People who wear eyeglasses may be at a lower risk for catching COVID-19 than those who don't wear glasses, early research from China suggests.
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Paul Hardy (10 years) has helped to restore dignity to survivors orphaned & homeless Rwanda youth.
100 young women have graduated from his Hopethiopia/Rwanda’s (HOPE’s) tailoring school, providing a safe vocation for house girls, abandoned young mothers, and those desperate to leave the violent life of the sex trade.
If you have vision problems and are looking for eye care specialists online, the results might leave you confused. There are many kinds of professionals who specialize in eye care such as optometrists, opticians, and ophthalmologists, and you might be wondering who you should go to. Our optometrists can check your eyes and identify the problems effectively. At Eye Health Centres, we offer eye exams and eyewear such as eyeglasses, sunglasses, lenses and contact lenses.
Some people are at greater risk
• people who already have retinal disease
• people who already have kidney or liver disease
• people over 60 years old
“Help Prevent the Spread!”
“Spread the word; plank the curve!”
The Alberta Government and Health Department suggests
1. Wash hands frequently (20 secs) with soap & water.
2. Cover coughs & sneezes.
3. Stay @ home if feeling sick.
4. Self-isolate if sick.
5. Pay attention to the latest requirements.
6. Support friends, families, neighbors.
7. Avoid touching your face.
8. Reduce stress & take care of yourself
March 15, 2020
Dear Valued Patients,
As we monitor the COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation, we want to ensure you that we are taking every action possible to maintain our activities and services are safe for you, our valued patients, our employees and the community we serve. We recognize the growing concern related to COVID-19 and the challenges it brings to our industry. We are writing first and foremost to assure you that you have our continued support for your health during this uncertain period.
The day you come to know that your child needs glasses can be quite overwhelming even though it doesn’t have to be like that. It’s crucial to remember that your loved one’s visual system develops a lot during childhood and glasses can help ensure normal vision development. Eye doctors and technicians at Eye Health Centres can explain everything you need to know about selecting the best kids glasses.
We have all-inclusive visual health centres at three major locations – in Shawnee, Regina and Kensington. We aim to provide complete patient care and quality service to all our clients. We have prepared this blog to let parents know about the main five things to consider regarding their kids glasses.
Kids glasses should comfortable and not very big on your kid’s face. The temples of the glasses should extend to the ears and the nose pad should be adjustable. Silicone nose pads are normally used for kid’s glasses as they are more comfortable and help keep the glasses on the nose.
Also, only a small space should be there above the nose when looking at the glasses’ bridge.
It’s very important to consider durability while considering buying glasses. Wireframes for kids aren’t durable and there are high chances for them to get bent. Plastic frames are much stronger but their hinges aren’t quite adjustable. Spring hinges can enable the frame’s temple to move forward. This is very helpful as the frames won’t break when kids reposition them.
When it comes to lenses polycarbonate is the best for children. They are perfect for outdoors as they won’t shatter when dropped.
3. Creative expression
Selecting glasses is an excellent way for your kid to express creativity. Also, letting your kid to select frames will help them feel more comfortable. Your kid can choose their favourite shape and colour, which will make them want to wear the glasses more.
4. Repair policies
A good repair policy is essential because glasses are breakable. It will give you a peace of mind that if your kid’s glasses can be replaced if something happens to it.
Ask regarding warranties, replacement and repair policies when you purchase new glasses for your kids.
5. When to wear them
Parents usually get a doubt on whether their kids need to wear glasses all the time. This depends on the kids.
Making your child wear glasses won’t be difficult if they need them. Glasses will reduce the pressure on their eyes and will help them see well. Also, check with your eye doctor and listen to their suggestions.
Want to Purchase Kids Glasses?
The technicians and eye doctors of Eye Health Centres have great knowledge and years of experience. You can count on us from routine eye examinations to providing the right lenses.
Call us to learn about how we can help you with selecting kids glasses.
How the sun can affect your eyes
The sun can cause significant damage to your eyes. One possible outcome of exposure is inflammation of the cornea (the outer layer of your eye) and the conjunctiva (the mucous membranes in the corner of your eyes). This can be likened to sunburn and is caused by looking directly at the sun or by seeing reflected UV rays on the water, the road or the snow.
Extended exposure to the sun’s UV rays has been linked to eye damage including macular degeneration and cataracts. This type of damage is cumulative, meaning people who spend more time outdoors are more at risk.
