9 Dry Eye Symptoms (& It’s 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.

Dry Eye

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.

Dry Eye

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.

Tempture 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. 

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!

Foggy Glasses and Noodles

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 Defog Your Glasses While Wearing a Mask 2021

  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.
  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.

Come pick them up at the office $5 for 10

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8 Tips to Prevent Digital Eyestrain | Take a Quiz to See if You have Symptoms

Digital Eyestrain Testing

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 straining your eyes.

Do I Have Digital Eye Strain?

Digital Eye Strain 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.
  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: After every 2 hours you spend on your devices, take a break of approximately 15 minutes.
  5. Artificial tears: 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.
  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.
  8. Switch it Up: If you wear contact lenses, you can give your eyes a break by wearing glasses.

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.



Rated Top 3 Pediatric Optometrist in Burnaby (Why It Matters)

Metrotown Optometrist – Best Rated Two 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! 

Pediatric Optometrist - Shaun Pati
Dr. Shaun Pati – Best Rated Pediatric Optometrist in Burnaby 2 years in a row!
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:

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

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 I Need Glasses? (10 Signs You Might Need to See an Eye Doctor)

Your eyes change over time, so you may not even realize you need glasses. Common symptoms of needing glasses includes 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 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 to See an Optometrist for a 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

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. 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.

If the results indicate you need glasses, your optometrist can advise you on what would be best for your condition.  

Medical Mask vs Cloth Mask

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

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

The College of Optometrists of BC advise the use of 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.

Real Eyes Optometry Medical Grade Masks

Which Types of Masks are Best Rated?

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.

One Time Use Medical Mask

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 grade 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.

Make Sure You Have the Right Mask. Stay Safe – Real Eyes Optometry

Coronavirus face masks FAQs
  • How effective are neck gaiters?
  • How effective are bandanas?
  • What’s the right way to wear a face 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.

What to do about Digital Eye Strain

Posted: May 8, 2020 11:30 AM PT | Last updated May 8, 2020

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 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.

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 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.

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 that 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). 

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

Seasonal Allergies, COVID-19 or the Flu

Covid-19 or Allergies: What you need to know today.

Posted: April 14, 2020 11:31 AM PT | Last updated April 14, 2020

With spring right around the corner, we are saying goodbye to winter and the dreary weather. It also means we are entering into allergy season. This year, with COVID-19 being so prominent, it can get confusing to know if the symptoms you are experiencing are from allergies, the seasonal flu, the common cold or COVID-19. To help differentiate between them, we have gathered up some of the main symptoms each of these conditions can present with. 

Main symptoms of COVID-19 

  • fever 
  • tiredness
  • dry cough
  • shortness of breath occuring 5-10 days after developing a fever. 

Less Common Symptoms that can be confused with the flu, a cold or allergies include:

  • body aches and pains 
  • wheezing
  • diarrhea
  • nasal congestion 
  • runny nose 
  • sore throat

Common Symptom of Seasonal Allergies (Hay Fever): 

  • runny nose
  • itchy eyes mouth or skin
  • sneezing
  • nasal congestion 

Less common symptoms are:

  • wheezing
  • shortness of breath 
  • fatigue

The Main Symptoms of the Seasonal Flu (Influenza) are: 

  • fever or chills
  • cough
  • muscle/body aches
  • headache
  • and tiredness

Less Common Symptoms are:

  • sneezing 
  • sore throat 
  • runny nose
  • nausea
  • diarrhea
  • and shortness of breath if you develop pneumonia

Main Symptoms of a Common Cold are:

  • sneezing
  • stuffy nose
  • sore throat
  • cough
  • chest discomfort

Less Common Symptoms are:

  • fatigue
  • body aches

It can be a confusing time for everyone, if you do develop any of the above symptoms and are unsure if they are from Seasonal Allergies, Seasonal Flu, Common Cold or COVID-19, we recommend you contact your family doctor or call the 811 line for more guidance. We also advise self-isolation for 14 days for any symptoms that could resemble symptoms from the Season Flu, Common Cold and COVID-19 categories above. 

Sourced from: https://www.healthline.com/health-news/flu-allergies-coronavirus-different-symptomsssible photo could be of the Cherry Blossoms in Vancouver. I always feel they are a beautiful  reminder that spring is finally here in Vancouver!

If you are experiencing symptoms, stay calm, stay home, and call a healthcare provider.

FAQ on COVID-19 and Eye Health

What you need to know about Covid-19 and your eyes today.

Posted: Mar 23, 2020 11:31 AM PT | Last updated Mar 23, 2020

Are contact lenses safe to wear during the COVID-19 pandemic?

