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Importance of eye exams for kids
August 9, 2018
“I am sure my child sees clearly, so why do I need to have their eyes checked?”
 
Just as a child grows very quickly, the eyes can also change.  Once a child is in school, they should be having annual examinations, and more frequently if their eyes are changing or if they are having difficulties in school with learning.  Children are often unaware they have a vision issue as they believe what they are seeing is normal.
 
Did you know:
• 80% of learning is visual for a child. 
• 1 in 4 school-aged children have visual problems
• Children with visual problems are often misdiagnosed as having a learning or behavioral disability.
 
The earlier an eye health or visual problem is identified, the more likely it can be corrected.  Conditions such as amblyopia (lazy eye) and strabismus (crossed or wandering eyes) are best treated when a child is young, as a child may see clearly out of one eye, but not out of the other.
 
If your child is not seeing properly and comfortably, it can impact on their ability to learn.  Book your appointment with Dr. Penny or Dr. Cornelson to discuss any areas of concern.
 
 
It’s Back to School Time; Selecting Kid’s glasses
August 9, 2018
It's that time again to check off the children’s school supply list.  But what about a new pair of eyewear?  We are often so busy running around preparing for the new school year that we forget about our eyes. An updated prescription will start the year off right; with perfect vision. 
 
When choosing eyewear for your child, the most important thing is to make sure they love them!    They need to feel that they look great, so they will want to wear them.  Today’s styles come in fun, vibrant colours, with variety of shapes and sizes.
 
From a practical standpoint, parents will want to make sure that they have a good warranty against breakage and lens scratches.  Spring hinges, or frames with flexibility such as Nano silicone frames are a great buy for kids who are rough on their glasses.
 
So with those basics in mind, go bold, have fun, and try some funky glasses.
 
 
Back to School Sale
August 9, 2018
BEST SALE OF THE YEAR: KIDS EYEWEAR!
 
Get ONE PAIR FREE when you buy a pair of children’s eyewear at Mayfair Eye Care.
 
Give your child his or her best start to the school year with updated eyewear. We believe all kids deserve to have their bet vision possible and so we offer this incredible sale every fall to help parents care for their child’s eyes. It’s our best sale of the year on kids’ glasses. Don’t miss It!
 
Come visit us at Mayfair Eye Care to experience excellence in your child’s vision. With one of Calgary’s best selection of kid’s eyewear, your child is sure to find a pair or two that they will love. You can get a second pair of glasses for FREE or use the sale to get sunglasses.
 
Visit our eye clinic today to ensure your child is all set for a great school year!
 
Some details apply to the sale. Please speak with one of our staff for details.
 
Sale ends on September 30, 2018
 
 
Sports and Contacts
June 28, 2018
Have you ever been playing hockey, soccer or any other sport, and your glasses cause you more of a hassle than a benefit? Sometimes you may think it is better not to even wear them at all for fear of breakage.
 
Contact lenses may be a great alternative for you to improve your abilities in any sport. They not only correct your vision usually better than glasses, but they also provide multiple benefits such as:
● Better peripheral vision
♦ The contacts sit directly on your eye providing a wider field of view and less vision distortion
● More natural vision
♦ Avoid unwanted image size change that glasses may produce
● No slipping or falling of glasses
● No fogging of the lenses
● Better compatibility with safety equipment
 
If you want to avoid the hassle of cleaning your lenses or if you only do these activities once or twice a week, daily lenses are a great alternative for your convenience.
Consider booking in for a contact lens fitting appointment with Dr. Penny to find what lens options may be available for your eyes.
 
 
Hygiene and Contacts
June 28, 2018
Worried about wearing contact lenses due to stories such as getting lenses stuck in your eye or going blind from wearing them for too long?
 
Well worry no longer!
 
Contacts are one of the safest forms of vision correction available, if proper care and wearing instructions are followed.
 
Always remember that contact lenses are considered a medical device, so commitment to proper care is a necessity to maintain your eye health.  Annual vision examinations with Dr. Penny will ensure that you are seeing clearly and comfortably with your contacts, and that your eyes are remaining healthy. 
 
Here are some general tips to make sure your eyes are in safe hands:
• Always wash your hands before you touch your contacts or eyes to prevent transfer of dirt and germs that can lead to an infection.
• Make sure to rub the contact lens in solution for 20-30 seconds on both sides in the palm of your hand to gently clean them every night before storing them in their case.
• Store lenses in the provided case and change your solution every night.  In the morning, rinse the case with hot water and let it air dry.  Make sure to clean your case regularly, at least every 3 months.
• NEVER reuse old or expired solution
• NEVER use water on your lenses
• Follow the recommended wear schedule as provided by Dr. Penny
• If you’re in doubt about your eye health, come into the office.  Remember, all visits for infections are covered by your Alberta Health Care!
 