Wearing sunglasses can help avoid these and other types of ocular sun damage.
Tips for choosing the right sunglasses
Not all sunglasses are equal. Cheap sunglasses may not block UV rays at all, making them useless for keeping your eyes safe. Here’s what you should look for in a good pair of sunglasses.
• UV protection. Look for lenses marked 100% UV protection, as they’ll block harmful rays from getting to your eyes. Glasses that block less than 99% of rays may be worse for your eyes than wearing nothing at all. The dark lenses make your pupils dilate, letting in even more light.
• Polarization. Polarized lenses block light that causes reflections on surfaces like roads, water, sand and snow. They’re ideal for people who spend a lot of time driving or on the water, because they cut glare and make colours sharper.
• Frame size. Larger frames block more light. Wraparound styles that sit closer to your head and curve around your face are a good choice because they block the sides of your eyes from the sun’s rays.
What if I wear glasses?
If you wear prescription glasses, there are a number of options available. You can wear:
• Contacts with any sunglasses you wish. You should favour UV protection and polarized lenses.
• Prescription sunglasses. Tinted prescription lenses can be put into some frames. Note that not all types of sunglasses can support a prescription.
• Photochromic lenses. This type of lens darkens in the presence of UV rays, and reverts back to clear when you’re indoors, meaning you only ever have to wear one pair of glasses.
Sunglasses at Eye Health Centres
The staff at our three optical boutiques can help you choose the best sunglasses, eyeglasses and photochromic lenses for your lifestyle. In fact, we have eyewear for every member of your family. Visit our Calgary Kensington, Calgary Shawnee or Regina locations today to speak to one of our expert opticians.
Why are pediatric eye exams important?
Up to the age of 12, 80% of everything children learn is absorbed visually. This means that if your child can’t see properly, their development may become stunted.
Not only can vision problems interfere with learning and sports, but some eye conditions can cause lasting damage if not treated.
Regular eye exams starting at a young age are important for diagnosing eye health issues, many of which can be treated successfully if caught early.
When does my child need an eye exam?
Many optometrists, including our own, suggest that children have their first eye exam when they’re six months old. Their eye health, muscle movement, alignment and focus will all be examined. The optometrist will also check for nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism.
Your child’s eyes will continue to change and develop as they grow, so it’s recommended that they have a second eye exam around the age of three, another one before starting kindergarten and then an exam every year until the age of 18.
What can be detected during an eye exam?
Besides vision problems, eye exams can detect a variety of other eye conditions. If left untreated, many of these conditions can potentially lead to blindness. Here’s what your child’s optometrist will look for.
Visit the optometrists at Eye Health Centres
Ensure your child’s optical health is in top shape by taking them for an eye exam at least once a year. Their optometrist will help ascertain that their vision and eye health are in good standing, and that any issues or conditions detected will be treated appropriately. Call one of our clinics — either in Calgary or Regina — to make an appointment today.
1) Use artificial tears
Artificial tears are the most effective method of relieving dry eyes, and you can pick a bottle up from any pharmacy. While over-the-counter artificial tears do the trick for most people, you may want to see an optometrist in Calgary and ask if prescription eye drops are a better choice for you.
2) Run a humidifier
While you can't control the humidity outside, you can find relief for your dry eyes inside of your home by using a humidifier to increase the amount of moisture in the air.
3) Take a break from your contacts
Some people find that wearing contacts can cause their eyes to dry out faster, especially in the wintertime. If you're having trouble with dry eyes, then consider wearing your eyeglasses more often.
4) Try different contacts
Alternatively, it can't hurt to ask your optometrist in Calgary whether they would recommend a different type of contact lenses for people with dry eyes. There are many different and more comfortable types of contacts available today.
5) Stay hydrated
All of the dryness issues that winter brings can become exacerbated if you're not drinking enough water. Drinking plenty of fluids can help keep your eyes moist and is important for your overall health as well.
6) Give your eyes enough rest
Climate is only one factor that contributes to dry eyes. Not getting enough sleep and spending too much time looking at computer and phone screens can cause dry eyes as well. You can ease a lot of eye discomfort by getting enough rest and taking a break from screens.
7) Protect your eyes
Harsh winter wind can dry out your eyes within minutes of being outside. A pair of prescription sunglasses will protect your eyes against not only the wind but against harmful UV rays as well.
