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Exercise and Your Eye Health

Regular exercise is an essential component of overall health and wellness. It is proven that exercise reduces sickness and disease; it increases strength, immunity, and mental health; and it also helps regulate bodily functions and maintain a healthy weight. Research shows that exercise can lower our risk of chronic conditions...

Healthy Aging for the Eyes

How can I keep my Eyes healthy as I get old Getting old doesn’t have to be synonymous with vision loss. There is a lot you can do to keep your eyes and vision healthy and prevent age related eye disease and vision loss, especially if you start early. Keeping...

Are You Ignoring Your Dry Eyes?

You Don’t Have to Live With Dry Eyes Have you noticed that your eyes feel chronically dry, itchy, scratchy or even sometimes watery? Many people that have these symptoms just go on with their lives until the symptoms become unbearable. What they don’t realize is that these are signs that...

Does Smoking Affect Vision?

Eye Doctors Weigh In: How Smoking Can Harm Your Vision & Eye Health We all know that smoking is bad for you, especially the risks that it poses to your heart and lungs. What many people do not know is that cigarette smoke negatively affects your eyes and vision too. Smoking...

Sjogren’s Awareness – Understanding The Invisible Disease 

In an effort to spread the word to increase awareness about Sjogren’s Disease, eye care providers are speaking out about this hard-to-diagnose condition. Sjogren’s is a systemic autoimmune disorder that can affect the whole body. One of the primary symptoms is excessive dryness particularly in the eyes and mouth. Other...

Eye Health For Women

Hey women! Did you know that women are more likely to suffer from vision problems and are at higher risk of permanent vision loss than men? Well 91% of the women surveyed recently didn’t know that, which means that many of them aren’t taking the necessary precautions to prevent eye...

The Right (and the Wrong) Way to Clean Your Glasses

There is nothing worse than a dirty spot on your glasses - well except perhaps many dirty spots or smudges. When that happens, most of us are tempted to grab the corner of our shirt and wipe it off, but resist the temptation - this is actually not a good...

Understanding Eye Colour

Eye colour is a hereditary trait that depends on the genes of both parents, as well as a little bit of mystery. The colour of the eye is based on the pigments in the iris, which is a coloured ring of muscle located at the center of the eye (around...

6 Ways to Prevent Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

Age-related macular degeneration is a serious condition that can threaten your vision and general well-being. Characterized by the deterioration of the central area of the retina called the macula which is responsible for focused vision, the disease gradually reduces your central vision. This affects the ability to see fine details,...

Dry Eye Syndrome Causes and Cures

Despite the fact that it is one of the most common eye problems, a surprisingly large percentage of patients are not aware of it.

November is Diabetes Awareness Month

Chances are it affects you or someone you know. November has been dedicated as a time to spread awareness about the disease, its risk factors and the effects it has on your body, your daily life and the lives of your loved ones.

Don’t Let Fall Eye Allergies Get You Down

Red, itchy, watery eyes and swollen eyelids (along with sneezing, congestion or a runny nose)...

World Sight Day

Newsletter November 2016 At our office, we care about protecting our patients’ vision. As optometrists, we also care about people around the world who lack access to quality vision care.  Because of this, Lake Country Optometry participated in the World Sight Day Challenge on Wednesday October 12. Now in its...

This Halloween, Be Seen To Be Safe

As Halloween approaches and the sun sets earlier, we invite parents to pick up free “Be Seen. Be Safe.” reflective stickers for their children’s Halloween costumes. “We want to help keep kids safe this Halloween, and that includes being visible to motorists,” says Dr. Karla Reimer. About 10 per cent of all pedestrian...

When 20/20 Vision isn’t Enough For Your Child

Since studies show that learning is 80% visual, children with untreated vision problems can really suffer when it comes to school. Most people think that good “vision” means 20/20 acuity but in reality, vision is much more complex.  Your brain is actually what completes the processing of the visual world...

Poolside Eye Safety

Whether it is the sea, the sand, the sun or the softball field, summer brings people outside and this creates exposure to a multitude of potential dangers to the eyes. One risk that is possibly the least obvious is the swimming pool. Swimming pools are the culprit for multitudes of...

