From December 2016

Do I Need Sunglasses In The Winter?

It’s going to be sunny this weekend – Don’t forget to protect your eyes! UV protection is important year-round. UV exposure increases on reflective surfaces, such as snow, so you can suffer from sun damage even in the winter. Make sure you grab those sunglasses before you leave the house!

Here are some helpful tips from this article (Don’t Forget To Protect Your Eyes This Winter)

  • When eyes absorb too much UV light,  growths on the front of the eye and eye cancers, especially on the delicate skin surrounding the eyes.
  • People with lighter coloured eyes and skin are even more at risk for damage as they have less of the protective pigment that helps absorb these rays.
  • UV rays are stronger during the spring and summer months, but we should be particularly mindful in the winter since UV exposure increases on reflective surfaces, such as snow.
  • Wear UV-blocking sunglasses with wrap-around frames to keep the sun out from the sides, and broad-brimmed hats.
  • Maintain regular visits with your optometrist who will assess your individual eye health and discuss the best options for protecting your eyes year-round
  • Comprehensive eye exams with a doctor of optometry can also reveal insight about your overall health – eg. eye diseases, but also serious health conditions which often have early warning signs present in the eye.
  • The eyelid area is one of the areas of the body where skin cancer is first diagnosed.
  • Good vision and good eye health are often unrelated. You may have 20/20 vision but you may also have risk factors for UV related eye disease.

What Not To Say To A Blind Person

Vision loss doesn’t mean a person just sees darkness – it can come in a wide spectrum. People with vision loss may still see colours, shapes, and forms, but may have difficulty with detailed tasks like identifying money, or using a stove. However, with the right support, people who are blind or partially sighted can still lead an independent life!
Watch the video below for some tips to avoid offending your awesome partially sighted friends 😜

 

Beware of Buying Online Glasses

It’s not JUST about the prescription! A lot of different parameters go into designing the right pair of glasses for you.

See below for an example of two different glasses made with the same prescription – one was done online, and it came out 9 mm thicker, and the pupillary distances were off. This can cause blurry vision, eyestrain, and potentially headaches. Our staff choose the right kind of material and curvature based on your prescription and your needs, as well as making accurate measurements for the correct fit of your chosen frame. It is absolutely essential to see it on your face in person.

A recent study showed that a quarter of glasses ordered online come back with some sort of error – wrong prescription, wrong lenses, or not meeting safety requirements. There are SO many factors that go into your glasses…. the prescription is the easiest part, and even that may be done improperly!

Be very wary of buying online!!

(pictures from College of Opticians of Alberta)

“Attached are two pictures of glasses made for the same patient.
One was made at PFM in surfaced 1.5 plastic. The other was ordered by the patient from Zenni Optical online.
The ones from Zenni … are also approximately 9mm thicker, the rx is slightly off and the PD is off by about 5mm.”

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