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COVID-19 Updates

May 1, 2020

We hope you and your family are well and in good health. Our community has been through a lot since March, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. As we transitioned from limiting our care from urgent and emergent situations in the spring to more comprehensive care, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.

Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice, and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it’s both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep our patients and staff safe.

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Optometric Association (AOA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued.

You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff. For example:

* We will ask you to stay in your car and call or text our office when you are parked, we will come out to you.* If there are forms to update, we will bring them out to your car.* Only the scheduled patient will be in the building during the exam, no guest unless you are a parent of a small child or prior arrangements have been made.* We may take your temperature and ask COVID19 screening questions when you arrive at our office.* We will ask that you wear a face mask into the office for the duration of your appointment.* We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when entering our office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.* We will deliver your glasses or contacts and even perform adjustments to your glasses curbside.* You may see that our reception area will no longer offer magazines, coffee bar, children’s toys and so forth, since those items can be difficult to thoroughly disinfect.* Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you are offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.* We will be disinfecting our frames using UVC technology, hypochlorous acid, and peroxide between patients, throughout the day.* We will be disinfecting each exam lane, equipment and high touch areas like doorknobs after every patient and throughout the day.* We will do our best to reduce waiting times for you, we appreciate your patience as we continue to keep our practice safe for your visit.

We look forward to seeing you again, and we are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we are taking to keep you and our team members safe in our practice. We value your trust and loyalty, and we look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors, and friends.

-your friends at Vancouver Vision Clinic

Need New Frames? Where You Buy Matters

When it comes to buying something as important as glasses or contact lenses, make sure you get them from the right source.

While there are online options available, we’re here to tell you that there are important benefits to ordering from the experts!

We Provide More Options In Style, Fit And Brands

Finding the right frames for you is important to us. That’s why we carry a variety of brands and styles that can satisfy everyone’s unique fashion sense! Our frame collections are crafted with long-lasting materials so you get the premium product you deserve.

Looking good isn’t the only objective when picking out a pair of frames. We also make sure your frames have a completely customized fit for optimum comfort! Our expert optical staff is trained to help assist you in finding frames that fit your face perfectly. We’re happy to assist you in making any adjustments to achieve that perfect fit!

We’ve been helping our patients find frames that suit them for a long time…

We Ensure Prescription Accuracy

Getting an accurate prescription is absolutely essential for your comfort! When fitting you for glasses, one of the important measurements that we take is the PD, or pupillary distance. This measurement helps us determine where to place the center of each lens in your frames to completely customize the optics to your eyes. Determining the correct location for the bifocal, trifocal, or multifocal lens is also very complex and is best done by a trained professional!

The Health Of Your Eyes Is Our Priority

In 2011, the American Optometric Association published a study showing the drawbacks of ordering eyeglasses online. Out of 200 glasses ordered online: Similar issues have been found when buying contact lenses online. In fact, many of these purchases are made without a valid prescription, especially when buying decorative lenses. Whether your contacts are decorative or for vision correction, all contact lenses need to be properly fitted and prescribed by an eye doctor.

  • Only 154 pairs were received
  • 44.8 percent had incorrect prescriptions or safety issues
  • 29 percent had at least one lens fail to meet required prescription
  • 19 percent of adult lenses and 25 percent of children’s lenses failed impact resistance testing

We Care About Our Patients

We understand the importance of finding the perfect frames to suit your unique lifestyle. The looks you choose are an expression of who you are! While it may be tempting to buy online, it’s important not to compromise safety or quality for perceived convenience. When you buy your glasses or contact lenses at our office, you’re guaranteed safe, high-quality products that last!

Thank you for your continued trust and loyalty!

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Are Your Children’s Toys Eye-Safe?

Did you know that roughly a quarter of a million children are seen in hospital emergency rooms each year due to toy-related injuries?

About half of these injuries are to the head and face, and many affect the eyes. While they may be fun to buy for birthdays and other occasions, certain toys pose a great risk to a child’s vision.

4 Things To Keep In Mind For Eye-Safe Toys

#1: Size

Most things will find a way into your child’s mouth, especially if they are under the age of four. When putting things into their mouths, other parts of the toy may find a way into their eyes by accident. Keep small parts and sharp edges away from younger children. If a must-have toy contains small flying parts, purchase protective eyewear.

#2: Construction

The shape and construction of the toy is very important. Stuffed, plush toys are very eye-safe, whereas action figures may sometimes pose a problem. Here are some guidelines:

  • The toy needs to be constructed properly so that no part will fall or break off during reasonable play. It should also not be able to be manipulated into a smaller size.
  • Avoid toys with rough, jagged, edges.
  • Make sure that long-handled toys (pony stick, broom, mop, etc.) have rounded handles as these are often involved in many eye injuries.
  • Avoid toys that shoot objects into the air, such as slingshots and darts, for children under six. The most common play-related eye injuries are due to projectile toys. After all, you don’t want them to shoot their eye out!