Want to eliminate some steps? Perhaps consider switching over to a daily contact lens.  Dailies are great for holidays whether you are snorkeling in Maui or hiking in mountains.
 
 
Multifocal Contact Lenses
June 28, 2018
Are you reaching that ‘magical age’ where your reading material such as books, restaurant menus, or other daily tasks that require good near vision have become difficult? Do you have to bring out those pesky reading glasses to do these simple tasks?
 
This is a result of a condition called presbyopia in which your focusing system becomes less flexible, and makes your near vision blurry.
 
Fortunately, these days we have multifocal contact lenses that offer the best of both worlds. They can correct nearsightedness and farsightedness in combination with a presbyopia near prescription, all in one lens!
 
Although more challenging to fit for the optometrist, and it takes a bit of time to adapt to them for most patients, these lenses can work wonders!
 
However, not all prescriptions are able to use to multifocal lenses so alternatively, Dr. Penny can also do a monovision contact lens fitting.  This method uses one eye for distance vision, while the other eye for near.  If the balance is just right, you will see both far away and up close.
 
Interested? Ask Dr. Penny about them at your next visit and see if this is a good alterative for you!
 
 
Does UV light actually damage my eyes?
May 23, 2018
Ultra violet (UV) light comes directly from the sun, but it is also reflected from the ground, water, snow, sand and other bright surfaces.  While UV-A rays pass through the eye they impact on the health of the retina, UV-B rays are absorbed in the front half of the eye where they can cause damage.
 
UV light can cause and lead to such conditions as:
1. Macular degeneration- a degeneration of the central portion of the retina which can lead to blindness.
2. Cataracts- the clouding of the natural lens of the eye.  Exposure to UV-B rays can lead to earlier development.
3. Photo-keratitis- an inflammation of the cornea and conjunctiva (white of the eye) like a sunburn.  Extreme exposure can lead to snow blindness, a painful but reversible condition.
4. Pterygiums- these start as small bumps or growths on the conjunctiva but can grow over the cornea and interfere with vision. 
5. Skin cancers-  certain skin cancers can develop with UV-B exposure on any portion of the face and eyelids.
 
Author Vision Source — Published May 29, 2014
 
 
What sunglass is best for me?
May 23, 2018
Do you want your sunglasses for the beach, deep water fishing, or just hanging outside with your friends?
 
There are many different sunglasses available to meet your unique needs. Overall sunglasses can be larger and make more of a statement than your regular frames. The frame may also be a wrap design if you need protection from reflections.
 
Lenses should always provide complete ultra-violet protection. The best sun-lenses are polaroid which cuts reflected light and glare- perfect for on water, the beach, or the ski slopes! Anti-reflective coatings are also important and can even be applied in a variety of colours in mirror finishes.
 
Most sunglasses are offered in either non-prescription and prescription lenses and can be customized to your preference.  Ask one of our friendly eyewear specialists what option is best for you.
 
 
How Can I Protect my Eyes from UV Light?
May 23, 2018
Blog Title:  How Can I Protect my Eyes from UV Light?
 
Know the dangers. UV rays can come from many directions. They radiate directly from the sun, but they are also reflected from the ground, from water, snow, sand and other bright surfaces.
 
Wear proper eye protection and hats to block the UV rays. To provide adequate protection for your eyes, sunglasses should:
• Block out 99 to 100 percent of both UV-A and UV-B radiation
• Screen out 75 to 90 percent of visible light
• Be perfectly matched in color and free of distortion and imperfection
• Have lenses that are gray for proper color recognition
 
If you spend a lot of time outdoors in bright sunlight, wrap around frames can provide additional protection from the harmful solar radiation. Lastly, don’t forget about protection for your children and teenagers, as they typically spend more time in the sun than adults.
 
Author Vision Source — Published May 29, 2014
 
 
Ocular allergies; Do you know the symptoms?
April 9, 2018
When you say, "I have allergies," people expect you to sneeze or have eczema on your skin. But your nose isn’t the only part of your body that gets hit during an allergy attack. You can also have red, swollen, and itchy eyes.
 
The usual suspects -- pollen, dust mites, pet dander, feathers, and other indoor or outdoor allergens -- can set off eye allergy symptoms.  With spring in the air, we also have snow mold, tree pollens and cottonwood fluff, weeds, and flowers that can also affect your eyes.
 
