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Are Glaucoma and Macular Degeneration the Same?

an older man is getting screened by an eyecare professional on eye diseases such as macular degeneration and glaucoma.

Eye health is a crucial concern for many, especially as we age. Two common eye diseases that often cause confusion are glaucoma and macular degeneration. Despite both leading to vision loss, they are distinct in their causes, symptoms, and treatments. Understanding these differences is vital for eye care professionals, seniors, and health enthusiasts looking to […]

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How Does Screen Time Affect Your Kid’s Eyes?

A young girl sitting on the couch doing schoolwork on a laptop.

In today’s digital age, the prevalence of screens in our daily lives, particularly among children, has sparked growing concerns about their impact on eye health. With the widespread use of smartphones, tablets, and computers, parents and optometrists are increasingly worried about the potential harm to young, developing eyes. Some common side effects of excessive screen […]

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Can Dry Eyes Cause Blindness?

A young woman sitting at a desk with her laptop and holding her glasses in her left hand as she rubs her eyes.

Our vision is arguably one of the most cherished of our 5 senses, signifying the importance of maintaining our ocular health. But could something like dry eyes, often associated with discomfort, cause serious problems? While rare, untreated, chronic dry eyes could lead to serious complications, including vision loss or blindness. And even if it doesn’t […]

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What are common dry eye symptoms?

Dry eye is a common eye condition, especially in arid Southern Alberta. Dry eye is caused by the lack of or poor-quality tears. Symptoms vary from person to person and can change over time. Here are some of the most common dry eye symptoms:  Watery eyes  Stinging/burning  Sandy/gritty/fb sensation  Episodes of blurred/fluctuating vision  Red eyes/lids  […]

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Orthokeratology: Clearer Vision Without Glasses or Contacts

Imagine waking up each morning with perfect vision, no need for glasses or contact lenses during the day. Sounds too good to be true? Well, its not. With Orthokeratology, also known as Ortho-k, we can provide an alterative method to correcting vision, and slow down myopia (nearsighted) progression. What is Orthokeratology? Orthokeratology is a non-surgical, […]

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How do you do eye exams on babies and toddlers?

What is the recommended age for a child’s first eye exam? According to the Alberta Association of Optometrists, a child’s first eye exam should be between 6-9 months old. The second eye exam should be between the ages of 2-5 years old and every year after that. Children can have annual eye exams from 6 […]

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