Why Do We Need Glasses?

Refractive errors including myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism and presbyopia.

Eye Safe Toys and Gifts for This Holiday Season

‘Tis the season for giving, and parents, grandparents, family and friends need to know how to choose toys and games that protect children’s health and eyesight.

Skiing Eyewear

Skiing Eyewear   Proper eyewear is an absolute essential when equipping yourself for a fun and safe time on the ski slopes. A number of design and lens options exist in ski eyewear today. Below, the key aspects of ski eyewear design and function are discussed to help you understand...

How Pregnancy Affects Vision

The hormonal fluctuations experienced during pregnancy can cause many unexpected changes in your body, including your eyes and vision. Most of these changes are temporary and will return to normal once you give birth.  It’s important to know which vision changes are normal for an expecting mother and which could...

Is Your Baby’s EyeSight Developing Normally?

A baby’s visual system develops gradually over the first few months of life. They have to learn to focus and move their eyes, and use them together as a team.  The brain also needs to learn how to process the visual information from the eyes to understand and interact with...

Guidelines For Picking the Right Pair of Shades

There is a lot more that goes into finding the right pair of sunglasses than just fit and fashion.  While it’s important to look and feel great in your shades, sunglasses also have the very important job of properly protecting your eyes from the sun.  Here are a few facts...

6 Things You Need To Know About Cataracts

Cataracts are a leading cause of vision loss in the United States and Canada. Here are 6 things you need to know. 1. Chances are you will develop a cataract!  Cataracts are considered part of the natural aging process so if you live long enough, you will likely eventually develop...

Can you Really Go Blind from Looking at a Solar Eclipse?

Last week, people in South America, Europe, North Africa, and parts of Asia and the Middle East saw a solar eclipse. As you may have heard, looking directly at a solar eclipse is very dangerous for your eyes and vision. Nevertheless, this rare event is something that many people want...

10 Steps to Prevent Vision Loss

March is Save Your Vision Month, a time to raise public awareness about how to protect your eyes and your vision. Most people aren’t aware that 75% of potential vision loss can be prevented or treated. This largely depends on patients being proactive and educated about their eye health. Here...

Living With Low Vision

Low vision describes a set of conditions in which there is significant visual impairment which can not be corrected with traditional means such as glasses, contact lenses, medication or eye surgery.   Low vision includes a loss of visual acuity which can’t be corrected to better than 20/70, significant visual field...

Under Pressure: Are you at Risk for Glaucoma?

Glaucoma is a serious, vision threatening disease. You can save your eyesight, by knowing the facts. Are you at risk of developing glaucoma? The short answer is yes. Anyone can get glaucoma and because of this it is important for every person, young and old to have a regular eye...

Know How and When to Treat an Eye Infection

It’s that time of year again…coughs, sneezing, running noses and itchy, red eyes.  How do you know when an eye irritation is something that needs medical attention? First of all, any time an eye infection is accompanied by fever, excessive discharge or pain, you should see your eye doctor immediately....

8 Tips to Beat Winter Dry Eyes

One of the most common patient complaints during the winter months is dry eyes. In the cooler climates, cold winds and dry air, coupled with dry indoor heating can be a recipe for eye discomfort.  Dryness and irritation can be particularly debilitating for those who wear contact lenses or suffer...

“Eye” Am Home for the Holidays – 7 Eye Tips for College Students

Winter break is in a few weeks and, with college students finding their way home for the holidays, it is a good time for parents to check in and make sure their independent kids are taking care of themselves properly.Vision plays a key role in learning as well as extra-curricular activities...

7 Things You Should Know About Eyelid Twitches

You may have experienced this before. Out of nowhere, your eyelid starts twitching uncontrollably. While this can be a cause of aggravation, eyelid twitches, spasms or tics are actually quite common. Here are 7 things you should know about this eye condition: Eye twitches are generally caused by a repetitive,...

October is…

October is 'Eye Injury Prevention Month' in the USA and 'Eye Health Month' in Canada. There are about 285 million people living with blindness and low vision all around the world. Children account for some 19 million of them. The vast majority of visual impairment is readily treatable and/or preventable....

