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Why Should You Regularly Visit An Optometrist?

Regular check-ups with your primary care physician is highly recommended and is known to be a smart way to ensure you are in good health. The same can be said with visiting a dentist to maintain healthy dental hygiene. However, when it comes to ocular health, some people fall behind on regular visits to an optometrist, despite these visits being an important part of your regular healthcare.

There are plenty of reasons for you to visit the optometrist, and making regular scheduled appointments is essential for all round wellbeing as well as combating specific eye problems that you may experience throughout your life. It is recommended that you look after your ocular health yourself as much as possible, reducing the potential need for more regular appointments with an optometrist. Some of the ways that you can properly care for your eyes include:

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What Is Dry Eye Syndrome?

Dry eye syndrome is a common condition that affects many people. This condition can be persistent and extremely uncomfortable to those who suffer from it. It can vary in severity and symptoms but is ultimately a pesky issue that almost anyone can be affected by.

Dry eye syndrome occurs when the natural lubrication system of the eyes is not functioning adequately or is being hindered by a range of factors. Dry eye can occur if you don’t produce enough tears, or if the tears that you do produce are of poor quality.

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Why Get An Eye Exam?

Quite often people neglect their ocular health, leaving it in the background of concerns about their general wellbeing and overall health. However, your eyes are an integral part of the body and often provide much more information about your overall health and wellbeing than you may realize. For this reason it is recommended to have annual eye exams, much like you have annual physical exams with your family doctor or annual dental exams with your dentist.

There are countless reasons to get an eye exam, and in an ideal world everyone would have them as part of their regular yearly health check-ups. Here are some specific reasons to have your eyes tested annually.

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Glaucoma Awareness Month | Glaucoma Facts

Glaucoma Awareness Month | Glaucoma Facts

Did you know that Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness in Canada? This particular disease causes progressive degeneration of the optic nerve at the back of the eye, which over time, can eventually lead to gradual, irreversible vision loss. January was Glaucoma awareness month, and since this eye disease affects so many people it’s important to be educated and proactive. 

Information about glaucoma is easy to obtain. In our blog today, we’ve put together some handy glaucoma facts. Don’t forget you can always reach out to us here at Yonge College Optometry for glaucoma screenings and any other questions you may have. 

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Winter Eye Health - Tips for Cold Weather Eye Care

Winter Eye Health – Tips for Cold Weather Eye Care

As with the rest of our body’s routine, our eye care may need to change up a bit when cold weather comes around. Winter eye health can mean taking extra precautions to ensure our eyes are protected from the elements. 

Just like in summer, whether you use contacts or glasses, it’s important to ensure your eyes have what they need to brave the cold temperatures. We’ve got a few tips for you for cold weather eye care below.

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3 Reasons To Book an Eye Exam in 2020

3 Reasons To Book an Eye Exam in 2020

A new year is upon us. It’s estimated that 1 in 3 adults in Canada will make a New Year’s resolution this year. Of these, 73% will break their resolutionsMany of us focus on better health as a New Year’s resolution. In fact, up to 55% of all resolutions are health related. From hitting the gym more to watching what’s on our plate, coming out of the holiday season we clearly have health and wellness on our minds. 

What you may not realise is that your eyes can be an indicator of underlying health problems, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, multiple sclerosis and tumors to name just a few. When was the last time you had an eye exam? If it’s been over two years, it’s time for a check-up. An eye test is one health resolution that’s easy to stick to in 2020!

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Contact Lens Recycling

Contact Lens Recycling Program

For contact lens wearers, there’s just a bit more effort that goes into their every day. Making sure you’ve got enough contacts and solution, ensuring you’ve got your spare glasses in case of emergency. Maintaining eye health can require a bit more vigilance as well. A tiny scratch can mean glasses for a few days or even weeks. Depending on the type of contact lens you use can mean changing out your lenses daily, biweekly, or monthly. 

Regardless of the length of use for your brand of contact lens, it’s important to know you have some options for lens disposal that can leave less of an impact on the environment. Did you know that more than 290 million contact lenses end up in Canadian landfills or waterways every year? Contact lens recycling programs can help reduce landfill waste as it allows for the proper disposal and recycling of packing material and lenses. But why should you participate? And just how easy is it to help out our planet by recycling your contact lens materials? We’ve got a few answers to your frequently asked questions below.

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How Does Diabetes Affect My Eyes

How Does Diabetes Affect Your Eyes?

Diabetes is a fairly common disease that roughly 10% of the public deals with in their daily lives. Whether you’re born with a childhood type of diabetes or it’s a disease you are afflicted with later in life, it’s important to know the symptoms and other ways the disease can affect your health. Blindness and diabetes can unfortunately go hand in hand – this is why it’s incredibly important to be vigilant and take potential symptoms seriously. In our blog today, we discuss how diabetes can affect your eyes. 

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Contact lens tips and mistakes

6 Contact Lens Tips & Mistakes

When starting out wearing contact lenses, users are usually very diligent in following instructions to take care of their contacts. We are careful about washing our hands before putting them in or throwing them away at the right time. But as time goes on, these rules can start to get lax – we get lazy, tired, and distracted.

  • But what happens when you fall asleep with your contact lenses still in?
  • Or are you really doing harm if you don’t wash your hands before taking them out?
  • And, really, what’s the big deal if you keep wearing contact lenses for weeks past their recommended time?

These common contact lens mistakes may seem relatively harmless, but each one has much more serious consequences than you might realize. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) found that there are 930,000 visits to the doctor and 58,000 ER visits each year for keratitis (corneal inflammation) or other contact lens related issues. That’s a lot of avoidable visits to the doctor!

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Sunshine and UV Protection Myths

Whenever you’re out enjoying the sunshine, it’s crucial you wear sunglasses. Many people are aware of the harmful effects of UV radiation on the skin, however, very few realize the dangerous effects it can have on our eyes.

There are different types of UV radiation; the 2 types that predominantly affect our eyes are UV-A and UV-B, both of which can have short term, as well as long term effects.

Being exposed to large quantities of UV radiation in a short period of time can cause a condition called photokeratitis, sometimes referred to as a “sunburn” of the eye. This condition is extremely painful and can cause symptoms such as redness of the eyes, excessive tearing, light sensitivity, and a burning/gritty sensation. More often than not it is caused by artificial exposure to UV light, such as during welding, when the eyes are not properly protected, but it can also occur with direct exposure to intense sunlight.

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