2023 International Women’s Day: Dr. Amit Sahota Interview

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International Womens Day — a day set aside each year to honour women’s contributions to society, the economy, culture, and politics — serves as a reminder of the continuous fight for gender parity and the need to remove structural obstacles that keep women from realizing their full potential. 

We would also like to acknowledge Dr. Amit Sahota’s nomination for 31st annual RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Award for 2023.

This year’s theme is “DigitALL: Innovation and technology for gender equality” and champions the advancement of transformative technology and digital education. As we commemorate this day, we have the chance to consider the progress we have made in achieving gender equality and to recognize the work that remains to be done in order to ensure true equality for women around the world.

In honor of this year’s International Women’s Day, we interviewed Burnaby optometrist Dr. Amit Sahota.

International Women’s Day Interview with Dr. Amit Sahota

When asked what International Women’s Day means to her, Dr. Amit Sahota said it’s about independence, the freedom to choose her path, pay equity, and basic rights for women.  Like many women growing up, for Dr. Amit Sahota there were too few visible female role models to offer inspiration, guidance, and career support.

While women entering the practice of optometry are now in the majority, this is a relatively new development. Alberta’s first female optometrist, Sadie Lampard, began her practice in 1942 and continued until 1993.

Sadie Lampard served as an example of what women can achieve and her practice helped to break down gender stereotypes.

“Innovation, technological change, and education in the digital age for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls.” 

UN Women

What Innovations & Technologies Does Real Eyes Optometry Use?

This year’s International Women’s Day theme is particularly impactful for Real Eyes Optometrist Dr. Amit Sahota as innovation and technology play such a large role in assisting patients.

Beyond the comprehensive eye exams, many patients are familiar with, vision-threatening conditions and symptoms are treated by specialty services — the juggernauts of the optometry world.

Women have special eye-care needs because they can be at higher risk for some eye diseases.

Prevent Blindness America and the National Eye Institute

Refractive Surgery

We often take our eyes for granted and refractive errors are one of the most common vision problems that impact more than 150 million Americans. Refractive surgery could mean no more corrective lenses — but it may not be right for everyone. 
There are several types of refractive surgery procedures and like other medical treatments, your certified practitioner will complete an evaluation and take into account your health, medical history, lifestyle needs, and preferences prior to making a recommendation.

Vision Therapy

Providing individualized visual skills improvement plans is one of Dr. Amit Sahota’s passions. Like physiotherapy, vision therapy is a highly individualized program crafted to improve visual skills for patients with conditions such as binocular vision dysfunctions, eye focusing disorders (accommodation), strabismus (eye turn), amblyopia (lazy eye), and certain visual processing disorders (visual perception). 

With a blend of technology and expertise, Dr. Amit Sahota’s passion for problem-solving and personalized care programs enable her to alter the course of a patient’s visual function.

Dr. Amit Sahota’s Personal Motto

“People won’t remember what you said or did, they will remember how you made them feel.”

— Maya Angelou

Dr. Amit Sahota

Radio Frequency

Despite having been used for over 20 years, with a long-standing history within dermatology and cosmetic aesthetics, radio frequency treatments are a relatively unknown technological innovation with instant gratification and long-term benefits.

The radio frequency machine stimulates the production of collagen and elastin reformation, which tightens the skin, minimizing the appearance of facial lines and wrinkles. Radio frequency was initially used to improve skin tone but later on it was found to also improve dry eye symptoms.


With Real Eyes Optometry’s radio frequency treatments, Dr. Amit Sahota is able to treat patients that suffer from burning eyes, vision fluctuations, difficulty wearing contact lenses, overly watery eyes, irritated and itchy eyes, and a number of other dry eye symptoms. This is no small technological innovation given the number of women who experience dry eye symptoms.

3.2 million women in America suffer from itching, burning and irritation of the eyes.

International Women’s Day Interview: Gender Equality in Optometry

Unlike many other health based professionals, within optometry most treatments are gender inclusive. 

Gender can predisposition you to certain conditions, such as dry eyes for women; however, the specialty services are highly gender inclusive.

Previously a male-dominated profession in Canada, 53% of the current optometrist workforce is female as of 2016.

Dr. Amit Sahota has seen this trend continue and spoke to the inclusive environment Real Eyes Optometry has created for staff members and patients of all backgrounds including but not limited to black, indigenous, and other people of color (bipoc). 
Her patient-centric dedication to families and children has earned Dr. Amit Sahota a loyal following.

International Womens Day

“I was referred to come visit Real Eyes Optometry as it was time to get my eyes checked. This is my first time here and I was welcomed by the friendly staff at the counter. Dr. Sahota conducted the eye examination and the entire process was smooth and she answered all the questions I had. I had many eye examinations from other optometrists and I would say this was one of the best, most thorough examinations I had. Dr. Sahota is highly knowledgeable, caring and patient. I highly recommend anyone to visit here for your next eye examination.”

Edward Ko

International Womens Day

“My family and I see Dr. Sahota, and are extremely pleased with their services. The optometrists are so patient and caring, and all the staff are very helpful. We also saw Dr. Pati for an emergency, and he spent the time answering my daughters questions. We are so appreciative of his experience as he helped clear her problem and took the time to ensure she was comfortable. Top marks for this clinic!”

Linda Leonardo

Real Eyes Optometry is currently accepting new families and patients of all ages, including kids!

How to Read an Eye Prescription (5 Sections Simply Explained)

How to Read an Eye Prescription

So you’ve just been to your local optometrist for a comprehensive eye exam, what’s next? You’ve been provided a piece of paper and likely want to know how to read an eye prescription and how bad your eyes are?

As a local optometrist based in Metrotown, Burnaby, when our patients visit us for an eye exam, our focus is on providing the highest levels of optometric service, expertise and clinical knowledge. We also make sure you are comfortable with how to read the prescriptions given to you. 

How Do I Interpret My Vision Prescription?

