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Are Eye Exams Covered by Alberta Health?

A happy optometrist attentively listening to her senior patient

As much as we care about our physical health, our eyes also require special attention. Regular eye exams are essential to keep our vision clear, but they do so much more than that—they can also help identify potential sight-threatening eye diseases and other health issues.  As an Albertan, you may wonder whether your provincial health […]

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Do I Really Need Glasses With This Prescription?

A middle-aged woman inspecting her new pair of prescription eyeglasses.

Receiving an eyeglass prescription can be both a relief and a new challenge. In some cases, prescription glasses can restore clear vision, while others may provide an unnoticeable change.  If you have just received your first prescription, you may wonder—do I need glasses with this prescription? Ultimately, the decision to start wearing glasses is not […]

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What Are the First Signs of Cataracts?

A close-up of two eyes. The eye in the left has cataracts and the one on the right is healthy

Cataracts are a prevalent issue in vision care, particularly among older adults. While they can be a natural part of aging, they are not any less disruptive to your overall health. They can lead to blindness and are already a reality for over 2.5 million Canadians. As we age, the eye’s lens starts to yellow […]

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Retinal Detachments & Their Relation to Eye Flashes & Floaters

Experiencing objects floating in our vision, or the sudden appearance of lights, can be alarming. With that being said, these occurrences are usually harmless. The sensation of floating specs, dots, or lines in your vision are called floaters. The sudden appearance of flashing lights are called flashes. What are Flashes & Floaters in Eyes? Although […]

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Understanding Refractive Errors & How to Treat Them

a child has an eye exam done to treat refractive errors

Despite being so small, our eyes are powerful machines. If your vision is blurry or fuzzy and you or your child come in for an eye exam, there’s a good chance you’ll discover you have a refractive error. A refractive error is a broad category of conditions in which the eye cannot clearly focus light, […]

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Is Your Eye Redness from Allergies or Dry Eye?

A young girl is blowing her nose in a napkin, with red eyes due to allergies

Eye allergies and dry eyes are 2 conditions that affect many Canadians at some point in their lives. Both these conditions can present with red eyes, along with other uncomfortable symptoms, which we will discuss below. Red eyes alone are not typically enough to determine which condition is affecting your eyes, but taking other symptoms […]

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Do Contact Lenses Dry Your Eyes

A woman rubbing her itchy dry eyes with contact lenses on .

An alternative to eyeglasses, contact lenses are almost invisible, provide unobstructed vision, and can be worn once and thrown away (disposables). However, a common complaint from contact lens wear is dry eyes.  Contact lenses can cause dry eyes—about half of all contact lens wearers develop contact lens-related dry eyes.  For visual clarity and comfort, we […]

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