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

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I can tell your IQ by looking in your eyes

A study published in the May 15, 2013 journal Psychological Science reports an association between retinal vessel size and IQ.  Now considering I look at retinal blood vessels all day long, this article intrigued me.  The study looked at over 1000 individuals and found that after accounting for all sorts of extenuating circumstances, those with larger retinal vessel size had lower IQ’s and those with smaller retinal vessel sizes had higher IQ’s.

Armed with my new found knowledge, all I need are 2 retinas to compare.  So I chose mine of course and who else?   My wife of course, Dr. Friesen.


My retina is on the left and her’s is on the right.  And I proceed to measure and average the retinal vessel size, just like investigators did in their study….one eye averaged to be 7.85 pixel vessel size, the other 6.5.

So who had the larger vessel size?

I think you already know.

Michael Nelson, Optometrist, Waverley Eye Care

When should a child’s first eye exam be?

If there is a family history of eye problems, other than the need for glasses, or if you suspect an eye problem, children should have their first eye examination at 6 months of age.  Signs of vision problems include:  a turned or crossed eye, a whitish area within the pupil of the eye or if your child is unable to follow movements by 6 months of age.

If there are signs of problems and no family history then 3 years old is a great age for a first eye checkup.  Don’t worry if you child is shy or doesn’t know their alphabet yet as a child’s eye exam is often much different than an adults…we have pictures and can collect a lot of information even if they don’t say a word.

Michael D Nelson, Optometrist

Children Should Get Eye Exam Before Using 3D Games



WINNIPEG, MB, MARCH 28, 2011: With the release of the Nintendo 3DS yesterday, the issue of eye safety in children under 6 has come into question. 1 in 20 children under the age of 6 suffer from amblyopia (lazyeye) and usually have no symptoms. Amblyopia(Lazyeye) occurs when a child does not develop normal vision in one eye. This impairs the ability to see 3D images or have normal depth perception. Amblyopia can only be treated if detected and diagnosed, therefore and eye exam with an Optometrist is critical for children under 6.

The Nintendo 3DS uses a new innovative design which shows a slightly different image to each eye. The result is the ability to see 3D images without the need for 3D glasses. Nintendo has officially warned that this technology should not be used by children under the age of 6 because it may harm their immature vision. Eye doctors, on the contrary, have said this or other 3D technology may not directly harm a young child’s vision. In children with amblyopia, it could result in eyestrain and headaches.

According to available reports less than 15% of children under 6 years old have had an eye exam. This means preventable vision loss has gone undiagnosed and untreated. Some parents wait for kindergarten vision screenings. These screenings come too late for treating amblyopia. An eye exam with their Optometrist starting at age 3 ensures the normal development of 3D vision in children.

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Eye Examinations

New technology has greatly improved our ability to detect eye disease, which is changing what is involved in a standard eye exam, even from just 5 years ago. At Waverley Eye Care we strive to provide you with access to the best eye care we can provide, please let us introduce you to what we can offer you at Waverley Eye Care.

Baseline Eye Exam

A baseline eye exam is the minimum assessment of what you should expect from any Optometrist you see. There are 3 main components to a baseline eye exam:

Binocular coordination

Binocular coordination will assess the movement of your eyes and how your eyes work together. Abnormalities could cause eye strain, double vision or could indicate health problems like tumours, multiple sclerosis or blood vessel occlusions.

Refractive status

The refractive status is what most people think of when they need new glasses and is the determination of the power of lenses that will put images in focus. Although this is the primary reason why most people schedule an eye exam, it is important to assess the binocular vision and ocular health in all individuals because these findings will often help in the determination of your glasses prescription.

Ocular Health

The ocular health component screens for eye diseases like glaucoma, cataracts, contact lens eye disease, lid disease, retinal problems, optic nerve disease and much more. While a baseline eye exam is a great start to healthy eyes, there are advances in eye care that could provide you with even more thorough exams.

Detailed Retinal Exam

A baseline eye exam will allow your optometrist to do a quick screening of the eye for disease but it will only allow them to view 20-30 degrees of the retina. In order to screen for retinal tears, tumours or blood vessel problems you need to look at the entire retina. There are 2 ways to do this:

Dilated Fundus Exam

This involves using eye drops to increase the size of the pupil temporarily so that the optometrist can look inside the eye better.

Eye Exams

So do you ever feel like you really have to concentrate during an eye exam? 

Michael Nelson, OD

Eye Blog

Thanks for dropping by.  Now I can only assume that if you have taken the time to stumble across our blog you are almost as passionate about vision as we are.  I hope we can help inform and perhaps entertain a little.