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Dry eye is a common condition that affects many of us, especially as we grow older. Normally every time we blink, tears are spread across the eye. This helps reduce the risk of eye infections, wash away irritating particles, and keep the surface of the...

Have you ever watched a baby as they stare back at you and wondered what they see? Would you be surprised to learn that newborn infants see just a lot of, well, blur? That's right, even though babies are born with the proper physical structures...

The first known records on the science of optometry date back to two thousand B.C.E; but, optometry as a health profession has come a long way since then. For centuries the only way to correct vision was with eyeglasses. While your Kelowna optometrist is still...

As we age, natural wear and tear on our eyes causes eyesight problems. Most notably, we find the ability to focus on items close to us becomes difficult. We begin squinting at the small print and may find ourselves wishing for longer arms. Identifying the Causes...

For most people, blurred vision simply means you need glasses. We think that blurred vision is due to eye strain or aging and nothing to worry about, and in many cases it is, but the truth is that blurred vision may indicate a more serious...

Retinal detachment is a serious condition that can lead to blindness if it is not treated. Unfortunately, retinal detachment is painless and early signs can go undetected. This article identifies the signs, causes, and types of retinal detachment to create awareness of this condition, and...

Chronic headaches, a stiff neck, back and arm pain, ringing in the ears, transient loss of vision, and memory difficulties. These are common symptoms of many illnesses, but they may also be a sign of Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension (IIH). Intracranial hypertension is an increase of high...

The average Canadian spends between 5-7 hours a day staring at screens. According to the Canadian Association of Optometrists, we blink an average of 12 times per minute but when we're in front of the computer, we only blink 5 times per minute. This can...

Retinoblastoma is the most common form of cancer found in children under the age of 2. When changes or mutations in retinoblasts grow out of control, a tumor is formed resulting in retinoblastoma. Two Types of Retinoblastoma Each variant depends on when and where changes in the...

We often get asked at our Kelowna Optometry clinic, “if you wear glasses does it worsen your eyesight?” There are many common misconceptions when it comes to your eyes and your vision. We thought it would be a great idea to discuss this one specific...

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