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Why Do Onions Make Us Cry?

Onions are one of the most common staple foods around the globe. Ironically, for a vegetable so delicious, they can often be tear-jerkers.

Read on to learn why onions cause your eyes to tear and sting, and what you can do to minimize discomfort.

Why Does Cutting Onions Cause Tearing?

Onions produce a sulfur compound called propyl sulfoxide that is stored in the cells of the onion bulb (the part of the onion we eat). Onions grow underground, where they can be eaten by all types of creatures. This odorous sulfuric compound acts as a deterrent to small animals with big appetites.

When one slices into an onion and breaks open its cells, the sulfur compound is released and mixes with the moisture in the air — turning it into smelly and irritating sulfuric acid. When this chemical rises up and comes in contact with your eyes, it stings!

To keep your eyes from potentially being damaged from this chemical exposure, your brain triggers your eyes to tear and flush out the irritating gas particles. Once enough tears have flushed out the sulfuric acids particles from the eye, clear vision and comfort is usually restored. Although your eyes may sting and feel unpleasant, symptoms are temporary and the sulfuric acid won’t damage your eyes.

How Can I Reduce Eye Discomfort When Chopping Onions?

Most experienced chefs will tell you that chilling your onions in the fridge for at least 30 minutes before slicing them will reduce the amount of tearing they cause. Propyl sulfoxide escapes slower in cooler temperatures, reducing the amount of sulfuric acid in the air.

You can also try cutting the onions at arm’s length, or direct the odorous air away with a small fan. Some say that chopping onions immersed in water also helps. Another option is to wear kitchen goggles to protect your eyes.

Furthermore, try to use fresh onions whenever possible. The longer an onion has been stored, the more likely it will induce tearing and discomfort. Try to avoid slicing near the root end of the bulb, as that area has the highest concentration of sulfuric compounds.

Still Having Eye Problems Out of the Kitchen?

If you frequently suffer from eye irritation — and not just while cutting onions — we can help. At Village Eye Centre, we treat a wide range of eye conditions and can provide you with the treatment and relief you seek.

For further questions or to schedule an eye exam, call us today.

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REFERENCES

https://www.britannica.com/story/why-do-onions-make-you-cry

https://theconversation.com/why-do-onions-make-you-cry-129519

Light Sensitivity? The Reasons for Photophobia May Surprise You

To some degree, everyone is sensitive to bright lights. But when light sensitivity disturbs your daily life, it’s a sign of a more severe problem, and you need to find the cause.

While many people think of photophobia, the official term for light sensitivity, as a condition caused by brain injuries or pathologies, functional vision problems can also be to blame. An eye exam at our eye care centres in North Edmonton, Downtown Edmonton and Sherwood Park can detect or rule out the presence of a vision disorder.

How do you know if you have photophobia?

Photophobia is an intolerance of light. If you have light sensitivity, you may experience the following:

  • Sunlight sensitivity that leads to an avoidance of going outdoors on sunny days.
  • Fluorescent sensitivity that makes it difficult and uncomfortable to work in a room lit by fluorescent lighting.
  • Sensitivity to car headlights prevents you from driving at night.
  • Computer vision syndrome as a result of the glare from a computer screen. Reading from your computer screen is harder than reading a printed page.

What are possible causes of photophobia?

Light sensitivity is rooted in two primary problems:

Non-functional vision problems

The list of reasons why a person may suffer from photophobia is vast. A few possibilities include brain injuries, pathologies, migraine headaches, corneal issues, computer vision syndrome, refractive conditions and side effects from medication.

By and large, these types of problems are associated with injury, inflammation and infection. Light sensitivity typically appears suddenly, with no prior experiences with photophobia.

Functional vision problems

Let’s start by defining functional vision; it is the ability to interact with your environment, using eye teaming, eye focusing and eye movements – all visual skills. A problem with functional vision occurs when one or more of these visual skills are not working optimally.

For example, exotropia is a problem that commonly leads to photophobia. This disorder is a form of strabismus, in which one or both eyes turn outwards. When someone has exotropia or any other functional vision disorder, it’s typical to have suffered from light sensitivity for a long while.

