Our phones were down in the Gloucester clinic on October 7th, but as of today (Oct 8th) are back up. Thank you for your understanding.
We must respectfully remind all of our patients that we cannot accept walk-ins under the current conditions.
The back to school season is a new and unfamiliar one for everyone this year. Don’t forget eye exams to support your child’s learning.
As we get close to September, we’d like to remind you of current clinic hours, the Labour Day closure, and Saturday openings in Almonte this fall.
Both clinics are always closed for statutory holidays, including: Labour Day (Monday, September 7th) and Thanksgiving (Monday, October 12th).
Almonte Saturday Openings
Saturday hours are 8am – 2pm on the following dates at our Almonte clinic:
- Sept 12 and 19
- Oct 3 and 17
- Nov 7 and 21
- Dec 5 and 19
We wish you an enjoyable Labour Day weekend and look forward to seeing you soon!
With summer fully here and everyone itching for a break outdoors, swimming and other water related activities are popular choices.
Canada Day falls mid-week this year. Please be aware that our clinics will be closed for the public holiday on July 1st.
As part of re-opening, we have shifted sales of essential eyecare products to an online ordering system.
Welcome back to Gloucester and Almonte Family Optometrists! We are happy to announce
that we will be re-opening our practices on Monday, June 1, 2020.
Avoiding too much screen time may seem particularly challenging right now — we know that screen time has gone through the roof under the current pandemic. Don’t despair, there are things you can do to avoid unnecessary eye strain.
If you think about the good things you can do for healthy eyes, eating well is a pretty appealing option. In popular culture we often associate carrots with good vision, but the truth is there are delicious superfood choices for all tastes, and each stand to benefit your eyes:
Orange foods – Carrots are indeed good for your eyes, but so are yams and sweet potatoes. All three are chock full of beta carotene, an anti-oxidant known for cutting risk associated with macular degeneration and cataracts.
Leafy greens – More anti-oxidant power here in the form of lutein and zeaxanthin! These are found in spinach and kale and they protect against UV damage from sun exposure.
Vitamin C rich fruits and veggies – It’s always a smart choice to add strawberries, grapefruit, bell peppers and broccoli to your menu. Vitamin C is also a strong contender in counteracting harmful UV rays.
Chickpeas and other legumes – Grab the hummus and dig in with cut up peppers and carrots for an extra dose of goodness for your eyes. In this case Zinc is the magic ingredient which your liver needs in order to create and drive Vitamin A to the retina to produce melanin (a key protector against ultraviolet light).
Turkey – Zinc and Niacin, a B vitamin, are found in abundance in this lean meat. This combo delivers UV protection and can help prevent cataracts.
Making smart food choices can also help with maintaining a healthy weight, so it’s really a win-win.
Did you know? Overweight and obese individuals are at an increased risk for a number of eye diseases and conditions including diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration, and glaucoma.