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What Does Your Eye Doctor Need to Know About You?

What do you know about your own eyes? There are several things you should inform us of so that we can make sure your eyes are analyzed accurately and thoroughly.

It's important that you let us know about any recent health conditions or problems you are experiencing as eyes are often affected by changes in your body. What are some conditions we'd need to know about? Here are some examples: pregnancy, diabetes, high blood pressure, and even something which may seem trivial, like allergies. If a woman is pregnant, the hormonal changes may affect the vision unpredictably so it may be better to hold off obtaining a new prescription for glasses until 6 weeks after breastfeeding is completed.   If you've been prescribed any medications, it is important to disclose what you're taking, because prescription and even non-prescription drugs can affect the state of your eyes.

We will also take into consideration details of your current lifestyle, such as if you're a smoker, as this can also be the cause of a number of eye conditions. Tell us what you're using your eyes for. Do you work in a factory, or do you work in an office? Knowing these facts will really make it simpler for us to figure out the most effective thing for your eyes.

As a number of eye-related diseases can be passed down to you from your parents, it is vital that you tell us if there are any of them in your immediate family, especially macular degeneration or glaucoma. Being aware of which eye diseases you may be prone to can make it simpler for us to keep an eye out for and monitor any warning signs.

Make an appointment if you notice anything odd about your eyes and vision including blurriness, fatigue, flashes of light, spots and double vision. We will discover the root of the condition, and then recommend the most appropriate treatment. It's also good if you take your most recent glasses along to your exam. They give us important information, even if you're a contact lens wearer. Together, we will discover the most effective way to tend to all your vision needs.

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