World Sight Day Challenge – No More Avoidable Blindness

The World Sight Day Challenge, slated to take place on October 9, 2014 is an annual awareness day that aims to focus global attention on blindness and vision impairment worldwide. The day aims to create awareness that blindness can be avoided if there is universal access to quality vision and...

Protect Children’s Eyes During Sports

The new school year has kicked off and you can tick off purchasing all that back to school equipment. Now, it's time to think about what your child will need for after school sports and hobby activities. Making sure they have the right protective eyewear for their sporting or athletic...

Cutting Edge Glaucoma Technology

A futuristic, yet simplistic, eye implant paired with a smartphone app may change the way eye doctors treat glaucoma.

Comfortable Vision for Back-to-school Reading

School is starting: Do you know how to set up your child’s homework and reading spot? Reading and writing are some of the most fundamental skills that your child to facilitate learning in school, so it is important to make sure that your child's eyes are comfortable when they are...

Be on the Lookout for Vision Problems this Summer Break

Summer vacation is well under way, but did you know that even when your child is out of the classroom, vision problems can have an impact on his/her daily activities? Look out for these 4 warning signs during the summer months – they could be a sign of vision difficulties...

Should You Be Worried About Eye Floaters?

Eye floaters are actually more common that you may think. Many people notice specks or cobweb-like images moving around in their line of vision, at some point. Some even report experiencing a "snow globe effect" as if they are swatting at many imaginary bugs. Floaters may be an annoyance, but...

Keeping an Eye on Cataracts

Cataracts affect millions of people nationwide and as the population continues to age, the numbers keep increasing. The good news is, cataracts are often manageable and treatable. Here are some facts you should know to help you recognize cataracts and prevent permanent vision loss. A cataract is a clouding of...

A Look Behind Sleeping Eyes

Have you ever wondered what your eyes do when you finally close them after a long day of visual processing and stimulation? Let's take a closer look at what happens behind your closed lids when your head hits the pillow. Firstly, once your eyes are closed, they do continue to...

6 Things You Should Know about UV Radiation and Your Eyes

The heat of long summer days is nearly upon us. As the sun's rays intensify and people spend more time outdoors in the sunshine it is very important to be aware of the potential damage exposure to the sun can have on your eyes. May is UV Awareness month. Here...

How Your Eyes Convey Emotion

Your eyes communicate much more than you may realize, in fact they play a huge role in your non-verbal communication. Consciously or not, the way you move your eyes, look at someone, blink or make eye contact can say a lot about what you are thinking and feeling. Here's a...

Protecting Your Eyes From The Desk Job

There are so many people who spend hours a day, if not most of the day working on a computer or mobile device. They usually do so without taking notice of the effect this has on their bodies. Using a computer or handheld device for extended amounts of time can...

New Study Shows How Your Eyes Shed Light on Your Health

It's been said that your eyes are the window to your soul. Well, research is showing that your eyes are a window to a lot more than your thoughts and emotions; it can be an indicator of your overall health.  A study by UnitedHealthcare entitled, “Impact of Eye Exams in...

Hope in Sight for Low Vision

Low vision is a condition in which an individual suffers significant vision loss that can't be fully corrected with glasses, contact lenses, medication or surgery. Low vision can affect both children and adults, but is more common in the elderly, and requires significant adjustments to daily life. Here are some...

How to Encourage Young Kids to Wear their First Pair of Glasses

Your child's first pair of glasses will make an important difference in his or her ability to see and interact with the surrounding world. However, a new pair of glasses can also present a big adjustment for both parents and kids as you get used to a new look and...

7 Facts You Should Know About Glaucoma

7 Facts You Should Know About Glaucoma Glaucoma, which refers to a group of eye diseases that damage the optic nerve, is often called 'the silent thief of sight'. This nickname evolved because the disease creeps up unnoticed in its early stages, causing no pain and few, if any symptoms....

New Year’s Resolutions for An Eye Healthy 2014

The New Year is a time to start fresh and renew our commitment to health, happiness and success. It’s important to include eye and vision health and safety in these resolutions. Here are the top six ways you can make your eyes and vision a priority this year. Schedule a...

