Eye Safety at Home

Eye safety at home

When you consider that 50% of all eye injuries happen at home, a place we naturally consider to be safe, it’s worth stopping to think about eye safety at home.

The vast majority of eye injuries could be prevented through proper eye protection, whether mowing the lawn, cooking, cleaning or undertaking home repairs. We tend to forget to take precautions when doing chores or seemingly small tasks, but consider that 25% of all eye injuries result in time off work due to their severity!

Eye Safety Tips

Invest in a pair of CSA-certified safety glasses and use them around the house regularly. Inexpensive and available at most hardware / home building supply stores, this is a simple but effective first step.

Safety glasses will protect you and other family members from flying dust and debris, as well as chemical splashes. Don’t think that regular glasses will offer protection – you need proper safety eyewear.

  1. Review and follow the instructions for the safe handling of products (e.g. fertilizers, solvents) and equipment.
  2. Keep tools and equipment in good working order.
  3. Wash hands after completing tasks and chores, and before touching your eyes.
  4. Lawn mowing/Snow clearing: Inspect and remove debris from the lawn before mowing, and from the surface of the snow before blowing.
  5. Trim all low hanging branches from trees.
  6. Remember that screws, nails, and hand tools can become projectiles, and power tools can propel tiny chips into the air and into eyes.
  7. Remember to turn off power tools when anyone without appropriate protection is nearby, especially young children.
  8. Take care to store all products, chemicals and adhesives out of the reach of children.

It may seem like common sense, but also taking care with children’s toys and avoiding unnecessary risks can go a long way to protecting their developing eyes.

Finally, as we’re about to enter summer’s prime, remember that July is UV Safety Month.

Here’s to a safe and enjoyable summer!

If you do experience an eye emergency and it’s during our office hours, give us a call and we’ll do our utmost to see you quickly. Almonte: 613 256 0770 | Gloucester: 613 745 5588

Summer Hours for both clinics start June 29th

Our summer hours will mean a shorter day on Fridays. Starting Friday June 29 and lasting until August 31, the new office hours for those Fridays will be 8am – 2pm.

If you need to make an appointment during the summer months, please bear this in mind.

Fridays, June 29-August 31, 2018

8am till 2pm

Contact our Gloucester clinic or Almonte clinic to make your appointments, or book online.

May is Vision Health Month for All Ages

Vision Health Month

We’re always focused on your eyes and this month we encourage you to consider the eye health of everyone in your family.

Young Children and Eye Care

Many people don’t realize that children should start seeing an optometrist when they turn 6 months of age in order to ensure their eyes are developing as they should. If there are no issues, the next appointment should come at 3 years of age, and then every year after that.

Senior Eye Health

At the other end of the scale, seniors should also be sure to get yearly eye exams to ensure that the effects of aging eyes – think glaucoma and cataracts – are detected and treated quickly to minimize their potential impact on quality of life.

Eye Health at All Ages

Of course, the common thread here is that everyone should get annual exams in order to stay on top of potential emerging issues. We do more than check your vision. We employ tools to check the health of your inner eye to make sure everything is working as it should.

It’s never too late to make eye health a top priority. #VisionHealthMonth. Contact us today to book your appointment:


Summer Is Just Around the Corner

Believe it or not, summer is on its way here. Why not treat yourself to a brand new pair of sunglasses that not only look good, but will protect your eyes all year long from damaging UV rays. From RayBan’s to Oakley’s, Almonte Family Optometrists have you covered.

We are pleased to announce we now carry Kate Spade, Hugo Boss and Nike.



Maternity Leave: Optometric Assistant

Maternity Leave: Optometric Assistant

Almonte Family Optometrists

Busy optometric practice requires a self motivated individual willing to be trained on-the-job for a 12-15 month period beginning in June 2018.

Experience in customer service would be an asset.

Ability to work flexible hours and two Saturdays per month is required.

Interested candidates may email a resume to almonte@ottawafamilyeyecare.com or fax 613-256-0771.

Good vision comes from smart choices

Good vision comes from good decisions

It won’t surprise you to know that good vision is about making smart choices. Your very best plan of action is to see your doctor of optometry for regular eye exams.

Regular eye appointments will help more than anything to ensure good vision and eye health. The prevention of vision loss is made possible through early diagnosis and treatment of any emerging issues or disease.