8) Eat more omega-3 fatty acids
Finally, the omega-3 fatty acids found in foods like fish and flax seeds have been known to help relieve dry eyes. Plus, they are good for your health as well. You can also simply take omega-3 supplements.
Experiencing Dry Eyes? Talk to an Optometrist in Calgary Today!
If you're prone to developing dry eyes in the wintertime, then it's a good idea to speak to an optometrist at Eye Health Centres. One of our experienced optometrists will gladly offer you more personalized tips for finding relief. A comprehensive eye exam in Calgary or Regina can also rule out any condition which may cause or contribute to eye irritation.
What is digital eye strain?
Also known as computer vision syndrome, digital eye strain happens when you stare at a computer, smartphone or tablet screen for long periods without taking breaks. People who use these devices for more than two hours in a row are most at risk for this condition. Some of the symptoms are headaches, blurry vision and sore, dry or red eyes.
What you can do to protect your eyes
There’s no evidence that computer vision syndrome can permanently affect your vision, but it can make you very uncomfortable. Here’s what you can do to avoid digital eye strain:
• Position your screen properly: Make sure your screen is at least an arms distance away from you and 15 to 20 degrees lower than your eye level. Keeping a proper viewing distance means less strain on your eyes, and a lower screen keeps a larger part of your eye covered by your eyelid, which helps it stay moisturized.
• Adjust the lighting: your screen shouldn’t be much brighter than the room you’re working in. Many newer devices automatically adjust the brightness for you.
• Put your reference material in the right place: if you need to look at paperwork while you’re working, keep it above your keyboard but below your screen to avoid forcing your eyes to refocus too often.
• Remember to blink: on average, people blink about 12 times a minute, but while you’re using a computer, it gets reduced to about 5 times a minute. This can make your eyes dry and irritated.
• Use the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes, look away from your screen and focus on something 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds. This gives your eyes time to rest.
• Ask about specialized lenses: there may be coatings or tints that can reduce glare and eye strain when using computers.
To find out more about protecting your eyes from digital eye strain, ask your optometrist during your next eye exam. Eye Health Centres has offices in the Shawnee and Kensington areas of Calgary as well as another office in Regina. Call us at the location closest to you, or book an appointment online.
Summer’s here and it’s time to find a great new look. Eyeglasses and sunglasses are an important part of your Summer 2018 wardrobe. Keep these trends in mind the next time that you are planning to purchase eyewear in Calgary.
Tortoiseshell frames are a vintage 1950s look that is back in style. Naturally, there are lots of frames featuring the classic yellow/brown speckled pattern that mimics sea turtle and tortoise shells. Now, it is also possible to find the tortoiseshell pattern in a wide range of colour variations. White with brown mottling is an elegant look. Teal and purple speckled tortoiseshell is rather alluring. No matter which frame style you like, tortoiseshell patterns provide a much softer look than bold solid colours. They are a terrific choice if you are searching for a frame that won’t overpower your face.
If you are looking for something with a light carefree feel, consider transparent frames. Clear transparent frames are an interesting option for people who don’t want to draw attention to their eyeglasses. Pastel-hued transparent frames, from baby blue to honey, are ideal for people with very delicate features. Some of the most fashionable transparent frames feature a gradation of colour, for instance from pink to dark red.
Fashion forward women will want to sport these bold, yet feminine, frames. Eyeglasses in vivid lipstick colours—from candy pink to luscious red—are all the rage. No matter which style of eyeglass frame you choose, these colours make a daring statement.
Some of the most popular eyeglasses shapes this year are retro browlines, oversized squares and aviators. Browlines (also called clubmasters) frame the lens the way that eyebrows frame your eye. These power frames are ideal for business settings. Oversized hipster squares carry a definite creative vibe. Whether you work in a creative field—or you just want to look like you do—these frames will definitely ensure that you are noticed. Finally, aviators (modelled on the original Ray Ban sunglasses) feature relatively large lenses bound by thin frames. Select aviator frames for a classic sophisticated look.
There are so many beautiful new eyeglass frames available for 2018 that it might be hard to choose! Whenever you are ready to start shopping for eyeglasses, drop by one of the Eye Health Centres in Calgary or Regina to view the 2018 collection.
