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Archive for March, 2016

Things you’ll Miss without Regular Eye Exams

Thursday, March 24, 2016 @ 03:03 PM
Author: Amit Mathur


When was the last time you had an eye exam? Depending on your age, you may need eye exams on a different schedule. Children to late adolescents will want to schedule an appointment at least once every year. Growing eyes can undergo rapid changes that could mean serious new needs for your eyes.

If you’re a younger to middle-aged adult, you probably don’t expect your vision to change very much. Many believe that an exam every two years is okay for someone in this age group, but on that schedule, it can be very easy to simply let eye exams fall by the wayside.

Not updating your prescription regularly can present very real dangers. Those dangers include missing out on important things such as…

Changing Prescription

If you don’t have an eye appointment often enough, you may not notice when your prescription changes. The differences may happen so gradually that you don’t even notice that you are starting to strain to see things that you once saw easily. By the time your prescription is completely outdated, you may be the last person to know.

If you see an eye doctor regularly, you’ll be able to keep your prescription as up-to-date as possible. Your glasses will always be the healthiest and most relaxing for your vision. All it takes is a short appointment to establish a new prescription, so stop by to see our eye doctors today.

New Features for Glasses and Contacts

Your prescription isn’t the only thing that may be out of date if you haven’t been to see the eye doctor in many years. The technology of glasses and contacts has changed a lot in even just the past few years. If you’re stuck wearing an older pair, you may be completely unaware of all the ways that your life could be better.

New technology for glasses includes such interesting options as transition sunglass lenses, anti-fog, anti-shatter & anti-glare selections. Contacts these days are being built lighter, thinner and safer than ever before. We can introduce you to some of our newest technology if you come in for a visit.

Serious Medical Issues

Infrequent eye exams can mean serious health issues go undetected. While many eye disorders have symptoms that can be easily identified, that is not true for all of them. Some disorders don’t produce any symptoms at all, and you wouldn’t recognize them if you weren’t a trained eye doctor performing a close exam.

Not all eye problems are related to diseases. Sometimes, the eye will simply age incorrectly as time goes on. For many reasons, it’s important to have an eye doctor take a close look at your vision every year or so. You don’t want to take any risks when it comes to your ability to see correctly


Has it been awhile since you upgraded your bifocals, or are you perhaps considering these types of glasses for the first time? You’ve picked the perfect time to jump into, or back into, the world of bifocals. Over the last few years, the technology available for bifocals has only gotten better, and these special types of glasses offer you more features and comfort than ever before.

Bifocals are glasses designed for people who have problems with both near and farsighted vision. The lower half of bifocal lenses can be used to more clearly see close objects, while the top half of the lenses can be used to view objects that are far away. The original style of producing bifocals involved fusing half-lenses together. Such glasses had very sharp lines in the middle, and were capable of breaking more easily.

Those problems and more have been solved by the newest generation of specs. Here are some of the enjoyable features you can expect when you purchase bifocals these days.

No More Annoying Lines

The sharp lines which once marked where the top and bottom half of the lens were separated have been removed by modern production techniques. Now, bifocals appear as a single, crystal-clear lens. Because many lenses these days are not made of glass, but instead plastic composites, it’s easy to manufacture a single lens that has different properties on different parts.

Pleasantly Light and Thin

Bifocal glasses once had a reputation as being uncomfortably heavy. Worse even, they weren’t very well balanced between the weights of the top and bottom half of the lenses. This could make them unstable on the face and just generally uncomfortable in general. Those new composites we talked about, however, are also surprisingly light and getting lighter.

As technology improves even further, better vision is capable with less and less material, making lenses lighter than they’ve ever been.

Endless New Features for Your Bifocal Lenses

Bifocals were not known as the most adaptable lenses in the past, but that has changed. Now, there are dozens of different lens treatments available at our eyecare clinic in British Columbia.  When you’ve picked your frame and lenses, you can pick from treatments such as sunglasses shading, transition lenses, anti-glare and anti-fog.

Pick Up New Bifocal Lenses Today

We would love to speak with you if you’re interested in seeing what today’s bifocal has to offer. Our helpful optometrists and technicians can answer all of your questions when you arrive. Scheduling an eye exam before you arrive will mean that you get the best and most up-to-date prescription for your new bifocals.

You can schedule an appointment right here if you are interested in trying out new glasses soon. We look forward to hearing from you.