Womens Health & Vision Loss (Shocking Facts & 6 Easy Ways to Help Save Your Eyes)

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Womens Health
April is Womens Eye Health & Safety Month

Womens Health & Vision Loss – Why April Matters

It’s an important month for us at Real Eyes Optometry. The Prevent Blindness organization declared April to be Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month to bring awareness to the different eye needs for womens health. This campaign brings important attention to the fact that women are more likely to suffer from vision problems. Did you know women are also at a higher risk of permanent vision loss than men?

The reality is, 91% of the women surveyed recently didn’t know they were at an increased risk. This means that a majority of women are not taking the needed precautions to prevent eye damage and vision loss. With April being Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month, Metrotown Optometrists, Real Eyes Optometry, is providing resources and recommendations on the best ways to take care of women’s vision.

“These responses indicate an alarming lack of knowledge regarding women’s vision,” said Prevent Blindness volunteer adviser and spokesperson Dr. Mildred M.G. Olivier, a leading expert on women and minority eye health. “It’s apparent that a vast majority of women are unaware of the gender specific symptoms, conditions and risks associated with vision health.”

Shockingly, only 40% of women surveyed said they had visited an eye doctor within the past 12 months.

Important Womens Health Facts (What You Didn’t Know)

According to a recent study, the statistics for many of the major vision problems show that women have a higher percentage of incidence than men. These include:

  • Age-Related Macular Degeneration 65%
  • Cataracts 61%
  • Glaucoma 61%
  • Refractive Error 56%
  • Vision Impairment 63%

Perhaps more shockingly, one study found:

  • 66% of those experiencing blindness are women
  • 61% of those suffering with cataracts are women
  • 65% of those with Age-Related Macular Degeneration are women (almost double that of their male counterparts)
  • Data reveals that women suffer serious vision conditions at almost twice the rate of men

Curious for more facts? Learn more here

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Women often make the majority of their family’s health care decisions. In addition to being responsible for their own health, women are often responsible as caregivers for the health care choices of their children, partners, spouse and aging parents.

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Womens Health: How Pregnancy Impacts Your Vision

Did you know? Expectant mothers should expect vision changes. In particular, women who have diabetes, or even gestational diabetes (diabetes developed during pregnancy), should be visiting their eye doctor yearly. We all know women experience a wide range of changes during pregnancy, including nausea and body tenderness. However, most don’t realize how pregnancy affects a womens vision and at times, can affect the baby’s health as well.

Expectant mothers can experience dry eyes, blurred vision, or severe changes to vision. It is important for women to watch out for the following vision conditions: 

  • Blurred Vision: Minor vision changes while pregnant are common, if the changes are drastic, or are changing at a steady pace, then it’s important to see an Optometrist nearby.
  • Dry Eyes: An Optometrist nearby can prescribe artificial tears, gels, ointments, vitamins and therapies to reduce discomfort. There are also technologically advanced, non-surgical treatments, like radio frequency, that have the added bonus of reducing wrinkles and signs of aging while improving dry eyes.
  • Diabetes and Gestational Diabetes: Watch out for severe blurring, fluctuating vision, double vision, flashes or floaters in your vision, and any partial vision loss. These symptoms require immediate attention.

Best Rated Womens Health Tips: Optometrists recommend women wait approximately 6-9 months after giving birth before changing their prescription. This helps ensure that their eyes have fully adjusted prior to any prescription changes. 

Women with diabetes or gestational diabetes should visit their eye doctor once per trimester to monitor their retinal health and to help ensure the correct steps are taken to reduce the risk of diabetic retinopathy (bleeding in the back of the eye). Diabetes-induced retinal damage can lead to permanent blindness. 

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Womens Health: 6 Easy Ways to Help Save Your Eyes

Taking steps to understand and reduce the risk of eye-related diseases can be important in preventing vision impairment and preventing eventual vision loss. Here are some simple points to help protect your health, eyes and eyesight:

  1. Ask your family about any history of eye diseases and conditions that may run in the family.
  2. Wear UV A + B blocking sunglasses when outdoors.
  3. Don’t smoke and limit second hand smoke exposure.
  4. Consume a healthy diet with proper nutrition, and if prescribed by your Optometrist, eye health supplements.
  5. Stick to a healthy eye and hand hygiene routine if you use contact lenses.
  6. Be conscious of any cosmetic precautions, and ensure high cosmetic hygiene standards for cosmetics that go in and around your eyes.
“It is imperative that we inform women about protecting their vision today in order to save sight for tomorrow,” said Leslie Bailey, Vice President of Prevent Blindness. “By creating the See Jane See program, we are able to provide a place where women can find current news and invaluable information that’s dedicated specifically to them and their needs.”

