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New Colored Contact lens advancements

For Centuries there has been much admiration and fascination with vibrant baby blue eyes.  In today's day many have attempted to acheive that beauty through the use of colored contact lenses.  In the past, colored contact lenses did not come close to the standards that clear lenses were able to meet.  Colored Lenses were large, frail, false-looking, and most importantly provided little or no oxygen to the eyes.  Like a chocolate bar we craved them, but deep down we also knew they weren't good for us.  Some folks would purchase them in a mall or a kiosk even though they were aware that the product was from overseas and did not meet FDA codes.  The contacts lenses not being properly fitted would also present an opportunity for infection, scarring and vision loss.  Until now, this was a constant battle for those searching for the ideal colored contact lens.  


WIth the release of 'AIR OPTIX COLORS' this year by Alcon, this new lens provides patients with the opportunity to use the same monthly lens they have been using for years ('AIR OPTIX' monthly), and change the color of their eyes.  

They are available in 9 different colors including Hazel, Grey, Blue, Green and more.  

The lenses are the same size as the monthly lens and can also be made out in your prescription as set by your optometrist.  If your optometrist has already fitted the AIR OPTIX with success, then a refit is not needed.  

This is the first colored lens to have a high oxygen content.  The lens provides better eye health as it can now allow your eyes to breath as good as clear contacts.

The AIR OPTIX COLORS is not frail and floppy, it maintains a rigid shape so its easier to insert into your eye and doesnt tear easily

If you are looking to trial the lens and test-drive different colors, the company sells them in 2-packs (1month supply) and also a Rainbow Pack which includes 3 different colors.

Visit their Color Studio for more information @   http://www.airoptix.com/colors/color-studio.shtml


If you are not wanting a dramatic eye color change but are hoping to enhance its beauty, then you can take a tame approach with the the ACUVUE DEFINE DAILY lens.  The most recent release of this color enhancing lens offers a daily option that provides easy of use.  The Acuvue Define is technically the Acuvue Moist daily lens with a touch of color.  This is the same reputable, healthy, and comfortable lens we have been using on our patients for years with great success. 

A-la-carte use makes this lens very convenient.  You can use the daily lenses for special outings or events and dont have to remember to dispose of them 30 days later.  Open a couple blister packs, and away you go!  Just rememer to throw them in the trash before you go to bed.  Whenever you wish to enhance your eye color again, open up another pair and repeat.  

The Daily lens option eliminates the need for solution bottles and cases.  More money in your wallet. 

A fresh lens every day is a clean and comfortable lens everyday.  This is a more sanitary and hygienic alternative.  Less chance of acquiring an infection and less protein deposit and discomfort.

The lens comes in 30-pack and 90-packs so its easier to purchase less if you dont expect to wear them as an everyday lens.  They are available in a few colors enhancements such as: natural shimmer, sparkle, and shine.

For more information visit: https://www.acuvue.ca/define/


Category: Contact Lenses
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Drivers License & Corrective Lens Restrictions


One goes through necessary training, months of driving experience, and roadtests to prove they are able to drive safely on our roads.  Vision requirements are also set for drivers in BC, and the world for that matter, to ensure that these licensed drivers are visually prepared for the obstacles that present on the road.


The Office of the Superintendant of Motor Vehicles (OSMV) fitness guideline states that for Class 5-8 BCDL:

"[an] individual [is] fit to drive if they have visual acuity

not less than 20/50 with both eyes open and examined together"

If an individual does not meet this criteria without correction, but they do with glasses or contacts, then a restriction is placed on the back of their license in order to allow them to drive:

Restriction #21 : Corrective Lenses Required 


If you once required spectacles or contacts to drive, this requirement remains on the back of your drivers license until its proven otherwise.  If you have had cataract surgery, laser eye surgery, or for some other reason your vision has improved, then its possible to have RESTRICTION # 21 removed from your license.  See an optometrist to reassess your vision and they can provide you with a letter as proof that your vision meets requirements without correction.  This note should be taken to your local DMV.  You may be asked to retake a vision test through a small machine at the motor vehicle branch again as well.


