Entries by Michelle Chow

What is the Cost of LASIK?

Does LASIK Really Cost $490 Per Eye? One of the most frequently asked questions about LASIK is: How much does it cost? We frequently see ads in the Greater Vancouver area that advertise LASIK starting at $490 per eye, which sounds great on the surface. What’s not immediately clear from the ads is what you […]

Measles Outbreak in BC: Connecting Measles and Eyesight

With the recent measles outbreak in the Greater Vancouver area, measles awareness has increased dramatically in the past couple of months.  With Spring Break coming up, and more families travelling to foreign countries that have lower levels of measles immunization, so we wanted to spotlight the connection between eyesight and measles, especially for children.

Botox: Not Just For The Rich And Famous Anymore!

Did you know that Botox is more than a cosmetic procedure to make the skin of the rich and famous more youthful? Before it was a popular skin procedure, Botox became available in Canada as a treatment for crossed eyes (strabismus) and uncontrolled blinking (blepharospasm). Eye specialists or ophthalmologists have come to rely on Botox […]

Sports Eye Safety

Do you love to play hockey, squash, baseball or golf? If you play any sport that involves balls, pucks, racquets, sticks or bats, the risk of serious eye injury is very real. In fact, about 40% of eye injuries over the last few decades, are from playing ice hockey, with racquet sports being the second […]

Diabetes Awareness Month: The Link Between Diabetes And Your Eye Health

November is Diabetes Awareness Month and today, November 14, is Diabetes Awareness Day. This month, the health community is joining forces to raise awareness for this disease and how it’s more than just being aware of what you’re putting in your body. Most of us associate diabetes solely with nutrition and fitness, when in fact […]

Retinal Exams: Early Detection Of Diabetic Retinopathy

What is Diabetic Retinopathy? This is a medical condition caused by diabetes where the tiny blood vessels in the retina are damaged by chronically high blood sugar. This damage causes bleeding, which distorts vision and, eventually, leads to blindness if untreated. This disease affects 80% of the people who have had diabetes for 20 years […]

What Is Corneal Collagen Cross-Linking?

Corneal collagen cross-linking is a procedure which uses riboflavin drops and ultra-violet light to treat progressive and irregular changes in corneal shape, known as ectasia. The combination of the drops (which contain vitamin B2) and the UV light causes the chemical bonds in the cornea to strengthen and cross-link.

Early Symptoms Of Glaucoma

Most ophthalmologists agree that there is usually very little warning or early symptoms for glaucoma. In fact, a large number of people don’t even know they have it. It’s best to be aware of what early symptoms there are, and what risk factors contribute to glaucoma, so you can begin management of glaucoma if you […]

What Is Micro- Invasive Glaucoma Surgery (Migs)?

Micro-Invasive Glaucoma Surgery (MIGS) is the latest, most advanced treatment for glaucoma. Instead of performing invasive surgery to relieve the buildup of naturally-occurring fluids within the eye, the physician implants a stent that allows the eye to continuously drain. In Canada, it can be done as a standalone procedure at the hospital. For patients who […]