An Eye-Opening Resolution Worth Keeping

Make a resolution to include Eye Health as part of your family’s New Year General Health Plan. Our Optometry Practice supports a public awareness campaign promoting healthy eyes and vision safety.

1. Children should have a thorough optometric eye examination by the age of four.

2. Have your eyes examined without delay if you experience any visual changes, pain, flashes of light, or injuries. Diabetics should have more frequent examinations. African-Canadians are at a higher risk for glaucoma and also require closer monitoring.

3. Always wear protective eye wear during sports and when working with mechanical tools. Ninety percent of such injuries are preventable if only protective eye wear is used.

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Look Ma! No Surgery! And No Glasses or Contact Lenses!

What parent wishes his or her child to be dependent daily upon eyeglasses or contact lenses to see the blackboard clearly or while playing sports and just plain being a kid?

Recent advances in non-surgical, Advance Ortho-keratology (or Ortho-K) allows a near-sighted child to improve his or her eyesight safely, without any risk of surgery, and to be able to see all day at school, play or home without any glasses or contact lenses.

Myopia or Nearsightedness (cannot see far distances without glasses) usually, but not always starts when a child is a pre-teen or a teenager, when the body as a whole changes a lot. In cases of low degrees of myopia, it is possible to wear comfortable, custom-fitted gas-permeable orth0-kertology contact lenses to reduce or eliminate nearsightedness as well as astigmatism. A retainer lens is worn on a periodic basis, temporarily, in order to maintain the improved shape of the cornea as the child grows, and myopia is therefore kept under check.

Call our practice today at (905) 471-EYES to arrange a consultation appointment to see if you child can benefit from Advance Ortho-keratololgy. Be sure to let us know you were referred from our blog!

In the interest of your better Eye Health, from the practice of: 

Dr. H. H. Walji, OPTOMETRIST

(Hons. BSc, MSc, O.D., F.I.O.S)

6633 Hwy 7 at 9th Line

Markham, Ontario

905-471-EYES (3937)

http://www.Eyesdr.com

To read more about Ortho-keratology, or about children’s eye health, click on the “OrthoKeratology” and the “Children’s Eye Health Care Articles” tabs under Categories in the right-hand panel.

Insight Into Eyesight: U.V. Protection

You can hardly pick up a paper these days without reading about ultraviolet radiation. Actually, there are two types of UV. One type tans your skin; the other type, which burns your skin, can also burn the retina and cause cataracts.

When we are upright, our eyebrows help protect the eyes from direct exposure to UV, so we need only be concerned about reflected light. Water, sand and snow can all reflect UV light into our eyes. Since there are no known benefits to UV exposure, it makes good sense to play it safe and protect your eyes. This is especially true for sports people, who spend a lot of time outdoors,or on the water. Many authorities also contend that computer operators are at risk from UV radiation.

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Insight Into Eyesight: Drugs That Affect Your Eyes

Anti-histamines (Benadryl, Dimetane, others) causes an increase in pressure in the eyes and should be avoided by people with glaucoma.

Diuretics such as Chlorothiazide (Diuril) and Furosemide (Lasix) can cause dryness and blurred vision.

Plaquenil used in arthritis, lupus and malaria can reduce your ability to see the colour red and can cause a distortion of the central vision. Lines that are straight may look wavy, making reading difficult.

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Insight Into Eyesight: Vitamins for Vision

Vitamin A: is known as the “Eye Vitamin”. It prevents Night Blindness, helps to recover from glare during the day, reduces conjunctivitis (pink eye) and prevents eyes from drying out.

The B Vitamins: prevents excessive sensitivity to the sun, improves focusing ability. Some evidence shows it may also slow down the formation of cataracts.

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Syntonics (Light Therapy)

As winter approaches, it is noteworthy to realize that we all feel better seeing certain shades of light as well as appropriate shades of colours.

Colours help harmonize the mind, body, and spirit. Too little light is known to cause winter Seasonal Affective Disorder (or SAD). Light stimulates the body, helps us form Vitamin D, tickles the soul, and provides vision. Light stimulates our biological rhythm. Decreased light stimulates relaxation and sleep.

Optometrists have founded a field called Syntonics: four different coloured lights are given to patients to look at as a way to help certain health conditions. It has even been used on near-sighted people with some success.

Our goal in Syntonics is to help harmonize the sympathetic (stress-causing) system and the parasympathetic (relaxation- causing) systems within the body to promote balance between these two opposing forces. In the process, we help people with Migranes, Headaches, High Blood Pressure, SAD and many other disorders as a holistic approach to better general health through our eyes, the true windows to our bodies.

Come into our office to learn more about syntonics!

 

Dr. H. H. Walji, OPTOMETRIST

(Hons. BSc, MSc, O.D., F.I.O.S)

6633 Hwy 7 at 9th Line

Markham, Ontario

905-471-EYES (3937)