Womens Health & Vision Resources

In honor of April being Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month, Metrotown Optometrists, Real Eyes Optometry has gathered expert resources and suggested recommendations on the best ways to support womens health and vision.

Speak to Your Eye Doctor and Take Measures to Protect Your Eyes

Real Eyes Optometry encourages you to reach out to the women in your life because once vision is lost, it often can’t be regained. The most important way to prevent vision loss is to ensure you schedule regular eye exams. Don’t wait for symptoms to appear, as many eye issues are painless and symptomless. In some occurrences, by the time you notice symptoms, the vision loss may be untreatable.

Exciting Announcement | Our Nomination for Small Business BC Award 2021

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Small Business BC for the Best Community Impact Award

Real Eyes Optometry is proud to have been nominated by Best Small Business BC in the Best Community Impact category for 2021. We are dedicated to serving the diverse communities in the Burnaby Metrotown area. When asked about what motivated the start of Real Eyes Optometry, and what core causes drive the team, we needed to share a little backstory on our founder.

As a child, Dr. Shaun Pati’s mother was in a serious car accident which resulted in the loss of some of her vision due to her injury. His mother’s Optometrist was Dr. Tony Wang, who took the time to care for her eye health.

A six-year-old at the time, Shaun accompanied his mother to her eye doctor appointments. After numerous follow-ups over the course of several years, Dr. Tony Wang helped his mother fully regain her eyesight.

Dr. Shaun Pati was motivated by these events and decided to become an Optometrist himself. He decided to move away from Burnaby to study at Pacific University in Oregon, where he would meet his future wife, Dr. Amit Sahota who is also a part of the Real Eyes team.

In 2015, he graduated and became Dr. Shaun Pati, Doctor of Optometry. In 2016, he bumped into Dr. Wang at an Optometry conference in Vancouver. They reconnected and decided to team up to continue serving the Burnaby community. In 2017, Real Eyes Optometry was formed.

In response to the interview questions asked by Small Business BC, of what our business core beliefs are, Dr. Shaun Pati explained that “our goals are to provide the best patient care we can, we always want to leave a positive impression on anyone who steps into our office. Whether it be a smile at the door, educating you on a condition, or reassurance that everything will be okay. No matter how difficult the diagnosis may be, our team will always be there for our patients and community.”

It is an honour to be recognized by Small Business BC. Real Eyes Optometry is open 6 days a week to help improve your vision, one eye at a time. Come meet our team and check out our eye exam services so that we can help take care of your eye health.

A little about Small Business BC from smallbusinessbc.ca:

How Small Business BC Helps Entrepreneurs

It’s often said entrepreneurship can be a lonely endeavor. Small Business BC exists to provide support throughout the process. From starting a business to building resiliency and long-term growth, when an entrepreneur decides to start a business, we are standing by with the products, services and advice they need to achieve their business goals. Our range of supports includes free resources like our business plan template, to seminars/webinars, one-on-one expert advisories and programs we administer such as Bizmap and Export Navigator. Unsure of where to start? Book our free 30-minute advisory and learn the programs, resources and supports available to BC entrepreneurs. Learn more about the impact of Small Business BC.

Small Business BC Awards

Each year, hundreds of businesses across our province test themselves against the best of BC’s small business community by entering the Small Business BC Awards. Throughout the process, they uncover valuable insights about their operation, they receive the support of their communities, and they leave inspired to elevate themselves to new heights.

While only one business can be successful in each of our categories, every single entrant reaps the rewards of taking part in this high-profile and exciting awards competition.

At Small Business BC, we believe these entrepreneurs deserve our recognition and admiration. After all, they make our communities such uniquely special places to live, work and play. Why not inspire your business or a business you love, to new heights by nominating it for a Small Business BC Award? Here are just some of the benefits you’ll enjoy from taking part.

Celebrate Your Achievements: Small Business BC

We know entrepreneurs well enough to understand they can often be guilty of not seeing the big picture. They pour their heart and soul into their business but never take a step back to appreciate what they’ve achieved. Putting together a nomination for the Small Business BC Awards forces the nominee to look at the big picture, take stock of how the business got to this point, and plot a course towards future success. Not only is this action a chance to appreciate what you’ve achieved, it’s also a powerful motivator for future growth and success.

Radiofrequency Treatment: The Connection Between Dry Eyes & Ocular Aesthetics

What is Radiofrequency?