This Board of Directors toured Vancouver and then Calgary May 16 and May 17th. Their objective was to gain and discover new ideas from practices in Canada since the two countries have a very similar Optical industry and face many of the same challenges.
They visited a few of us in Calgary sharing their experiences in the Optometry business. There were a few differences; a major one was that there is no set international exam to write to allow practicing in the country as we have the OSCE exam here. Simply, anyone with an Optometry license, from any country can just write the license exam similar to our jurisprudence exam and set up practice anywhere in the country. The other major difference was that their capture rate on prescriptions was almost 80%, I wish I had more time to find out how they do this; perhaps a visit soon?
We had an entertaining few hours of fun! Diana
Sheldon Kennedy, Sal Howell, Paul Hardy, Joy Smith and Paul Brandt gather at the Dean House in Calgary on July 5, 2017. The group are involved in #NotInMyCity, a new Calgary-based campaign aimed at raising awareness about human trafficking.
Digital eye strain is a growing concern in Alberta, as day-to-day life has become increasingly digitized.
According to a recent survey, 70 per cent of Calgarians experience symptoms such as headaches, blurred vision and sensitivity to light as a result of using a digital device.
While digital eye strain is a serious concern with sometimes debilitating symptoms, it is often simple to prevent and treat with help from an optometrist.
Regular eye exams by a doctor of optometry play an essential role in maintaining your overall health. Optometrists help diagnose, treat and help prevent diseases and disorders affecting the visual system, the eye and related structures. They also assist in identifying underlying health conditions that are often first detected through an eye exam, and they can provide referrals to specialists and other health-care professionals.
For more information about digital eye strain and to find an optometrist, visit optometrists.ab.ca.
Please note: The survey data applies to those aged 18 and over.
Survey methodology: An online omnibus survey was conducted between April 20-21, 2017. Eight hundred and four Albertans aged 18 and over were surveyed. The estimated margin of error for the Calgary sample is +/- 5.8%.
Children should begin receiving comprehensive eye health exams at age 6 months and annually to age 17. These exams are paid annually by the provincial government. Read more about childhood eye health here.
The following was written about Dr. Monea in the 2016 Calgary Leaders edition of Business in Calgary Magazine, July 2016.
Eye Health Centres provides comprehensive visual health services in the original Regina practice which opened in 1982, and in its two Calgary locations. The Kensington practice opened in 2000, and a third location is now open in southwest Calgary. With eclectic and luxury spectacles, Eye Health Centres keeps growing and now has fourth-generation patients.
“Be yourself, everyone else is taken!” I was 10, poor, on a farm, near Killdeer, Saskatchewan. I wanted new shoes, not my older sister’s hand-me-downs (or my three younger brothers’ recycles). It struck me… the gift of poverty… ‘if it was to be, it would be up to me!’ My Dad, Nick Monea believed in me, convinced me to follow my dreams, to remember my roots, to make a difference, to give back. He died at my current age; this memory, I dedicate to him.”
- Dr. Diana Mae Monea
Optometrist & Owner, Eye Health Centres
While there’s lots of new research about blue light from digital devices, the biggest risk isn’t your phone. It’s hiding in plain sight – the sun. But the good news is that Transitions® lenses block more than 85% of harmful outdoor blue light. So you never have to sacrifice style for protection. That’s why 9 out of 10 people who try Transitions® lenses love them. Explore the video and presentation resources at this link to see why you will love them too.
Eye Health Centres is very proud of our Spin Girls, who participated in the very first Women for Men’s Health Spin-a-Thon on March 5, 2016. They raised and contributed $2,290 towards the total of $65,000 for the Prostate Cancer Centre in Calgary. These funds will stay in Calgary and support Men’s Health Initiatives at the Prostate Cancer Centre.
Congratulations ladies & a big thank you from Doc!
The human eye is a wonderful and hugely complex organ. But like most complicated machinery, it’ a sensitive device that can be prone to injury if not properly taken care of.
With new channels for communication and changes in our lifestyles, our eyes today are a greater risk for damage than ever before. In light of this, optometrists are engineering new ways to protect our vision from harm.
Most people are fairly familiar with the dangers of ultraviolet (UV) light, yet the number of Canadians who suffer from UV-related vision problems continues to grow at a rapid pace. Statistics indicate that about 2.1 million Canadians over the age of 50 suffer from some form of macular degeneration (AMD), a medical condition that’s often caused by damage to the retina from prolonged exposure to UV and other harmful lights, and that number is increasing by 78 to 80 thousand each year.