Eye symptoms of allergies include:
• Itching
• Tearing
• Blurred vision
• Burning sensation
• Swollen eyelids
• Sensitivity to light
 
Eye allergies also known as allergic conjunctivitis is just like any other allergic reaction.  It is also caused by a misfiring of the immune system, the body's natural defense mechanism in response to an allergen like pollen. Cells in your eyes called mast cells release histamine and other chemicals that cause inflammation. The result: itching, redness, and watering eyes.
 
Know the enemy; watch out for those allergy triggers!
April 9, 2018
Ocular allergic reactions occur when the body encounters a trigger.  These triggers can be either inside or outside.  Seasonal allergies start in the spring and may continue until the first heavy frost in the fall.
 
Outdoor Triggers: 
If your eyes well up when you go outside during spring or summer, you may have seasonal allergic conjunctivitis. Grass, tree, and weed pollens are the worst offenders. When pollen counts are high, stay indoors, keep your windows closed, and run the air conditioner. Wear sunglasses to keep pollen out of your eyes.
 
If you love to garden or be outside, when you come inside, hit the shower also washing your hair and eye lashes and change your clothes.
 
Indoor Triggers:
Pet dander, dust mites, and molds top the list. They can cause symptoms all year long. If you have a pet, keep him out of your bedroom. Can't resist playing with Fluffy or Fido at a friend’s house? Wash your hands ASAP when you’re done. Change clothes as soon as you go home.
 
Action Plan; fight those ocular allergies!
April 9, 2018
Take a Hands-Off Approach
• It’s hard not to touch them, but it’ll only make things worse!
• Skip the eye makeup and apply cool compresses to your eyes. Wash your hands often.
• When pollen counts are high, stay indoors, keep your windows closed, and run the air conditioner.
• If you have a pet, keep him out of your bedroom.
• Clean floors with a damp mop. Don't sweep -- it stirs up allergens.
• Clean bathrooms, kitchens, and basements where mold lurks.
• Get a HEPA filter for your air conditioner, too. It can trap mold spores before they attack your eyes.
 
Other Ways to Reduce Symptoms:
• Wear sunglasses when you go outside. They'll block some of the pollen and other outdoor allergens from getting into your eyes.
• Rinse your eyes with water or apply a cold, wet washcloth.
• Use artificial tears to moisten dry eyes and wash out allergens.
• Take out your contact lenses and wear your glasses.
 
Medications
There are many medications, both oral and in drop form to help you control your allergies.  Speak to Dr. Penny about your best options.
 
 
Eat for your Eyes: The best green smoothie
April 9, 2018
Summary:
Eat for your Eyes is a carefully curated collection of recipes that are delicious and good for your vision and eye health. Certain foods contain lots of goodness to help keep your eyes healthy, such as beta carotene and vitamin A. The team at Mayfair Eye Care encourages you to be your best and eat healthy to ensure good vision for your best life!
 
The best green smoothie tastes amazing and contains a super healthy ingredient, kale, which is packed with good stuff for your eyes
 
Recipe: The Best Green Smoothie
DESCRIPTION:
The best basic, smooth, creamy green smoothie. So easy – just blend peaches, mango, kale, almond milk, and ginger. Honey or cinnamon if you want, too! ♡
INGREDIENTS:
• 1 cup frozen mango chunks
• 1/2 cup frozen peach slices
• a handful of kale (stems removed)
• 1-2 cups almond milk
• 1/2-inch slice of fresh ginger
• sprinkle of cinnamon
• honey to taste
INSTRUCTIONS:
Blend until smooth!
 
Recipe is thanks to Pinch of Yum: https://pinchofyum.com/the-best-green-smoothie
 
 
What is vision therapy?
March 20, 2018
Vision therapy or eye training develops, improves, and enhances a person’s visual performance. Our programs are:
• Customized to your specific visual problem
• Personalized to your unique situation and responses
• Realistic in the life / vision therapy time balance
• Developed, supervised, and given by an experienced doctor and vision therapists who have over 60 years collective experience
 
Working together we also provide applications of these new skills into academics, sports and work.
 
Most of our office sessions are every three weeks, and use:
• Therapeutic lenses, prisms and filters
• Tracking exercises
• Specialized optical equipment to develop binocular vision and focusing skills
• Perceptual activities to develop visual memory, letter and number reversals, eye hand coordination and visual spatial skills.
 
We provide on-going assessment and re-evaluation throughout your therapy program, and when your program is complete we will provide you with a maintenance program, so you can monitor your vision over time.
 
