New Year’s Checklist

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It’s the start of a new year and we would like you to make a resolution to include eye health as part of your family’s health plan. A few things to keep in mind:

1. Make sure your children receive their 1st eye exam at the age of 6 months, and then every year after that. Children’s eye exams are 100% covered every year (or every 6 months if necessary) up to the age of 18 by your BC MSP Care Card at Lucent Family Eye Care. Since they are growing so fast, so are their eyes. Let’s ensure they stay healthy from year to year.

2. Seniors over the age of 65 should also include an eye exam in their schedule every year. The majority of eye diseases give out no warning signs or symptoms and often times can be prevented or treated if discovered early on. Senior’s eye exams (65+) are 100% covered every year by your BC MSP Care Card at Lucent Family Eye Care.

3. Have your eyes examined without delay if you experience any visual changes, red eyes, pain, flashes of light, or injuries. Diabetics should have more frequent examinations. African-Canadians & Asians are at a higher risk for glaucoma and also require closer monitoring. Some of these exams are covered by your BC MSP Care Card as well depending on the nature of the condition.

4. Protective eye wear should always be worn when playing sports or working with mechanical tools or dangerous chemicals. Over 90% of eye injuries can be preventable this way!

5. Contact lens wearers should always have a proper contact lens fitting from your BC Doctor of Optometry. Contact lenses that fit too loosely will cause them to be uncomfortable and blurry with every blink. Lenses that fit too tightly will cause your eyes to be deprived of oxygen which could lead to short term damage such as eye infections that could leave permanent scars, and/or long-term damage which could cause permanent blurred vision when you get older.

6. Finally, just remember that each of us only has TWO eyes and they cannot be replaced. There isn’t a cure or treatment for every sort of eye disease or problem, so prevention is the key! Just imagine doing the same everyday activities with your eyes closed… pretty difficulty? Or even with just one eye closed…

Sometimes when you notice there is a problem, it’s already too late.

If you ever experience anything out of the ordinary, don’t hesitate to give us a call and we will try our best to answer your questions!

 

From the practice of:

Lucent Family Eye Care – Optometrists

Dr. Linda Yee, O.D.

7578 6th Street, Burnaby, BC V3N 3M3

Tel: (604) 777-7577

Email: info@lfec.ca

Web: http://www.lfec.ca

 

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Hanging out at the Canadian Diabetes Association conference

The 15th annual Canadian Diabetes Association conference took place this past week at the Vancouver Convention Centre. The BC Association of Optometrists along with the Canadian Association of Optometrists also participated in this conference by educating other Health Care Providers on how diabetes can affect a person’s eyes. Pacific Medical was kind enough to set up a retinal camera at our booth to demonstrate how BC Doctors of Optometry can look into a patient’s eyes and detect diabetes and other disease in our retina and also document it via a photograph. Dr. Linda Yee and other optometrists were present at this conference and helped to educate other practitioners including nurses, pharmacists and diabetic educators on how to care for their eyes and educate the public.

Here are some photographs from our booth! We had so much fun taking photos of everyone’s eyes and almost 80% of these professionals have never even seen the inside of their eyes before! Have you?

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From the practice of:

Lucent Family Eye Care – Optometrists

Dr. Linda Yee, O.D.

7578 6th Street, Burnaby, BC V3N 3M3

Tel: (604) 777-7577

Email: info@lfec.ca

Web: http://www.lfec.ca

October is National Eye Health Month – Children’s Vision

The theme of National Eye Health Month this year is children’s vision:

  • More than 80 per cent of a child’s learning is based on vision.
  • Identifying eye health issues at this age is critical, as they can begin to affect children’s academic and social development.
  • One in five children has a vision disorder. Not knowing any differently, many of these children accept poor vision and other eye problems as normal.
  • Not all children’s eye conditions have obvious symptoms. The best way to protect your child’s eye health is with regular eye exams.
  • BC Doctors of Optometry recommend children have their first eye exam at six months of age, again at age three, again before entering school and annually thereafter.

Has your child had their 1st eye exam yet? If not, schedule one now during children’s vision month to make sure your child does not have a vision disorder. Eye exams at Lucent Family Eye Care are fast, fun, and painless! Don’t worry if your child doesn’t know their A-B-C’s or doesn’t even talk yet, our doctors have other ways of determining what your child can see.

From the practice of:

Lucent Family Eye Care – Optometrists

Dr. Linda Yee, O.D.

