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Stay informed by reading the helpful blog from Optometrists’ Clinic. Learn more about various eye health topics from your Edmonton leaders in vision care. We’ve proudly served patients of all ages since 1938.

  • Dehydration and Eye Health in Edmonton Alberta
    Dehydration and Ocular Health

    Statistically, the average adult human body is 50 to 65 percent water. When it comes to our vision and eye structure, water is a critical component. Most of the eye is filled with a substance like jelly called the vitreous humour, while the front of the eye is filled with a clear fluid called aqueous humour, which is more watery (humour meaning fluid).

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  • Eye Exams in Edmonton Alberta
    Eye Exam: What to Expect at Your Eye Doctor in Edmonton

    When was the last time you had an eye exam? A comprehensive eye checkup is just as important as your physical examination and an essential part of healthcare. Your eye doctor in Edmonton will conduct a detailed examination to determine if you need prescription eyewear, and also check for ocular health problems such as Glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, etc.

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  • 13/10/2016
    Prescription Safety Glasses: How to Choose the Right Pair

    Invest in a pair of prescription safety glasses to protect yourself at the workplace, during sporting events or for weekend DIY projects at home. Healthcare experts say that wearing the right type of protective eyewear can prevent 90 per cent of eye injuries.

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    The Science Behind Carrots and Eye Health

    Carrots are an amazing food – it’s a root vegetable that is rich in beta-carotene, a naturally occurring pigment that nourishes the eye. For centuries, carrots have been connected with health benefits. In the Middle Ages, carrots were believed to cure anything from sexually transmitted diseases to snakebites. Carrots became associated with vision, particularly night vision, during World War II when the British Royal Air Force published a story that said skilled fighter pilot John “Cats’ Eyes” Cunningham could thank a steady diet of carrots for his night vision flying prowess.

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  • Ocular vitamins for eye health in Edmonton, Alberta
    Take Your Ocular Vitamins: Fight Macular Degeneration and Visit Your Edmonton Optometrist Regularly

    Growing up, we all heard how important it was to take our vitamins. As we age, it remains an important part of staying healthy and supporting strong functioning throughout our body. Your eyes, in particular, can benefit from a healthy, balanced diet that is rich in vitamins and minerals. Unfortunately, getting the daily recommended dose of so many different vitamins and minerals can be very challenging. That is why ocular vitamins are so vital to maintaining good eye health. Not sure what role ocular vitamins can play in your optical and overall health? Read on or visit your Edmonton optometrist for an eye exam and to learn more.

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  • A group of people enjoying a movie with 3-D glasses in Edmonton
    Everything You Always Wanted to Know About 3D Glasses

    If you’ve ever used a View-Master—a popular toy amongst children since the 1960s—than you’ve had at least one experience with 3D glasses. Of course, you might have also used old-school red and blue lensed eyewear—or the now more common polarized glasses—to view a 3D movie here in Edmonton. Whatever your personal experience with 3D glasses, the history, the mechanics and the experience of using them is fascinating.

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  • Optometrists Clinic Start Contacts: An Edmonton teen holding up a contact from the Optometrists Clinic
    What You Need to Know About Kids and Contact Lenses

    If you’re wondering at what age your kids can start wearing contacts, you’re not alone. Many parents ask us this very question every day. However, there’s no one-size-fits-all answer. At Optometrists’ Clinic Inc. we often tell kids and adults alike that there isn’t a specified minimum at which one can start wearing contact lenses. Your eye doctor in Edmonton may even tell you that in some scenarios, babies and toddlers wear contacts. However, that doesn’t mean every child is a good fit for wearing contacts. Here’s what you need to know.

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  • 17/09/2016
    Computers and Your Vision: Tips for Contact Lens Users

    Many people spend hours each day staring at a computer screen. Typing, reading and viewing different types of media on an illuminated screen for extended hours can cause strain on your eyes. Everyone can benefit from heightened awareness of the amount of time they spend in front of a computer, but people who require vision correction and wear contact lenses should take extra precautions to limit further damage to their eyes.

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  • 15/09/2016
    The Importance of Proper Contact Use

    Contacts are a popular option for individuals who require vision correction. With new technology, they have become easy to use and comfortable to wear. They provide the same results as glasses while offering a natural look and a great option for athletes. Whether you wear your contacts for daily use or while participating in sports, it is imperative to follow the instructions for the type of contact lenses you have been prescribed.

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  • 12/09/2016
    Regular Checkups: A Critical Part of Vision Care

    Often people will not notice when their vision has changed. Small warning signs are often brushed off during a busy day and forgotten until they progress to a more serious stage.

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  • 10/09/2016
    The Importance of Sunglasses – Tips from Your Optometrist

    Sunglasses are more than just fashion accessories; they are an important component to maintaining eye health. The sun contains ultraviolet rays and if you do not protect your eyes, those rays can cause irreversible damage. If you already wear prescription eyeglasses, visit your optometrist to get fitted for sunglasses as well. That way you can have clear vision while protecting your eyes.

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  • 08/09/2016
    Help Your Child Wear His or Her Glasses

    Your child has been to the optometrist, and now you need to tell her that she needs glasses. You might feel apprehensive about the conversation, so you mull over possible ways to let her know about her eye condition. Then, as you tell her, you frantically try to analyze the reaction forming on her face.