Tracking difficulties
March 20, 2018
Losing your place or skipping words when reading?
Eye movements require the highest level of movement precision in the human body.   This skill allows rapid and accurate shifting of the eyes along a line of print in a book, quick and accurate shifts from one point to another, and ability to follow a ball in sports.
 
Signs of inadequate eye movement control include:
· using the finger to help the eyes maintain fixation during reading
· loss of place when reading or copying from the chalkboard
· skipping words or re-reading
· repeatedly omitting small words
· words reversals such as “on” / “no”, also “was” / “saw”. 
 
Remediation of tracking difficulties is the most frequent area helped within our vision therapy programs.  With dedication and diligence in your home program, you can correct tracking difficulties in a relatively short period of time.
 
 
Importance of eye exams for kids
March 20, 2018
“I am sure my child sees clearly, so why do I need to have their eyes checked?”
 
Just as a child grows very quickly, the eyes can also change.  Once a child is in school, they should be having annual examinations, and more frequently if their eyes are changing or if they are having difficulties in school with learning.  Children are often unaware they have a vision issue as they believe what they are seeing is normal.
Did you know:
 
• 80% of learning is visual for a child.
• 1 in 4 school-aged children have visual problems
•Children with visual problems are often misdiagnosed as having a learning or behavioral disability
 
The earlier an eye health or visual problem is identified, the more likely it can be corrected.  Conditions such as amblyopia (lazy eye) and strabismus (crossed or wandering eyes) are best treated when a child is young, as a child may see clearly out of one eye, but not out of the other.
 
If your child is not seeing properly and comfortably, it can impact on their ability to learn.
 
Source: aao pamphlet
 
Are you at risk from Ultraviolet light?
February 21, 2018

Adults and even children who work or play in the sun for extended periods of time are at the greatest risk.  The risk of sun-related eye problems is even higher for the following people! Ask yourself:

  • Have you had cataract and refractive surgery?
  • Do you or your family have retinal degeneration including macular degeneration?
  • Are you on certain medicines, such as tetracycline, sulfa drugs, birth control pills, diuretics and tranquilizers (that increase the eye’s sensitivity to light)?
  • Are you a welder, medical technologist or do you work in the graphic arts or in the manufacturing of electronic circuit boards?

If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions, talk to Dr. Penny or one of our eyewear specialists to help you select the best option for you to protect your eyes!

Posted In Eye Health Awareness

 

How can I improve my child’s eyesight?
February 21, 2018
Parents often ask “How can I improve my child’s eyesight?”  Good vision habits are a great starting point to ensure proper use of the eyes by keeping your focusing relaxed, and the two of them working well together.  Here are some simple, but effective tips!
 
  • Practice the 20:20:20 Rule. Every 20 minutes, look greater than 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds.
  • Your ideal reading and desk work distance should be from the centre of the middle knuckle to the centre of the elbow, measured on the outside of the arm. This distance is unique to every person. 
  • When studying, place a book mark three or four pages ahead. Get up and move around for at least one minute each time you reach the book mark. 
  • When reading, occasionally look off at a specific distant object and let its details come into focus. Maintain awareness of other objects and details surrounding them. Do this at least at the end of each page. 
  • Sit UPRIGHT. Practice holding your back arched while you read and write. Avoid reading while lying on your stomach on the floor. Avoid reading in bed, unless reasonably upright.
  • Provide for adequate general lighting as well as good central lighting at the near task. The lighting on the task should be about three times that of the surrounding background.
Loving your eyes: what vitamins do I need to maintain good eyesight?
February 21, 2018
With normal aging, the eyes become more susceptible to damage caused by an unhealthy lifestyle and overactive immune system. This results in the body becoming flooded with defense cells and hormones that damage parts of the eyes including the retina. While certain conditions, such as macular degeneration is also hereditary, a proactive lifestyle including diet, exercise, sun protection, and vitamin supplements is also mandatory. 
 
The top eye vitamins are lutein, zeaxanthin, vitamin C, vitamin E, zinc, vitamin A and omega-3. They help stop free radical damage; preventing macular degeneration; reduce glaucoma, eye fatigue, flare and light sensitivity; and strengthen tissues in the eyes and elsewhere in the body.
 
Some of the best foods that provide eye vitamins include the brightly coloured fruits and vegetables such as carrots, leafy greens, cruciferous vegetables, citrus fruits, sweet potatoes, green beans, whole eggs, berries, papaya, mango, kiwi, melon, guava, red bell peppers, peas, nuts, seeds, wild-caught seafood, grass-fed meat and pasture-raised poultry.
 
Talk to Dr. Penny to see which supplement is best for you to add into your daily routine.