Radiofrequency treatment is a nonsurgical method of improving dry eyes and tightening your skin by fighting the signs of aging. This treatment involves using energy waves to heat the superficial layer of your skin, which stimulates the production of collagen and elastin reformation. It also helps open your oil glands on your eyelids which help prevent tear evaporation thus improving dry eye symptoms. 

Collagen gives your skin its firmness and elastin creates skin elasticity. As you age, your cells produce less collagen, which results in an increase in skin laxity, fine lines and wrinkles. This process tends to occur around age 35 – 40 when the quantity and quality of your collagen starts to decline. Your eyes oil glands also start to work less efficiently with age and this can cause dry eyes with vision fluctuations.

How Radiofrequency Treatment Works

Radiofrequency stimulates your body to create new collagen fibers while opening blocked oil glands on the eyelids by the heat it creates. The treatment is painless and quick, normally taking less than an hour, and safe on all skin types, colors and complexions. After the treatment, your eyes oil glands will function better and your skin will look tighter and rejuvenated.

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Did you know? 30% of Canadians experience ocular symptoms associated with dry eyes.

6 Transformative Radiofrequency Treatment Benefits (Research Proven)

There are many benefits to Radiofrequency treatment, including oil gland functionality improvement, relief of dry eye symptoms and skin tightening. Here are some of the research proven benefits:

  1. Fighting Sun Damage: A group in a 2011 study found that 3 months of Radiofrequency treatment led to significant improvements with mild to moderate signs of sun damage on the skin.
  1. Body Contouring: Radiofrequency treatment helps tighten loose skin on your body by stimulating the production of collagen. A 2017 study found that 24 of the 25 people (who underwent 5 to 8 sessions) saw an improvement in their body shape. 92% were happy with their results.
  1. Face Contouring: In another study, researches found significant improvement in facial skin sagginess, and 73% had improvements in facial contour.
  1. Wrinkles and fine lines: A 2018 study looked at the effect of Radiofrequency treatment on wrinkles around the eyes of 70 middle-aged women. Researchers found that three treatments over 6 weeks significantly reduced their wrinkles while improving dry eyes symptoms.
  1. Face slimming: A 2017 study discovered how after 5 weeks of Radiofrequency treatment, more than 90% of the women had a reduction in fat, and 60% were satisfied or very satisfied with their results. The nonsurgical method of slimming your face had the only side effect of mild redness, which dissipated several hours after the procedure.
  1. Dry Eye Relief: In another 2017 study, 50% of participants had an improvement in Lipid Layer Thickness (which helps retain moisture over the surface of your eye) and demonstrated improvements in dry eye symptoms.
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Importance of Finding a Radiofrequency Provider

Finding the correct provider is essential. It is a safe treatment, when performed by a certified professional. If the procedure is incorrectly performed, it’s possible for your skin to feel a transient heat-arc that results in the following side effects:

  • Temporary swelling
  • Redness
  • Tingling

Read about 9 Dry Eye Symptoms and a Wrinkle Reducing Treatment

Check out the other Real Eye Optometry blog articles here

Lucky for you, our team is trained in a new, noninvasive radiofrequency treatment that treats dry eye disease and also reduces the appearance of wrinkles & fine lines while tightening the skin. Real Eyes Optometry is proud to be a Certified TempSure Partner and now provides dry eyes and ocular aesthetic treatments. Book your dedicated dry eye and ocular aesthetic appointment today and find the treatment that is right for you.

9 Dry Eye Symptoms and a New Wrinkle Reducing Treatment

Are Your Eyes Burning? 

What Is Dry Eye Syndrome?

Dry eye syndrome (DES) is a common condition that occurs when your tears aren’t able to provide adequate lubrication for your eyes. Tears can be inadequate for many reasons. For example, DES syndrome may occur if you don’t produce enough tears, or if you produce poor-quality tears. This tear deficiency leads to inflammation and damage of the eye’s surface.

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9 Dry Eye Symptoms

Dry eyes can be caused by aging, menopause, certain medical conditions like thyroid disorders, certain medications, poor ocular hygiene and other factors. The signs and symptoms vary greatly and usually affect both eyes. The symptoms of dry eye syndrome are as follows:   

  • A stinging, burning or scratchy sensation in your eyes
  • Stringy mucus in or around your eyes
  • Contact lens discomfort
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Eye redness
  • A sensation of having something in your eyes
  • Difficulty with nighttime driving and glare
  • Watery eyes (a common symptom)
  • Blurred vision, fluctuating clarity or eye fatigue

What Does Dry Eye Syndrome Mean for You?