How can you identify the reason for your photophobia?

You need a functional vision eye exam by a qualified eye doctor, such as an eye care specialist in North Edmonton, Downtown Edmonton and Sherwood Park.

If your eye exam indicates a functional vision problem, it means it’s hard for your brain to organise light properly. Often, eye teaming is the visual skill that must be strengthened. Treatment may consist of vision therapy or customised glasses that help the visual system organise light.

If your light sensitivity isn’t linked to a functional vision disorder but to computer vision syndrome instead, our eye doctors can provide tips and treatments, such as computer glasses and anti-glare filters, to help alleviate the symptoms of digital eye strain.

At Village Eye Centre, we put your family’s needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 587-410-5920 or book an appointment online to see one of our North Edmonton eye doctors.

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Nerf Gun Eye Injury

Eye Doctors Warn About the Dangers of Nerf Guns

Kids and shooting toys are a common combination. Yet, are these games always safe? A recent rise in Nerf gun eye injuries calls attention to the safety of this well-known toy gun.

A September 2017 article published in the medical journal BMJ Case Reports describes three separate incidents of ocular injury after playing with a Nerf gun. Two of the injured patients were adults and one was an 11-year-old child. In all three cases, the patients suffered internal bleeding in their eye, inflammation, fuzzy vision and pain. Fortunately, all of these people sought medical care from an eye doctor and recovered their eyesight fully after treatment with eye drops.

What is Hasbro’s response?

The toy company giant that manufactures Nerf guns stressed that Nerf guns meet global safety standards when used correctly. Product safety is a top concern, and they encourage parents to always check the age recommendations on every item; Nerf products are indicated for children age 8 and up. In addition, kids need to be reminded not to aim Nerf darts at the face.

Hasbro assured that all of its products passed rigorous testing and reviews to determine that they are both fun and safe – but consumers must be responsible and heed the age warnings and specialized instructions.

Stay Clear of Fakes!

On the packaging for Nerf toy guns, it says that only branded bullets designed for this product should be used as replacements. However, many cheaper versions are available from retailers and you may be tempted to buy them. That’s not a wise move. These unlabeled darts and bullet heads are often harder than the originals, which gives them greater potential to cause a Nerf gun eye injury.

Not only is it risky to buy copies that aren’t made according to safety regulations, it’s also dangerous to modify your Nerf blaster or darts (as instructed by many online videos) to make them shoot faster and harder.

Emergency Eye Care for Injury After Playing with Nerf Gun

If you are hit in the eye or near the eye with a Nerf dart (or any flying object), pay attention to your symptoms. Bleeding in your eye, fuzzy vision, seeing black or starbursts, pain or any other uncomfortable symptoms are all warnings that you need an eye exam immediately! These symptoms could indicate that you are at risk for vision loss in the future.

For example, damage can be caused to the outer retinal layers of the eye by a Nerf gun, which can lead to a detached retina. Or, bleeding in the space between your cornea and iris can cause complications that are a risk factor for developing glaucoma.

Our eye doctors in will check your eyes carefully and thoroughly to determine the best treatment.

Play it Safe – Wear Protective Eyewear

In general, eye care specialists caution that any objects projected through the air with speed can lead to eye injury. Just because the object is packaged and marketed as a kid’s toy doesn’t mean it carries no risks. Our eye doctors remind parents to provide children with protective eyewear – and to make sure their kids wear it!

At Village Eye Centre, we put your family’s needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 587-410-5920 or book an appointment online to see one of our North Edmonton eye doctors.

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Pink Eye? It Could Be Coronavirus

How to prevent conjunctivitis and protect your eyes

When you have a virus, especially one that causes a hacking cough, runny nose, and other symptoms of a common cold or flu, it’s typical for your eyes to also get puffy and red. You may be suffering from viral conjunctivitis, also known as pink eye.

How do viruses get into your eyes?

It’s rather simple. When you’re sick, you can easily transfer viruses to your eyes by sneezing, coughing into your hands, or blowing your nose – and then touching the area around your eye.