Fun Holiday Gifts That Are GOOD for Children’s Vision

The holiday season is on our doorstep. With technology so much a part of our lives, the easy go-to gifts for kids often include an enormous array of hand-held video devices and home gaming systems. Did you know that after extensive use these games can be harmful to children’s eyes...

What You Should Know about Diabetes and Your Vision

  Diabetes affects people of all ages, races and genders.  An estimated 9 million Canadians suffer from diabetes according to the Canadian Diabetes Association. In fact, diabetic eye disease is the leading cause of new cases of blindness among adults in the North America. If you or someone you care...

Keeping Your Contact Lenses Clean

If you wear contact lenses, you probably know the hygiene routine you should follow when removing your lenses: Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water and dry them on a clean, lint free cloth. Remove the lens from your eye and clean the lens immediately (if you wear multi-use...

10 Tips to Protect Your Vision

Did you forget to put on your sunglasses today? Are you constantly sitting in front of a computer screen without taking breaks to look away? Maybe you also skipped your yearly eye exam, again. These are just some of the things we tend to overlook when it comes to our...

This Halloween Be Wary of Costume Contact Lenses

As Halloween approaches and costume planning gets more serious, many consider the use of novelty or costume contact lenses as a way to add that extra flair. Whether you are dressing up as a cat, a vampire, or looking for something fun that glows in the dark, dressing up your...

How to Prevent Dry Eyes During Air Travel

Many travelers experience dry eyes after extended travel by air. The dry environment of a temperature- and pressure-controlled air plane cabin can take its toll on your eyes. The good news is there are a number of steps you can take to reduce the uncomfortable symptoms associated with travelers’ dry...

Does Chlorine Hurt your Eyes?

Just because the summer is coming to an end, doesn’t mean that we have to say goodbye to the swimming pool. Whether it means a nice refreshing dip on a warm fall afternoon or a winter swim in an indoor pool, swimming is a great activity for both fun and...

Technology in the Classroom and the Eyes

The use of technology has become commonplace in the classroom. So much so that today’s generation of students, from kindergarten to university, navigates computers, smartphones and tablets all the time.  Many schools have even implemented the use of smart boards and bring your own device (BOYD) programs. However, as amazing...

Treating Vision Problems Lowers Risk of Falling in Seniors

For adults over the age of 65, the right pair of vision correcting glasses can literally be a life saver. Seniors aged 65 and up are at increased risk of falling, which is the leading cause of injury, injury-related death, and hospitalization for this age group. According to the Centers...

First Aid for Eye Injuries

To ensure that your eyes remain healthy, it is essential to protect them from injury and to take proper care measures if an injury has occurred. Here are a number of practical first aid tips to remember if you or anyone you know suffers an eye injury. The very first...

Understanding the Eye Chart

Eye charts of different variations have become a standard in vision screenings and eye exams. One of the most familiar charts associated with vision is the Snellen eye chart, designed by Dutch ophthalmologist Hermann Snellen in 1862 to measure visual acuity- how well you can see at various distances. Although...

Cataract Awareness

Cataracts, one of the most common causes of blindness, develop when the lens of the eye, located behind the iris and pupil, becomes opaque or cloudy. A cataract can result in loss of vision as it prevents light from passing into your eye and focusing on the retina. While cataracts...

Age Related Macular Degeneration and Your Central Vision

Did you know that age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is one of the leading causes of vision loss and blindness among adults aged 50 and above? AMD occurs when the part of the retina responsible for your sharp central vision, the macula, begins to deteriorate. Central vision is the visual field...

How to Choose the Right Sunglasses

Do your sunglasses have what it takes to protect your eyes? As the summer heats up and people spend more time outdoors, it is very important to wear UV blocking eyewear to protect against exposure to ultraviolet rays that can cause damage to your eyes. Damage caused by UV from...

Women’s Eye Health Month: An Eye on Cosmetics

Women's eyes are regularly exposed to potential irritants through the use of cosmetics. As eye shadow, mascara and eye liner can breed unseen dirt and bacteria, it is vital to ensure that the products you use to apply and remove your makeup are hygienic to prevent irritation that can cause...

