There is a wide range of products that facilitate eye well-being. At your next eye exam, make sure to discuss the range of products available to help improve your overall ocular welfare. Schedule your appointment today at one of our five different locations in Alberta.
Artificial Tear Drops
Artificial tear drops are used to retain the moisture in your eyes if you suffer from dry eyes. They can help heal your eyes and decrease tear evaporation. At your next eye care visit, talk to our optician about dry eyes to learn about the range of products we provide. We carry products from brands such as Systane, Blink, Liposic and Thealoz Duo. Based on your medical history, eye features and lifestyle, our optician will suggest an appropriate solution.
Dry Eye Compress
A dry eye compress can help you ease the pain or discomfort you face because of dry eye, pink eye, stye or muscle spasms. The deep penetrating moist heat treatment provides instant relief from dry, itchy eyes. We carry the OcuSci™ Dry Eye Compress which comes with a machine-washable cover and storage bag. It helps in avoiding bacterial or fungal growth, unlike seed and grain products.
Low Vision Aids
With low vision, the joy of reading may become compromised, causing loss of capacity for sight. We carry low vision aids such as Eschenbach MaxTV® glasses for a better view of distant objects. They have an easy-fit, binocular and telescopic design that will help you focus on objects from distances of 3 metres and beyond. They are perfect for watching TV, sporting events, movies, theatre and more.
There are many necessary micronutrients that encourage overall eye health and can either be supplemented or consumed via fruits and vegetables. We especially like to recommend dark green leafy vegetables such as spinach and orange vegetables such as orange peppers because they are rich in Lutein and Zeaxanthin. Research shows that Lutein and Zeaxanthin are important in helping us see and preventing macula disease. Even with a perfectly healthy diet, it is possible to be deficient in some vitamins or minerals. There are many helpful supplements to assist with overall eye health, including:
AREDS: Studies show that this vitamin slows the progression of macular degeneration.
AREDS2: A modernized version of AREDS, studies suggest it reduces the risk of cataracts in addition to the benefits of its original counterpart.
In addition to pre-formed supplements, there are several vitamins that work to strengthen ocular function, such as:
Vitamin A/Beta Carotene: Helps with night vision; though, unless ingested through food, can increase cancer risks for smokers or former smokers
B Complex Vitamins: Lessen overall inflammation, helping with retinal health and possibly lower the risk for macular degeneration. They can also help with the treating uveitis, an eye condition that can lead to blindness
Vitamin C: Has been shown to reduce the risk of cataracts
Vitamin D: May lower the chances of developing macular degeneration
Vitamin E: Studies suggest that this chemical reduces the risk of developing cataracts
Lutein and Zeaxanthin and Mesozeaxanthin may help reduce the risk of getting macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and cataracts.
Antioxidants: Reduce stress on the body as a whole
Omega 3 Fatty Acids: Lessen chances, and reduces the severity of dry eye
Bioflavonoids: Assist in the absorption of Vitamin C
It is important to note that, while often beneficial, supplements do carry a certain level of risk. Care must be taken to ensure that dosages are not exceeded.