Before we jump into what each section means, as a general rule, the higher the numbers on your prescription, the worse your eyesight is and the stronger your prescription will be to provide the necessary correction. 

Mild: -0.50 to -3. Moderate: -3.25 to -5.00. High: -5.25 to -10. Extreme: greater than-10.

However, that’s not all there is to know when reading an eye prescription. Read on for a simple breakdown of each section of your eye prescription and what impact it will have on your vision.

How to Read an Eye Prescription: OD vs. OS

Simply put, “OD” is your right eye and “OS” is your left eye. One memory trick is to think of “D” as referring to your dominant side, which for 85-90% of people in Western countries is the right side. Also the right eye (OD) will always be listed above your left eye (OS).

How to Read an Eyeglasses Prescription
Oculus dexter = right eye. Oculus sinister = left eye.

What Does Sphere Mean on an Eye Test?

Spherical refractive error determines whether your eyes are nearsighted or farsighted. When your distance vision is blurry, this is known as nearsightedness. This can occur when our eyeballs grow too quickly for an extended period of time during childhood, and can continue worsening into our teens and even early adulthood.

Why does it matter? Clear vision is dependent on the size and shape of your eyeball! If your eyes are not symmetrically circular in shape, or too big or too small in size, light is unable to correctly focus on your retina. This results in blurry and distorted vision. 

Minus (-) powers means the prescription is nearsighted.

Nearsightedness (myopia) makes far-away objects look blurry.

Plus (+) powers means the prescription is farsighted.

Farsightedness (hyperopia) makes nearby objects look blurry.

What is Cylinder and Axis?

Both these numbers describe an astigmatism. Why is this important? 

Astigmatism is a common refractive error that causes your eyes to not clearly focus on images. This can result in blurry vision in the distance and at near. Astigmatism occurs when the eyeball shape is more oval than round. If you are struggling with blurry vision, headaches, glare or eye strain, it is time to get your eyes checked. 

Cylinder quantifies the severity of the astigmatism.

Axis is the direction of astigmatism.

How to Read an Eye Prescription for Your Astigmatism Axis

Horizontal (180) Focus 

  • Writing is blurred at the edges
  • It’s more clear in the middle
  • It appears as if the letters are moving
Astigmatism Axis

Vertical (090) Focus

  • Writing is blurred in general
  • Nothing is clear
  • It appears as if the letters are moving
Astigmatism Axis

Curious about treatments and 5 common myths? Our myopia management certified, and award-winning optometrist, Dr. Shaun Pati, debunks the top 5 myths about myopia treatments and recommends 3 treatments.

Do I Need Progressive Lenses? “ADD” on Eye Prescriptions

Your prescription will show a number in the ADD (addition) column if you need progressive lenses, also known as multifocal lenses. This type of prescription means that your optometrist has given you three focus zones in one pair of glasses. It’s incredibly helpful if you have nearsightedness or farsightedness with presbyopia. A progressive lenseliminates the need to switch between glasses when performing close-up work (such as reading a book), intermediate-distance work (like working on a computer), and distance viewing (like driving). 

How Bad Is My Eye Prescription? (What’s Considered Legally Blind)

Legal blindness is a level of blindness that has been defined by law to limit certain activities for safety reasons. These activities include driving, or to determine eligibility for disability-related government programs and benefits. Someone is considered to be legally blind when visual acuity is 20/200 or worse in the better eye after correction, and/or a visual field of 20 degrees or narrower. 

The higher your prescription is, the worse you will see without correction. In general, without corrective lens use, a -1.00 prescription results in 20/40 acuity, a -3.00 prescription results in 20/160 acuity and a -5.00 prescription results in 20/400 acuity.

How Bad is a +1.00 Eye Prescription?

So a +1.00 and -1.00 refractive error is quite modest; your eyesight isn’t too bad, as you only need 1 diopter of correction. On the other hand, +4.50 and -4.50 represents a greater lack of clarity; you’ll need a stronger prescription to achieve clear vision. 

How to Read an Eyeglasses Prescription

What Does +3.00 Vision Look Like?

Without correction, farsightedness (hyperopia) means distance and near vision can be blurred and this will have a notifiable impact on your vision.

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What Does -5.25 Vision Look Like?

Without correction, nearsightedness (myopia) means distance vision is blurry. Your near vision will be clear but you will have to hold objects fairly close to your eyes to see it clearly.

How to Read an Eye Prescription

Can Astigmatism Get Worse?

Astigmatism can be genetically passed on or it can be acquired by prolonged near work or excessive eye rubbing. Eyecare professionals can slow or even stop progression if it is caught in time. Astigmatism can get worse over time if left untreated. This is because without treatment, the skewed angle at which light enters your eye worsens, resulting in increasingly blurred and unclear vision.

5 Reasons Your Eyes Need Acuvue Oasys Max Contact Lenses

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You’re thinking, I’ve tried a lot of contact lenses and they aren’t that different. Why do I need Acuvue Oasys Max contact lenses?

Just like the rest of technology around us every day, the pace of innovation is rapidly increasing and not just for items like our phones and TV’s. Medical innovations offer us better solutions and products that can keep up with the increased demands we place on our vision. 

Why Your Eyes Need Better Contact Lenses

Just like the rest of our health, prevention is key. As we age, so do our eyes. Unfortunately, this is intensified with the demands of our modern life – and we can prove it:

Adults spend a whopping 13+ hours daily on digital devices. This is a 35% increase from only 3 years ago.

We blink 60% less when looking at digital screens which compromises our tear film and can cause discomfort.

71% of people say screen time or the total demands of work and life have increased in the last 2 years.

Why Our Optometrists Recommend Acuvue Oasys Contact Lenses

Even prior to the combination of new technologies built into the Acuvue Oasys Max contact lens, our award winning Burnaby optometrists voted on the Top 3 Contact Lenses and Acuvue Oasys took the first and second spot.

