January Diet Month. Eat Healthy for Good Eyesight

Carrots Carrots are rich in both Vitamin A and beta carotene. Beta carotene gives carrots their orange color. Vitamin A plays an essential role in vision. It is a component of a protein called rhodopsin, which helps the retina to absorb light. Research backs up that your body needs this nutrient to make vitamin A.  Very important: Always make sure you discuss and make decisions about your eye care

By |January 13th, 2020|

January Diet Month. Eat Healthy for Good Eyesight

Leafy green vegetables Leafy green vegetables are rich in both lutein and zeaxanthin and are also a good source of eye-friendly vitamin C. Well-known leafy greens include: spinach broccoli cabbage turnips kale collards  Very important: Always make sure you discuss and make decisions about your eye care based upon a formal appointment with your optician. For more information and to book and eye examination please contact us: McKenna &

By |January 6th, 2020|

Festive Season Eyecare Tips

Is too much screen time bad for kids? During your holidays your kids may spend a lot more time in front of their tablets, computers and mobile phones. CNN published an alarming article in November 2019 claiming that a research found that kids screentime in the USA had doubled in the past year. Children and their phones are inseparable today, and all that reading and playing games on their

By |December 30th, 2019|

Festive Season Eyecare Tips

Do children need sunglasses? Yes, they absolutely do. Damage to eyes from exposure to the suns harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation is cumulative over our lifetime. Because kids spend much more time outdoors than most adults do, sunglasses that block 100 percent UV are especially important for children. Some experts estimate that up to half of a person's lifetime exposure to UV radiation occurs by age 18. If this is

By |December 23rd, 2019|

Festive Season Eyecare Tips

Consider making your Holiday easier with Photochromic lenses such as Transitions and other light-adaptive lenses Photochromic lenses are eyeglass lenses that are clear (or nearly clear) indoors and darken automatically when exposed to sunlight. Other terms sometimes used for photochromic lenses include "light-adaptive lenses" and "variable tint lenses." The most popular brand of photochromic lenses is Transitions Lenses  (Transitions Optical). Because of this, some people — including some eye

By |December 16th, 2019|

Festive Season Eyecare Tips

Practical tips for protecting your eyes in the sun while on holiday Wear good quality sunglasses – choose ones that block 100 per cent of UV rays and most HEV rays. Beware, do not confuse the darkness of the tint with the level of protection. Choose sunglasses that have wide or wrap around legs with a close fit to ensure maximal protection. Wear a wide brimmed hat- this will

By |December 9th, 2019|

Expert Common-Sense Advice For Driving Safely

Minimize the risks of driving at night as you get older by planning your trips before you leave home. Drive only on streets you know, and avoid dark, unlighted roadways. Limit your trips to places you can easily reach and that are close to home. Avoid risky spots like ramps and left turns. Plan for extra driving time if conditions are bad, and don't drive if you are stressed

By |December 2nd, 2019|

Don’t mess around with eye safety

Spending more time outside often means more outdoor work and play. Whether mowing the lawn, trimming weeds or playing baseball, always wear the proper protective eyewear. More than half of all eye injuries occur at home, yet only about one out of every three people wears eye protection when they should. Don’t be an eye injury statistic!   Very important: Always make sure you discuss and make decisions about your

By |November 25th, 2019|

Get Your Eyes Summer-Ready

Keep dry eye at bay. Spending time outside when it is hot, dry or windy can irritate a common condition called dry eye. A hot, dry environment affects the tear film, drying out the eye’s surface. To protect your eyes in these conditions, wear wrap-around glasses to keep wind from your eye’s surface. Also, use artificial tears (preferably those that are preservative-free) to keep eyes moist and refreshed.  Very

By |November 18th, 2019|

Prevent “swimmer’s eye” in the pool.

Prevent “swimmer’s eye” in the pool. Pools can be tough on the eyes. Chemicals used to keep the water clean, such as chlorine, can affect the natural tear film that keeps our eyes moist and healthy. The result? Red, gritty-feeling eyes and blurry vision. Keep eyes feeling and looking good by wearing swim goggles in the pool, and splash your closed eyes with fresh water immediately after getting out

By |November 11th, 2019|

Get Your Eyes Summer-Ready

Avoid getting a “sunburn of the eye.” When sunlight shines off water, sand or other highly reflective surfaces into your eyes, it can cause a very painful condition called photokeratitis. This is when the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays burn the surface of your eye. Pain, redness, blurriness and even temporary vision loss are symptoms of this condition. Prevent photokeratitis by wearing sunglasses that are marked “100% UV protection.” Also,

By |November 4th, 2019|

Digital Eye Strain Month

Modify your workstation. If you need to look back and forth between a printed page and your computer screen, place the written pages on a copy stand adjacent to your screen. Light the copy stand properly. You may want to use a desk lamp, but make sure it doesn't shine into your eyes or onto your computer screen. Poor posture also contributes to computer vision syndrome. Adjust your workstation

By |October 28th, 2019|

Digital Eye Strain Month

Exercise your eyes. Another cause of computer eye strain is focusing fatigue. To reduce your risk of tiring your eyes by constantly focusing on your screen, look away from your computer at least every 20 minutes and gaze at a distant object (at least 20 feet away) for at least 20 seconds. Some eye doctors call this the "20-20-20 rule." Looking far away relaxes the focusing muscle inside the eye