If you are pulled over by a law enforcement officer and you are not wearing glasses or contacts, the officer has the right to issue you a ticket based on the restriction on your card.   If you do not wish to wrongfully receive a citation, we advise you to get the restriction removed.

Just as a Law Enforcement officer simply states on the drive smart bc website:

 "If you have had corrective eye surgery, it is up to you to go to a driver service center and take the necessary steps to have the restriction removed from your license. Failing to do that means that you are leaving your fate at the roadside in the hands of the enforcement officer. You do the same thing having decided to leave your driveway without taking needed glasses or contact lenses with you."



Corrective Lenses.  http://drivesmartbc.ca/driver-licencing/corrective-lenses

BC Drivers Fitness Handbook for medical professionals.  http://www.pssg.gov.bc.ca/osmv/shareddocs/DriverFitnessMedPro.pdf


Category: Uncategorized

Infectious Disease: Ebola, EKC

We have heard of many infectious outbreaks in the past.  H1N1, Avian Flu, SARS, and just recently the Measles outbreak in the United States.  Current News reports have been indicating Ebola outbreaks in Sierra Leone, West Africa.  Individuals there are being quarantined to control the spread of the deadly disease.  Clinically, in the Lower Mainland, Eye Doctors have also been noticing a significant increase in the frequency of EKC – Epidemic Keratoconjunctivitis ('Pink eye') cases.


Ebola causes massive hemorrhaging (bleeding) of the vascular system that leads to organ failure and death.  There have been no confirmed Ebola cases in Canada.  There is a very low risk of contracting Ebola here in Canada, however, in other parts of the world more than 3000 lives have been taken by the disease.  

Ebola symptoms are very common to the flu: fever, cough, body aches, and vomiting.  More serious symptoms include chest pain, internal bleeding, external bleeding, even bleeding from the eyes.  

Ebola can spread through infected animal and humans via bodily fluids and blood.  Avoid direct contact with blood, saliva, urine and vomit of infected individuals.

If you experience any ebola symptoms or suspect contamination/transmission of the disease, you should seek medical attention immediately, call 911.


Not all infectious diseases are fatal such as Ebola, but they may cause significant discomfort and pain.  Pink Eye is a highly contagious eye infection.  Pink Eye is most common in young children, but may affect adults of all ages.  

Pink Eye symptoms include: swelling, redness, tearing, sensitivity to light, itch and irritation in the eyes.  Severe cases include eye pain and reduced vision.  It is sometimes associated with an Upper Respiratory Infection (URI).  Symptoms of pink eye may last for 1-3 weeks.

The highly contagious nature of PINK EYE requires the individual to stay off work and school for 10 days from the onset of the symptoms.  An eye doctor should be seen as soon as possible for treatment of the eye disease.  Avoid touching the eyes or face.  Wash your hands frequently, especially after touching eyes or face.  Avoid sharing towels, facecloths, pillows, sunglasses or lipsticks.  Discard soft contact lenses and makeup that were used within 7 days of symptom onset.  Don't use contact lenses or makeup until your eye doctor has approved it (this is usually at least 2 days after symptoms resolve).  Follow your eye doctors recommondations and maintain your follow-up appointments with the eye doctor to manage appropriately and avoid permanent scarring and damage to the eyes.


In any case of infectious disease, preventing the transmission of the disease is crucial.  Hand hygiene is the most important step.  WASH YOUR HANDS FREQUENTLY!






Focus on Ebola. Managing the ocular effects of the disease. By Evra Taylor. Envision Magazine. January-February Edition. Pages 22-23.



Category: Body Health, Eye Health

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Category: Body Health, Eye Health

Omega 3 2.0 and Pregnancy

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Category: Body Health, Eye Health

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Category: Safety

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Category: Eye Health

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Category: Community, Eye Health

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Category: Uncategorized

Trachoma and 3rd world eye disease

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Category: Eye Health