eye pressure.
-Dr. Tom Wilk