How often should I have an eye exam?

How often should I have an eye exam?

Eye exam frequency depends on age, health status and whether you are a contact lens wearer. In general…

  • A child’s first eye exam should be at the age of six months and then a second exam should be completed between the ages of 2 and 5.
  • Exams should be annually during school years until the age of 19
  • Healthy patients aged 19-64 should be seen at least once every two years
  • Seniors age 65+ should be seen annually as they are higher risk for eye disease
  • Contact lens wearers of any age, are to be seen on an annual basis
  • Patients with certain systemic or ocular disease, on certain medications or with elevated risk factors are often recommended a more frequent recall. This is determined after discussion with your doctor.
Are you wheelchair accessible?

Are you wheelchair accessible?

Absolutely. We are actually the only location in West Kelowna with a wheelchair slide which offers the most accurate examinations for those who are unable to transfer into the examination chair.

At what age should my child have their first eye exam?

At what age should my child have their first eye exam?

Children should be seen by the age of six months, again between the age of 2-5 and then every year afterward until the age of 19. There are many visual disorders in children that can affect their visual development, their speech recognition and can potentially render them blind in one or both eyes if not detected early. These issues will only be detected during an examination as there are often no apparent signs and the child may be able to see quite well.
Stickle & Strawn Optometry offers examinations free of charge to children under the age of three with a BC Care Card. We also offer free examinations and glasses to kindergarten children via the Eye See…Eye Learn program.

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Are you price competitive?

Are you price competitive?

We understand that everyone is concerned with the costs of healthcare and products. By joining one of the largest optical buying groups in Canada, Vision Source, we are very price competitive and our products are often less expensive than online and “big box” stores…

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How can I relieve my seasonal eye allergies?

How can I relieve my seasonal eye allergies?

Seasonal allergies are caused by specific allergens such as ragweed, grass or tree pollen. When these allergens come in contact with your body, they are considered foreign particles. The allergens bind themselves to mast cells that are loaded with histamine. In response, your immune system starts to release large quantities of histamine and other chemicals from these mast cells to combat the allergens…

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What is astigmatism?

What is astigmatism?

Astigmatism is a refractive error that occurs when the front surface of your eye or the lens inside the eye is slightly irregular or cylindrical in shape, resulting in vision being blurred or distorted at all distances. Astigmatism is not a disease, but a common visual condition…

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Video Games and Children

Video Games and Children

As with television viewing, eye care professionals generally agree that video games will not harm your child’s eyes or vision if you follow a few viewing tips. While there is usually less strain involved in gaming than in doing close work such as sewing or reading, being in front of a screen for long stretches of time can leave your eyes feeling dry, strained and fatigued. Depending on your child’s vision, their eyes could be exerting extra focusing effort or be forced to work harder to maintain a clear image when viewing the screen. Even children with perfect vision may experience symptoms such as blurred vision, eyestrain and headaches while playing video games.

To help ease the stress of video games on your child’s eyes, consider the following tips:

  • Make playrooms eye-friendly by reducing glare and offering soft overall lighting.
  • Encourage periodic breaks from computer and video screens to give eyes a break. Balance video game time with plenty of creative, outdoor and quiet play.
  • Keep their screen free of fingerprints and dust, as both can reduce vision clarity.
  • Use the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes, encourage your child to take a 20 second break and to focus their eyes on something at least 20 feet away. This will give their eyes a much-needed break and reduce some of the symptoms mentioned earlier.
  • Remind them to blink. Did you know that on average we blink 12 times per minute, but when we’re in front of a screen, we only blink 5 times per minute? That can add up to dry eyes. Relieve the discomfort by reminding your child to blink.
  • Discourage playing video games in a dark room. When the room is totally dark, the contrast between the screen and the surrounding area is too great for comfortable and efficient vision. When the room is softly illuminated, undesirable contrast is kept to a minimum.
  • Adapt the screen’s brightness and contrast to room lighting. This will ensure visual compatibility, as excessively bright lighting tends to reduce contrast on the screen and “wash out” the picture.
  • Encourage your child to sit away from the screen. Though close-up viewing is generally not harmful, viewing at a distance allows for picture details to appear sharper and better defined and the screen lines and defects will be less apparent. If your child persists in playing video games from a short distance, schedule an eye examination to rule out nearsightedness.