7578 6th Street, Burnaby, BC V3N 3M3

Tel: (604) 777-7577

Email: info@lfec.ca

Web: http://www.lfec.ca

Why caking on the eyeliner might not be such a good idea…

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Eyeliner is a huge source of eye problems, especially if you are caking it on all over the lid margins, covering up the oil glands. The clear spots in the black field of eyeliner are oil glands that were uncovered by pressing on them. What is the big deal about covered up oil glands? Well if the oil is not coming out easily, it will not be able to get onto your eyes and your tear film will be less than optimal, often times making your eyes feel dry and uncomfortable and you will also be unable to wear contacts comfortably. You do not have to stop wearing eyeliner, just keep it towards the front of the lid margin, away from those oil glands!

Original post adapted from Dr. Justin Bazan, OD from Park Slope Eye

From the practice of:

Lucent Family Eye Care – Optometrists

Dr. Linda Yee, O.D.

7578 6th Street, Burnaby, BC V3N 3M3

Tel: (604) 777-7577

Email: info@lfec.ca

Web: http://www.lfec.ca

Sunglasses Will Save Your Eyes!

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Summer is starting to come to an end, but that doesn’t mean we can stop wearing our sunglasses outdoors.  Our eyes are exposed to UV radiation year round and causes damage to our eyes in several ways.

Short-Term Effects:

If you are exposed to excessive amounts of UV radiation in a short period of time, you may experience photokeratitis, which is an inflammation of the cornea. It can often feel like a “sunburn on the eye” which may be painful and cause symptoms including red eyes, a gritty feeling in your eyes, light sensitivity, and excessive tearing.  Fortunately, this is usually temporary and rarely causes permanent damage to your eyes.

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Long-Term Effects:

The long-term effects of UV radiation exposure are more serious. These include:

Cataracts, which is a clouding of your vision that makes small print increasingly difficult to see and night time driving more difficult because of glare.  If it gets bad enough, surgery is an option to remove the cataract and to replace it with an artificial lens.

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Macular Degeneration, which is damage to the retina in the area of your central vision, resulting in a large area of blindness in your direct line of sight. This damage is not reversible, but if caught early, can be managed to slow down its progression or limit its effects.

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Top: Normal Retina; Bottom: Macular degeneration

Pterygium, a whitish growth that starts from the white part of your eyes and invades the clear part of your eyes.  If it continues to grow, it can eventually cover your vision. Surgery is an option to cut and peel off this growth, but may leave scars and subsequent irritation. There is a high chance that it will grow back if sunglasses aren’t worn afterwards.

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Pinguecula, a yellowish, elevated growth that forms on the white part of your eye. Surgery is usually not performed on this because it does not impede with vision. The consequences of having these on the eye are eye irritation, dry eyes, and a cosmetically unattractive yellow bump!

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Skin cancer around the eyelids, such as basal cell carcinomas, squamous cell carcinomas, or actinic keratosis, etc can grow on the upper or lower lids due to sun exposure.

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Your sunglasses should block out 99 to 100% of UVA and UVB radiation in order to protect your eyes. If you are unsure, bring in your pair and we can check it for you right here in our office with our UV lensometer!

From the practice of:

Lucent Family Eye Care – Optometrists

Dr. Linda Yee, O.D.

7578 6th Street, Burnaby, BC V3N 3M3

Tel: (604) 777-7577

Email: info@lfec.ca

Web: http://www.lfec.ca

Headaches & Vision Blackouts

Have you experienced frequent headaches with blurred vision, constricted peripheral vision, or dizziness? If so, an optic nerve head and visual fields assessment is necessary to rule out idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH). If papilledema (raised optic nerve heads) is observed within the eye, MRI imaging is critical to ruling out any space occupying lesions in the brain.

Most common signs & symptoms in IIH:

  • Young women between the ages of 20-45
  • Obesity
  • Frequent headaches
  • Dizziness, vomiting, nausea
  • Tinnitus (“rushing” sound in the ear)
  • Transient visual obscurations
  • General blurriness of vision
  • Double vision

If you notice some or all of these symptoms, prompt evaluation and treatment should be sought, otherwise permanent vision loss can occur!

From the practice of:

Lucent Family Eye Care – Optometrists

Dr. Linda Yee, O.D.

7578 6th Street, Burnaby, BC V3N 3M3

Tel: (604) 777-7577

Email: info@lfec.ca

Web: http://www.lfec.ca