The coronavirus – pink eye connection

According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), doctors have discovered that COVID-19 can cause conjunctivitis. If you’re standing within six feet of an infected person, and they cough or sneeze, the virus can enter your eye. Alternatively, if someone sneezes and virus particles land on the shopping cart that you take and push around a store, and then you touch your eyes without washing your hands first – you’re giving the virus direct access.

However, despite the apparent ease with which coronavirus can infect eyes, the AAO reports that only about 1 – 3% of all patients with the virus contract pink eye.

Preventing pink eye

Like always, prevention is the most effective medicine! Eye care professionals recommend following these tips to help prevent getting viral conjunctivitis:

  • Wash your hands correctly

The CDC instructs people to wash their hands in accordance with these steps: wet your hands, turn off the tap, apply soap, lather and scrub for 20 seconds, turn on tap and rinse. Air dry your hands, use a disposable paper towel and discard it immediately, or use a clean (not shared) towel.

  • Keep your fingers away from your face

No rubbing or wiping your eyes! Even if you don’t feel any symptoms of coronavirus, it’s essential not to touch any part of your face. To wipe away tears or remove makeup, use a clean tissue.

  • Don’t share your personal things

As generous as you may feel about letting others use your personal items, now’s the time to keep things to yourself. For example, the CDC recommends not sharing eye drops, makeup, makeup brushes, contact lenses cases, pillowcases, or towels. Pink eye is highly contagious.

  • Consider wearing glasses instead of contacts

While there’s currently no evidence to prove that wearing contacts raises your risks of contracting the novel coronavirus, there’s some evidence that shows you can get Covid-19 by touching a contaminated surface and then touching your eyes. In general, contact lenses wearers touch their eyes more often than people who wear eyeglasses, so it may be smart to make a temporary switch from contact lenses to glasses. However, this is only a friendly recommendation and not a hard-and-fast rule. If you prefer to stick with wearing contacts, washing your hands thoroughly can help keep you and your eyes safe.

Treatment for conjunctivitis

Regardless of whether your pink eye is caused by coronavirus or a different virus, there is no treatment for viral conjunctivitis. Usually, it goes away on its own within one to two weeks.

To alleviate your painful symptoms, eye doctors recommend:

  • Taking an over-the-counter pain medication, such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen or any anti-inflammatory drug
  • Applying a warm compress on your eye for a few minutes; take care to use a clean wash cloth each time and for each eye
  • Use artificial tears (lubricating eye drops) to soothe your eye irritation; don’t touch the bottle tip to your eye

Are you sick and have pink eye symptoms?

Now is not the time to make a DIY diagnosis. Eye redness, even if you have a virus, doesn’t necessarily indicate that you have conjunctivitis. A wide range of other conditions can lead to the same symptoms. Contact an eye doctor near you for help to figure out what’s causing your eye pain. Don’t visit your eye care practice without calling for guidance first, because extra precautions must be taken with patients who may have COVID-19.

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What Causes Eye Flashes and Floaters?

Are eye flashes or floaters a sign to get emergency eye care?

Many people have floaters, which appear like squiggly lines or specks gliding past their visual field. Eye flashes are also common, which look like flickering sparks of light. Usually these drifting images become so familiar that you stop noticing them. Although, you may still think about them – and check to see if they’re still around. But whenever you try to focus directly on your floaters, they seem to zoom away in response. It’s only after your eyeball stops moving that you’ll see them drifting slowly and aimlessly again. Sound familiar?

You may also wonder, are floaters ever a cause for concern? Our eye doctor at Village Eye Centre explains the possible causes of eye flashes and floaters, and explains when they’re a reason to visit our eye care centre in North Edmonton, Downtown Edmonton, and Sherwood Park, Alberta.

What are eye flashes and floaters?

The back of your eyeball is filled with vitreous humor, a transparent, stable gel similar to egg white. The vitreous gel provides a pathway for light to enter your eye and travel through the lens to the retina. Once light reaches the retinal cells, images are captured and transmitted to your brain via the optic nerve.

