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Eyewear for Children: What You Need to Know

Choosing glasses for children

Glasses for children

There are a few possible indicators that your child may need glasses and we covered these in our previous blog post, Why Eye Exams Really Matter for Your Child.

When choosing their first pair of glasses, start by ensuring that your child likes the style and colour of the frames that are being selected. A child will be likely to wear their glasses every day when they are happy with their appearance.

For a child to keep their new glasses on, the frames do need to provide a comfortable fit. For this reason the frame sizing and selection needs careful attention by an experienced fitter. Children often have small, flat bridges of their nose and since much of the weight of the frame is carried at that point, certain types of frames, often with adjustable nose pads, will be recommended. Children’s skin can be sensitive and large areas of frame contact should be avoided particularly if they have metal sensitivities.

Lens safety, frame durability, and fashionable design are all important features. We stock a large selection of quality frames that will also support active use.

All lenses should be provided with a very good quality scratch resistant coating and in some cases anti-reflection coatings, although the latter will require frequent cleaning to ensure the maximum benefit and are more of a necessity as the child gets older or the prescription increases. Another consideration is transition lenses, which provide UV protection and darken when your child is outdoors. These lenses are beneficial for children who are prescribed glasses for full-time wear.

For children under 15 years, we offer an Essilor Junior Package that provides a second set of lenses at no charge for a period of 15 months from the date of purchase. There is no extra charge for this program. Please ask us for details.

Trying on a new pair of glasses is an exciting time for your child. Our team will work with your child to make sure they fit well. They should not slip out of position with head movements and there should not be noticeable red marks on the nose or behind the ears after a few hours of wear. Your child will be excited to receive them so use this time to impress upon them the doctor’s wearing instructions. Also, build good care habits such as showing them how to use both hands to remove them and how to set them down properly, lens-side up.

Many coatings have specific cleaning instructions or products and we’ll make sure you know what these are. You may allow your child to personalize their eyeglass case.

For children in junior kindergarten, the Ontario Association of Optometrists’ Eye See…Eye Learn® program offers one complimentary pair of glasses to children who need them, following their annual OHIP-covered eye exam. Both of our clinics participate in this program; find out more on our Kids page.

There is usually a period of getting used to any new pair of glasses. Initially, your child may resist wearing the glasses as he or she may feel that their vision is not clear or things look a little funny. With continued wear of the glasses these symptoms should resolve. However, any problems that persist beyond two weeks should be reported to us. To encourage your child to wear his or her glasses, make it a part of their daily routine. Also, remember to make your child’s teacher aware of this new routine.

Contact us today to book your child’s appointment in our Almonte Clinic or our Gloucester Clinic.

Article outline provided by the Ontario Association of Optometrists

Why Eye Exams Really Matter for Your Child

Why eye exams really matter for your child

We know that an undetected vision or eye health problem can affect a child’s academic performance, but have you also considered how it might affect your child’s behaviour and social skills?

“Most parents and guardians aren’t aware that an undiagnosed vision problem goes beyond poor academic performance,” says optometrist and member of the Ontario Association of Optometrists, Dr. Rajvinder Pabla.

In fact, poor vision can lead to reduced social interaction because of the inability to see properly.

Signs your child may have a vision problem: Click on the infographic to enlarge.

Infographic for child's vision problemsA child may shy away or be excluded from playing team sports since their vision problem is affecting their hand-eye coordination. They may also avoid watching the latest 3D movie with their friends because they have reduced depth perception and can’t enjoy the movie the way their friends can.

“It’s unfortunate. They could be interacting with their peers and developing socially, but because they have an undetected vision problem they avoid certain social activities or are excluded from them,” says Dr. Pabla.

Along with social interactions, an undetected vision problem can affect a child’s behaviour in the classroom.

Dr. Pabla explains, a child who is hyperopic (farsighted) may have problems reading and focusing on their textbooks. If their hyperopia continues to go undiagnosed, they may try avoiding their work and in the process become disruptive out of frustration.

“Too often, some children are labelled as the ‘problem’ or ‘bad’ child when in fact their behaviour stems from an undiagnosed vision problem,” says Dr. Pabla. “Most of these kids don’t complain about their vision because they either have a hard time articulating their vision problem or think everyone sees like them.”

That is why a comprehensive eye exam is critical to a child’s overall development. Eye exams conducted by an optometrist can detect, diagnose and treat eye conditions that may be the root cause of a child’s behaviour or reclusive tendencies.

The Ontario Association of Optometrists recommends children start receiving comprehensive eye exams at 6 months, before starting kindergarten and every year thereafter.