What these statistics show is that we need to take greater precautions against UV. And according to Dr. Diana Monea, a Calgary-based optometrist, that’s particularly true for certain at-risk age groups. “Children under the age of 18 and adults over the age of 45 are at much greater risk for UV exposure. For children, it’s because the lens inside their eyes and also the cornea is so clear. For adults it’s because protective mechanisms in the eye break down,” she says. “It’s important that we’re protected from the cradle to the grave, so to speak. Even babies should be wearing proper UV protection.”
But what about blue-violet light? It’s been in the news a lot lately as recent studies indicate that it’s potentially as harmful to our eyes as UV rays and that exposure is far more commonplace than previously suspected.
Blue-violet light is a type of high energy visible (HEV) light that, like UV, can cause damage to retinal cells, making it a risk factor for the onset of AMD. However, unlike UV, blue-violet light isn’t only or primarily present in sunlight, but is also emitted by indoor lighting, computer screens, tablets, smartphones and LEDs. It’s this factor which makes it so dangerous: As we spend more and more time on our digital devices that use LED, our exposure to blue-violet light will only continue to increase.
“The average person is spending at least 4 hours on the computer in a day, and that number is higher for teenagers,” says Dr. Monea. “And then there’s the time that we spend on our smartphones, tablets and TVs. All of these emit significant amounts of blue-violet light, which can penetrate all the way to the back of the eye.”
With the use of digital devices on the rise among Canadians, optometrists have made big strides to engineer solutions for eye damage caused by UV and blue-violet light. New spectacles and lenses, such as computer lenses and office lenses, are being equipped to selectively filter out harmful lights. Meanwhile, innovations in lens technology are helping to relieve eye strain caused by using digital devices.
“The old adage that you have one single pair of glasses that works for everything is no longer true because of the demands and the needs that we have visually, which are greater today than ever before,” Says Dr. Monea. “What you need today are glasses for your everyday work, a good pair of polarized sun lenses for UV and blue-light light, and a pair of computer lenses for working at your desk. It’s an easy way to protect yourself against damage, even for people who may not need prescription glasses.”
Written by Benjamin Charcon
Original post by Ara Shimoon at glorified.ca
“Originally, I’m from Saskatchewan, but I’ve been practicing Optometry since ’78. I bought up this office on Kensington Road 16 years ago. I have another office in the South-west, and one in Regina. I’ve got 5 associates and over 30 employees. I love this eclectic area.
I’ve been dressing like this since the day I was born.
I was born in rural Saskatchewan. My mom was a nurse, my dad was a hunter/trapper, and we were dirt poor. My father had all these furs that he would sell to Hudson Bay. I used to snip off little pieces and dress my dolls in them.
When I was ten years-old, we got a Sears Catalogue and on its cover was this fur coat with this beautiful fur collar. I wanted it so badly. You see, back then my father made us raise these calves. I took such good care of mine. I worked so hard to make sure it was nice and fattened up. I bought the market report magazine and found out exactly the right time to sell it and pushed my father to take the calf to market. He told me that it was too soon, but I convinced him and we sold the calf for $100. I took the money and bought myself that coat. I got it and wore it for so long!
I’m like Cher. People ask me, “What’s the occasion?” and I say that every day is the occasion. But really, I dress for the kids. I think you should have fun because life is really short you know? Bring a laugh to people’s face. I have this new associate who gets all his fashion tips from a Men’s Health Magazine and I tell him, ‘you need to get your own style, your own personality.’
I’m on the Children’s Vision Committee for Alberta. A lot of the kids I saw back in ’78 have kids of their own now and I see them. They don’t want to go anywhere else because ‘Dr. Monea is so much fun!’
My designer, Michelle, has been making these outfits for me. We’ve been working together since 2005. She had a collection at this little place downtown, I walked in and just said, ‘I’ll take that, this, those, and these.’ Now she designs things for me to wear every day like this outfit. But the hats are really special… I wear them to visit the ladies at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre and they just love them. I wear the hats for them.
I’m not a runway modelling thing for me. You’ll see me in Safeway with my groceries dressed like this. I actually wear this shit. Ha, ha, ha!” Dr. Diana Monea, Eye Health Centre, Kensington Road.