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Back-to-School Success Starts with Healthy Vision

clipart 025It's that time of year again. Children across the country are gearing up for the new school year with new bags, new books and loads of energy and excitement. This is the ideal time to take your child to get an eye exam, if you haven’t already done so.

Proper vision is essential for success in school and as your child grows, there are various stages of development that can cause changes in his or her eyesight.

Approximately 80 percent of learning is accomplished through the use of a child’s eyes. Despite the strong correlation between vision and learning, many parents underestimate or are simply unaware of vision problems and don’t include eye exams as part of their child's back to school health check up. As your child’s vision may change frequently, regular eye and vision care is crucial to their classroom success and happiness.

Children have the amazing ability to function with a vision problem and not express their difficulty as they themselves do not realize they are having a problem seeing. It is especially important to monitor the signs and symptoms of vision problems as your child progresses in school.  Some warning symptoms include reversing numbers or letters, frequent eyes watering, eye rubbing, extra close reading distance, head tilting, and avoiding detailed work.   Impaired vision and increasing visual demands such as smaller print in textbooks or additional homework can significantly alter his/her performance.  New technology brought into the classroom, such as the use of interactive whiteboards, can also potentially exacerbate less obvious vision problems. Without adequate vision, students may suffer not only in the classroom, but also mentally, physically and emotionally.

If your child already wears glasses, now is also a good time to reassess the suitability of his or her current frames and perhaps buy your child new glasses to start off the new year.  Sometimes a child can see with the old glasses, but they fit poorly or the optical centers of the lenses no longer align with the child's eyes when they grow. The more your child likes and feels comfortable in his/her glasses, the more likely he/she will wear them.  

So visit us as part of your back-to-school routine so we can help your child start the year afresh with great vision.

Thank you for trusting your eyecare with us over the years.  The Foresight Eyecare team follows the government mandate to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.  After December 2020 announcements made by the Alberta Government, our clinic is following the revised Infection Prevention and Control policy by the Alberta College of Optometrists.

Patients interested in obtaining eye exam services or eye care products can be seen by appointment only.  Please call ahead, and staff will arrange an appointment time and ask COVID-19 screening questions.  If you have any symptoms of cough, fever, runny nose or shortness of breath, we ask that you call or e-mail us and do not attend the clinic for your scheduled visit.   Within the clinic, please wear a mask and use the hand sanitizer at reception.  Our clinic complies with the City of Calgary bylaw requiring mask covering over the age of two years old.  For patients who are unable to wear a face covering due to medical reasons, the patient can be scheduled for an appointment at a time when minimal number of other patients are in the clinic such as at the beginning or end of the day to ensure appropriate physical distancing requirements.

We are using disposable disinfectant wipes on all surfaces and devices such as front desk counters, chairs, handles in exam rooms and waiting room.  All eyewear that have been touched by patients are continually being sanitized.   Any toys and magazines are stored at this time.  Examination areas are being sanitized with hospital grade disinfectant.  Debit and credit cards but NO CASH payments will be accepted.

COVID-19 symptoms are not always obvious.  We want to fend off this pandemic and minimize risk to our patients and the Foresight staff as front line health workers.   Contact that is closer than 2 m (6 feet) is to be avoided, with barriers in place when this cannot be avoided. We choose to continue to do our work and cautiously take care of our patients with compassion, humility, gentleness, and patience.   It is a challenging and new experience for many of us, so let‘s support each other and prevent virus spread!  Beyond 2020, our focus is on take care of you and keeping Clean Hands, Clear Heads and Open Hearts.   For more information, please refer to the following web pages or phone Health Link 811.

www.albertahealthservices.ca

www.collegeofoptometrists.ab.ca

Drs. Dianna Leong, Anh Bui, Andrew Chan

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Please note our upcoming holiday schedule:

Starting tomorrow December 22nd will be closed through December 26th. Additionally, we will be closing early on New Year’s eve at 3:00 pm and we will reopen Saturday, January 2nd.

We wish you Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year.