Author Archives: Natasha Liaw

How Traumatic Brain Injuries Affect the Eyes

Have you or someone you know ever experienced a traumatic brain injury (TBI) from falling? Perhaps a concussion from an impact sport injury or car accident? Whatever the root cause, TBI’s can range from mildly to severely impacting a person’s everyday life. The brain is a fragile organ and the main command centre of our […]

Pets&Pregnancy and Eyeballs?

Toxo-what? Toxoplasmosis is a topic mothers-to-be will often be concerned about if they either a) have a cat, or b) feed their pet a raw diet. Toxoplasmosis is a parasitic infection caused by toxoplasma gondii. It is one of the world’s most common parasites and is transmitted through ingesting under-cooked contaminated meat, contaminated fruits/vegetables, exposure […]

To See or Not to See.

We would like to debunk some common misconceptions about what you are or are not able to see your optometrist for. Many people think that they need a referral from their family doctor (GP) to see an optometrist for a medical issue. When in fact you can go directly to your optometrist without a referral. […]

What Toys to Buy for Vision Development

    Christmas is just around the corner. If you’re like me and tend to leave all the gift shopping to last minute, there are some things to consider before buying toys for those little ones on your list. Before buying the latest video game or digital toy, remember that when children play, they aren’t […]

Why Children Need Their Eyes Tested Yearly – Optometry Blog

It’s that time of year again – back to school! September is fast approaching and that means back to school for many of our little ones. Perhaps it’s the first time being in a class room or returning to something familiar, whichever the circumstance, children need to have their eyes checked by an optometrist every […]

Why is UV Protection for the Eyes Important? – Optometry Blog

Why is UV protection for the eyes important? Just as UV rays cause cause damage to the skin, they can also cause damage to the eyes – all surfaces from the front to the back of the eye. To protect our skin, we were sunscreen. To shield our eyes, there are multiple ways to layer […]

Cataract Myths – Optometry Blog

To continue from our previous blog, we will continue to talk about common misunderstandings when it comes to cataracts. Myth: Cataract surgery is dangerous. As with any surgery, there are risks involved that the surgeon will go over during the consultation process. However, cataract surgery is one of the safest procedures now due to all […]

Cataract Awareness Month – Optometry Blog

June is Cataract Awareness Month! Although we’ve already blogged about this topic before, I thought we’d take a look at some common myths around cataracts. Myth: Cataracts grow on top of the eye. Although cataracts do grow, they don’t grow on top of the eye – they grow inside the eye. More specifically, they grow […]

Vision Health Month – Optometry Blog

May is Vision Health Month. Did you know that nearly 75% of vision loss is preventable or treatable? Eye diseases such as glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration if caught early enough are treatable (not curable) to prevent vision loss. There are also many systemic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension (high blood pressure) that can […]