Questions and Answers about Cranbrook Vision Care:
Are floaters a sign of eye problems?
Most people, particularly if they are short sighted, have some floaters inside their eyes. These appear as little black spots or 'flies' which appear to float around in front of your sight. They move when you move your eyes and are normally more obvious when you are looking at a plain pale background (like a cloudless sky). They are normally quite innocent, but if you get a shower of floaters, if you see lots of floaters after you have banged your head, or if you see flashing lights in your eyes or a 'curtain' or 'veil' in front of your eyes you should seek urgent medical attention.
What vision symptoms do diabetics get?
People who are diabetic may find that their sight becomes blurry, so that they need a change in their spectacle prescription, or they may see parts of their vision missing. They are also more prone to cataract. If you get any of these symptoms you should consult our Cranbrook Optometrists.
When should my child have his/her first eye exam?
80% of what a child learns is through their vision. It is recommended to have a comprehensive eye examination before preschool to insure that your child does not have any undetected eye health or vision issues that would impede his or her learning.
I have 20/20 vision, do I still need to see an eye doctor?
Yes! There is so much more to visiting an eye doctor than just seeing 20/20. During a complete eye exam, your eye doctor will not only determine your prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses, but will also check your eyes for common eye diseases, assess how your eyes work together as a team and evaluate your eyes as an indicator of your overall health.
My eyes always seem dry, should I be concerned?
Dry eye has several causes ranging from seasonal changes, hormone changes and contact lenses to more serious systemic conditions. It is always best to come in for a dry eye evaluation. In mild cases, dry eye is commonly treated with supplements and eye drops but in more serious cases prescription medications may be required.
Where should I buy my glasses from?
You have a right to have your prescription dispensed wherever you choose. However, as prescribing and dispensing of spectacles are closely linked. it is often best to have your spectacles dispensed where you have your eyes examined. It is often more difficult to resolve any problems you may have with your spectacles when prescribing and supply are separated.
Does sitting too close to the TV damage your eyes?
There is no evidence that sitting close to the TV causes any harm to the eyes. Television should be watched with the lights on, rather than off, as this should be more comfortable because otherwise it is like looking at a (big) torch.
Dry Eyes Q&A
Is it true that Dry Eye symptoms seem to be more severe in the winter than in the warmer spring and summer months?
When should a person come in to see thier optometrist for Dry Eye symptoms and when is it enought to care of this problem yourself?
Anytime a person experiences symptoms they should see their optometrist.
What is the examination like to determine whether someone is suffering from Dry Eyes?
Examine tear production.
I have a friend in whose eyes are frequently overly water. That isn't Dry Eye is it?
See your optometrist. This can be a symptom of other eye conditions too.
What are the typical treatments used to help people suffering from Dry Eyes?
Lid scrubs, eye drops, Omega oil vitamins.
Are some people more prone to having Dry Eyes than others?
Some medications cause these side effects. Some medical or lifestyle factors can cause dry eyes too.
Do you have any recommendations for people to help them avoid Dry Eye issues?
Same as previous answer - Lid scrubs, eye drops, Omega oil vitamins.