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Care of Contact Lenses

Care of Contact Lenses

Contact lenses are great for most people. People enjoy the freedom of not wearing their eyeglasses. However, if you don’t take good care of your lenses, you are more likely to suffer from eye infections and other diseases.

Here are some tips for caring for your contact lenses:

Wash your hands thoroughly before handling your contacts. You should wash your hands with soap and water to keep them clean. You should also dry them with a lint-free towel.

Use only contact lens cleaner for storing and cleaning them. Spit, water (any type—tap or sterile), or saline solution is not effective for cleaning or storing your contact lenses. None of those is good at disinfecting or cleaning lenses.

Wear and replace your contacts as directed by your eye doctor. Some lenses are made to be worn once and then thrown out. Some can be worn daily for up to two weeks as long as you clean them and store them properly. Some are not disposable. They are meant to be worn for a year. Learn about what type of contacts you have and how often you need to replace them.

Don’t forget about the case. Your contact lens case can be a big source of contamination and infection. You should clean it regularly by using solution and then letting it air dry and replace it every three months.

Though the type of contacts, how much you wear them, and how often you replace them can all be factors in getting eye infections and other diseases, the proper care of your contact lenses is also important. If you have any questions, you should seek professional advice from your eye doctor. You should always wear your contacts as directed and replace them when needed to keep your eyes as healthy as possible.

Eye Care

Eye Care

The saying goes that you only have two eyes, so you need to make sure you take good care of them. Life is much better when you can see clearly. Eye infections and other diseases can make you very miserable, especially if your eyes are itchy and inflamed.

To ensure you have healthy eyes, here are some tips for taking proper care of your eyes:

Go to your eye doctor regularly. Routine appointments will ensure your eyes are healthy and you can see as clearly as possible with the correct prescription in your contact lenses or eyeglasses.

Stop smoking. Studies show that smokers have more trouble with their contact lenses than people who don’t smoke.

Wear protective glasses when necessary. Safety glasses are made to keep your eyes safe. Anytime you do something dangerous be sure to wear safety glasses so you can keep your eyes safe from flying debris.

If you want to wear colored contact lenses, get them from an eye doctor. Many costume shops sell colored lenses, especially around Halloween. These can cause permanent damage. Many eye doctors offer colored lenses from a reputable contact lens dealer.

Remove your contacts immediately if you get something in them. Flush your eyes out if you get dust, dirt, or anything else in them. You will also want to remove your contacts if you are having pain in your eyes, blurry vision, discharge, swelling, or any other problems in which your eyes are really bothering you.

Seek emergency care when necessary. Some conditions require prompt medical help. If you suddenly lose your vision or you can’t see at all, call 911. If you get something in your eyes like chemicals or any other foreign object, go to the doctor immediately. The same goes for any trauma in which you get hit in the face.

It is really important for your overall health to take proper care of your eyes. The first step is to have routine examinations so you can see clearly. During examinations doctors also look for any potential problems so they can fix them before they get worse. Make sure that you wear safety glasses when necessary and, if you get something in your eyes, remove your contacts right away. Don’t ever hesitate to seek emergency help. You don’t want to lose your vision permanently because you didn’t go to the hospital right away!

Look Optometry – the first clinic in Canada to provide BlephEx treatment for Ocular Surface Disease (Dry Eyes)

Ocular Surface Disease, also known as Dry Eyes, has many causes and one of those causes in Blepharitis.  Blepharitis can go unnoticed or in most cases untreated, until now.  Blephex removes scurf, biofilm and bacterial extoxins, the main causes of inflammatory lid disease, thereby improving the health of the eyelid.  Blephex is a painless procedure for most individuals and shows great improvement in patient’s dry eye condition.

Look Optometry is proud to say we were the first clinic in Canada to provide this treatment to our patients.   On that note, we were the first clinic in BC to provide Bruder Compresses, which also helps in Ocular Surface Disease.

Keep in mind, dry eyes is a multi-factorial disease, and many factors cause dry eyes, including certain medications, vitamin deficiency, environmental factors, refractive surgery, blepharitis and more.

Call our office at 604.501.0900 to book a dry eyes consultation.

 

 

Routine examinations

Routine examinations

You have only two eyes, so it is important to take care of them correctly. Routine examinations will ensure that your eyes are healthy and that you have the correct prescription in your glasses or contact lenses, if needed. Sometimes your eyes can become diseased or have problems. Some of those times can signify an emergency. Here are some times when you really need to have your eyes checked as soon as possible:

Trauma. Eyes can easily be damaged, just like any other part of your body. You may get hit in the face by a ball, bat, or anything else.

Something in your eyes. There are a lot of times when you might get something in your eyes. Sand, dirt, chemicals, and other debris can cause a lot of irritation and damage. It is really important to wear safety glasses whenever you are doing anything that could cause something to get in your eyes and damage them.

Painful or irritated eyes, or if you can’t open your eyes at all. Whenever your eyes are painful or irritated, it is important to get them seen. A lot of different diseases can cause this irritation. If you are having trouble opening your eyes, this can be a sign of a big problem. If any of these diseases are left untreated, you may lose your vision or become blind.

Changes in your vision. Changes in your vision are never good. You might have periods where you can’t see. You might see flashing lights. Many of these changes can make you nauseous and sick. You really need to be seen right away when you are having trouble with your vision.

Besides the fact that some of these problems can cause a lot of damage and have long-lasting effects, you should try to be seen quickly so that you can also start to get some relief and feel better. You don’t want to wait and cause a lot of damage to your eyes or even lose your vision, possibly permanently.