As you age, the vitreous humor starts to slowly shrink, and the texture can become stringier. Strands of the vitreous gel, which are actually tiny cell clusters or a bit of protein, develop. These are floaters. However, when you see them – you are really seeing the shadows these cell clusters cast onto your retina.

Eye flashes have a different cause. They occur when your vitreous gel tugs or bumps against your retina.

Do all people get floaters?

Not everyone sees floaters, but most do – especially the older you get. At our eye care offices in North Edmonton, Downtown Edmonton, and Sherwood Park, Alberta, we regularly diagnose patients with these visual specks.

Floaters are also more common in people who suffered an eye injury in the past, underwent cataract removal surgery, or have nearsightedness or diabetes.

Are eye flashes and floaters a sign of a medical problem?

Typically, floaters and flashes are harmless and don’t require treatment. But sometimes they’re a warning sign of a sight-threatening eye condition, especially when a group of new floaters appears suddenly.

As the vitreous shrinks, it can pull on the retina and detach from it. When this happens, it’s called a posterior vitreous detachment, which leads to a retinal tear, which requires emergency eye care. If you have a retinal tear, inner eye fluid can leak through it and separate the rest of the retina from the tissues around it.

If you suddenly see a bunch of new floaters appear, call our eye doctor immediately to book an urgent eye exam at one of our offices in North Edmonton, Downtown Edmonton, and Sherwood Park, Alberta.

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Did You Know That 20% of People Sleep With Their Eyes Open?

North Edmonton eye doctor treating eye open during sleep

Ever heard the saying “to sleep with one eye open”? It’s generally used as a metaphor when advising one to stay vigilant. But sleeping with eyes open is a common eye and sleep disorder known as nocturnal lagophthalmos. In fact, the National Sleep Foundation estimates that about 1 in 5 people sleep with their eyes open.

This condition is problematic because it can interfere with sleep and impact eye health. People may not get as much sleep, or sleep as soundly as they’d like, due to the pain and discomfort caused by the eyes drying out during the night.

Nocturnal lagophthalmos generally indicates an underlying medical condition, such as a thyroid problem or an autoimmune disorder. If upon waking you experience irritated, dry, tired, red, or painful eyes, or if you suspect you might be sleeping with your eyes open, speak with Dr. James Evans at Village Eye Centre today.

What Happens When You Sleep With Your Eyes Open?

People who have nocturnal lagophthalmos may not even know they have it. It is difficult to evaluate whether your eyes are closed when you’re actually asleep. However, some important indicators may point to the condition, including:

  • Eyes that feel scratchy, irritated and dry
  • Blurred vision
  • Red eyes
  • Eye pain
  • Tired eyes

For those with nocturnal lagophthalmos, the eye loses the protection of a closed lid and becomes dehydrated, causing the tear layer to evaporate and the eyes to become dry. Nocturnal lagophthalmos also reduces the eye’s ability to discharge contaminants such as dust and debris that fall into the eye during the night. These contaminants can potentially lead to:

  • Eye infections
  • Corneal damage, such as corneal abrasion, sores and ulcers
  • Eye dryness and irritation
  • Poor quality sleep
  • Loss of vision

Why Do We Close Our Eyes to Sleep?

There are several reasons why it’s important to close our eyes while we sleep. Closed eyelids block light, which stimulates the brain to wakefulness.

Closing our eyes also protects and lubricates the eyes while we sleep. If your eyelids don’t close, your eyes become more susceptible to dryness, infections, and debris that can scratch and damage the cornea.

Why do Certain People Sleep With Their Eyes Open?

There are a number of reasons people might sleep with their eyes open. The most common reasons for nocturnal lagophthalmos include:

Problems With Facial Nerves and Muscles

Issues with facial nerves and muscles surrounding the eyelid can cause the lid to remain open during sleep. Weakness in facial nerves can be attributed to several factors.

  • Injury or trauma
  • Stroke
  • Tumor
  • Bell’s palsy, a condition that causes temporary paralysis or weakness of facial muscles.
  • Autoimmune disorders and infections, such as Lyme disease, chickenpox, Guillain-Barre syndrome, mumps, and several others.
  • Moebius syndrome, a rare condition that causes problems with cranial nerves.