By |October 21st, 2019|

Digital Eye Strain Month

Upgrade your display. If you have not already done so, replace your old tube-style monitor (called a cathode ray tube or CRT) with a flat-panel LED (light-emitting diode) screen with an anti-reflective surface. Old-fashioned CRT screens can cause a noticeable "flicker" of images, which is a major cause of computer eye strain. Even if this flicker is imperceptible, it still can contribute to eye strain and fatigue during computer

By |October 14th, 2019|

LENSES TO PROTECT YOUR EYES FROM HARMFUL BLUE LIGHT

WHAT IS BLUE LIGHT? Blue light is naturally produced by the sun but also by computer monitors, smartphone screens and other digital devices. In addition to these, blue light is produced by LED and fluorescent lights, and compact fluorescent light bulbs. Blue light is essential in maintaining your sleep and wake cycle, mood and keeping your memory sharp. WHY WE NEED BLUE LIGHT LENSES OR GLASSES? Blue light is everywhere

By |October 9th, 2019|

Digital Eye Strain Month

Get a comprehensive eye exam. Having a routine comprehensive eye exam is the most important thing you can do to prevent or treat computer vision problems. If you haven't had an eye exam in over a year, schedule a visit today. During your exam, be sure to tell your optometrist how often you use a computer and digital devices at work and at home. Measure how far your eyes

By |October 7th, 2019|

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Photochromic lenses are very convenient, but they do have a drawback: Ultraviolet (UV) rays are required to activate the tint. Because most car windshields block a significant amount of UV, photochromic lenses usually don't darken very well inside a car. For the ultimate prescription eyewear suitable for all lighting conditions, some opticians recommend eyeglasses with photochromic lenses and a frame with integrated magnetic clip-on sunglasses. The photochromic lenses provide

By |September 30th, 2019|

More advantages of prescription sunglasses

If you have a vision problem that requires corrective prescription eyewear, you have several choices when it comes to sunglasses. Prescription sunglasses are available for virtually any lens prescription, including bifocal and progressive lens options if you are presbyopic and need lenses to help you read magazines, books etc. These types of sunglasses can also help you if you need reading glasses only or if you wear contact lenses

By |September 23rd, 2019|

Why prescription sunglasses are a smart choice

Are prescription sunglasses a good idea? Here are some reasons why: More focus when driving Imagine driving down the road, sun shining in your eyes, and you searching in vain for those clip-on or magnetically attached sun lenses that came with your prescription eyeglasses. Distraction causes accidents. Contact lens wearers, too, may find that wearing prescription sunglasses is sometimes a far more practical alternative outdoors. For example, you may

By |September 16th, 2019|

How do polarised lenses work?

Light usually scatters in all directions, but when it's reflected from flat surfaces, it tends to become polarised — meaning it travels in a more uniform (usually horizontal) direction. This creates an annoying and sometimes dangerous intensity of reflected light that causes glare and reduces visibility. Polarised lenses contain a special filter that blocks this type of intense reflected light, reducing glare. Though polarised sunglasses improve comfort and visibility,

By |September 9th, 2019|

How polarised sunglasses reduce glare

Polarised sunglasses have been popular for years with boaters and people who enjoy fishing because these lenses greatly reduce reflected glare from the water. Now many others who spend time outdoors have discovered the benefits of polarised lenses. Besides boaters, outdoor enthusiasts who benefit the most from polarised sunglasses include skiers, bikers, golfers and joggers, as all of these activities require the elimination of glare for optimum safety and

By |September 2nd, 2019|

How long is pink eye contagious?

How long is pink eye contagious? If you have pink eye caused by a virus or bacteria, your conjunctivitis can be contagious for several days to several weeks once symptoms (red, itchy, watery eyes; possibly with eye discharge) appear. Schools and day care centers often require a child diagnosed with pink eye to stay home until the condition is resolved. This is a good idea, because infectious conjunctivitis (pink

By |August 26th, 2019|

Do babies need sunglasses?

Do babies need sunglasses? Do babies really need sunglasses? Surprisingly Yes, you definitely should protect your infant's or young child's eyes from the sun with baby sunglasses that provide 100 percent UV protection. Most long-term damage to our eyes from UV rays is related to cumulative exposure — how much our eyes are exposed to sunlight and other UV radiation sources over the course of our lifetime. So beginning

By |August 19th, 2019|

How Do I Know If My Child Needs Glasses?

How Do I Know If My Child Needs Glasses? The only way to know for sure if your child needs glasses to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism or other vision problem is to schedule a comprehensive vision exam with an optometrist or ophthalmologist. Vision screenings at school or at the pediatrician's office are not a substitute for a thorough children's eye exam because vision problems frequently are missed during

By |August 12th, 2019|

Are contact lenses safe for kids?

Are contact lenses safe for kids? Yes, contacts are safe for kids. The human eye can tolerate contact lenses at a very early age. In special cases, even infants are fitted with contacts, to overcome eye conditions such as congenital nystagmus. A key factor in determining if contact lenses are safe for your child is evaluating how willing he or she is to wear contacts responsibly and take proper