Best Daily Use Contact Lens 

Acuvue Oasys 1-Day

  • Next-Gen Technology: Inspired by the way your tear film works to help reduce the feeling of dry eyes. 
  • Toric Design: Corrects astigmatism by reshaping the cornea (front surface of the eye) to correct its curvature. When the eyeball surface is shaped like a perfectly round ball, light is able to enter the eye and bend evenly to give you a clear image. 
  • Class I UV Blocking: The highest level of UV protection available in a contact lens.*
  • Dry Eye Prevention: This contact lens has tear-like properties that work with your natural tear film each day, providing all-day performance and excellent comfort, vision and handling.
  • Wide Parameter Range: This enables more successful fits for eyes of all shapes, sizes and powers. 

Best Budget Friendly, Reusable Contact Lens

Acuvue Oasys 2-Week

  • Next-Gen Technology: Inspired by the way your tear film works to help reduce the feeling of dry eyes in a reusable lens option. 
  • Wide parameter range: Available with correction for near and farsighted prescriptions. It also has a reusable option that corrects astigmatism.
  • Class I UV Blocking: The highest level of UV protection available in a contact lens.*
  • Eye Breathability: These contact lenses are extremely breathable making it feel like you’re wearing no lenses at all. Since contact lenses sit directly on your eyes, it can reduce the oxygen flow to your eye. This may seem inconsequential but having oxygen flow is important in keeping your eyes healthy and providing good comfort.

*Class I UV contact lenses block >99% of UVB and >90% of UVA. In comparison, Class II UV contact lenses block >95% UVB and >50% UVA.

5 Reasons Your Eyes Need Acuvue Oasys Max Contact Lenses

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1. TearStable Technology

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 or after looking at a screen 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, watery eyes, or eye fatigue, it can have a massive impact on your day.

Well, the Acuvue Oasys Max contact lenses have TearStable Technology that delivers a 2x lower tear evaporation rate vs other contact lens brands. That means you can count on exceptional moisture across the lens rather than experiencing dry spots that will ultimately lead to irritation.

2. OptiBlue Light Filter

This filter provides the highest blue-violet light filtering in the industry! It reduces disorientating light scatter, haloes, and starbursts. It also provides Class 1 level UV blocking (99.9% UVA and 100% UVB). Blue light blocking contact lenses help prevent  digital eye strain which comes from looking at digital screens throughout the day.

This can have a negative effect on our health, including difficulty sleeping.

The OptiBlue light filter is even more helpful for those in their 60’s, as light scatter can double, which distorts your vision.

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Light scatter doubles by age 60, resulting in increased visual artifacts.

3. Pupil Optimized Design

Pupil optimized design may not sound that interesting but our pupils are not all the same size. Our pupil size tends to decrease as we age and these lenses take that into consideration. Imagine trying to use children’s glasses as an adult, it would limit your vision and likely lead to headaches. With Acuvue Oasys Max contact lenses, 92% of wearers were successfully fit in the first pair they tried! 

4. Acuvue Oasys Max Contact Lenses Have Unreal Results!

Their clinical trial had excellent results, with 90% of participants reporting all day comfort! Not only that…

  • 86% reported reduced feeling of tired eyes with digital devices. 
  • Greater than 95% reported clarity with digital devices. 
  • Nearly 100% reported clear, reliable vision.
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5. Incredibly Flexible

Acuvue Oasys Max contact lenses are available both as a 1 day daily disposable contact lens or in a 1-day daily multifocal option. This incorporates your distance and near prescriptions within a single lens so that you can focus clearly on objects at a wide range of distances, whether you are reading or driving. Similarly, the results were excellent for the multifocal lenses:

  • 94% reported clear vision when using a digital device
  • 80% reported clear vision for near, far and intermediate zones
  • 94% reported comfort throughout the day 
  • 90% reported end of day comfort

Ok great, you have found your new contact lenses. Now what?

Don’t Forget Your Contact Lens Fitting

Contact lenses are not one-size-fits-all. When we visit our optometrist for a new pair of glasses, we’re used to having our glasses meticulously fit. The frames are adjusted to the bridge of our nose, the lenses are centralized to the middle of our eyes, and the frames arms are adjusted to sit properly on our ears. A similar type of precision is needed to properly fit contact lenses as well.

Even those of us who are full time glasses wearers, we still occasionally rely on contacts — whether it be for sports, convenience, lifestyle, or otherwise. For all contact lens wearers, a contact lens fitting is vital to ensure that the lenses fit each eye properly, your vision is good for distance and near, and your eye health is maintained. 

How Long Does a Contact Lens Fitting Take?

The great news is that most contact lens fittings can be combined with your comprehensive eye exam and it only adds about 10 minutes to your appointment.

More time will be needed for first time wearers or those being fit in multifocal contacts.

Contact lens fitting

Diabetes Awareness Month: How to Save Your Vision

Diabetic Eye Exams

November is Diabetes Awareness Month and you may be thinking, ‘What do diabetic eye exams, or even just diabetes, have to do with my eyes?’

Our eyes are one of the most complex organs in our body and comprehensive eye exams can help detect certain medical conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, hormone imbalance, and even brain tumors. We asked our award-winning optometrist what people need to know about diabetes prevention and management.

1. Can Diabetes Be Detected During an Eye Exam?

Yes, which is why regular, comprehensive eye exams are vital not only for those who wear glasses or contact lenses. Optometrists are critical, not only for diagnosing eye-related problems, but are essential in early detection of health concerns in the body.

2. Why Do They Check Your Eyes for Diabetes?

Diabetics have excess blood sugar and this damages your blood vessels. Your eyes contain some of the smallest blood vessels in your body. Did you know that the back of your eyes are the only place in your body where doctors can view your blood vessels?

Diabetic Eye Exams

A comprehensive eye exam, conducted by an optometrist, can lead to early detection of diabetes (type 1 and 2) and this can prevent damage to your eyes and stop vision loss.

Over the course of the next nine years, 6.4 million Canadians will be diagnosed with type 1 or type 2 diabetes. One third of Canadians today already have diabetes, or pre-diabetes, and many don’t know it.

