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Children’s Vision Month – Eye Am Ready for School

New adventures of a new school year bring excitement to many children.  A new school year can also bring challenges.

Did you know that 60% of children with reading difficulties have an undiagnosed or untreated vision problem?   Dr. Dianna Leong and Dr. Anh Bui try to get a good start to the school year. Vision is often missed as a roadblock to a child's ability to learn, since sight is different than vision.  Sight (20/20) is what the eyes see whereas vision relates to how we draw meaning from what we see.  A child may have the ability to see at 20 feet what a person should normally see at 20 feet (i.e.20/20 vision), but could still have problems with tracking words or focusing both eyes as a team.

How can you tell if your child needs help in building this visual ability?  There are many signs:  reversing words when writing or copying, confusion the same word in the same sentence and failing to visualize what is read, to name a few.  Fortunately, vision is developed in a sequence of stages, which means that vision can be trained and improved.

In this electronic generation, the visual demands on children's eyes are at an all time high.    If your child needs to use the computer to do their homework, find out about the damaging effect of high energy blue light, and protective blue blocker lens coatings to block the blue light from tablets, computers, and smart phones.   Ultra-violet light is an invisible hazard.  Children have more transparent lenses in their eyes and more sensitive skin on their bodies.  By age 20, the average person has received 80% of their life's UV exposure.   At Foresight Eyecare, we attempt to protect eyes for a lifetime by providing clear UV blocking prescription lenses for all kids.  Sunglasses, sports glasses and special kids glasses packages are available at our office for durability, lens loss or scratches and prescription changes.

Dr. Leong and Dr. Bui also provide special lenses for myopia control.   We have experienced success with Zeiss' Myovision lens since it came to Canada in 2012.   Special anti-fatigue lenses are also available to reduce eyestrain, and custom designed contact lenses can be adapted to use for myopia control.

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.

Drs. Dianna Leong, Anh Bui, Andrew Chan