#3: Age-Appropriate

Usually, toy manufacturers provide a recommended age group for when a toy will be most appropriate for a child. For instance, a toy for a young child under three years old should never have any sharp edges or protrusions.

Supervision is prudent if there is more than one child at home. Kids will often play with their older siblings toys and inadvertently hurt themselves.

#4: Developmentally Appropriate

While paying attention to a toy’s recommended age range is important, it’s still just a guideline—and you know your child best. If a four year old is still putting objects into their mouth, they should not have certain kinds of toys. If your child is a little less coordinated, choose their toys wisely.

Sometimes, age ranges on toy labels even defy common sense. A pointy tiny sword, for example, can be labeled as suitable for three year olds when, in reality, for the average toddler it really isn’t appropriate.

We’re Here To Help

When buying your child’s next toy, keep these tips in mind! As always, we care about your family. We want your children to be accident-free during playtime so they can enjoy a long life of clear, healthy vision.

Thank you for trusting us with your family’s lifelong vision care!

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Women And Vision Loss: What You Need To Know

Everyone sees the world’s beauty from a different perspective. Unfortunately, women stand a far greater risk of developing eye conditions which may prevent them from seeing this beauty at all.

How much greater is a woman’s risk of permanent vision loss? The numbers may surprise you.

Blindness Affects Twice As Many Women As Men

According to a recent study, two thirds of all blindness and visual impairment occurs in women. And even though eye disease is more prevalent in women, 75 percent of visual impairment is preventable with proper education and care.

Dry eye disease, cataracts, macular degeneration, and glaucoma are all diseases which affect women at a higher rate than men. Although there are no cures for these diseases, there are steps which you or the women in your life can take to prevent the risk of disease and maintain clear, healthy vision.

Early Detection Is Key To Prevention

Many eye diseases don’t present noticeable symptoms until they become quite advanced. For the best chance of effective treatment, early detection is key—for both men and women.

Here are a few important steps you can take to protect your vision health: Get A Dilated Eye Exam Every Year

  • Get a dilated eye exam. This can help us get a better look at possible warning signs of conditions which can impair your vision.
  • Avoid smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke. If you do smoke, take steps now to kick the habit.
  • Identify eye disease in your family’s medical history. An accurate family medical history can help us better detect risk factors for eye disease in you and your immediate family.
  • If you’re an expectant mother, get a dilated eye exam and be aware of possible vision changes during pregnancy.
  • Wear sunglasses and a brimmed hat outdoors to block UV rays. Increased exposure to the sun can put our eyes at risk for macular degeneration, cataracts, and other serious conditions.
  • Use cosmetics and contact lenses safely and thoughtfully. Makeup can leave deposits on your lenses, affecting your vision and even the comfort of your lenses.

A recent survey found that 1 in 4 women had not received an eye exam in the past two years. Getting a dilated eye exam every year, as recommended, could save your sight! Not only that, routine eye exams can reveal conditions which can affect your whole body health—including diabetes and multiple sclerosis.

We Can Help Protect Your Sight

We are committed to not only ensuring your lifelong vision health, but your whole body health as well. If you have any questions about your risk for eye disease, or if you have questions about the risks of a loved one, come in and see us! We would love to provide you with the information you need to continue to lead a happy and healthy life.

Thank you for being our valued patient and friend!

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The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

Understanding Astigmatism

Astigmatism may be one of the most commonly misunderstood eye conditions. Many believe it’s caused by improper lighting, that it can lead to more serious eye problems, or—something we’ve all likely thought at some point—that it’s called “a stigmatism.”

The Basics Of Astigmatism

So let’s clear the air here: the term “astigmatism” comes from the Greek “a” (without) and “stigma” (point or mark). Astigmatism is caused when the lens, cornea, or both are not completely smooth, and therefore do not perfectly focus light as it enters your eye, leaving you with blurry vision.

Astigmatism is a refractive error. Like other refractive errors, it is usually genetic and develops naturally, often from birth or during childhood. It’s not caused by bad habits and it won’t lead to more severe problems. There’s not a way to prevent it from developing, but there are many options for correcting it.

Different People Experience Different Levels Of Astigmatism

Astigmatism is actually very common. Many of us have some level of astigmatism, but it’s not enough to warrant corrective treatment. Other patients with severe astigmatism may experience…

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  • Trouble focusing
  • Blurry sight
  • Headaches and eyestrain

There can be many variables involved in astigmatism: the shape and focus of the eye, differences between the two eyes, and, often, additional complications of nearsightedness or farsightedness. Astigmatism can range in severity, and call for different treatments in different patients, whether that means eyeglasses, contact lenses, or corrective surgery.