3. What Does a Diabetic Eye Exam Include?

Unlike a simple vision screening or sight test, which only assesses your refractive error, a comprehensive eye exam is a complete evaluation of the health of your eyes, which checks for vision threatening conditions like cataracts, macular degeneration and glaucoma, to name a few. 

During a diabetic eye exam, your optometrist will use a special eyedrop that will dilate your pupils. This allows them to evaluate your retina and its blood vessels for any abnormalities. 

Diabetic Eye Exams

4. How Long Does It Take for Diabetes to Damage Eyes?

Typically, it takes several years to develop diabetic eye disease but that doesn’t mean your eyes won’t be getting damaged during that time. If left undiagnosed and untreated, diabetes can result in eye damage long before symptoms appear. Diabetic eye disease, which results from high blood sugar levels damaging the back of the eye, can result in severe sight loss or even blindness at any stage. Higher blood sugar levels can result in diabetic eye disease at a faster rate. 

5. What Are the Warning Signs of Diabetic Retinopathy?

Watch out for blurry, fluctuating or double vision, flashes or floaters, and any partial vision loss. These symptoms require immediate attention. Symptoms of diabetic retinopathy can include:

  • Blurry vision
  • Vision fluctuations
  • Inability to see colors
  • Floaters (colorless spots floating in your visual field)
  • Deteriorating night vision
  • Eye discomfort or pain
  • Dark, shadowy areas in your visual field
  • Double vision

Diabetes is a leading cause of blindness in Canada. People with diabetes are more likely to develop cataracts at a younger age and are twice as likely to develop glaucoma. Its effect on the retina is the main threat to vision.”

6. Am I at Risk of Diabetic Retinopathy?

Anyone with type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes is potentially at risk of developing diabetic retinopathy. However, you’re at a greater risk for diabetic retinopathy if you:

A Diabetic Eye Exam Could Save Your Life

We often take our eyes for granted, assuming they don’t need any care from us. As optometrists, we know the importance of caring for your eyes is just as much a priority as eating healthy, exercising, and taking care of your mental health. 

Our eyes are complicated but delicate. Our optometrists can help in a number of ways, including providing preventative care. 


Why trust our advice? Family-first, patient-centered care is our passion.

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Why Real Eyes Optometry

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. You can bring your entire family to Real Eyes Optometry with confidence you will receive compassionate and courteous care with the highest levels of optometric service, expertise, and clinical knowledge.

Red Eyes: Ultimate FAQ’s & Top Optometrist Recommended Solutions

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Red eyes are a problem that can affect many people. It can be caused by the environment, diet, sinus problems, or even as a side effect of some medications like antidepressants, birth control and antihistamines.The good news is that red eye relief is easy: keep reading for our optometrist recommended red eye products and treatments.

Unlimited FAQ: Optometrist Answers Red Eye Questions

What Causes Red Eyes?

Typical causes of red eyes include allergies, dry eyes, contact lens overwear, and pink eye (conjunctivitis). Allergies affect 40% of the population. Allergy eye symptoms can be caused by a variety of irritants, most commonly environmental.

Can Stress Cause Red Eyes?

Both mental stress and digital eye strain (computer vision syndrome) can overwork the eyes, leading to irritation and redness. Unfortunately, this is becoming more likely with the intense demands of our technology-driven life. You may experience some, or all of the following symptoms:

  • Blurred or double vision
  • Dry eye
  • Eye discomfort
  • Eye fatigue, itching, and tearing
  • Headaches
  • Neck & shoulder pain

Can Lack of Vitamins Cause Red Eyes?

Our eyes, just like our bodies, require different vitamins and nutrients to function properly. A vitamin B2 deficiency can cause eyes to look bloodshot and results in itchy eyes, watery eyes and light sensitivity. You may also experience cracked or chapped lips, cracked mouth corners, a bright red tongue, and migraines.

Choosing the best eye vitamins is crucial for your ongoing vision and eye health. To learn more, click below for vitamins proven to help eye health.

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Does High Blood Pressure Cause Red Eyes?

Red eyes and elevated blood pressure can occur simultaneously. The eyes are one of our most complex organs and are packed with tiny blood vessels. When blood pressure is elevated for long durations of time, it can weaken our eyes blood vessels which can cause them to burst. This results in a moderate red eye as blood pools within the conjunctival tissues.  

Are Red Eyes Serious?

A strong sneeze, cough or heavy lifting can cause blood vessels in your eyes to burst and is usually nothing to worry about. However, if there is also eye pain, watering, dryness, or impaired vision, this can indicate a serious medical problem. If you are experiencing any of these, it may be a red eye emergency and we recommend seeking medical help from an optometrist near you. 

How Long Should a Bloodshot Eye Last?

While bloodshot eyes (a subconjunctival hemorrhage) can look alarming, it is typically harmless and will disappear within two weeks.

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How to Get Rid of a Red Eye?

Depending on the cause of your red eyes, your optometrist will be able to suggest the best treatment option, while taking into consideration your medical history and any life challenges. Read on below! Our award-winning Burnaby optometrists have recommended the top daily products, treatments, and preventative methods.

Top 3 Optometrist Recommended Red Eye Products

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#1 Contact Lens Rinse for Sensitive Eyes

Bausch & Lomb Saline Solution Plus is a rinse for  your hard and soft contact lenses.

#1 Recommended Eye Drops

Systane Ultra Hydration eye drops provide immediate red eye relief from dry eyes.

#1 Gel for Dry Eyes Relief

I-Drop Pur Gel provides superior, everyday long-lasting relief from redness due to dry eyes.

Why Our Optometrist Recommend these Red Eye Products

We only recommend products we use ourselves and for our families. Our patient-centric clinic is located inside Metrotown Mall in Burnaby. We serve patients all throughout the lower mainland and with 20+ years experience you can have the peace of mind you are in good hands.