Dry eyes are uncomfortable and can often cause your eyes to sting or burn. You may experience dry eyes in certain situations, such as on an airplane, in an air-conditioned room, a dry environment or after looking at a computer or smartphone for a few hours.  It can affect how well you see, as well as how comfortable your eyes are throughout the day. If you suffer from difficulty wearing contact lenses, overly watery eyes, or eye fatigue, it can have a massive impact on your day.

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Radio Frequency Treatment Offered by Real Eyes Optometry

When to See an Eye Doctor & What to Expect

If you’ve had prolonged signs and dry eye symptoms, including red, irritated, tired or painful eyes, it’s time to see your eye doctor. An optometrist nearby can take steps to determine what’s bothering your eyes and suggest treatments to make you more comfortable.

The eye doctor will complete various tests to evaluate the health of the tear layers, your eyes’ ability to produce tears and check for any damage caused by Dry Eye Syndrome (DES). This is all to say, the exam usually takes around 30 minutes and is to determine a personalized treatment for you.

Tempsure Treatment & the Wrinkle Reducing Benefits

While artificial tears may provide short-term relief, more effective treatments are now available. Radio Frequency is an advanced, non-invasive, heat and laser technology that helps to treat dry eye disease but it also has added beauty benefits and can be an effective treatment for reducing the appearance of;

  • Wrinkles
  • Fine lines
  • Facial creases 
  • Loose skin
Best of all, Radio Frequency requires no surgery, needles or downtime. 

How Radiofrequency Treatment Works

Radiofrequency stimulates your body to create new collagen fibers while opening blocked oil glands on the eyelids by the heat it creates. The treatment is painless and quick, normally taking less than an hour, and safe on all skin types, colors and complexions. After the treatment, your eyes oil glands will function better and your skin will look tighter and rejuvenated.

Importance of Finding a Radiofrequency Provider

Finding the correct provider is essential. It is a safe treatment when performed by a certified professional. If the procedure is incorrectly performed, it’s possible for your skin to feel a transient heat-arc that results in the following side effects:

  • Temporary swelling
  • Redness
  • Tingling

This Radio Frequency treatment is provided by Cynosure’s TempSure Envi device and is only offered by specialized, certified providers. Be sure to speak with your optometrist nearby to inquire about a dry eye syndrome evaluation, and the treatment options they have available for your eyes. 

Additional Technical Resources: Mayo Clinic – DES Causes

4 Best Rated Tips to Fend Off Foggy Glasses

Foggy Glasses: Eye Doctors Have the Best Rated Tips

Believe it or not, it can be done – Keep your glasses from fogging up! For all of us that wear glasses for fashion, or for sight, we likely didn’t think anything of it. And then masks happened.

It has been a challenge for many of us. We don’t need foggy glasses on top of everything else, right? While we can’t control what’s going on around us, luckily, Eye Doctors have the best rated tips on how to eliminate the foggy glasses problem. With the tips below, you can tell your foggy glasses to fog off!

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Why Do Glasses Fog Up?

Here’s the simple science behind it. When warm air hits a cool surface, condensation can form. Just think about how your glasses fog up when you enjoy a bowl of hot soup. The same thing happens with a mask. When your warm breath escapes through the top of the mask, it hits the lenses of your glasses and causes them to fog up. What can you do to prevent this from happening? Check out the 4 Tips below from Best Rated Pediatric Metrotown Optometrist (2 Years in a Row), Dr. Shaun Pati.

Now, glasses can be a major investment. If you have special coatings on your lenses, check with your nearby Optometrist before trying any other fog off hacks so you don’t ruin your lenses and coatings.

Top 4 Tips to Be Rid of Your Foggy Glasses While Wearing a Mask 2021

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  1. Check for the right fit: If you don’t, you’re going to get that steam room effect all day long. Here’s a good tip from Metrotown Optometrist Dr. Shaun Pati

“Ensure your mask fits securely over the nose. With glasses, a mask that has a nose bridge will help keep warm air from exiting up to your glasses,” says Dr. Shaun Pati (Metrotown Eye Doctor).

