Sooner or later, many Canadians will find themselves stretching their arms out to the point of shoulder dislocation, or using a magnifying glass from their child's science kit to read the fine print on medications, food packages, smartphone screens and more, before they give in to having to buy the inevitable reading glasses.
One out of every three seniors in Ontario will have some form of vision-reducing eye disease. When you think about the strain and fatigue our eyes have endured throughout our lifetime, this makes sense. The countless hours spent in front of a computer screen or the damage caused by the powerful UV rays from the sun -- all of this slowly adds up.
Aside from having healthy eyes and good vision, optometrists play a vital role in your overall health care. Most people don't know that as optometrists, we can identify other health conditions early such as diabetes, elevated cholesterol, MS and high blood pressure, which can often be first detected through an eye exam.
The issue and risks are so high that it has triggered Health Canada to regulate cosmetic contact lenses in the same way as corrective lenses. Manufacturers will have until July 2016 to comply. Cosmetic contact lenses will face the same licensing, manufacturing, labeling and instruction requirements to improve their safety as other medical devices do.
As parents, we know our children well, but do you know how well your child can see? October is Children's Vision Month and it's a good reason to pause and think about how our children see the world. It's easy to assume that their vision is perfect, especially when they haven't mentioned otherwise, since children simply believe that everyone sees the way they do.
It seems there is a disconnect between Canadians' personal views and their idea of how well the health system works for society at large. Canadians tout the public health care model as a big part of our national identity, say their experiences are mostly positive -- but then worry the system is failing.
The eye is a complex organ and has developed a unique means to fight off germs. The eye has its own separate immune function to tackle a potential infection, which is called immune privilege. Research has since learned exactly how these peptides went about killing their enemies although the results are better placed in a Clive Barker novel -- AMPs manifest the well-known concept of death by a million paper cuts...
LG Fashion Week in Toronto just wrapped up, and besides showcasing some incredible collections for next season, the shows gave us a chance to check ou...