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  • The ups and downs of online eyewear in Edmonton, Alberta
    The Dangers of Buying Glasses Online

    More and more people are buying their eyeglasses and contacts online to take advantage of free shipping and cheaper prices. While it can be tempting to order online and save a few dollars, be aware that there is more at risk than an unflattering frame. Keep in mind the following pros and cons before choosing how to order your next pair of glasses.

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  • Checking your insurance before the optometrist in Edmonton, Alberta
    Checking Insurance before Your Eye Appointment

    A visit to the optometrists’ office can be exciting. You could leave your appointment with a new look, more knowledge about your eye health and, most importantly, clearer vision. For some individuals, however, these appointments may also be stressful. Particularly for people with extra-sensitive eyes or those on a tight budget, a visit to the eye doctor may seem like an uncomfortable or costly experience. Checking your insurance before your next optical exam can help ease your concerns and help you budget properly when selecting your new eyeglasses or sunglasses.

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  • 23/07/2016
    What Causes Eye Allergies, and How Can You Cope?

    If you're familiar with red, itchy, or swollen eyes, you might have eye allergies (also known as allergic conjunctivitis). These uncomfortable symptoms can make a sunny day miserable and, depending on what causes your allergies, you might not even find relief indoors.

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  • 21/07/2016
    Fact or Fiction? The Truth Behind 7 Eye Myths

    We live in a world driven by information. Unfortunately, not all of the information that drives the world is completely true.

    Rumours fly, and myths thrive, around any subject you can think of – vision and eye care are no exception.

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  • 18/07/2016
    Sports Glasses: Help Your Child Play Their Best

    If your child requires eyeglasses but plays sports, you may think your only option is to switch to contacts while they are playing. Contacts are sometimes challenging for young children to use and depending on the type of sport, they may cause more of a hassle. Instead of worrying about breaking expensive prescription glasses, ask your optometrist about sports glasses instead.

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  • 15/07/2016
    It Is Allergy Season: Are Your Eyes Ready?

    As the pollen, dust and dander start kicking up outside, so do your allergies. While some people just suffer from sneezing or the occasional stuffy nose, others have allergies that affect their eyes as well, thus making spring time miserable. If your redness and itching become severe or you notice a puss-like discharge from your eyes, get an eye exam right away. It is not uncommon for people to mistake an infection for allergies.

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  • 11/07/2016
    What is Pink-Eye: Causes, Symptoms and Treatments

    Pink-eye, also known as conjunctivitis, is the most common eye infection affecting children and adults alike. It is characterized by a red, mildly irritated eye and can be very contagious. Fortunately, pink-eye is easily treatable, and does not cause any long-term damage to the eye.

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  • 07/07/2016
    Not Just for Seeing: Glasses Are a Major Fashion Statement

    Some world changing icons who wore glasses:

    • Steve Jobs
    • Martin Luther King
    • John Lennon
    • Malcolm X
    In addition to being well known, these people have one other trait in common: they all had signature eyeglasses. When you imagine these people without their spectacles, it feels as if an essential element of their personality goes missing. Glasses became part of their persona.
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  • 02/07/2016
    Winter is Coming—Time to Wear Sunglasses

    During the summer, many of us are careful about exposure to UV radiation. We slather sunscreen on our skin while at the lake, and shield our eyes from the sun by wearing sunglasses. However, why don't we do the same during winter months?

    When winter comes around we tend to forget about UV rays because it is cold outside. In recent years, doctors have warned skiers to wear sunscreen while on the slopes to protect their skin from sunburn – but what about our eyes?

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  • 30/06/2016
    Age and Eyesight: How to Evaluate Your Symptoms

    You just hit 45, and for the first time, you can no longer read the tiny instructions on your medicine bottle. In fact, your eyes feel strained just when you’re reading a book or working on a computer. You’ve never needed glasses before. You wonder, “Are these changes normal?” and “What should I do about them?”

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  • 23/06/2016
    Find Relief from Computer Vision Syndrome

    You've just arrived home from a busy work day. As usual, your eyes are red and blurry. You also feel the beginnings of a headache, so you just want to sit quietly for a few minutes with your eyes closed.

    Another normal day? Perhaps. But if you stare into a computer screen all day long, your symptoms might be hinting at more than simple fatigue. You may be dealing with Computer Vision Syndrome.

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  • 08/06/2016
    Diabetes & Your Vision: What You Should Know

    n 2013, nearly 2 million Canadians (cited from: suffered from diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is primarily diagnosed in children and young adults, while type 2 diabetes strikes adults later in life. Type 2 diabetes often starts with such mild symptoms that adults don't notice them. Diabetes left undiagnosed and untreated for a long time can increase their risk of developing complications later on.

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  • 01/06/2016
    Blurry Vision? Why You Should Check for a Cataract

    While an ideal situation would involve our vision remaining 20/20 for the entirety of our lives, the harsh reality is that it usually deteriorates with age. The majority of the world’s population will, at some point or other, experience a decline in vision enough to require the use of glasses or contact lenses. Thankfully, corrective lenses are no longer viewed as undesirable. Modern society has normalized these vision aids to the point that they are now considered fashion accessory must-haves.

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