Benefits of Bausch & Lomb Saline Solution Plus

  • This is not a cleaning solution. It acts as a rinse once the lenses are clean
  • Lowest level of preservative available in a preserved saline solution
  • pH-balanced formula contains potassium, an ingredient found in your own tears

Benefits of Systane Ultra Hydration

  • Prolonged, long-lasting hydration
  • Ideal for patients with chemical sensitivities 
  • Alleviates post-op dry eye symptoms after refractive surgeries such as LASIK and PRK
  • Contains hyaluronic acid

Benefits of I-DROP® PUR GEL

  • Preservative-Free
  • Immediate and longer-lasting relief
  • Superior moisturizing and lubrication
  • Non-blurring upon application
  • Lower overall therapy costs due to the need for less applications

New Red Eye Treatments: LUMIFY

Before LUMIFY, redness relievers pretty much used the same ingredients for decades, and they had certain side effects. Eye doctors figured out that low-dose brimonidine tartrate could help relieve redness with a lower risk of certain side effects.

Other redness relievers constrict the arteries in your eyes, which can deprive the eye of oxygen. This works to relieve redness at first but commonly causes rebound redness. Low-dose brimonidine restricts the venules, which helps to relieve redness without limiting the flow of oxygen. This results in whiter, brighter looking eyes that last up to 8 hours — with a low risk of rebound redness when used as directed.

#1 Optometrist Recommended Long-Term Red Eyes Caused by Dry Eye Syndrome Treatments

This FDA approved medical cosmetic therapy works. It’s actually quick, safe and one of the best dry eye treatments. Radio frequency is a non-invasive, heat and laser technology that helps to treat dry eye disease. It does so by using heat to open your eyelids oil glands which increases oil production. Oil is important for our tear film because it prevents tear evaporation which increases eye moisture, eliminating irritation and red eyes.

Plus, there are some major beauty upsides. It’s also an effective treatment for anti-aging by stimulating collagen and elastin production which reduces wrinkles,  leaves the skin with a glow, and reduces the appearance of:

  • Facial Wrinkles
  • Fine lines around the eyes
  • Facial creases 
  • Loose skin

Radio Frequency is comfortable, safe, non-invasive and can take as little as 30 minutes!
It stimulates collagen production, reduces wrinkles, improves dry eyes, and eyelid health.

Addition Resources: 

Radio Frequency Treatment Ultimate Guide (7 Optometrist Verified Facts)

Radiofrequency Treatment: The Connection Between Dry Eyes & Ocular Aesthetics

5 Vision Red Flags & Reasons to Book Your Childrens Eye Exam

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For children, just as their height, skills, and personality evolves as they age — so does their eyes. Vision changes occur naturally, their eyes grow along with their bodies, which is why it’s important to book your children’s eye exam yearly until age 18.

As children progress throughout their education, the demands on their visual system increases year-over-year. For example, the font size in textbooks becomes smaller and the amount of time spent reading and studying increases significantly. This increased volume of homework puts a significant workload on their eyes, and children depend on their vision to function properly so they can learn efficiently and excel.

Proof Comprehensive Children’s Eye Exams are Important

It’s not just the obvious signs of vision issues in children such as difficulty reading a blackboard or squinting, the not-so-obvious signs can often be misidentified as behavioral problems or learning disabilities. Imagine if just by visiting an optometrist near you for a yearly comprehensive children’s eye exam, you can provide them with clear and comfortable vision needed to meet the demands of school and enjoy the highest quality of life.

A yearly children’s eye exam is important because it:

  • Allows your child to perform better at school activities
  • Helps find conditions such as lazy eye, which can be treated effectively, if caught early
  • Ensures normal vision development
  • Detects and prevents progression of vision issues
  • Ensures good eyesight which is essential for all aspects of life such as reading, writing, playing, and walking

Why trust our advice? Dr. Shaun Pati has been voted “Top 3 Pediatric Optometrist in Burnaby” four years in a row, and it’s not by luck. Family-first, patient-centered care is his passion.

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That’s why it’s important to get ahead of your back-to-school to-do lists and book an appointment with your Burnaby eye doctor. Real Eyes Optometry makes it easy for parents with our online booking system.. We’re centrally located in Metrotown Mall. 

Top 3 Vision Red Flags Requiring a Children’s Eye Exam

 1. Eye Appearance

While these symptoms on their own, or even collectively, may not seem concerning, our eyes are one of the most complex organs in our body and often show signs of other health concerns. If your child is displaying any or all of the following, it’s time to contact your optometrist for your children’s eye exam:

  • One eye turns in, out, up or down at any time
  • Reddened eyes or eyelids
  • Eyes tear excessively
  • Excessive blinking

Regular Children’s Eye Exams Help Prevent Vision Issues

Did you know 75% of vision loss can be treated or prevented? Below are top vision issues children can develop.

Ocular Motor  (eye tracking)

Strabismus (crossed eyes)

Astigmatism  (irregular eye)

Convergence  (eye teaming)

Hyperopia (farsightedness)

Myopia (nearsightedness)

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Healthy vision is correlated to success in the classroom and beyond

2. Behavioral Signs of Visual Problems

Behavioral changes are often the child’s way of coping with a vision issue. A child isn’t likely to tell you or a teacher that they are experiencing a vision problem as they may believe the way they see is the way everyone else sees. Watch out for any of the following behavioural signs that could indicate a vision problem and would prompt an eye exam:

  • Squinting and headaches
  • Closes or covers one eye
  • Tilts head while doing activities that are near (50cm away from eyes)
  • Feels objects rather than looking at them
  • Avoids looking at books and puzzles, prefers toys they can handle
  • Rubs eyes frequently during or after short periods of visual activity
  • Difficulty copying from the board to their paper
  • Holds books too close to face or holds face too close to desk surface
  • Sits very close to the TV (when repeatedly moved back)
  • Coloring: cannot stay within the lines (age dependent) or ignores the lines when coloring
  • Head turn with distance or near visual activities
  • Lack of interest in reading

3. Developmental Concerns

Vision is vital in our ability to understand and respond to what we see. Healthy vision is more than just seeing clearly, visual skills like tracking a moving object or the ability to shift focus from distance to near objects are important in supporting academic success.

