The struggle is real for people who wear glasses. Our spectacles often get fogged up in the winter, working out with them is always a difficult task and they somehow always go missing. But we often forget about the benefits they afford us. They open our eyes to a whole new world and offer us the opportunity to see things we wouldn’t otherwise be able to see.
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.
The summer is a great time for doing some thinking and once you have put some thought into your vision for the future, the next steps are to identify and evaluate your priorities and create a realistic plan that will move you forward in these areas. In order to achieve this, I offer a simple and practical structure to get you going.
Cognitive psychologists have discovered that our brains reduce women to their sexual body parts, and treat those parts as objects. The data confirms what many of us have suspected all along: we objectify women without even thinking about it. But does that mean that sexism is an inevitable result of our physiology? That's not so easy to answer.