  1. Position your glasses to seal the top of your mask: By pulling your mask up higher on your nose, your glasses can help seal it and shape it to your face. Place your glasses right on top of the material over your nose and make sure they don’t slide off. This secure fit will keep the warm air from escaping through the top of the mask and prevent foggy glasses.
  1. Tape it down: You can tape your mask down around the bridge of your nose and to your cheeks with sports or medical tape; however, don’t use duct tape or tape that wasn’t made to be used on skin. If you have sensitive skin, test the tape out beforehand to ensure it doesn’t cause irritation.
  1. Fog Wipes: The easiest and most effective solution is to use Fog Wipes. Why does this method work? The wipes leave behind a thin film that acts as a fog barrier. Single use anti-fog wipes are available in packs of 10 for only $5.00 – It’s as easy as wiping your lenses with the wipe, to get 10 hours of anti-fog protection and the wipe can be used on all types of lenses. Come pick them up at our office and avoid foggy glasses.
  2. Anti Fog sprays: Wash your glasses with soapy water, shake off the excess moisture, and then let them air-dry, they’ll resist fogging. Doing this leaves behind a thin surfactant film that reduces this surface tension and causes the water molecules to spread out evenly into a transparent layer preventing foggy glasses allowing you to enjoy your hot soup without bother.

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8 Tips to Prevent Digital Eyestrain | Protect Your Vision

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What is Digital Eyestrain?

Like most of us, you probably use screens for just about everything — to work, to relax, or just to keep up with daily life. Your digital devices may be to blame if your eyes feel dry and tired, your vision is blurry by the end of the day, or your head, neck, and shoulders ache all the time.

We often take our eyes for granted, but with a few simple tips on how to change how you use smartphones, computers, tablets, and other screens, you can keep from suffering digital eyestrain.

Do I Have Digital Eye Strain?

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Digital Eyestrain Quiz – 5 mins

Find out more about Digital Eyestrain, also known as Computer Vision Syndrome or visit an Eye Doctor for a Comprehensive Eye Exam. Learning how to manage our habits in front of a screen can help prolong our eye health for years to come.

8 Best Rated Tips to Prevent Digital Eyestrain (from Digital Devices)

Rest assured, you don’t need to cut out all screen time; however, here is how you can use your devices, and have it be easier on your eyes.

  1. Screen Distance: Have your computer screen about 25 inches (65cm), or an arm’s length, away from your face. 
  2. Screen Level: The center of the screen should be about 10-15 degrees below eye level. Using a standing desk can help both your eye level and your posture with prolonged time spent infront of the screen.
  3. Follow the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes, look at an object at least 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds. This relaxes your focusing system. 
  4. Take a Break: Time passes very quickly when you are online or watching movies on your computer. Make sure you get up and take a break after every 2 hours you spend on your devices. A 15 minutes break will really reduce your risk of Digital Eyestrain.
  5. Artificial tears: Dry eyes are a common symptom of spending too much time infront of a screen. Eye drops can be used to refresh your eyes when they feel dry or irritated.
  6. Humidifier: Placing one in the room where you most often use a computer or other devices can help provide moisture for your eyes. Make sure you are well hydrated as well.
  7. Room Lighting: Ensure the lighting in the room you’re in is bright enough. The devices shouldn’t be brighter than the surrounding light. Starring at your computer in the dark can be harmful to your eye sight.
  8. Switch it Up: If you wear contact lenses, you can give your eyes a break by wearing glasses. Feeling irritated by your contacts is a sure sign that you need to get up fro a break.

How Real Eyes Optometry Can Help Prevent Digital Eyestrain

Our Eye doctors at Real Eyes Optometry recommend using ‘Blue-blocker’ lenses to prevent Digital Eyestrain. These lenses reduce visual discomfort and the harmful effects of blue light from our devices.

Regular eye exams are also very important. Visit us at Metrotown Mall in Burnaby, as you might need to use a different pair of glasses when you’re working on a computer.

Another option to consider is Radiofrequency. This is a non-surgical lid treatment that safely and effectively treats dry eyes at the source. This no needle, no downtime and treatment also helps with what people often describe as fine lines and wrinkles, resulting in a smoother, rejuvenated appearance around the eyes. At Real Eyes Optometry, we offer this treatment as well, contact us for more information.

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Rated Top 3 Pediatric Optometrist in Burnaby

Metrotown Optometrist – Best Rated Pediatric Optometrist Three Years in a Row

Posted: Dec, 30 3:30 AM PT | Last updated Dec 30, 2020

Dr. Shaun Pati completed his Doctor of Optometry degree from Pacific University in Oregon. His goal is to have a well-rounded and committed office that always puts patients’ needs first. 

He provides a comprehensive evaluation that includes your child’s refractive status, binocular vision system, and ocular health – all while keeping a smile on their face. His calm and comforting manner makes him great with kids, and the parents of his pediatric patients can attest to that. 

