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.
Dr. Jeff Goodhew is President of the Ontario Association of Optometrists and co-chair of the National Public Education Committee for the Canadian Association of Optometrists. His practice, Abbey Eye Care, is located in Oakville, Ontario. He has a special interest in fitting advanced contact lens designs and has worked as a consultant for some of the world’s largest contact lens companies, most recently for Johnson & Johnson Vision Care. Dr. Goodhew graduated from the University of Waterloo with his Optometry degree in 1993 and became therapeutically licenced in 2000. Dr. Goodhew is also a partner in Socialpractice.ca, a social media consulting firm helping health care providers leverage the power of social media. Outside of work he is passionate about running, cycling, snowboarding and spending time with his wife Dr. Tina Goodhew and their two teenage sons Camden and Braedon.
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.
12/04/2015 12:49 EST
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.
10/30/2015 04:12 EDT
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.
10/02/2015 12:30 EDT
Canadians are using technology more frequently than ever before -- but what is it doing to our eyes? We're becoming more knowledgeable about the impact blue light has on our health and we know exposure will only increase over time. Digital eye strain is one thing, but the effects of blue light are cumulative, and can lead to more serious eye diseases.
09/01/2015 12:28 EDT
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