Damaged Eyelids

Eyelids can become damaged as a result of surgery, injury or illness, making it difficult to fully close the eyes during sleep. Furthermore, a condition known as floppy eyelid syndrome can also interfere with eye closure, and is often associated with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). OSA is commonly linked to eye diseases like glaucoma and optic neuropathy.

Thyroid-Related Eye Problems

A common symptom of Grave’s disease, a form of hypothyroidism, is protruding eyes. The bulging eyes, known as Graves’ ophthalmopathy, can prevent the eyes from closing.

Genetics

There also tends to be a genetic component to nocturnal lagophthalmos, as it often runs in families. Whatever the cause, the symptoms of nocturnal lagophthalmos are uncomfortable and the consequences can lead to ocular complications.

Can Nocturnal Lagophthalmos Be Treated?

This condition can be treated in several ways, depending on the underlying cause and severity of symptoms. Treatments include:

  • Administering artificial tears throughout the day, providing a film of moisture around the eyes that protects them at night.
  • Wearing an eye mask or goggles to protect the eyes from external debris and visual stimulation. These items are uniquely designed to generate moisture for the eyes while you sleep.
  • Using a humidifier, which provides a moisture-rich environment to prevent your eyes from drying out.
  • Wearing eyelid weights to help keep the eyelids closed.
  • In acute cases, surgery may be recommended.

Make sure to consult your North Edmonton eye doctor before undertaking any of these treatments.

Because nocturnal lagophthalmos sometimes signals an underlying condition, it is especially important to contact Dr. James Evans at Village Eye Centre in North Edmonton for a proper diagnosis and to receive prompt treatment. If nocturnal lagophthalmos is left untreated for an extended period, patients risk seriously damaging their eyes and vision.


At Village Eye Centre, we put your family’s needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 587-410-5920 to find out our eye exam appointment availability. or to request an appointment with one of our North Edmonton eye doctors.

My eye is tender and painful – is it an eye emergency?

How to know when you need emergency eye care

An eye emergency includes: chemicals or a foreign object getting into and irritating your eye, or suffering an injury or burn to your eye and/or the surrounding area. Typically, these occurrences will cause your eye to feel painful and tender. Sometimes the symptoms are temporary and heal on their own, but other times these problems can lead to some vision loss and permanent damage. Don’t take risks – your problem may be an eye emergency that requires treatment. Contact our eye doctor in North Edmonton, Downtown Edmonton, or Sherwood Park, Alberta, for an urgent eye exam!

What are the common symptoms of an eye emergency?

The way you feel is individual, and eye emergencies span a wide array of incidents and symptoms, but the some signs include:

  • Vision loss, decreased vision
  • Stinging or burning
  • Severe itching
  • Redness and irritation
  • Discharge from the eye
  • Bleeding from the eye, blood in the white of your eye
  • Painful vision
  • Tender eye, bruising around the eye
  • Pupils that are not equal size
  • One eye is bulging
  • One eye isn’t moving like the other one
  • Double vision
  • Light sensitivity
  • New or severe headaches

These symptoms may be a warning sign that you need to visit an eye care center near you! Contact one of our Village Eye Centre optometry offices for assistance.

What should I do if I have an eye emergency?

The way you respond depends on the type of eye injury you’re dealing with. Here’s a review of the best first responses to an eye emergency, all of which should be followed by a visit to your eye doctor.

Eye cuts and puncture wounds

The most important guideline to follow is to NOT rub your eye or surrounding skin. Cover your eye with a hard, circular object, such as the bottom of a paper cup. Don’t put pressure on your eye while supporting this protective shield, and attach it over your eye gently with a piece of tape. Head to your eye doctor or nearby emergency eye care center immediately.

Blunt force trauma to your eye

If you get smacked in the eye with a ball or any forceful object, gently place an ice pack or cold compress against your eye as soon as possible. It’s important to keep your head elevated while doing this, in order to minimize inflammation. If you experience any changes to your vision or your eye is very painful and tender, visit your eye doctor.

Objects stuck in your eye

Don’t rub your eye, doing this can scratch your cornea by moving the foreign body around under your eyelid. If the object has penetrated your eye, don’t attempt to remove it on your own – go to an eye doctor for emergency eye care. If the object is not embedded in your eye, flush your eyes with water or an eye wash to rinse out the item, or use a damp swab of cotton to try to gently remove it. If you’re not successful, visit your eye care center.

When chemicals splash into your eye

Chemicals, including basic household cleaners, can damage your eye. The first thing to do is flush out your eye with water – immediately! Don’t cover your eye; instead, hold your eye wide open beneath a stream of water for about 15 minutes, allowing the water to run over it. Then contact your eye doctor for assistance, or visit an eye clinic near you for an eye exam.

Eye protection comes first

While we hope these tips will be helpful in the event of an eye emergency, the #1 tip we have to offer is to safeguard your eyes as much as possible so you never need to follow these instructions! Protective eyewear can prevent many eye emergencies. You can check out our collection of safety goggles and sports eyewear in North Edmonton, Downtown Edmonton, and Sherwood Park, Alberta – we’ll match you with the best protective glasses for the activities you do.

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Are you seeing floaters or flashes of light?

Floaters look like specks or squiggly threads that glide across your vision, and flashes appear like flickering sparks. Many people see floaters and flashes regularly and simply get used to having them around. Generally, both of these visual disturbances are harmless. However, they can sometimes be a sign of trouble – especially when a bunch of new floaters appears suddenly. Our eye doctors at Village Eye Centre, can determine if floaters are problematic during an eye exam at our eye clinics near you in North Edmonton, Downtown Edmonton, and Sherwood Park, Alberta.

What causes floaters and flashes?

A floater is composed of a tiny cluster of cells or a speck of protein that’s stuck in the vitreous gel of your eye. This clear gel (like raw egg white) fills about two-thirds of your eyeball, and it is the pathway for light entering your eye through the lens. As you age, the vitreous gel shrinks and becomes stringy – leading to the strands and clusters.

When you see a floater, you are actually seeing the shadow cast on your retina by these cells. As your eyes move, so do your floaters. Once your eyes stop moving, they just drift. Many people describe them as zooming away whenever they try to look at them directly.

Flashes of light happen when the vitreous gel rubs, pulls, or bumps against your retina.

Who sees floaters and flashes?

A lot of people! Approximately one-quarter of people see floaters by their 60s, and that number rises to about two-thirds of all people who are 80 years old.

Risk factors for floaters and flashes of light include:

  • Normal aging
  • Being nearsighted
  • Having had cataract surgery
  • A previous eye injury
  • Diabetes

When are floaters a sign of danger?

The sudden onset of new floaters may indicate retinal disease. The vitreous is connected to the retina, where images are captured and conveyed to the brain via the optic nerve. Shrinking vitreous sometimes tugs on the retina and pulls away from it. This is a normal occurrence, but in about one in six people, it will lead to a retinal tear. Fluid from inside the eye can then leak through the tear and cause a retinal detachment, which requires emergency eye care to prevent permanent vision loss. Contact an eye doctor near you immediately If you experience:

  • New onset of floaters and flashes
  • A gradual shading of vision from one side
  • Fast decline in your central vision

Learning to live with floaters

Over time, most people don’t notice their floaters. But if they become very bothersome, consult with our eye doctors in North Edmonton, Downtown Edmonton, and Sherwood Park, Alberta, for tips on how to cope by shifting them out of sight.


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Seeing Double? Common Causes for Double Vision in the Elderly

Double vision is a symptom that can be caused by a wide variety of conditions. Commonly experienced by the elderly population, double vision can often be effectively treated. But first, you’ll need a comprehensive eye exam to identify the cause. Contact our experienced eye doctors at Village Eye Centre, located conveniently in North Edmonton, Downtown Edmonton, and Sherwood Park, Alberta.

Types of double vision

Officially called diplopia, double vision can be either monocular or binocular. Monocular double vision occurs in each eye separately, whereas binocular double vision is only experienced when both eyes are open. It’s important to check which kind you have, because binocular double vision can result from some serious neurologic problems. In contrast, monocular double vision is not considered dangerous.

To check which type of double vision you have, close each eye separately and look around. If you have monocular double vision, you’ll still see duplicate images out of one eye. But with binocular double vision, you won’t see duplicate views at all.

Monocular double vision & the common causes

This vision condition generally looks like a shadow of an image overlapping with the primary image. It can affect either eye or both eyes at the same time. Dry eye syndrome is the most typical cause, because the tear film on your eye surface becomes uneven. Fortunately, artificial tears eye drops typically clear up this type of double vision.

Other causes of monocular double vision:

  • Cataract
  • Retinal disease
  • Irregular cornea
  • Eyeglasses in the wrong prescription, bent glasses frames, or scratched lenses
  • Binocular double vision & the common causes

A misalignment of your eyes is the most usual culprit for binocular diplopia. This vision condition pushes the images from each eye off slightly, so you see two images. Often, these two images are totally distinct from each other – with space in between them. Treatment of binocular double vision can involve using prisms in your glasses to help realign the images so they join into one. Covering one eye with a patch can also be helpful. Referral to a surgeon for correction of the misalignment may also be appropriate.

Conditions that may cause binocular double vision:

  • Previous eye trauma
  • Stroke
  • Systemic disorders

If you suddenly develop binocular double vision, contact your physician immediately. Some causes of this problem can be dangerous neurological conditions.

Eye exams are necessary for treating double vision

The only way to reliably determine which type of double vision you’re experiencing is by having a complete eye exam by a qualified eye doctor. Once the cause is known, the best personalized treatment plan can be designed. Contact our experienced professionals at our eye care centres in North Edmonton, Downtown Edmonton, and Sherwood Park, Alberta.


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Vision Warnings for Diabetics

Watch out for these symptoms of diabetic eye disease

Diabetic eye disease describes a bunch of ocular problems that can affect people with diabetes. This group of problems includes diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, diabetic macular edema, and cataracts. Over time, especially when diabetes is uncontrolled, high blood sugars can damage your eyes. As a result, you may suffer reduced eyesight or even blindness. However, by taking care of your diabetes and managing blood sugar levels according to your doctor’s guidelines, you can help prevent diabetic eye disease or stop it from progressing. To learn more about how diabetics can protect their eyes, visit our eye doctor in North Edmonton, Downtown Edmonton, and Sherwood Park, Alberta.

What are the early symptoms of diabetic eye disease?

Typically, there are no early warning signs for diabetic retinopathy. Only a comprehensive eye exam by a qualified eye doctor can detect the beginning of diabetic eye problems.

However, if your blood sugars run high (even for a short time), you may have blurry vision that goes away when your glucose level returns closer to normal.

What symptoms of diabetic retinopathy appear later?

As diabetic retinopathy progresses, you may experience:

  • Blurry or wavy vision
  • Dark areas
  • Seeing many floaters
  • Flashes of light
  • Fluctuating vision
  • Poor color vision

If you have any of these symptoms, call your eye doctor to schedule an eye exam.

Does glaucoma cause any symptoms?

Signs of glaucoma to watch out for include:

  • Loss of peripheral vision
  • Halos around lights
  • Reddening of the eyes
  • Ocular pain
  • Nausea, vomiting

If you have any of these symptoms, call your eye doctor immediately for assistance.

Are there any visual symptoms that are an eye emergency?

Some symptoms indicate that you should contact your eye doctor immediately for an urgent eye exam, such as:

  • A dark curtain sliding over your vision
  • Double vision
  • Flashing lights
  • Severe eye pain
  • Pressure

Diabetic eye exams

At Village Eye Centre, we perform specialized diabetic eye exams to inspect for signs of a problem. If you have diabetes, you can prevent vision loss by booking regular appointments with our eye doctor in North Edmonton, Downtown Edmonton, and Sherwood Park, Alberta.

At Village Eye Centre, we put your family’s needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 587-410-5920 or book an appointment online to see one of our North Edmonton eye doctors.

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