With a comprehensive eye exam, we can check your visual acuity and focus. We can survey the curvature of your cornea and determine the very best treatment option for your eyes, and your lifestyle.

Talk to us about your vision! We’ll keep you seeing your best. Thanks for being a valued part of our practice.

Prevent Sports-Related Eye Injuries

Did you know there are roughly 40,000 sports-related eye injuries every year in the U.S. alone?

Eye protection is important for everyone with an active lifestyle, but especially for young people who play a school sport. In fact, most victims of sports-related eye injuries are children.

Sports-related Eye Injuries Are Preventable

A staggering 90 percent of reported sports-related eye injuries are preventable! Rather than suffering from a painful and possibly detrimental eye injury, choose the right eye protection for the particular sport you play.

Sport-specific eyewear recommendations: Regular Eyeglasses Are Not Enough

  • Basketball: Wrap-around sports goggles or glasses.
  • Football: Both eye and facial guards and a polycarbonate shield attached to the helmet.
  • Soccer: Sports goggles or glasses.
  • Tennis: Lightweight wrap-around sports glasses.
  • Lacrosse: Padded, form-fitting face mask.
  • Baseball/Softball: Helmet with face shield, wrap-around sports goggles or glasses (shatter proof).
  • Hockey: Full-face helmet.
  • Swimming/Diving: Swimming goggles and diving masks.
  • Track and field: Lightweight wrap-around sports goggles.
  • Volleyball: Sports goggles or sunglasses, if outside.

Regular eyeglasses can end up doing more harm than good in a sports-related accident. Glasses made for everyday wear are not built to the same protective standards as safety eyewear and can break upon impact. Excessive contact can shatter lenses and break frames—putting the eyes and face at serious risk of injury.

We Can Help Protect Your Sight

While other injuries—like a broken leg or a bruise—easily heal, sometimes eye injuries cannot. As your lifelong vision partner, we want to help protect your vision so you can reach your peak performance on and off the field.

If you have any questions or you’d like to talk to us further about custom-made eyewear, please contact us!

Thank you for reading our blog and being our valued patient and friend!

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Eye Exams Help Identify Chronic Health Conditions

In a variety of ways, our eyes are often the truest indicators of how we’re feeling.

A quick glance at someone’s eyes can reveal a lot of information… Their mood, stress level, and whether or not they got enough sleep last night!

But this goes much, much deeper. When your Vision Source® optometrist takes a closer look at your eyes, he or she can detect early warning signs for a host of serious and chronic conditions. Diabetes, hypertension, and other diseases leave telltale markers in our eyes, and vision care professionals are often the first to notice them.

When a routine eye exam leads to early disease detection, it can help patients prevent serious conditions from progressing, and in some cases even save a life.

Eye Exams Can Reveal Common “Silent Killers”

Some of the biggest health concerns we face today are “silent killer” diseases—conditions that progress slowly over time, without easily recognizable symptoms in the early stages. Many recent studies have identified some that are frequently found first by vision care professionals, including: There are many other diseases that can be caught early by a routine eye exam, including rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and cancer. Regardless of the condition, the sooner it is detected and diagnosed, the better chance a patient has to reduce its impact.

  • Diabetes: in its early stages, small blood vessels in the eye can swell and leak.
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure): blood vessels can narrow, bend, or change color.
  • High cholesterol: fatty deposits in the eyes and plaque in retinal blood vessels are telltale signs.

Take Charge of Your Health With an Eye Exam

While we’re not a substitute for your primary physician, regular visits to our practice are important for maintaining your full, healthy lifestyle. Our mission goes further than just providing glasses and contacts—we want to be your lifelong partners in vision health. Together, we’ll help you establish habits that will not only protect your eyes, but your whole body health.

Thanks for reading our blog! We want each of our patients to know how much we enjoy providing them with the very best, highly personalized vision care.

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Replace Your Contact Lens Case

When did you last replace your contact lens case? Has it been so long you don’t remember?

We know the value of getting full use from household items. But whether it’s a towel, toothbrush or toaster—eventually, things need to be replaced. For your vision health, replacing your contact lens case at least every three months is important for avoiding irritation and infection.

You Change The Solution, But Bacteria Remains

You should already be changing your contact solution every day. But over time, bacteria from your fingers and the surrounding environment build up in the case. And because most people keep their contact lens case in the bathroom, there’s a high chance of contamination.

One recent study found tens of thousands of bacteria in just a small volume of one participant’s contact solution, despite the fact he used fresh solution every day!