Omega 3’s : Brain Food and more!

At Look Optometry and Eyewear, we not only want to serve all your eye needs, but also want to keep you healthy as a whole.  We as eye care practitioners have the ability to see signs of diabetes, high blood pressure, cholesterol, myasthenia gravis, multiple sclerosis and much more!  When optometrists see signs and symptoms of dry eyes, many will say that the tear film is low in omega 3s.  However, I would say not only does your tear film lack omega 3s, but the entire body does, even the brain!  Low levels of ‘good fat’ can lead to depression, anxiety and memory loss, and many more consequences.  Please watch the video below and hopefully it will inspire you to have a few more nuts and seeds in your diet.

  • Dr S Bhullar

 

Types of Contacts

Types of Contacts

If you have decided to try contacts, the experience can feel like a whole new world. There are so many types of contacts that the decision can be quite confusing, though your ophthalmologist will help you decide which types of contacts would be best for you. It never hurts to be informed, so here are some of the most popular types of contact lenses available.

Disposable-wear lenses are made to be thrown away after you wear them for a certain time. There are some made to be replaced daily, while others are made to last up to two weeks, if not longer. Wearing disposable lenses is better for the health and comfort for your eyes. There are substances in your tears (like protein, calcium, and more) that build up on your lenses, which can get quite uncomfortable. Also, the longer you wear a pair of contacts, the more likely your eyes are to get infected.

Extended-wear lenses are disposable lenses that can be worn for a longer period of time. You can even wear them when you sleep. They can last up to two weeks or even longer depending how often you wear them.

Daily-wear lenses are disposable lenses, and it is recommended that you change them daily. They can be quite convenient since you won’t have to worry about cleaning them. They are good to wear when you play sports since they are affordable enough to throw away after a game.

Bifocal and multifocal contact lenses are popular with people who wear bifocal or multifocal glasses but are ready to try contacts! Both of your prescriptions are combined in contact lenses so you won’t have to carry two pairs of glasses around or change your contacts every time you decide to switch activities.

Colored contact lenses are very popular. They are used when people want to change or enhance their natural eye color. They are also popular around Halloween and other special occasions. They come in both prescription and non-prescription lenses.To make colored contacts look natural, they are filled with multiple dots of color just like your normal iris. They also come in many colors, including hazel, brown, gray, violet, and more!

There are so many options when it comes to contacts, so you should have no problem finding the perfect one for you! Together, we can find the right set for you so your eyes can stay healthy while also giving you the vision you deserve.

LASIK

LASIK

LASIK vision correction can be a wonderful thing—if you want to get rid of your glasses for good! Many people have had wonderful success with it, and it is becoming a popular surgery as more and more people want to lose their glasses. However, it is still a surgery, and before you get it you need to understand what you are getting into.

Prior to having LASIK vision correction, it is important to set up a consultation with the ophthalmologist who will perform the procedure. At this consultation we will perform a thorough examination and review your history to make sure you are a good candidate for surgery. It is important to ask any questions you have during your visit.

We want you to learn about the procedure, the risks, and the aftercare. We want you to be able to make an informed decision about proceeding with the surgery.

Prior to surgery you won’t be able to wear your contacts for several days or weeks, depending on the type you wear. It is important to come to the surgery free of makeup and wearing comfortable clothes. Make sure you have someone to drive you home since you won’t be able to drive yourself afterwards.

After surgery you may experience temporary side effects. These usually don’t last very long and are harmless. You may be sensitive to light and see halos especially at night. You may have blurry vision, which can last a few days. Some people have complained about their eyes being uncomfortable and itchy. To help with the side effects, you won’t be able to rub your eyes for a week. We also recommend wearing sunglasses to help guard against the sun. You should not wear makeup for a week after surgery. You should also limit yourself—don’t do anything strenuous for the first week. If you get medications, it is important you take them as prescribed.

You will also want to come to any follow-up appointments that are recommended so we can ensure you are healing the way you are supposed to. LASIK can be wonderful, though it is important to make an informed decision. Learn all you can so you are ready for the surgery.

A Quick Guide To Eyeglass Frames & Lenses

A Quick Guide To Eyeglass Frames & Lenses

Once you get your first prescription for glasses, the fun begins! Being faced with so many options when it comes to your frames may cause you to feel overwhelmed, especially if you haven’t worn glasses before. When you finally settle on some frames, you need to decide what types of lenses you want. There are many choices to ensure you have the vision you deserve.

Here are some of the choices you can make for your lenses and frames:

You can get an anti-scratch coating, which can be helpful if you are really hard on your glasses. It is not perfect, but it could save you from needing a new pair of lenses before your next eye appointment.

Many people like to have an anti-reflection coating on their eyeglass lenses to help them see better at night. This can also help with the glare you may get when you are in photographs.

Photochromic treatments are also popular. They darken like sunglasses when you walk outside. The lenses become clear again when you are inside so you can see just fine indoors as well. This keeps you from needing another set of sunglasses; your glasses will double as sunglasses. If you are thinking of getting photochromic treatments, you should also think about adding some UV-blocking protection in your lenses so they really act like sunglasses. Most sunglasses offer one hundred percent UV protection, so you might want the same for your glasses if they will double as your sunglasses.

Progressive glasses are becoming better and better. They are not your grandparents’ bifocals. Progressive lenses do not have the typical line that most people associate with bifocals. They also make it easier to see. The transition when you look around is smoother.

There are so many choices when it comes to picking out the correct lenses for your frames. However, any time you have questions, feel free to ask us so you will be happy with your new glasses!