He is currently accepting families and patients of all ages, including kids! 

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Dr. Shaun Pati – Best Rated Pediatric Optometrist in Burnaby 3 years in a row! For more on Dr. Pati and his practice, check out his bio on our “Meet the Team” page.
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ThreeBestRated recommends the Top 3 Pediatric Optometrists in Burnaby, BC.

Dr. Shaun Pati has been voted the “Best Pediatric Optometrist in Burnaby” two years in a row!

A Metrotown Optometry office, Real Eyes Optometry would like to congratulate him and thank him. Dr. Shaun Pati’s passion for pediatrics comes from knowing helping a child with their vision can be life-changing.

What his patients say about him:

“First time here for an eye exam with Dr. Pati, super happy and satisfied with my experience here. Front desk is friendly as well 🙂 Dr. Pati is awesome, would totally recommend to everyone, really detailed and thorough examination leaving you feeling confident and happy! Overall 10/10 experience!! No regrets.”

Why Choosing the Best Rated Pediatric Optometrist Matters 

Most of us take our eyesight for granted. We will take the time to research company ratings and read reviews when online shopping, booking a hotel, or looking for a restaurant but don’t apply the same when choosing an eye doctor. 

Luckily, every year, experts at ThreeBestRated recommends the Top 3 Pediatric Optometrists in Burnaby, BC. Each Burnaby eye doctor faces a rigorous 50-Point Inspection, which includes:

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  • Checking reviews
  • Ratings
  • Reputation
  • History
  • Complaints
  • Satisfaction
  • Trust
  • Cost
  • Location

How Do I Find the Best Optometrist?

If you are looking for a new pediatric optometrist, or kids eye doctor, asking family and friends for recommendations is a good first step. However, just like selecting any other type of health care professional, it is a personal choice that needs to work long-term for you and your family. 

Luckily a lot of the qualifications you would look for when seeking a new optometrist for adults are the same when looking for a pediatric optometrist. Meaning once you find a great optometrist, they are somewhere you can take your entire family to with confidence. Read on to see our 6 tips on what to consider when looking for the best optometrist for your needs. For more information check our article with tips on how to find the Best Pediatric Optometrist for your kids.

Confirm the Pediatric Optometrist Credentials

As a parent, time is particularly precious. You can save yourself a lot of time by relying on reputable sites such as ThreeBestRated, that rank, review, and list the Top 3 Pediatric Optometrists. Every year, experts at ThreeBestRated recommend the Top 3 Pediatric Optometrists in Burnaby, BC and put all pediatric eye doctors through a rigorous 50-Point Inspection which includes the below. Your child deserves only the best!

  • Ratings
  • Reputation
  • History
  • Complaints
  • Satisfaction
  • Trust
  • Cost
  • Location
  • General excellence

Book an Appointment Today 

Real Eyes Optometry, based in Metrotown Burnaby, has something for everyone, and pediatrics is especially important to them. Showing children proper eye care when they are young can help ensure their ocular health for the rest of their lives. Book your child an appointment today by calling our office or booking online. Your child will leave with a smile on their face, a sticker in their pocket, and a better understanding of their eyes.

Do You Need Glasses? (10 Telling Signs That You Should See Your Eye Doctor)

Your eyes change over time, so you may not even realize that you need glasses. Common symptoms of needing glasses include headaches, eye aches, and squinting. The best way to know for sure if you need glasses is to find an optometrist nearby and schedule a comprehensive eye exam

If you are experiencing a sudden loss of vision or eye pain, it is important to have it looked into immediately. An eye doctor is the only person who will be able to confirm if you need glasses.

10 Signs You Need Glasses | Time to see an Optometrist for an Eye Exam

  1. Blurred vision
  2. Difficulty seeing at night
  3. Trouble adjusting from dark to light
  4. Frequent headaches
  5. Difficulty with computer use
  6. Eye Strain or fatigue
  7. Seeing halos
  8. Double Vision
  9. Blurry vision such as nearsightedness or farsightedness 
  10. A pressure or strain sensation around the eyes
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Metrotown Optometrist – Best Rated Recommendations

Your vision changes as you age, and not every change in vision is abnormal. When you reach your 40’s, the natural internal lens in your eye becomes less flexible. This means they are unable to focus as easily from near to far and that you may need glasses. When this happens, your near vision gets worse and you may be wondering if you need reading glasses. Trouble seeing smaller print in low light, eyes hurting when trying to read or do other close work are a few signs that your near vision is changing.