Know When To Replace, And How to Sanitize

We recommend getting a new contact lens case at least every three months. In the meantime, follow these simple tips to keep it as bacteria free as possible: Also, avoid letting the tip of the solution bottle touch the case, as it can carry bacteria and contaminants.

  • Always wash hands with soap and water before handling contacts.
  • Every day, empty contact solution out of the case, wash with solution and clean fingers.
  • Let the case air dry, upside down on a paper towel, before putting caps back on.
  • Boil the case in water for 5 minutes, then rinse with solution to sanitize between replacements.

Clean Contacts Preserve Good Vision

Eyes are especially sensitive to bacterial infection, and dirty contacts not only leave you with itching, irritated eyes, but they can also pose a threat to your long-term vision health. So remember to replace that case!

Our aim, as your lifelong vision partner, is to help you establish good habits that will keep your eyes healthy and comfortable! That’s why we love to talk with you one-on-one about your specific eye care needs.

Thanks for reading, and for being our valued patient and friend! We look forward to the next time we see you.

Put An Eye Exam Atop Your Back-To-School List

Back-to-school season is a great time to schedule an eye appointment.

With all of the rigors of new classes and extracurricular activities, it’s a great time to make sure students are seeing their best.

80% Of Learning Is Visual

A tremendous amount of information is processed through a student’s eyes on a daily basis. In fact, it is estimated that 80% of a child’s learning occurs through his or her eyes. That’s right, 80%! And although many schools conduct regular vision screenings, these tests are fairly limited and can miss many problems that can impact a child’s ability to learn.

Visual Skills Needed For Success

A student’s learning requires much more than just reading what’s written on the chalkboard. A comprehensive exam is needed to make sure all of the basic vision skills are functioning properly. Some of the basic visual skills needed at school (and everywhere else for that matter) include:

Children with untreated vision problems can become frustrated and their academic performance may suffer. Some research suggests that untreated vision problems can even elicit some of the same behaviors as ADHD.

  • ability to focus the eyes
  • using both eyes together as a team
  • moving eyes effectively
  • recognition– the ability to tell apart letters like “b” and “d”
  • comprehension– picturing in the mind what is happening in a story
  • retention– the ability to remember and recall details of what we read

Good Vision Is Important For School Sports

Along with preparing for new classes, many students are dusting off their cleats and getting ready for school sports. A comprehensive eye exam can examine the visual skills needed for a specific sport, along with providing recommendation for any eye protection that may be required.

Is It Time For Your Student’s Exam?

Comprehensive eye exams are recommended at least once every two years. More frequent visits are recommended if risk factors or specific problems exist, or if recommended by your eye doctor. Do you have questions about your student’s vision? We would love to answer any questions you might have.

Thank you for letting us be a part of your vision health team!

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3 Tips For Protecting Your Glasses

We wear our glasses all day, but we don’t think much about the toll the day takes on our lenses.

You can’t always avoid having your glasses scratched or bent, but there are a lot of things you can do to preserve the clarity of your lenses and integrity of your frames.

Tip #1: Clean Your Glasses The Right Way

Our first instinct when we notice dusty or smudged lenses is to give them a quick wipe with our shirt. Don’t do it! Cleaning dry lenses with the wrong cloth simply grinds dirt and oils into them, leaving hairline scratches which soon cloud your vision. Instead, follow this guide:

  1. Rinse the dust and dirt off your lenses with warm water. You can use a drop of non-citrus dishwashing liquid if needed.
  2. Once your glasses are rinsed, only use microfiber lens cleaning cloths and lens cleaning solution. Other cleaning agents may dissolve the protective coating.

Don’t spit on your glasses to clean them. Aside from exposing your eyes to bacteria, the enzymes in saliva can eat away at anti-scratch lens coating.

Tip #2: If They’re Not On Your Face…

Glasses get sat on, knocked off nightstands, and dropped. The best thing you can do to protect them is to keep one simple rule—if they’re not on your face, keep them in a case! If you don’t have a case handy, be mindful of where you leave your glasses. Place them where they won’t get sat upon or swept to the floor.

Tip #3: Be Smart When Working Out

Wear a sports strap to keep your frames secure during physical activity. Better yet, wear an old backup pair. Sweat quickly dissolves some coatings on frames and lenses. If you frequently run or play sports, think about investing in a pair of activewear lenses. They have the comfort, protection, and toughness you’ll need.Keep Your Glasses Looking New!

With proper care and a bit of precaution, your glasses can stay as clear and beautiful as the day you got them. To help with that, we’re proud to offer the latest in protective lens coatings. Ask us about them the next time you’re here for an appointment!

Thanks for choosing us as your support team for lifelong vision health. We appreciate you!

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