A Recipe for Eye Health

Did you know that your dietary choices have an impact on your eye health and vision? Opting for appetizing food that at the same time provides you with all the nutrients that are essential for preserving your vision, is taking a major step towards minimizing the risk of eye disease...

Spring Eye Allergies

Spring is right around the corner, as the winter begins to wind down and the fresh, warmer air begins to rear its head. Unfortunately for many, it's often hard to enjoy nature's blooming beauty as the warmer weather also brings about the onset of itchy, watery eyes that come with...

Dry Eye Syndrome: When Dry Eyes are Chronic

Dry eyes are a common problem for many individuals particularly during the winter months when exposure to dry air and whipping wind is increased. However, if you are suffering from dry eyes that just won't go away, you may have what is known as Dry Eye Syndrome - a condition...

UV Protective Sunglasses: Winter Sports and UV Rays

Sunglasses are an essential part of your wardrobe, even in the winter. While many people associate the need for 100% UV protective sunglasses with warm weather and glaring sun like you find on the beach, harmful UV radiation is present even on a gloomy, cloudy day. No matter where you...

How Diabetes Impacts Your Eyes

Far too many people are unaware of the fact that diabetes increases the chances of vision loss. In reality, diabetes is the leading cause of loss of sight in adults under 75 years old. One of the most serious complications of diabetes is when the retina is damaged by increased...

Toric Contact Lenses for Astigmatism

Have you considered contact lenses as a way to correct astigmatism? The cornea of a normally sighted person is spherical, but when you have astigmatism, it's more elliptical. This seemingly minor detail actually changes the way light hits the retina, and results in blurred vision. Toric contact lenses are used...

What is Retinoscopy?

During an eye examination, you may have had a doctor instruct you to peer straight in front of you while directing a light into your eye. So what does this do? This test is a retinoscopy examination, and if you struggle with accurate vision, this is one way the eye...

Eye Safety and Mobile Devices

Technologically, we've really progressed in the past few years and now, it would be challenging to find someone not on some sort of smartphone. Tablets and smartphones are extremely convenient when we're on the go. Nevertheless as these devices have little screens, many people tend to hold their smartphones a...

Getting Eyeglasses to help With Computer Strain

Did you know that a pair of prescription glasses that are fitted specifically for you can help with computer related eye strain? Even if you don’t experience other vision problems wearing a specifically made pair of glasses while working on the computer can significantly change how you work. If you...

Bettering the Bifocal: Multifocal Lenses

Are you having trouble reading small print? If you're close to middle-age, you might have presbyopia. If you already wear glasses for distance vision, and are later on diagnosed with presbyopia, you don't have to start carrying and switching between two pairs of glasses. Multifocal lenses help you see clearly...

Come Prepared

How can you make your next eye exam even more productive? In order for us to guarantee that your exam is effective and worthwhile, there are a few facts we'll need to know. Because your eyes can be affected by seemingly unrelated health conditions, you'll need to let us know...

Eye Patches: A Simple Solution to a Common Problem

Are you concerned that your son or daughter has a lazy eye? It forms when vision is suppressed, but only in one eye. This may happen if someone can't see properly through one eye because of nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism, or something that could be limiting clear sight in that...

Night Vision

You're settled down for bed, so you turn out the lights, but you can't fall asleep. You open your eyes and it's all dark. You notice that it's difficult to see for a few moments before your eyes adjust. This process, "dark adaptation," allows our eyes to adjust to the...

What is Presbyopia?

Alas, experiencing trouble with reading is a common occurrence in middle aged people. Seeing clearly things that are up close is an age related function of your vision which gets weaker as you become older. This is why: As time passes, your eye's lens becomes increasingly inflexible, decreasing your ability...

Let’s Play Safe: Eye Safety and Children

It's important for parents to know how to choose toys that are the safest and the most beneficial for kids. Children are born with an immature visual system which, through stimulation, becomes more refined throughout their growing years. There aren't many things that help a child's visual development better than...