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, book an appointment to see an Optometrist nearby. Even if you are not having the above symptoms, it is recommended to see an eye doctor for regular eye exams to ensure you are seeing clearly and to keep up to date on your eye health.

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How Often Should I See My Eye Doctor?

Infants: Receive a first eye exam between six and nine months.

Young children as young as two to five years old may need glasses: Be sure to get an eye exam between ages two and five.

Six to 19 years: One eye exam annually.

20 to 39 years: One eye exam every two to three years.

40 to 64 years: One eye exam every other year.

65+ years: One eye exam annually.

Do I Need to See An Optometrist If I’ve Received Corrective Eye Surgery?

Even though you have received corrective eye surgery and don’t need glasses, your optometrist should still continue to give you regular eye exams. The recommended eye exam schedule will ensure that you catch any potential eye problems early.

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Real Eyes Optometry

At Real Eyes Optometry, our Burnaby eye doctors are dedicated to our patients by providing compassionate and courteous care with the highest levels of Optometric service, expertise and clinical knowledge. This year, we were nominated by Small Business BC for the Community Impact Award 2021. Check out our inspiration story explaining why we are focused on providing patient-centered care. Our doctors take the time to ensure every patient understands all aspects of the eye exam, how their eyes work, any treatment options they need, and recommended maintenance tips if they need glasses.

Our vision for our office is to create a welcoming environment while providing comprehensive eye care for you and your family. Whether that’s coming in for an eye examination, pre/post-op laser surgery appointments, orthokeratology follow-ups, or purchasing glasses & contact lenses, Real Eyes Optometry is here for you.

Our state-of-the-art machines are constantly updated so we can provide the comprehensive eye care you need while helping you understand the health and anatomy of your own eyes. That means you won’t have to take multiple trips to see different doctors and specialists.

We will help our patients find a great pair of glasses or contact lenses that suits each individual’s style and needs. Whether you need eyeglasses, sunglasses, or contact lenses, we are your one-stop shop for quality products and expert eye care. Come visit us at Metrotown Mall, located on the Office Galleria level.

Medical Masks vs Cloth Masks (5 Ways to Wear Your Protective Mask)

Posted: Nov, 10 3:30 AM PT | Last updated Nov 10, 2020

Should I Wear a Medical Mask When Visiting My Eye Doctor at Metrotown?

The College of Optometrists of BC advises the use of medical masks by patients while in the clinic since physical distancing may not be possible throughout testing and assessment. Each patient and visitor is required to wear a medical mask while in our office to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Which Types of Masks are Best Rated?

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Medical Masks should be used as part of a comprehensive strategy of measures to suppress transmission and save lives; the use of a mask alone is not sufficient to provide an adequate level of protection against COVID-19.

Medical masks or procedure masks are flat or pleated have a barrier to stop spreading droplets and are fixed snug to the head with straps. Wearing a medical mask is one of the prevention methods to limit the transmission of COVID-19.

Cloth masks reduce the spread of large respiratory droplets when you sneeze or cough. However, these masks offer minimal protection to the wearer.

Medical Masks

Visiting Our Metrotown Optometrist Team

During your visit with the Real Eyes Optometry team in Burnaby. Our Optometrists Dr. Shaun Pati, Dr. Amit Sahota and Dr. Tony Wang use medical masks. We use plexiglass on our eye care equipment for face-to-face interactions and ensure everyone’s safety.

For patients who do not have the required 3 layer filtration system masks, we have you covered and are selling them in office.

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Coronavirus face medical masks FAQs
  • How effective are neck gaiters?
  • How effective are bandanas?
  • What’s the right way to wear a medical mask?
  • When should masks be worn?
  • Can I make my own cloth mask?

Check out the BC CDC Face Mask List for answers to the above.

Wear your Medical Masks Correctly

  • Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer before putting on your mask.
  • Put the mask over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin.
  • Medical masks fit snugly against the sides of your face, slipping the loops over your ears or tying the strings behind your head.
  • If you have to continually adjust your mask, it doesn’t fit properly, and you might need to find a different mask type or brand.
  • Make sure you can breathe easily.
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Take Off Your Mask Carefully, When You’re Home

  • Untie the strings behind your head or stretch the ear loops
  • Handle only by the ear loops or ties
  • Fold outside corners together
  • Place mask in the washing machine
  • Be careful not to touch your eyes, nose, and mouth when removing and wash your hands immediately after removing.