The short answer is yes. It is safe to wear contacts during the COVID-19 pandemic as long as you are not experiencing any cold or flu symptoms.

Before putting your contact lenses in your eyes, the most important things are to wash your hands with soap and warm water, and dry your hands with an unused paper towel.

If you use monthly or biweekly replacement contact lenses, it is ideal to use a hydrogen peroxide based contact lens solution to store and clean your contact lenses. Make sure to store them for a minimum of 6 hours in such a solution or refer to the solution instructions package for further specification.

Remember to dispose your contact lenses at the correct replacement frequency. The replacement period is from the date you opened the new pack of lenses, regardless of how many days over the month or two weeks that you wore the contact lenses.

If your eyes get irritated or red, then remove your contact lenses immediately.

Should you wear contact lenses if you have the cold or flu?

You should NOT wear contact lenses if you have the cold or flu. It is recommended that contact lens wear be discontinued during a cold or flu. If you wear monthly or biweekly disposable contact lenses, it is ideal to dispose of the contact lenses you are currently wearing and start a fresh pair of contact lenses when your cold or flu resolves. 

Should you disinfect spectacles and sunglasses?

Spectacles and sunglasses are on your face, it is important to clean them regularly. With COVID-19, cleaning them daily can be beneficial. A simple way to clean your glasses is with warm water and a mild dish soap, making sure to clean all areas of the frame, nose pads and the lenses. Then dry your frames with a clean, and soft (non-abrasive) towel. After that, you can further clean your lenses with a lens cleaner spray and lens cloth. 

Can COVID-19 affect the eyes? 

Several reports suggest COVID-19 can cause conjunctivitis (pink eye). However, there have been very few documented cases. Several reports suggest COVID-19 can be transmitted by aerosol contact with the conjunctiva (the tissue lining the inside of the eyelid and the white part of the eye). This is another reason why it is important to frequently wash your hands with soap and water and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

For more information read the following article from the American Academy of Ophthalmology https://www.aao.org/headline/alert-important-coronavirus-context

If you are experiencing symptoms, stay calm, stay home, and call a healthcare provider.

Profile of Excellence in Burnaby Now

Some seeds are planted early in life, and then grow into beautiful blooms when the time is right.

For Dr. Shaun Pati, an experience in his childhood led unexpectedly to a career that he loves – and that has now brought him full circle back to Burnaby.

He was just six years old when his mother was in a car accident that left her with eye injuries from broken glass. Shaun accompanied his mother to countless visits to a local optometrist, Dr. Tony Wang, who helped her fully regain her eyesight. The family continued with Dr. Wang as patients in the coming years.

L to R: Dr. Shaun Pati, Dr. Amit Sahota, Alison Kruizenga and Christina Nan

The experience left him with a fascination for the science of sight and the medicine of optometry.

“It really changed me, and I became so interested in how the eye worked, how optometry helped people,” he said. “We were patients of his for a long time – he even gave me my first eye glasses.”

Shaun later moved to the US to study at a university in Oregon, where he met his future wife, and became a Doctor of Optometry in 2015. The next year, by sheer chance, he bumped into Dr. Wang at a conference in Vancouver.

“We started talking and catching up and fast forward one year, we teamed up and I bought his practice and moved here,” he said.

Dr. Wang continues to work part time with Shaun, along with a growing team of doctors and staff, now under the name Real Eyes Optometry.

“We have a wonderful group here, honest and trustworthy and always putting the practice first – this team is really like part of the family,” he said.

we want people to know we are here for them.

Everyone at the clinic has a focus on not just providing top-notch patient care but also education and customer service.

“We want everyone who comes here to feel well informed and educated, that the whole experience was positive and informative, and well taken care of,” he said. “Excellence means that a patient here knows they’ve been treated with respect, they understand what’s happening, and if they need to get glasses or other items that they can get them with a fair price and helpful service.”

Shaun says his focus on education includes both in-person – talking to patients when they are in the office – but also offering resources and information online through his website.

“That digital transformation is important in this field too, so we’re creating ways for people to learn more online,” he said. “People can connect with us online, make appointments and get information and education there, too.”

Located in Metrotown, the office is a central location for patients in Burnaby and beyond, with a full spectrum of services from eye exams through eyeglass and contact sales. Shaun says many new patients find them through the recommendation of family and friends, and it’s always rewarding to hear that their reputation is growing. “We have many loyal patients who we see regularly but we love to see new patients and we encourage people to come to us when they have anything going on with their eyes at all,” he said. All too often, people will attend a family physician first for eye conditions, only to be referred back to an optometrist. “That’s what we’re here for, whether it’s redness or an infection or any other thing going on with your eyes, we hold our medical eye care to an extremely high standard, and we want people to know we are here for them.”