For example, if your child is having difficulty recognizing colors, learning letters or numbers, a comprehensive children’s eye examination will help rule out a vision problem.

Peace of Mind with Burnaby’s Top Children’s Eye Exam

If you are looking to book a pediatric eye exam or trying to find a new eye doctor great with kids, it is a personal choice that needs to work long-term for you and your family. You can bring your entire family to Real Eyes Optometry with confidence. Our optometrist is highlighted on Three Best Rated and has been awarded the Top 3 Pediatric Optometrist for the 4th year in a row.

Best Metrotown Optometrist #1 Comparison Chart

Metrotown Optometrist

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. 

So if you are looking for the best burnaby optometrist, we’ve created a comprehensive comparison chart with nothing held back. 

Metrotown Optometrist Comparison at a Glance

Whether you intend to read a number of individual reviews, or are only interested in their overall rating, Google reviews can help provide the piece of mind that you are going to a caring, professional and helpful optometrist. Be sure to look at the “People often mention” words that will give you an overall sense of the reviews without reading each one.

Ratings & RankingReal Eyes OptometryMetropolis Eyecare CentreEyestar Optical Metrotown
Full-Scope*YesNoNo
Google Rating 4.7 with 152 reviews
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3.5 with 35 reviews
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4.0 with 40 reviews
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RateMDs#9 of 33 Optometrists in Burnaby, British Columbia#22 of 33 Optometrists in Burnaby, British ColumbiaNot rated 

 

What’s a Full-Scope* Optometrist?

A full-scope optometry office offers comprehensive eye exams, specialty eye care with treatments, and products to cover all aspects of eye health. This includes comprehensive vision diagnostics, customized treatment recommendations, eye disease prevention, eye health products, maintenance tips, and much more. 

Does Your Metrotown Optometrist Offer These?

Additional ConsiderationsReal Eyes OptometryMetropolis Eyecare CentreEyestar Optical Metrotown
Languages SupportedEnglish
Punjabi
Cantonese
Mandarin
English


English
Mandarin
Cantonese
Number of Optometrists351
Online StoreYesNoYes
Social MediaInstagram: Yes
FB: Yes
Instagram: No
FB: No
Instagram: No
FB: Yes

 

How Many Optometrists Are Just Right?

Less optometrists means less appointments are available, particularly the coveted after work and weekend options. These appointment times tend to book up faster and the optometry office is less likely to accommodate schedule changes or last minute appointment needs due to limited appointments slots.

Too many Optometrists can lead to a less personable experience since you may be seeing a different doctor for each visit. 

Metrotown Optometrist
Metrotown Optometrist

Does My Optometrist Have a Social Media Account?

Social media is a direct way a business can give you information without spamming you. They will post about new sales, exclusive offers, new products available, new appointment times and educational videos to help you learn more about your eyes and health. Make your benefits coverage go the extra mile by saving money with offers, sales and multipair discounts. Social media also gives you an idea on how established the business is because there is far more than just one Metrotown optometrist. For something as important as your eyes, there is peace of mind in using an established, professional business. Follow us on social media for promotions, deals and educational content.

Metrotown Optometrist Glasses & Contact Lens Service Comparison

Comprehensive eye exams are more than just a routine vision test — it could help save your life. Our eyes often show signs of systemic conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, hormone imbalance and brain tumors.  Optometrists are critical, not only for diagnosing eye-related problems, but are essential in early detection of numerous health concerns in the body. 

 Real Eyes OptometryMetropolis Eyecare CentreEyestar Optical Metrotown
Comprehensive Eye ExamYesYesYes
Contact Lens ExaminationYesYesNo
Contact Lens FittingsYesYesYes
Glasses FittingsYesNoYes

 

Why Do I Need a Contact Lens Fitting?

Contact lenses are not one-size-fits-all. Just like when we have our glasses meticulously fit to the bridge of our nose, the lenses centralized to the middle of our eyes, and the frames arms adjusted to sit properly on our ears, a similar type of precision is needed to properly fit contact lenses as well.

A contact lens fitting is vital for all contact lens wearers to ensure that the lenses fit each eye properly, your vision is good for distance and near, and your eye health is maintained. Consult your metrotown optometrist today.

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Metrotown Optometrist Lens fitting

Metrotown Optometrist Pediatric Services Comparison

Did you know vision screenings for all children aged 3-5 years helps find conditions such as lazy eye, which can be treated effectively, if caught early? 

 Real Eyes OptometryMetropolis Eyecare CentreEyestar Optical Metrotown
Family-RunYesNoNo
Kids Play AreaYesNoNo
PediatricsYesNoNo

 

Best Pediatric Optometrist in Burnaby’ Four Years in a Row

Best Pediatric Optometrist Vancouver
Contact Us Pediatric Optometry
Pediatric Eye Exam
2020
Contact Us Optometrist Award
2019

But I don’t have children, so I don’t need a pediatric optometrist.

Many of the qualifications you would look for when seeking a new optometrist for adults are the same when looking for a pediatric optometrist. In fact, every year experts at ThreeBestRated put all pediatric eye doctors through a rigorous 50-Point Inspection that includes everything from checking reviews, ratings, reputation, history, complaints, satisfaction, trust, cost and general excellence. 

That means you can visit Real Eyes Optometry, a Metrotown optometrist, with the confidence that you will get a welcoming environment with comprehensive eye care. Real Eyes Optometry is here for you, whether that’s coming in for an eye examination, pre/post-op laser surgery appointments, orthokeratology follow-ups, or purchasing glasses and contact lenses.

 

Metrotown Optometrist Services Comparison

A comprehensive range of optometry services means you won’t have to take multiple trips to see different doctors and specialists. This may seem like an unlikely occurrence but 1 in 7 Canadians will develop a serious eye disease in their life. However, 75% of vision loss is preventable if treated properly.