OHIP covers a comprehensive eye examination once per year for children and adolescents up to 19 years of age. Find out more on our Pediatric & Kids page.

“A child’s eye health status can change yearly, so as parents and guardians, we have to make sure our children go on a yearly basis once they start school. Even if they are fine one year, with growth, their prescription can change as well as the status of their binocular vision – how the two eyes work together,” says Dr. Pabla.

An undetected vision or eye health problem may be holding your child back socially and interfering with their behaviour.  Our eye doctors can help remove the vision-related barriers that may be hindering your child from living a full and enriched life.

Contact us today to book your child’s appointment in our Almonte Clinic or our Gloucester Clinic.

Article provided by the Ontario Association of Optometrists

Regular Friday Hours & Saturday Openings Resume

With the summer behind us, both of our clinics will resume full Friday hours starting this Friday, 7 September.

Our Almonte clinic will also resume Saturday openings from 8am to 2pm, and these dates are currently confirmed openings:

Fall 2018 Saturday Openings

September 8, 22
October 13, 20
November 10, 17
December 1, 15

In 2019, we tentatively have scheduled the following Saturdays, but these could change. Watch for confirmation closer to the time.

January 5, 19 | February 9, 23 | March 2, 16 | April 6, 13 | May 4, 25 | June 1, 15

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

Photo by Mitch Lensink on Unsplash

Under 35? Why Getting Your Eyes Checked Makes Sense

When we’re young, we’re usually at our best physically, but our youth can also make it easy to overlook problems. Ask yourself: could an undiagnosed vision problem be preventing you from reaching your full potential? Could a vision problem be affecting a family member in this way?

Don’t wait, if you’re not sure. If you find night driving difficult, or have issues with your vision under other circumstances, book an appointment to see your optometrist.

A full eye exam by one of our doctors will help to properly identify any issues and the best way to correct them. Book an appointment in Gloucester or Almonte today.

Summer Fun & Keeping Safe

Summer eye safety tips

Canada Day may be behind us, but the love of fireworks seems to extend all summer long especially when celebrations are involved. Being outdoors and active comes with risks and when things go wrong, there can be serious damage— especially to your eyes.

Summer Eye Safety

UV Rays: Consider investing in a good pair of sunglasses with 100% UVA and UVB protection. The sun can cause cumulative and even irreversible damage to your eyes. UV exposure can contribute to the development of macular degeneration and cataracts, as well as cancers of the eyelids.

Sports: Our favourite summer sports can also be risky for our eyes. Remember to protect your eyes from flying objects when fishing, zip-lining, playing sports like badminton, and generally from the effects of wind, sand and sun. Snug-fitting, wrap style goggles will offer the best protection.

Alcohol: Broken glass and champagne corks aside, remember that alcohol and other forms of substance impairment can significantly increase the risk of injury.

Make the most of your favourite summer activities and look after your eyes at the same time. You’ll be glad you did!

If you have questions or concerns about your eyes this summer, please contact us.

Fireworks & Your Eyes

Fireworks and your eyes

It’s no surprise that the period surrounding Canada Day (June 20-July 20) is the busiest season for fireworks. It’s also a time when many people inadvertently put their eyes at risk. Burns and eye injuries are the most common risks and almost always result from improper handling and safety neglect.

If you choose to enjoy consumer fireworks, remember these key tips to keep yourself, your family and friends safe:

  • Do not allow children to operate fireworks and make sure appropriate adult supervision is provided. Did you know that sparklers are most associated with fireworks-related injuries in children under five?
  • Make sure you know the municipal by-laws regarding fireworks and to follow guidelines carefully.
  • Plan the order of fireworks before you begin.
  • Use a reliable firing base, like a pail filled with earth or sand and only light one firework at a time.
  • Keep a safe distance, choosing a large clear site away from any obstacles. Most fireworks come with minimum distance guidelines for spectators.
  • Never light a firework as you hold it unless it was designed for handheld use (e.g. sparklers).
  • Always light the fuse from the tip.
  • If a firework fails to ignite, wait at least 30 minutes before approaching it and never try to relight or reuse it.
  • Always have water at hand.
  • Wear appropriate protection. We recommend using safety goggles and gloves when operating fireworks.

Happy Canada Day!

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

Early Closure on Fridays

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

Almonte will also be closed on Friday, July 27 for year end inventory.

Regular Friday hours resume Friday, September 7th.

No Saturdays in Almonte

NO Saturday appointments will be available at the Almonte location during the summer.

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: