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Throughout our lives and the lives of our families, we’ll sometimes have to deal with some common eye issues that can be frustrating, or potentially dangerous. Your child’s vision and health care should be watched over to ensure they have the best vision to deal with life with. In today’s technology-heavy world, we have to be careful of things such as digital eye strain and having too much screen time. Be sure to book yourself in for more than just regular vision screenings and sight tests to ensure you’re always working with the best vision you can. Also keep an eye out for issues such as dry eye, which can be easily overlooked in our dry climate.

Your Child’s Vision and Health Care

Your child’s health care, including vision, is very important in order for them to have a full life. Changes can occur without very obvious symptoms, especially if your child is keeping those symptoms to themselves. Having regular eye exams is important to ensure they have the best vision possible to enjoy life, take part in school, and more. Keep an eye out for symptoms including, but not limited to:

  • Avoidance of close work or holds work too close in order to see or read

  • Head tilts or one eye closing

  • Omittance or confusion of small words

  • Headaches

Make sure you bring your child in for regular checkups in order to stay on top of their eye health.


Digital Eye Strain

In this day and age, we are using screens more and more in our everyday life. They can cause dizziness, headaches, blurred vision, and more permanent damage. You can use computer glasses that can help reduce eye fatigue and block the blue light emitting from the screen. You have to be especially careful with younger children as it can cause issues that affect other aspects of their lives, such as poor behaviour, reduced attention span, or irritability. Try to limit your screen time when you can and ensure you’re doing regular eye exams in order to keep track of any potential diminishes.

Vision Screening & Sight Tests

When you have vision screenings or sight tests, you may not be getting the whole story. It’s important to get regular eye exams as issues you might be experiencing could pass a vision screening or sight test. In an eye exam, your optometrist will be checking both internal and external health in order to catch eye diseases before they become dangerous. They may also be able to see early stages of potentially dangerous medical conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, or high blood pressure. Call us today to book yourself or your family in for an eye exam.


Dry Eye

Edmonton can be a very dry climate so it may sometimes be hard to discern whether you’re just dehydrated or if you have a condition called dry eye. This happens when your eyes aren’t producing enough tears or the tears you are producing don’t have the right chemical composition.

Signs and symptoms may include one or many of the following:

  • Stinging or burning in your eyes

  • Grittiness

  • A feeling that there might be something in your eye

  • A burning sensation

  • Inconsistent vision

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