Overlooking your vision

“I used to think I didn’t like to read because I was stupid, now I realize it was a problem with my eyes.”

  • Seeing clearly is one out of seventeen different visual skills that are needed for an efficient and accurate visual system
  • These skills are developed over time through experience with our environment
  • There are some children who do not develop these skills properly
  • There are some adults and children who may lose them from a head injury, whiplash or concussion
  • Our visual system represents 70% of the incoming visual sensory information to the brain in your everyday life
  • Our quality of life depends on all our senses and gifts working properly. Can you imagine if seeing improperly can affect your daily activities?

Don’t take our gift of sight for granted because it helps develop you as an individual. We are able to learn through sight. When we learn, we obtain knowledge. When we have knowledge, we are capable of being successful. Many of our Optometrists have a strong interest in vision therapy, let’s ensure you’re seeing the best for success.

Romantic Eye Contact

Look up from your screen and meet eye contact with someone. If you don’t see anyone, continue your day and do it the first chance you get. Gaze and ask yourself, do you feel a connection? Although the infographic below is about romantic facts about eye contact, what’s important is how you feel when you make the first eye contact.

Do you feel a connection? A feeling of insecurity? A feeling of interest? How you feel will help you determine what to do next. A positive feeling will to give you the confidence to introduce yourself and establish a potential love/professional/business relationship. Proper eye contact helps carry a good start when networking. Read the tips below and learn how eye contact can provide indications that establish positive relationships.

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How exposure to blue light affects your brain and body

Looking at your phone for a long period of time at night is not going to help your body feel ready for the next day. Exposure to blue light confuses the brain as it mimics the brightness of the sun. This causes the brain to stop producing melatonin, a hormone that gives your body cues to sleep.

Affects of smartphone light:

  1. Disrupt your sleep cycle, which might leave you distracted and impair your memory the next day
  2. Poor night’s sleep can make it harder to learn
  3. Lack of sleep overtime can lead to neurotoxin buildup that makes it harder to get good sleep
  4. Suppressed melatonin levels by blue light exposure are more prone to depression
  5. Disrupting melatonin and sleep can also affect hormones that control hunger, which increases the risk of obesity
  6. Light exposure at night has a connection to increased risk of breast and prostate cancer
  7. Researchers are suspecting that blue light can lead to cataracts
  8. Researchers also indicate that long term exposure can harm the retina

Solutions:

  1. Discuss with your Optometrist or eye care professional about high energy blue light
  2. Invest in lenses with coatings that block out blue light (Essilor, Nikon, Kodak, Hoya, Zeiss)
  3. Invest in BlueTech Lenses

Enhanced Performance

Ensure you’re seeing the best to perform and visit your eye care professional. Understanding and resolving your visual needs will give you the confidence and ability to improve in your daily activities. A comprehensive eye health examination can make a big difference in an individual’s life. The goal is to ensure you’re seeing the best for success.

In the video below, Eye Associates of Don Mills’ patient, Phil Watanabe, is a professional financial stock trader and ultimate player for the Toronto Rush. He understands the importance of clear vision and wears contact lenses and eyeglasses to be able to perform on and off the field. Contact lenses, sport goggles, and vision correction surgery are great solutions for athletes who require vision correction.

Other solutions is Vision Therapy (often called “VT”), which involves activities and procedures specifically designed to improve a patient’s visual skills and visual performance. These activities and challenges are designed and delivered by certified Optometrists. Eating healthy, exercising, and protecting your eyes from the sun are also great tips to preserve visual performance. Talk to your Optometrist to learn more pro tips to enhance your visual performance.

Tunnel Vision

What is tunnel vision? Moderate and severe cases of peripheral vision loss create the sensation of seeing through a narrow tube, a condition commonly referred to as “tunnel vision.” Symptoms of peripheral vision loss also can include difficulty seeing in dim light and decreased ability to navigate while you are walking.

A common cause of loss of peripheral vision (also called a peripheral field defect) is optic nerve damage from glaucoma. Eye “strokes” (occlusions) that block normal blood flow to the eye’s internal structures, including the optic nerve, also can lead to loss of peripheral vision. A stroke or injury also may damage portions of the brain where images are processed, leading to blind spots in the visual field.

If you suspect you have lost peripheral vision, see your eye doctor for a comprehensive eye exam that includes visual field testing. If you have a sudden decrease in peripheral vision, see your eye doctor immediately. Sudden loss of peripheral vision may indicate a detached retina, which is a medical emergency that must be treated as soon as possible to avoid permanent vision loss.

Source: http://www.allaboutvision.com/conditions/peripheral-vision.htm

Gift of Sight

Being able to see the colours of life gives you wonderful opportunities. Your vision of the world is important to your success. Never lose sight of it. “She went to the pediatrician and they did a little machine that said she had some astigmatism higher than normal. So they said when can I get her checked out. She hasn’t crawled yet, and I thought maybe there was something wrong with her eyesight so I examined her. She doesn’t have an astigmatism, but she is +7.00 in one eye and +5.00 in the other. The doctor said that is more than likely why she hasn’t crawled.” Thank your Doctor of Optometry, Optician and/or Opthalmologist for being able to see beautiful moments like this everyday.