Category: Mobile Eye Clinic

Mobile Eye Clinics in January

Jan 19 2016

The MEC has visited the Perley & Rideau Veteran’s Health Center on January 11th, 2016 as well as Hawthorne Public School on January 14th, 2016.

Patients were very satisfied with our services and were offered OHIP covered eye exams by our optometrist.

Thank you to all staff at both locations for their assistance.

 

The MEC team.

Winter weather and dry eyes

Jan 13 2016

 

Published by: MEC – January 2016

 

Now that winter has fully embraced us with its presence, the cold and windy conditions affect millions of Canadians with dry eyes symptoms. If you feel that you are suffering from dry eyes symptoms, it is recommended to see an optometrist for a thorough eye examination and assessment. It is important to remember appropriate eye protection during the winter months to reduce the uncomfortable conditions of dry eyes.

Protect yourself from the cold and windy conditions with eye glasses or goggles, especially during outdoor sport activities (i.e. skiing, ice skating, walking). Also, for the dry indoors environment, it is suggested to have a humidifier to keep the air moist and warm, to stay hydrated with water, and to increase your intake of Omega-3 fatty acids as they can stimulate and increase your tear production. Additionally, if your optometrist has prescribed artificial tear drops – use them, they are very helpful in relieving the dry eye symptoms.

On the other hand, excessive tearing, red swollen eyes, and burning eye symptoms can occur during the winter months when spending time outdoors. These symptoms can make your vision blurry, increase your tear production, create eyelid spasms, and create light sensitivity. Although we always think of wearing sunglasses for eye protection during the summer months, it is also strongly recommended to protect your eyes during the cold winter months.

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Source: Discovery Eye Foundation blog post from Dec. 11, 2014 https://discoveryeye.org/blog/winter-weather-and-your-eyes/

 

MEC @ Bayshore Public School

Nov 18 2015

We have been invited to Bayshore Public School in Nepean to conduct the mobile eye clinic in their community. We have over 110 students registered for the eye clinic and more are sending in their registration forms! Great turn out from school staff and parents at Bayshore! We are scheduled to perform the eye clinic on November 18, 19, and 23.

We look forward to “seeing” you there!

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MEC visit at Carson Grove Public School

Nov 04 2015

Today we are doing eye exams at Carson Grove Public School in Gloucester. We have over 80 kids enrolled for exams that we are invited over for 3 days!

Great response from school staff and parents.

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November is Diabetes & Diabetic Eye Diseases awareness month

Nov 03 2015

How is diabetes related with a person’s vision? What are the diabetic eye diseases that individuals should watch for? What kind of treatment is available for patients?

 

There are over 10 million Canadians living with diabetes and Type 2 is the most common form of the disease, accounting for 90% of cases. Researchers today are saying that the prevalence of Type 2 diabetes is increasing dramatically and cases could double by 2025. So how does diabetes affect a person’s eyes and their vision? The Canadian Association of Optometrists (CAO) states that:

“Diabetes can cause changes in nearsightedness, farsightedness and premature presbyopia (the inability to focus on close objects). It can result in cataracts, glaucoma, paralysis of the nerves that control the eye muscles or pupil, and decreased corneal sensitivity. Visual symptoms of diabetes include fluctuating or blurring of vision, occasional double vision, loss of visual field, and flashes and floaters within the eyes. Sometimes these early signs of diabetes are first detected in a thorough examination performed by a doctor of optometry. The most serious eye problem associated with diabetes is diabetic retinopathy.”

 

So what is Diabetic Retinopathy? The CAO explains that:

“Over time diabetes can cause changes in the retina. Diabetic retinopathy occurs when there is a weakening or swelling of the tiny blood vessels that feed the retina of your eye, resulting in blood leakage, the growth of new blood vessels and other changes. When retinopathy advances, the decreased circulation of the blood vessels deprives areas of the retina of oxygen. Blood vessels become blocked or closed, and parts of the retina die. New, abnormal, blood vessels grow to replace the old ones.  If diabetic retinopathy is left untreated, blindness can result.”

However, vision loss in patients diagnosed with diabetes can be controlled. Thus the importance in having routine eye exams performed by an optometrist and to have early detection for any signs of threatening vision changes. Physicians and optometrists alike also stress the importance of controlling your diabetes in order to minimize the risk of developing retinopathy.

 

Treatment for diabetic retinopathy involves the use of intraocular injections of anti-VEGF therapy (Lucentis, Avastin) or laser therapy (photocoagulation), where a bright beam of light is focused on the retina, causing a laser burn that seals off leaking blood vessels. Nevertheless, early detection of diabetic retinopathy is crucial, as treatment is much more likely to be successful at an early stage.

 

To summarize, it is important to control your diabetes symptoms, follow your physician’s instructions and to have frequent eye exams by your optometrist.

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Want to know if you are at risk of developing diabetes? Click on the link and take the CANRISK test!

http://canrisk.diabetes.ca/index.php?utm_source=VanityURL&utm_medium=URL&utm_campaign=diabetes.ca/take-the-test

 

Source: Types of Diabetes – Canadian Diabetes Association http://www.diabetes.ca/about-diabetes/types-of-diabetes; Diabetes – Canadian Association of Optometrists https://opto.ca/diabetes; The Canadian Diabetes Risk Questionnaire – Canadian Diabetes Association http://canrisk.diabetes.ca/index.php?utm_source=VanityURL&utm_medium=URL&utm_campaign=diabetes.ca/take-the-test.