Will masks become the ‘new normal’ even after the pandemic has passed

Some countries have shifted their cultures and embraced mask-wearing in public places, transportation or in crowded shopping malls, when individuals are feeling a bit under the weather. For those with auto-immune diseases, that would be a positive shift.

It is possible to curb COVID flare-ups, protect immunocompromised people who can’t develop full immunity and benefit us all by staving off the flu and other viral illnesses through use of medical masks. Of course, we all know it’s not that simple: Masks have been a point of contention since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention started recommending their use. Some people acknowledge that they have been forever changed by the pandemic, particularly when it comes to hygiene practices like hand-washing and masks.

When we are all willing to wear masks, even just in certain situations, the mask both loses its stigma and gains power to protect all of us from both big threats like Covid-19, and smaller threats like the flu. One day in the near future, mask-wearing can signal that we care about others’ health, and about our own.

What to do about Digital Eye Strain 2020 (7 Best Tips)

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Do I have Digital Eye Strain (Computer Vision Syndrome)?

Now that many of us are practicing self-isolating, social distancing, and working from home, we find ourselves at home using tablets, computers, and our mobile devices at higher rates. With this comes increased rates of digital eye strain and visual discomfort, also known as Computer Vision Syndrome.

Symptoms of Digital Eye Strain

Computer Vision Syndrome or Digital Eye Strain causes dry eyes, headaches in the temporal and/or frontal area of the head, and/or blurred vision at near and in the distance.

Digital Eye Strain: Why do my eyes hurt?

Using a computer, tablet, and cellphone screen is a visually demanding task for your eyes. This is due to reduced contrast sensitivity of letters to the screens background, increased glare from screens, letters not being precise and as sharply defined off of screens versus paper, reduced blinking with near work, and increased time focusing at near or intermediate distances which causes us to overwork our focusing system (accommodation ability). This is called Digital Eye Strain, or Computer Eye Syndrome

How long does Computer Eye Syndrome or Digital Eye Strain Last

Computer Eye Syndrome is caused by the length of time you spend on digital devices. The longer you are viewing digital screens, the more likely you are to experience symptoms of computer vision syndrome and it can also worsen your symptoms. Several hours spent in front of the screen can cause 1 hour+ of eye strain. If you spent less than several hours on a device, your symptoms should last 10-20 minutes. This will also vary depending on each person’s situation. Please contact us for an appointment if your eye strain continues.

What do I do if I have Computer Vision Syndrome

There are several treatment options for Computer Vision Syndrome. A combination of one or more of these treatments can be beneficial. These include: 

20/20/20 Visual Hygiene Rule: This is the easiest solution to implement and does not cost anything. Every 20 minutes of near or intermediate work, look 20 feet (about 6 meters) away for 20 seconds. This helps relax your focusing system (accommodation system).

Use Blue Blocker Lenses: These lenses will block a certain range of wavelengths of blue light being emitted off of the computer, tablet, and cell phone screens. Blue blocker lenses can help reduce eye strain experienced from reduced contrast sensitivity off of screens.  For more info on blue blocker, lenses check out our article here.

Dry Eye, digital eye strain

Anti-fatigue Lenses: These lenses have a small amount of ADD (plus prescription) to help reduce strain on the focusing system. They can help when patients have an underlying condition of accommodative insufficiency (near focusing difficulty). 

Working Distance: Maintaining an appropriate working distance with near work helps to reduce how much your eyes need to focus with near activities. Your near viewing distance should be at least 40cm away from your eyes or further to reduce the load on your focusing system (accommodation system). 

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Feeling digital eye strain and dry eyes

Preservative-free artificial tears: Reduced blinking with near work is a habitual response of your eyes with prolonged near work. This can increase the dryness in your eyes. Symptoms of dryness include burning, stinging, pain, redness, and foreign body sensation (feeling like something is in your eyes). Using a preservative-free artificial tear 2-6x/day can help alleviate symptoms of dryness. We recommend I Pure Artificial tears. 

Vision therapy: Vision therapy is a program of eye exercises designed to treat underlying accommodative insufficiency  (inability of the eyes to sustain focus at near for extended periods of time), saccadic dysfunction (which is insufficient or inaccurate visual tracking eye movements required in reading or copying) and other binocular vision issues with the eyes. We do offer Vision Therapy at our clinic. Consultations with our Optometrists can be arranged by calling our office directly. 

Ergonomics: correct sitting posture on the computer is also important and will reduce eye strain.

Source: https://www.aoa.org/patients-and-public/caring-for-your-vision/protecting-your-vision/computer-vision-syndrome