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Happy Birthday PRK!

               
                   

Photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) is the original laser vision correction surgery that was first performed in the US in the 1980’s and on June 12, 1990 at the Gimbel Eye Centre in Calgary Alberta Canada. In the 25 years that followed PRK first gained in popularity over radial keratotomy (RK) in which incisions were made in […]

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Vision & Vitamins: Ginkgo Biloba, Glaucoma, and Macular Degeneration

               
                   

Vitamins and natural herbs have become more and more popular for alternative treatment as additional treatments for medical conditions. Ginkgo Biloba has been used for centuries as a traditional treatment which may help blood flow to the brain and aid in treatment of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. It might help treat leg pain that results […]

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Bionic Lens: can everyone have perfect vision?

               
                   

There has been a lot of talk recently about the “Bionic Lens” which has been invented by an optometrist from British Columbia. CBC news recently ran a story about the new lens implant. According to this news story, “Pending clinical trials on animals and then blind human eyes, the Bionic Lens could be available in […]

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Vision & Vitamins: What is really in your vision supplement?

               
                   

Do you know what is in that herbal pill or vitamin you are swallowing or if it will really help?  The American Academy of Opthalmology (AAO) recently published a study that compared ingredients in top selling brands of supplements marketed for macular degeneration.  The Age-Related Eye Disease Study did show evidence that a formula called the AREDS […]

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Vision & Vitamins: eat your carrots!

               
                   

Is the old wives’ tales about eating carrots fact or fiction?  Caarrots are high in beta-carotene which the body converts to vitamin A.   Carrots also provide vitamin C, iron, calcium and fiber.  Carrots and other foods rich in vitamins C and E, zinc, lutein, zeaxanthin, and omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA benefit eye health and general […]

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Should you have laser eye surgery (PRK or LASIK)? Answer these three questions.

               
                   

1. Do the benefits outweigh the risks (low but not zero)? The vast majority of people who have laser vision correction (PRK or LASIK) are satisfied with the outcome, and in a large FDA study of LASIK (PROWL 1&2) <1% of people experienced “a lot of” difficulties following surgery.  The most common side effects at […]

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What is up with that White&Gold (or is it Blue&Black) Dress?

               
                   

Most people who spend even a little time on the internet will have seen this photograph of the striped dress that has created a firestorm of debate about the true colors.  This explanation from an article on the New York Times site is probably the most concise, however it is not completely understood even by eye specialists […]

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Is PRK / Advanced Surface Ablation better than LASIK?

               
                   

PRK (photorefractive keratectomy) was the first laser vision correction used to eliminate glasses and contact lenses. The first PRK was done in North America in the 1980’s and PRK has remained an excellent way to eliminate nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. PRK involves removing just the surface layer of cells on the surface of the cornea […]

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Ebola, Influenza: what is your risk?

               
                   

Ebola is one of the least likely diseases that you might catch in North America, but it has raised awareness of the risks of infectious diseases. The top 10 causes of death in high income countries like Canada and the US according the the World Health Organization WHO: 1. Coronary Heart Disease 2. Stroke 3. Lung […]

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Blepharitis & PRK/LASIK

               
                   

If you are thinking about having PRK or LASIK laser refractive surgery you should be familiar with the common conditions that can cause problems after surgery.  Most people who have PRK or LASIK are very satisfied.  For the small percentage of people who have problems following laser vision correction, dry eye is one of the […]

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