It’s a bad idea to assume that red eyes, discomfort, or strange visual symptoms will simply go away if you ignore them. Certain eye diseases or conditions only display symptoms when the condition is advanced and difficult – or perhaps even impossible – to treat.

Make smart decisions at home & work

  • Sit at a distance equivalent to at least five times the width of your TV screen
  • Make sure that your PC/workstation for work or school is optimized for your vision and comfort (e.g. that you are seated at least an arm’s length from your PC screen)
  • Take a 20-20-20 Break: every 20 minutes, make sure you look away from your screen for at least 20 seconds, at something that is 20 feet or more away
  • Remember to blink when working on your screens and devices and adjust screen brightness for comfortable viewing
  • Wear the right kind of protective eyewear when doing significant projects inside or outside
  • Have your child(ren) wear sunglasses when outdoors under full sun (kids are at greater risk for eye damage from ultraviolet radiation)
  • Eat the right foods to help deter the onset of certain eye conditions (yes, you can!)

Regular eye exams

Regular comprehensive eye examinations will include retinal imaging, binocular vision testing and visual field testing when required.

Talk to your eye doctor as part of being sure you are making smart choices to support your vision for the long term.

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Article credit: source material largely from the Canadian Association of Optometrists

World Glaucoma Week 2018: Understanding Glaucoma

World Glaucoma Week 2018

World Glaucoma Week will be observed March 11th – 18th, 2018. As described on the website for the week, glaucoma “is a group of eye diseases that cause progressive damage of the optic nerve at the point where it leaves the eye to carry visual information to the brain”.  Vision loss is a real threat if the condition is left untreated.

Causes of glaucoma

The exact cause and mechanisms of glaucoma are not yet fully understood, although it’s believed that there is some level of mechanical compression and/or decreased blood flow to the optic nerve. Although high pressure inside the eye is often associated with glaucoma, some people develop glaucoma with “normal” eye pressure.

Secondary glaucoma is another form that can result from an injury, infection or a tumour in or around the eye, causing an increase in eye pressure.

Primary open angle glaucoma is the most common type and results in a slow loss of vision with no discernible symptoms. Acute angle-closure glaucoma is less common and results in a sudden elevation of pressure and symptoms of pain, redness and nausea, making it easier to catch.

Risk factors

Glaucoma occurs most frequently in individuals over 40, and a hereditary tendency for the development of the disease exists in some families. Individuals with African American ancestry are at increased risk, with the disease appearing earlier and progressing faster. There is also a greater risk of developing glaucoma when you have diabetes, high blood pressure, or a history of eye injuries.

Regular eye examinations by an optometrist are important for people of all ages to assess the presence of, or risk for, glaucoma. It’s not possible to detect the presence of glaucoma without an eye exam.

Detecting glaucoma

A comprehensive eye examination is the first step. A simple and painless procedure called tonometry will be performed during your routine eye exam, measuring the internal pressure of your eye.

We will also inspect the drainage angle inside the eye and examine your eye to observe the health of the optic nerve and take measurements of your peripheral vision. We take a detailed look at your optic nerve through a dilated pupil using a series of hand held lenses.

Treating glaucoma

Given the variety of ways that glaucoma can present, treatment depends on the type, severity and progress of the disease. Glaucoma cannot be cured, but it can be controlled, often with daily eye drops or laser surgery.

In more complicated cases, surgery may be needed to completely bypass the eye’s natural drainage system. Once vision is lost due to glaucoma, it cannot be restored. This is why regular preventive eye exams are so vital.

Don’t wait to get tested, particularly if you have one or more of the risk factors noted above. Contact us today for more information and to book your eye exam.

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Congrats to our winners!

Rayban Wayfarers sunglasses

We have our winners to our Rayban sunglasses contest! Thank you to everyone who took part and left such supportive comments.

Yagu Coker (Gloucester) and Doreen Todd (Almonte) have each won a pair of Rayban Wayfarer Sunglasses. Both were able to come in quickly to collect their prize, and we’re delighted that they stopped for a quick photo session. Thank you ladies!

We ran this contest in part to draw attention to the different ways that you can get the latest information and eyecare tips from us. You can follow our blog, follow us on Facebook, and of course, you can always be directly in touch with us.

Our sunglass contest winners!
Doreen Todd, Almonte (left) and Yagu Coker, Gloucester (right)