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  • Think about all the questions you have, and all the answers you hope to get from your next eye exam.  How thorough should your next eye exam be in order to give you all the information and answers you need?
  • When you need a new vehicle, you instinctively know whether you need a small, fuel efficient car that’s easy to park, a heavy duty pick up truck, or a roomy people mover.  You may even know which brand of vehicle you can trust most in each category.  
  • When Should You Start Routine Eye Exams For Your Child? Routine eye exams should begin to take place for children at the age of 5. That's easy to remember as it's the age that children will start school. Remember that ocular health can affect your child both physically as well as emotionally. A routine check is important to ensure that your child is getting the most out of their education.
  • Yeah, you heard us right! We want you to bring your phone into your next Doig Optometry appointment. Why? Because phones are a large part of most people's lives, and we read from them more than we read from paper these days. How you look at your phone can give your optometrist plenty of insight into your vision requirements, and here's why.
  • Did you know there are over 100 Free Form Progressive Lens Brands on the market in Calgary?  At Doig Optometry, it’s our job to recommend the brands that work best for your prescription, for your everyday tasks, and for your lifestyle needs.
  • Handling firearms is a careful balance of risk and reward.
  • When your loved ones keep asking “Why don’t you just get contacts?”, many glasses-wearers will have their comeback ready. Many believe that contacts are uncomfortable or unsafe, but these modern myths are about to get busted...
  • Earlier this month, we discussed the effect Advanced Glycosylated End Products (AGEs) have on the eyes and the body.

  • What Can You Do To Prepare For Your First Appointment?

    Many of our patients, when preparing for their first appointment to get fitted with progressive lenses, ask us what they should bring with them. This is a great question!
  • Apart from the increased amount of blue light exposure due to screen use as explained on our last blog, long hours of digital device use (especially handheld device use) can cause soreness, tiredness, and eyestrain. We refer to this sort of eyestrain as “digital eye strain”. It comes more often to those who use their devices for more than an hour or two per day for a few reasons.
  • Progressive Lens Wearers Experience Common Problems

    If you need progressive lenses, you have one prescription at the top of your glasses and a different prescription at the bottom.
  • Nutrition plays an important role in vision, and eating a healthy and balanced diet can maintain the health and function of the eyes, so you will always see well. What dietary choices promote overall eye health? The answers are easy to understand if you know a little bit about how the eyes work.
  • Doig Optometry is calling all bifocal users in Calgary to come to us to experience the switch to progressive lenses. Progressive lenses can now remedy magnification issues that may have kept you from switching out of your bifocal lenses. Plus, progressive lenses just look better!
  • Did you know that Calgary is the sunniest of all the major cities in Canada? Calgarians experience an average of 2,396 hours of bright sunshine per year.
  • Our favourite pieces of technology are nearly impossible to avoid, so don’t! These tips will help your eyes when it comes to all that time spent in front of screens.
  • So 2017 has gone, and 2018 arrived. Like most Canadians, I like to view the New Year as an opportunity to look forward to everything I want to achieve, but also as a time to look back to what I’ve already accomplished and learned. This New Year had me thinking quite a bit further back than usual. All the way back to when I was a child.
  • New to contact lenses, or curious about the jargon that your optometrist uses to discuss your prescription? In this blog we explain the differences between the two varieties and why they remain equally viable options for contact wearers.
  • If you’ve recently been in the market for glasses, you may have noticed that things seem to have gotten a bit more complicated over the years. Many glasses are being labeled with initialisms like UV and HEV. But what do all these letters mean? UV? HEV?
  • During the back to school season, parents bring their children in for an eye exam to make sure that their child’s eyes and vision will have every possible advantage for learning.  

  • I graduated from Optometry School in 1996, and in the years that have passed since then I’ve heard many patients say something like, “I’ve tried progressive lenses, but I couldn’t get used to them.”
  • In our last blog, we discussed the relationship between eye health and nutrition - specifically, between antioxidants and your macula. But there are many other ways in which nutrition and optometry interact. For example, did you know that your diet can also affect eye dryness?
  • Every pair of glasses are different. That's what we love about them! Your frame’s unique look expresses your personality, and your glasses should be your favourite thing to wear. Here are some factors that will create the distinction between quality frames and bothersome glasses that’ll only bring headaches.
  • Progressive lenses are a sophisticated alternative for those with varying focus needs at multiple distances. They require measurements of very intricate details in order to design the best type of lens for one’s vision.
  • When your vision requires a prescription that aids near-sighted and far-sightedness, your optometrist will give you the option of progressive (sometimes called ‘no-line bifocals’) or bifocal lenses. But what are some differences between bifocals and progressives?

  • It's amazing the variety of symptoms that can occur from eye strain. If you've been noticing headaches during the day, or problems with your near or far vision, it could indicate that you require reading glasses.
  • Are you about to make the switch to progressive lenses? Congratulations! Progressive lenses are a fantastic alternative to bifocals, and they assist multiple fields of vision by offering a seamless transition between each field. To ensure that your progressive lenses are perfect, there are few additional measurements the friendly Calgary optometrists at Doig Optometry will have to carry out.
  • Did you know the majority of Canadians require help with vision correction? In fact, a whopping 74 percent of us require glasses, and that number is only rising — 5 years ago, it was 72%.
  • When it comes to protection from the sun, your eyes are at just as much risk as your skin, which is why finding a comfortable, reliable pair of sunglasses is so important. With our help, you’ll find them, and look great too!
  • It can be difficult to discern whether or not your child is having vision problems. Noticing the distance they sit from books or a television can be an obvious clue, but other times you’ll need a more nuanced approach to really understanding if your child can see to the best of their ability.

  • Calgary is the sunniest of all the major cities in Canada. Over half of Calgary’s total daylight hours (2396 on average per year) are hours of sunshine.
  • Choosing the right lens for your glasses is a lot easier when you know a thing or two about your options.
  • In most instances, vision problems have a very gradual onset. That means that the majority of people won’t have to receive urgent eye care in their lifetime. However, if issues develop with your retina, cornea, or lens, they can cause quick onsets of vision problems.
  • After you’ve chosen your fancy new frames, there’s still an important final measurement that has to take place. That’s vertex distance, and it refers to the distance between your eyes and your progressive lenses.
  • Our eyes like to be comfortably relaxed. Just as you can strain a leg muscle from running too far or too fast, eyes that are constantly working become stressed and strained. Unfortunately for Calgarians who wear glasses, there’s no simple way to take just take it easy on your eyes if your glasses’ prescription or fit is what’s causing your eye strain.
  • Have you ever wondered what makes something taste really good? It’s an interesting question, and the food industry has spend hundreds of millions of dollars trying to figure it out.
  • Advertisements for online eyewear seem to be everywhere nowadays. These advertisements usually boast their cheaper deals, the convenience of ordering online rather than navigating the snowy Calgary streets, and the claim that if you don’t like your glasses, you can just mail them back — no questions asked.
  • When presented with the option of UV coated lenses, most people won’t consider the instances when it could protect their vision. Even if you only use glasses for part of the day, those hours may count towards degenerative eye conditions that could be easily avoided.
  • We could list many reasons why you should always visit an optometrist for comprehensive eye care. Just one of those reasons relates to how your final choice of frames will affect your vision as well. What good are all of the fine-tuned measurements if, at the end of the process, your frames are too far or too close to your eyes? In this blog we explore vertex distance and why it’s important.
  • Our digital world puts us all in front of some sort of screen for some portion of our day, almost every day. The growth of technology becoming part of our daily routine has impacted our lives in ways unknown to previous generations. What we want to you know is how staring at a screen almost constantly affects your eyesight.