See Your Child Off To School with Good Vision

  A huge percentage of school-based learning is achieved with children's eyes. Yet interestingly, in spite of this obvious connection between sight and learning, a lot of parents don't seem to be aware of just how common vision problems are, and as a result, don't get their child's eyes checked...

Struggling with Convergence Insufficiency

Too often, kids are incorrectly diagnosed with all kinds of behavioral problems, when the problem is something else completely. You may be relieved to know that he or she may have a hidden condition, which hinders learning at school, called Convergence Insufficiency (CI). CI is a near vision problem that...

Understanding 20/20 Vision and Visual Acuity

It's safe to assume that you've come across the terms 20/20 vision and visual acuity. As frequently used as these terms may be, do you actually know what they mean? When you understand what they imply, you will get why your optometrist needs you to do more than simply read...

Coloured Contacts

Have you thought about trying coloured contacts? Well, there are plenty of colour contact lenses available to subtly boost or distinctly transform your natural eye colour. There is a whole spectrum of colour contact lenses available these days, guaranteeing that you'll be sure to find just what you want. Regardless...

Focusing on Eyelid Hygiene

Are you suffering from inflamed eyelids, also known as blepharitis? Blepharitis is a commonly occurring eyelid inflammation, sometimes linked to a bacterial eye infection, some sorts of skin conditions, such as acne, or dry eyes. Often, symptoms include redness, itching, burning, the feeling of a gritty or foreign body in...

The Importance of Changing Your Contact Lenses

Do you ever leave your soft contact lenses in for an extra few days? We don't need to tell you that a lot of things are at their best when they are at their freshest. It's important to know that the same can be used to understand the importance of...

Treating Cataracts

Do you know that cataracts are the leading source of deteriorating vision among those 55 and older? In fact, more than 50% of all people who are 65 and older has some degree of cataract development. And by the time they hit 80, it is likely that most people will...

Protecting Yourself from UV Rays

It's a fact that basically everybody is exposed to UV rays. Even though this is the case, the potential risks related to years of exposure to these harsh rays aren't really thought about, and the majority of people barely take enough action to shield their eyes, even if they're planning...

Don’t Miss Our Second Annual Frame Show!

Lake Country Optometry Second Annual Frame Show Saturday June 2, 2012 9-4pm Come join us for fantastic deals on eyewear at our second annual frame show and open house! Frame representatives will be on site with their entire line of frames for purchase, including Maui Jim, Lafont Paris, Izumi, Kliik...

Is it Time for Your Annual Comprehensive Eye Exam?

May is healthy vision month. When was the last time you had a comprehensive eye exam? Getting your eyes tested annually is one of the most effective steps you can take to guarantee your eyes remain healthy. During your procedure, your optometrist thoroughly examines your eyes, making sure you're clear...

New From Transitions® Optical: The Transitions® Vantage™ Lens

Great news for anyone in the market for dependable variable tint lenses: Transitions® Optical has announced an exciting product as part of their comprehensive range. It's called the Transitions® Vantage™ lens. The company has added a great new feature to their impressive light adapting lens with the addition of revolutionary...

Recognizing When to Get Your Vision Checked

Often, when either children an adults experience poor vision, it can be the result of several possible factors including anatomical changes or irregularities in the eye, diseases affecting the eye, side effects of medicine or eye injuries. Many people also report visual abnormalities associated with age or eye stress. This...

A Look Inside Women’s Eye Health and Safety

It's no surprise that the various stages of a woman's life often have a strong impact on her eye health and vision. Eye disease among the female population is being diagnosed in growing numbers, particularly in aging women. Actually, studies show that large numbers of women over the age of...

LCO Joins Eye Recommend

Lake Country Optometry joined Eye Recommend, a non-profit, co-operative network consisting of independent, progressive-thinking optometrists who provide full optometric services to their patients.  Each Doctors Eyecare practice is independent but as a group we share a common vision.  Each doctor maintains the highest standards of education, technical skills, and professional ethics, keeping patient welfare as their top priority. Members of Doctors Eyecare deliver comprehensive patient-centered eyecare integrated with high quality, high value vision products. 

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