Canadian Association of Optometrists Leaders Forum

Dr. Nelson & Dr. Friesen are in Montreal attending the Optometric Leaders Forum.   An event that brings together leaders in the Canadian Optometry to discuss about the important issues in the eye care industry….We want you think about your eyes and how important your vision is to you.  Dr. Nelson is the Manitoba representative on the Canadian Association of Optometrists Board and Dr. Friesen is the Manitoba representative on the Canadian Examiners of Optometry Board.

Eye Walk-In Clinic

vision signWe are excited to add a Walk-In Eye Clinic at Waverley Eye Care.  Sometimes you may have an eye urgency that needs attention that day but it could be hard to find an eye doctor with an opening.   From 11:00am to Noon on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday we are offering same day appointments for conditions like red eye, eye injuries, eye infections, sudden loss of vision, eye pain or broken glasses.  Please call our office at (204) 487-1901 and we will be happy to register a spot for you.

Michael D. Nelson, OD

Reading electronic devices in the dark

6a00d8354fadbd69e2017c38875f51970b-pi-1A recent article in The Wall Street Journal highlights an age old vision question and a modern day question.

Does reading in the dark harm your vision?  There is no evidence that reading in the dark  will cause any long-term damage to the eyes or change to the physiology to the eye.  It may cause some eyestrain or fatigue but there is no indication that this will increase myopia (nearsightedness) or harm your eyes.

Does reading on a tablet damage your eyes?  Studies comparing various fonts, displays and pixel resolution found no difference in the effect on the eye between reading e-ink or a printed book.  So if reading a printed book in dim light is okay, so i reading a Kindle.  One difference though, is that devices like ipads, iphones and LCD monitors all emit a lot of light in the blue end of the spectrum (just think about that familiar blue glow you get from these screens).  Blue light is known to scatter more and can cause increased eye fatigue.   The good news is that lens companies are starting to produce coatings, like the Nikon SeeCoat Blue, that selectively filter out this blue light and reduce eye fatigue.

Michael Nelson OD, Waverley Eye Care