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Safeguarding Eyes on the Sports Field

* Multiple eyewear products are currently on the market in Canada to not only protect the eyes from injury but also to improve a persons performance on the sports field * The Canadian Association of Optometrists says all athletes should consider wearing protective eyewear, due to potential risks of eye injuries * Common injuries cause; […]

Hydroxychloroquine

• Used to prevent or treat malaria infections caused by mosquito bites • Belongs to a class of medications known as disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDS) • Main side effects are gastrointestinal upset, skin rash, headache and ocular toxicity • Toxic effects negatively impacts the cornea, ciliary body and retina • Early toxicity may be asymptomatic, […]

Can Google Predict Cardiovascular Risk from an Eye Scan?

Verily Life Sciences developed a software which scans the individuals eye and can determine a host of cardiovascular risk factors for the person. Google’s AI was able to tell with 70% accuracy which patients had recently suffered from strokes by analyzing the appearance and diameter of the retinal blood vessels.

Treating Microbial Keratitis with Germicidal Contact Lenses

Acanthamoeba is the bacteria which causes Microbial Keratitis (an infection of the cornea which can cause blindness) and it is particularly difficult to treat because of its resistance to available drugs. Researchers found that this infection can be treated by using germicidal contact lenses. They manufactured plasma-activated silicone hydrogel contact lenses, which contain a gentle […]

Eye Drops Offer Alternative Method of Correcting Refractive Errors

Nano-Drops are a new technology that provides a temporary treatment for refractive errors. These eye drops work by introducing activated nanoparticles which “stamp” the corneal epithelium in a specific assembly. A laser pulse is what activates the nanoparticles and by changing the laser pulse pattern the Nano-Drops can locally change the refractive index. This procedure […]

What are polycarbonate lenses?

What are polycarbonate lenses? When it comes to protecting a person’s eyesight, there is one consensus: no expense should be spared, since our capacity to see is of utmost importance in our day-to-day lives. That’s very easy to say, but not that easy to put into practice. How can we accurately tell the difference between […]

The importance of lid hygiene for blepharitis patients

Eyesight is just one of the issues which can direct a person towards an optometrist. It is the most common, granted, but there are plenty of other conditions or diseases which can cause discomfort and drastically reduce the quality of one’s life. Blepharitis is one of them. Although it can be easily detected through an […]

What are blue light blocking lenses?

Blue Light Blocking Lenses While blue light has some benefits, it could also be harmful to our bodies. Blue light consists of light that has a short wave length but emits high energy. Sunlight is the main source of blue light which most of us get exposed to most of the time. Other sources of […]

Glaucoma

Glaucoma occurs as a result of damage to the optic nerve which causes progressive loss of vision. The main function of the optic nerve is the transmission of images to the human brain. Characteristics of this Condition This condition is characterized by the gradual impairment of vision especially side vision which erodes the ability of […]