 Real Eyes OptometryMetropolis Eyecare CentreEyestar Optical Metrotown
Digital Eye Strain EvaluationYesYesNo
Digital Retinal Photography
(Special Diagnostic Vision Testing)
YesYesNo
Medical Eye ExamsYesYesNo
Orthokeratology
(Overnight Corrective Lenses)
YesNoNo
Dry Eye Treatments with Radio FrequencyYesNoNo
Refractive Surgery EvaluationsYesYesNo
Vision TherapyYesNoNo

 

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Metrotown Optometrist Product Comparison

Whether you need eyeglasses, sunglasses or contact lenses, we are your one-stop shop for quality products and expert eye care. Our online store lets you easily shop and we carry only optometrist-recommended items. 

 Real Eyes OptometryMetropolis Eyecare CentreEyestar Optical Metrotown
Designer FramesYesYesYes
SunglassesYesYesYes
Dry Eye ProductsYesNoNo
Lid & LashYesNoNo
Eye DropsYesNoNo

 

The Importance of a Great Optometrist

Our eyes are one of the most complex organs in our body and often show signs of non-eye-related conditions before the rest of the body is affected. Optometrists are critical, not only for diagnosing eye-related problems, but are essential in early detection of numerous health concerns in the body. Even for adults, whether you wear corrective lenses or not, annual checkups to detect eye complications are highly recommended.

Come visit Burnaby’s best Metrotown optometrist, located in the Office Galleria level. Comprehensive eye care, exciting new technology and quality products. 

 #1 Guide to Choosing the Best Pediatric Optometrist (With Bonus Tips for Parents)

Pediatric optometrist

So you searched “eye doctor near me” or “best pediatric optometrist” and were provided a few options. Now what? 

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. We have created the ultimate list with 6 key considerations to help you easily and confidently select the best eye doctor for your needs.  Why trust our advice? Dr. Shaun Pati has been voted the “Best Pediatric Optometrist in Burnaby” four years in a row, and it’s not by luck. Family-first, patient-centered care is our passion.

Best Pediatric Optometrist Vancouver
Contact Us Pediatric Optometry
Pediatric Eye Exam
Contact Us Optometrist Award

1. Recommendations & Reviews

If you are looking for a new pediatric optometrist, or a children’s eye doctor, asking family and friends for recommendations is a good first step. 

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, usually you can take your entire family there with confidence.

Pediatric Eye Exams

The staff here have been phenomenal! The sincere care towards me and my eye care has been the best that I’ve experienced, bar none! (I’m saying this after jumping around numerous optometry’s in Vancouver for the past 23 years of my life). Since I have a dynamic schedule, I don’t make it easy for them to schedule me in, but they are always quick to respond and flexible to adapt to my schedule!”

S Wu

2. Check the Pediatric Optometrist Credentials

As a parent, time is particularly precious. You can save yourself a lot of time and uncertainty 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. This allows you to bring your family to a vetted, local optometrist that will provide you with the care you need.

ThreeBestRated Rigorous 50-Point Inspection Includes:

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

3. Location, Location, Location

Since you likely searched “eye doctor near me”, location is important to you and your family. Selecting a nearby pediatric optometrist that has an office in a convenient location helps facilitate getting your errands and appointments done without having to drive all over the city. Consider your child’s eye doctor being in Metrotown Mall, where you are able to run to a grocery store, make a clothing return and grab a quick bite, all during your child’s eye exam.  
Location is particularly important for children under 18 as a yearly pediatric eye exam is recommended. Whereas once they are adults, eye exams are recommended every 2 years unless otherwise specified by the Optometrist.

Pediatric optometrist

Bonus Eye Exam Tip for Parents

Select an optometrist in a location with free and accessible parking. You can’t submit parking costs under your benefits and being able to come and go as you want adds a lot of convenience for the parent on-the-go.

4. Direct Billing

In today’s technology-filled world, it may seem like a no-brainer that all optometry office’s offer direct billingbut not all pediatric optometrists are created equal. 

Direct billing will ensure that your child’s eye exam and spectacle invoice will be submitted to your benefits provider on your behalf, rather than you having to do it on your own. Optometry insurance coverage can get complicated and often overwhelming so why waste your time when your eye doctor’s office can take care of it for you?

5. Insurance Coverage for Kids Eye Exams

Medical Services Plan (MSP) covers one full examination per year for children up to 18-years of age and partially covers individuals over 65-years of age. That means MSP does not provide reimbursement for individuals aged 18 to 64 unless they have a medical issue that falls within the MSP guidelines.

Bonus Pediatric Insurance Coverage Tips for Parents

If you and a spouse both have optometry benefits (and your pediatric optometrist has direct billing), you can choose which benefits provider they bill to! Unlike splitting a bill with a friend after grabbing dinner, it’s uncommon for an optometrist to be able to submit to multiple insurance providers. So ensure you select which insurance provider you want directly billed and any uncovered amounts you can submit via the other provider’s online platform.

6. Is it Family-First?

Large chain optometry stores can be less invested in your eye health and more on the bottom line. Selecting a family-first eye doctor near you provides you the flexibility and comfortability to bring your whole family there. In addition, you’ll typically receive more personalized and considerate treatment. A family-first optometry clinic is also more likely to have a kids play area as well! 

We know parents have a lot on their plate, so having a play area means your kids can have fun while you attend to your own vision and health needs. 

Pediatric optometrist

Real Eyes Optometry is currently accepting new families and patients of all ages, including kids!

Ultimate Polarized Lenses Guide for Vancouver Sports

Polarized Lenses

Contrary to popular belief, UV protection is needed all year round — even on cloudy days. Without protection, your eyes can get sunburned the same way skin can. UV rays don’t just reflect off large bodies of water and snow, it also reflects off buildings, sand, cars, glass, mirrors, and a whole lot more.

