If your eyes do not produce enough tears, or the tears they do produce are chemically imbalanced, you may begin to experience dry eye symptoms.
At Eyeglass Gallery, we offer several treatments to relieve your dry eyes and help you feel comfortable again. These include:
Most common eye diseases are asymptomatic in the early stages, so having your eyes checked regularly is imperative in maintaining good ocular health.
Glaucoma is a chronic, progressive eye disease that can permanently steal your vision. Commonly referred to as the “silent thief of sight,” glaucoma often goes unnoticed until it has caused irreversible vision loss.
Cataracts are a natural part of ageing that causes the naturally clear lens in the eye to cloud over. People often develop cataracts without showing any symptoms. UV protection can help slow the progression of deterioration due to cataracts.
People who develop cataracts may require surgery to remove them in advanced stages.
If you regularly use digital devices, like smartphones, tablets, or computers, you may experience digital eye strain. Digital eye strain causes dry, tired eyes after prolonged use of digital devices. Depending on a variety of factors, your eyes could be exerting more effort than they need to, making them feel fatigued faster.
Several circumstances can affect the comfort of your eyes when you are working on digital devices:
An excellent tip to remember when using digital devices is to take a break regularly, in a similar way to getting up and stretching your legs after sitting for a while. Many optometrists recommend the 20-20-20 rule, which involves taking a 20-second break every 20 minutes to focus on something 20 feet away. You can also purchase and wear blue light glasses, which effectively block blue light from entering your eyes and affecting your circadian rhythm.
Age-related macular degeneration is a degenerative eye disease that affects the central-most part of the retina, called the macula. The macula is responsible for detailed central vision, so when AMD begins to damage it, vision can be significantly impacted. However, peripheral vision is often unaffected, even with severe AMD.
AMD is the leading cause of blindness in North America in adults over 55. In the earliest stages, AMD is often completely asymptomatic and cannot be detected outside of an eye exam.
There are 2 types of AMD:
Dry AMD, the more common of the 2. Dry AMD occurs when large amounts of drusen, a protein, collect on the retina and cause damage to the macula and surrounding retinal tissues.
Wet AMD is the less common but more severe of the 2. It occurs when abnormal blood vessels form under the macula, swell, and burst, leaking into the eye and obstructing vision.
If you wear corrective eyewear like contact lenses or eyeglasses, you may have considered laser eye surgery. Laser eye surgery can improve your vision to a point where you may not need to wear your glasses or contacts all the time, if at all.
Laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) is a procedure where your surgeon will cut a flap in your cornea and reshape the tissue underneath. LASIK can improve vision almost immediately with minimal recovery time.
Refractive lens exchange (RLE) involves replacing the eye’s natural lens with an artificial intraocular lens. This helps improve eyesight for people with hyperopia, also known as farsightedness
Other types of refractive surgery include:
At Eyeglass Gallery, we will always do everything we can to accommodate you if you are experiencing an eye emergency. If we are cannot for whatever reason, please call 911 or head to your nearest emergency room.
Types of eye emergencies include:
Small object in the eye
Large object in the eye
Trauma to the head, neck, or face
Cuts or puncture wounds
If you have found yourself in an eye emergency, try to stay calm and give us a call. For chemical burns, rinse your eyes with clean water for at least 15 minutes. If something small is in your eye, you can try to remove it gently. For anything else, avoid touching your eyes and seek medical attention.
You can find our office at 1250 Brant Street in Burlington, Ontario. We are located on the corner of Brant and North Service Road, in the Burlington Power Centre beside Michael’s.
Always a fantastic experience when we visit. The staff are great, always friendly and knowledgeable and always help us find the perfect glasses. The selection is amazing! My family and I drive all the way from Georgetown just to come to this store! Love it!
Super friendly and helpful staff! Excellent selection. In love with my new glasses 🙂 Highly recommended.
Remarkable experience… patient, knowledgeable, supportive, and engaging. Thank you.