We are pleased to announce that our affiliated disease management and dry eye practice, Vision Support and Dry Eye Centre, Doctors of Optometry, previously located in Rutland, is now operating from our Glenmore location. We are pleased to provide continuing quality disease management and dry eye treatment and care to current patients and to new patients under the Glenmore Optometry name. Visit Visionsupportcentre.ca for more detailed information on our disease management and dry eye treatment.
The health and safety of our patients, doctors and staff is our top priority. We have implemented some changes to the way we practice to help protect you and provide a safe environment for everyone. Your next appointment will be a little different to what you have seen before but you will be given the same high-quality care that you have come to know us for.
Some of the changes you will see:
- You will be asked a series of questions about your health and travel prior to attending your appointment.
- We will obtain your personal information over the telephone prior to your appointment.
- When you arrive for your appointment you will be asked to wait outside until called in when we are ready for you.
- On entry you will be provided with a face mask and asked to sanitize your hands.
- We have installed plexi-glass shields at our front desk and dispensing table.
- We have installed plastic breath shields in front of examination room equipment.
- Our doctors and technical staff will be wearing face masks and face shields when close contact is required.
- Gloves will be worn and disposed of after each patient.
- We will reduce patient numbers to allow a limited number of people in the office at one time.
- All equipment and surfaces will be thoroughly disinfected between patients.
- Our practice will be cleaned daily and undergo additional deep cleaning regularly.
- All frames touched by a patient will be disinfected before being placed back on the board. We will not allow browsing of our frames without being accompanied by a staff member.
Please help us to keep everyone safe
- Please call and reschedule your appointment if you are feeling unwell, have a fever, cough, sore throat or any other symptoms of illness. You will not be charged for any late cancellation.
- Please call and reschedule your appointment if you or any member of your household has travelled outside of Canada in the last 14 days.
- Please call and reschedule your appointment if you or any member of your household has, within the last 14 days, had contact with any person known to have Covid-19.
- Please come in to your appointment alone (unless accompanying a young child to their visit). Any person who accompanies you to your appointment must wait outside or in your car. If you have a carer who you need to attend with you, please let us know.
- Please leave all belongings you do not need in the car or at home including your cell phone. Please do not place personal items on counters or other surfaces in the clinic.
- Please keep your conversation with doctors and staff limited to details relevant to your exam.
- Please bring a debit or credit card for payment.
If you have any concerns about your appointment, please let us know. If you would prefer a telephone or video consultation, we are pleased to continue to offer this service.
Thank you and welcome back!
Eye Doctors Weigh In: How Smoking Can Harm Your Vision & Eye Health
We all know that smoking is bad for you, especially the risks that it poses to your heart and lungs. What many people do not know is that cigarette smoke negatively affects your eyes and vision too. Smoking has been directly linked to an increase in the risks of both cataracts and macular degeneration, two leading causes of vision loss, and it is believed to be a factor in a number of other eye and vision issues.
Smoking and Cataracts
Studies show that smoking doubles the risk of cataracts and with heavy smoking, the risk triples. In fact, there seems to be a direct correlation between the amount of smoking and the likelihood of cataracts. Cataracts are characterized by the clouding of the lens of the eye and it is believed that smoking affects the cells of the lens, accelerating this process.
Cataracts are a leading cause of vision loss worldwide, however, they can be treated surgically by removing the clouded lens and replacing it with an artificial one. Symptoms include:
- Blurred, cloudy or dim vision
- Sensitivity to light and glare
- Presence of halos around lights
- Increasingly poor night vision
- Fading color vision
- Double vision
- and frequent prescription changes with minimal improvement in vision
Smoking and Age-Related Macular Degeneration
According to medical research, smoking increases the likelihood of developing age-related macular degeneration between two and four times the normal risk – the more you smoke, the greater the risk. Unfortunately, there is also an increased risk for those exposed to cigarette smoke for extended periods of time.
Age-related macular degeneration or AMD is a condition in which the macula, which is the center of the retina, begins to to deteriorate, reducing central vision and the eye’s ability to see fine details. The disease is characterized by blurred and distorted eyesight and blind spots in the central vision. With time, the disease can progress to leave the person with low vision, which is significant vision loss that cannot be corrected by eyeglasses, contact lenses or refractive surgery.
Other Eye and Vision Risks of Smoking
Smoking has also been linked to dry eyes, optic nerve damage and diabetic retinopathy (for those with diabetes).
“Eye Vitamins” are often used without doctor’s recommendations. Smokers are cautioned not to take beta-carotene supplements, specifically, (or multi-vitamins containing this ingredient) as studies indicate there is increased the risk of cancer even in people who quit smoking.
What to Do?
Even if you have been smoking for years, quitting will reduce the risks of developing these conditions, for yourself and those around you. If you do smoke, make sure to schedule a comprehensive eye exam every year to catch any developing disease early. Early diagnosis and treatment can be the key to saving your vision and preventing permanent vision loss.