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April 25, 2016

Vision Health Month

A comprehensive eye exam can do more than test your vision - it could help save your life May is Vision Health Month, and local doctor of optometry, Dr. Angie Machmer, Emerald Park Eye Care, is urging Emerald Park residents to make eye exams part of their preventative healthcare routines. "Comprehensive eye...

March 1, 2016

What is an OCT and why does Dr. Machmer recommend it?

An OCT (or Optical Coherence Tomography) is an instrument that takes incredibly detailed images of the eye, similar to an ultrasound. It provides information about the health of the optic nerve (which takes information from the eye back to the brain) and the macula (which is responsible for our central,...

February 1, 2016

February is AMD and Low Vision Awareness Month

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a condition that affects the area of the eye responsible for your central and fine detail vision (the macula). There are typically no symptoms in the early stages, but as it progresses distortion of the central vision and eventually blind spots in the central vision...

November 1, 2013

Q & A with Dr. Angie Betker

This month I have decided to do something different with the newsletter and do a question and answer format. I have been asked some really good questions lately, and thought that others may benefit from the answers as well. Q: Why are my eyes so itchy at this time of year? A:...

October 1, 2013

October is Children's Vision Month

Did you know... One in 6 children has a vision impairment significant enough to cause difficulty in learning? More than 80% of learning is dependent on vision? Even with 20/20 vision there can be eye conditions that affect eye health or the ability to use both eyes together? Children should have their first eye...

September 1, 2013

National Arthritis Awareness Month

September is National Arthritis Awareness Month. To help spread awareness, I will be teaming up with the Arthritis Society in Regina to do a talk about arthritis and its effects on the eyes. The evening is open to the public, and will be held on Wednesday, September 18 at the...

August 1, 2013

Doctors of Optometry Canada

This month, I'd like to direct your attention to a relatively new website - www.doctorsofoptometry.ca. This website is designed to educate the public about eye health conditions and the importance of routine eye health examinations. It is a fantastic website that includes an eye health library, a blog, and videos. It's...

June 1, 2013

Dress Down For Diabetes

June is Dress Down for Diabetes Month, and Emerald Park Eye Care is excited to participate and raise money for this worthy cause! As you may recall from our November newsletter article, there are over 9 million Canadians living with Diabetes, and at least 75,000 of those people are living...

March 1, 2013

World Glaucoma Week - March 10-16

"The world is a wonder to see every day - so don't let glaucoma get in the way"! This is the theme for World Glaucoma Week 2013, which takes place from March 10-16. Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness worldwide and according to the Glaucoma Research Society of...

February 1, 2013

Pink Eye - Identification, Health, Treatment

This winter seems to be a particularly bad one for head colds and the flu, and with that comes lots of red, goopy, watery eyes. Because this seems to be an issue that has plagued many people over the holiday season and as kids are getting back to daycare and...

January 1, 2013

Combating Dry Eyes

Do your eyes ever burn, itch, or feel "gritty"? If so, you may be experiencing dry eye symptoms. Dry eye is very common, particularly in the winter months when the humidity is low. It can be quite an uncomfortable and bothersome condition and can lead to redness, watering, blurred vision,...

November 1, 2012

World Diabetes Day

I'd like you all to take a moment to think about how many people in your life are affected by diabetes. My guess is that we each know at least one person living with this disease, and that's a conservative estimate. According to the World Health Organization, there are at...

September 1, 2012

Back To School

It's that time again! Kids are lamenting over the fact that their summer is over, and parents are getting into back-to-school mode. There are many things on the to-do list at the beginning of the school year - stocking up on school supplies, buying new clothes, and getting hair-cuts. Another...

August 1, 2012

The Convenience Of Contact Lenses

Summer is upon us! And with the warm weather comes beach time, sports, and fun in the sun. Whether you stay close to home or do lots of traveling, contact lenses can help you enjoy all of your summer activities that much more. Not only are they convenient, but they...

July 1, 2012

Eating For Your Eyes

I'm sure that at some point in our lives, we've all heard: "eat your carrots - they're good for your eyes"! Maybe we've even said the same to our own kids. In fact, it's sound advice. Carrots do have nutrients that are good for the eyes, but they are only...

May 1, 2012

UV Protection

As summer approaches and the weather improves, it's time to head outside and enjoy the sun! Whether it's getting into the yard, heading to the soccer field, or going to the lake to get the cabin ready for another summer, everyone is ready to get outdoors and soak up some...

April 1, 2012

Comprehensive Eye Exam

Eyesight is truly an amazing and wonderful thing. It allows us to do all the little things like watch our favourite TV shows and watch the snow melt as winter turns into spring. Better still, it allows us to do the more important things like look at old family photos...