So how do you tell if your polarized lenses are actually protecting your eyes? Not all sunglasses are created equal. That stylish pair of vintage sunglasses you find in a thrift shop or the cheap pair purchased at a gas station may seem like a good buy at the time but do they have the proper UV protection?

For all of your Vancouver summer sports needs, our optometrists have put together the ultimate guide to help make your choice easier. Rest assured, all of our recommendations are selected independently and we do not earn a commission if you shop through our links. Our patient-focused philosophy extends to helping you pick the best option for your lifestyle. 

Without protection, your eyes can get sunburned the same way skin can.

UV Protection 101

Before we dive into our polarized lens recommendations, we’ll go over UV protection 101. We place a ton of focus on protecting our skin from sun damage, but frequently forget to do the same for our eyes. Just like sunscreen has SPF 15 to 50+, there are different levels of UV protection built into the lenses of sunglasses.

When looking for a pair of sunglasses, there are those with ultraviolet protection embedded into the lenses, and those that have it only as a coating on the lenses. When shopping for UV protective lenses, keep an eye out for labels that indicate “100% protection against both UVA and UVB” or “100% protection against UV 400.”

Class 1 & 2 UV Contact Lenses Explained

  • Class 1 UV contact lenses block 96% of UVA rays and 100% of UVB rays. 
  • Class 2 UV contact lenses block 70% of UVA and 95% of UVB radiation.
Polarized Lenses

Polarized Lenses for Cycling

Whether you are biking around the city, mountain biking, or distance racing, you need a clear and uninterrupted view of everything in sight. The Tifosi Slice Sunglasses are totally rimless giving unparalleled visibility and increased air circulation that reduces fogging. In addition, the hydrophilic nose and earpieces were created to get grippier when wet, so you can out bike those classic Vancouver rain storms. 

UV Protective Lenses for Spike Ball

Spike ball is a hand eye coordination game. This means you may want to avoid sunglasses to avoid knocking them off your face and missing a pivotal spike! If you are just taking advantage of the summer weather and playing a pick up game, you likely won’t want to invest in goggles that cost hundreds of dollars. Try a pair of polarized lenses from Ray Ban – these offer great UV protection and look fashion forward. 

What about contact lenses? Acuvue Oasys 1-Day is the best daily contact lens for UV protection because it has Class I UV Blocking (the highest level of UV protection available in a contact lens). In addition, they offer substantial other benefits:

  • Next-Gen Technology: Inspired by the way your tear film works to help reduce the feeling of dry eyes. 
  • Corrects Astigmatism: By reshaping the cornea (front surface of the eye) to correct its curvature. When the eyeball surface is shaped like a perfectly round ball, light is able to enter the eye and bend evenly to give you a clear image. 
  • Dry Eye Prevention: This contact lens has tear-like properties that work with your natural tear film each day, providing all-day performance and excellent comfort, vision and handling.
  • Wide Parameter Range: This provides more successful fits for eyes of all shapes, sizes and powers. 

Did you know contact lenses are not one-size-fits-all?

When we visit our optometrist for a new pair of glasses, we’re used to having our glasses meticulously fit. The frames are adjusted to the bridge of our nose, the lenses are centralized to the middle of our eyes, and the frames arms are adjusted to sit properly on our ears. That same precision is needed for contact lenses. A contact lens fitting is vital to ensure that the lenses fit each eye properly, your vision is good for distance and near, and your eye health is maintained. 

Polarized Lenses

Polarized Lenses for Ultimate Frisbee

For those of us who are BC or Vancouver based, ultimate frisbee season usually takes place from June to July and this is prime time for strong UV radiation. Having a pair of UV protective lenses that will stay on your face is vital.

The Oakley Men’s Half Jacket 2.0 Rectangular Sunglasses are crafted with polarized lenses and an optional prescription layer. Meaning, there is no need to compromise your vision while on the field. In addition to the lightweight, durable plastic frame, the no-slip ear and nose piece keeps them from slipping off your face when you are mid rush!

Between being impact-resistant and having three lens options (including a set of polarized lenses that cut down on glare), this is our top pick for ultimate players.

Polarized Lenses for SUP Boarding

Goggles may not seem necessary for most but there are many athletic activities where sunglasses are not ideal. For example, skiing, swimming, rock climbing and any outdoor activity near water or snow. Sports eyewear with polarized lenses and impact resistance are important to help prevent any injuries, limit UV exposure and to keep debris away from your eyes.
The Suncloud Slant Polarized Glasses anti-glare and polarized lenses are ideal to block light coming from the sun above and protect against the reflection from the water below. Plus, the glasses become stickier when they make contact with water or sweat, ensuring that they don’t slip and fall to the bottom of English Bay!

Polarized Lenses

Polarized Lenses for Volleyball

While olympian volleyball players often sport goggles, UV protective contact lenses with transitions may be a better fit. Imagine going up for a block, lifting your hands and knocking off your glasses. Or digging for a spike and when you fall back after the dig, your glasses fall off. 

Beach volleyball season in Vancouver often starts mid-July. The Acuvue Oasys 2-Week or Acuvue Vita Monthly contact lens both have the highest level of UV protection available in a contact lens (Class I UV Blocking). They also provide:

  • Next-Gen Technology: Inspired by the way your tear film works to help reduce the feeling of dry eyes in a reusable lens option. 
  • Wide parameter range: Available with correction for near and farsighted prescriptions.
    • It also has a reusable option that corrects astigmatism.
  • Eye Breathability: The contact lenses are extremely breathable so that it feels almost like you’re wearing no lenses at all. Since contact lenses sit directly on your eyes, it reduces the oxygen flow to the eyes surface. This may seem inconsequential but having oxygen flow is important in keeping your eyes healthy and providing good comfort. 
  • Acuvue Oasys also comes in a transition option – the contact lenses tint when UV is present and turn clear when no UV is around.

Real Eyes Optometry provides ACUVUE, Alcon, Bausch & Lomb and Coopervision Brand Contact Lenses. Follow us on IG for promotions on contact lenses.