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

2014 Optometrist of the Year Awarded to Dr. Michael Nelson

Optometrist of the Year Award 2014

Optometrist of the Year Award 2014

Manitoba Optometrist of the Year 2014 award in recognition of work on Manitoba Optometrists Therapeutic Legislation allowing Optometrists to write prescriptions to treat eye diseases like glaucoma, iritis, dry eye and infections.  This legislation which was enacted in July 2013, and is the culmination of a 30 year effort by Manitoba Optometrists to provide better access to eye care to Manitobans.  Manitobans can now receive treatment for glaucoma, iritis, infections, injuries and dry eye without having to see an Optometrist first and they be referred to an Ophthalmologist. 

Directly related to this legislation, Waverley Eye Care Centre is excited to provide a walk-in eye clinic to provide urgent eye care to Manitobans.

 

Common Eye Conditions

0-6 years:

Common Eye Conditions that may be noted in 6 year olds and under include the following: Myopia(nearsightedness), Hyperopia (farsightedness), Astigmatism, Amblyopia(Lazy Eye), Strabismus (turned eye) and Eye Infections.

In my opinion the most important of these is Amblyopia, which affects 5% of children and responds well to treatment under the age of 6. Unfortunately it only affects one eye so most children will often have no symptoms or complaints. Worse yet, any reduced vision that is still present after the age of 7 is usually permanent. Amblyopia is an important reason to ensure annual eye exams starting at 3 years old.

6-20 years:

Common Eye Conditions that may be noted in 6 year olds to early 20’s include the following: Myopia(nearsightedness), Hyperopia (farsightedness), Astigmatism, Amblyopia(Lazy Eye), Eye Infections, Eye Trauma and Contact Lens related problems.

The most common vision problem in this age group is refractive in nature, meaning a need for glasses. I recommend annual eye exams for this age group because I think it is important to detect any vision problems early so that blurred vision does not cause a problem in school. In Manitoba at least a portion, if not all, of the eye exam fee is paid for by Manitoba Health for those 18 and under.

 

Michael Nelson, OD