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Keep up-to-date on the latest vision-related news and eye care events in our Practice. The items are displayed by year and month. To view older entries use the links in the box below to select the year and month you would like.

Cataract Awareness Month

June is Cataract Awareness Month. During this important time, people living with cataracts (and their loved ones) are encouraged to talk about their personal experiences by giving each other helpful information and sharing their knowledge and advice. Use the hashtag #CataractAwarenessMonth on your social media channels to encourage and support...

Help! My Child Doesn’t Want to Wear Glasses!

Do your kids need glasses in order to see clearly? Maybe they have a strong case of nearsightedness, perhaps they have astigmatism, or another type of refractive error. Whatever the cause, getting your kids to wear eyeglasses can be a parenting challenge. Dr. MacInnis treats patients from all over Sydney, NS with...

Mental Health and Your Vision

May is Mental Health Awareness Month in the USA; in Canada, Mental Health week is May 6th to 12th. Since 1949, it has been observed throughout the United States as a way of drawing attention to the importance of proper mental health. This year’s theme is #4Mind4Body. The idea is...

Parkinson’s Awareness Month and Your Vision

April is Parkinson's Awareness Month in the USA and Canada, a time when those living with the disorder, their family members, friends, and community come together to raise awareness and share helpful information. People with Parkinson's Disease (PD) and their loved ones are encouraged to share their stories, struggles, and...

Top 5 Tips for Managing Eye Allergies This Spring

Spring is a season of new beginnings, when the cold harsh winter months are behind us, flowers bloom, and people begin spending more time outdoors. For people with allergies, spring means one more thing: suffering. Spring may be in the air, but for allergy sufferers, so is pollen, pet dander,...

Women's Health and Your Vision

March 8th is International Women's Day, a day when women are honored and their accomplishments celebrated worldwide. From medicine to law, entrepreneurship to corporate leadership, education to the military, women are achieving great strides in areas of business like never before. In addition to professional achievements, International Women's Day is...

Women’s Health and Your Vision

March 8th is International Women's Day, a day when women are honored and their accomplishments celebrated worldwide. From medicine to law, entrepreneurship to corporate leadership, education to the military, women are achieving great strides in areas of business like never before. In addition to professional achievements, International Women's Day is...

Dr Prendergast at Island WISE

Our very own Dr Jessica Prendergast was the keynote speaker at the CBU Island Wise event this weekend! This is an annual event that celebrates women in science and engineering, and introduces young females to opportunities available through science related-studies. Great job Dr Prendergast!...

We have new optometrists!

We've been lucky to attract two new optometrists to join Dr MacInnis at our clinic! Both Dr Jessica Prendergast and Dr Ashley Chiasson are from the Sydney area and excited to be practicing back home. You can read more about them here!  They are looking forward to meeting you! Dr...

What's in Your Household Cleaning Supplies?

Most of us have the basics: bleach, oven cleaner, air freshener, furniture polish, and window spray. Did you know that chemicals found in these kinds of cleaning products can be toxic and harmful to your health? In small amounts, they generally don’t cause much damage. But when used on a...

School and Vision: 2 Important Partners

It’s February and that means we’re smack in the middle of winter, which is also the middle of the school year. It’s the season when kids fervently hope for snow days and parents hope they don’t happen. As we head towards the second half of the school year, you’ve probably...

What You Need to Know About Glaucoma – The Sneak Thief of Sight

January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month. What is Glaucoma? Glaucoma, a silent eye disease, is the most common form of irreversible blindness in the world. It is actually a group of diseases that causes progressive damage to the optic nerve.  Glaucoma is a progressive eye disease that can lead to...

World Braille Day 2019

Each year during the month of January we recognize World Braille Day which gives us the opportunity to take a moment and appreciate the incredible gift that Braille has given to those who are blind or suffer from vision loss.  What is Braille? Braille is a tactile representation of letters...

Are Nerf Guns a Dangerous Holiday Present?

Nerf Guns: Popular, Projectile... Safe? With the newest Nerf guns and blasters reigning at the top of lists for the most popular toys this holiday season, many parents are excited to surprise their kids (or their spouses) with these coveted toy weapons. There is, in fact a whole culture behind these...

Instant savings on Alcon Contacts!

Is it time to reorder your contact lenses? Not only do we have competitive pricing, but now we can offer instant savings, up to $100, along with mail-in rebates of up to $200 for the Alcon family of lenses! Contact us to learn more!...

12 Days of Christmas Sale!

Starting Dec 4th, and running until Dec 22nd, we are going to feature one designer brand of frames at 25% off each day! Tune in to our facebook page to learn which brand will featured that day. Happy holidays!...

8 Tips to Relieve Winter Dry Eyes

Whether you live in a climate with cold winter weather or you are planning a ski trip up north, winter can be a challenge if you suffer from dry eyes. Dry, cool air, cold winds and even drier indoor heating can cause eye irritation, burning, itchiness and redness, and sometimes...

Diabetes and Your Eyes

Diabetes is becoming much more prevalent around the globe. According to the International Diabetes Federation, approximately 425 million adults were living with diabetes in the year 2017 and 352 million more people were at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. By 2045 the number of people diagnosed is expected to...

Gucci is here!

We're happy to add the Gucci line to our growing list of frames. You can learn more about Gucci here or come on in to try them on!...

Have an Eye Safe Halloween

Brush Up Before You Dress Up Halloween is one of the most fun times of the year for children and adults alike. When else do you get to dress up as anyone (or anything) you want, socialize with friends and eat lots of treats? Nevertheless, lurking behind those costumes and...

Exercise and Your Eye Health

Regular exercise is an essential component of overall health and wellness. It is proven that exercise reduces sickness and disease; it increases strength, immunity, and mental health; and it also helps regulate bodily functions and maintain a healthy weight. Research shows that exercise can lower our risk of chronic conditions...

Progressive Myopia: When Your Child’s Vision Keeps Getting Worse

What Is Progressive Myopia? Nearsightedness or myopia is one of the most prevalent eye disorders worldwide and its incidence is increasing. In fact by 2050, myopia is projected to affect half of the world’s population! Many children diagnosed with nearsightedness (myopia) experience a consistent worsening of their vision as they...

Sunglass Winner

Say hello to our National Sunglasses Day contest winner - John MacDonald! He's styling now in his new Rayban with polarized lenses. looking good John!...

Reno Update

Well, our renos are coming right along! It's been a big transformation thus far, with some road still to travel. Here's how things have been coming along......

The Dangers of An Online Eye Test

An online eye test may seem like a convenient way to check your vision or get an eyeglass prescription but beware, these tests aren’t all they are chocked up to be. In fact, they may even be dangerous.  What is an online eye test really testing?  An online eye test...

Signs That Your Child Has a Vision Problem

Healthy eyes and good vision are essential for your child’s growth and development. In fact, learning is 80% visual, which means a child’s success in school, athletics and many other aspects of life can be impacted by poor vision. Good vision goes beyond how far you can see, and also...

Eye Dangers in the Dorm – Eye Health for College Students

It’s almost back to school time for college students and whether this is your first time away from home or you are already a pro, you want to be prepared with as much knowledge as possible to live safely on your own. This knowledge includes eye and vision safety, as...

It’s Reno Time!

Our office is going to look a lot different in a few months! Our renovations are beginning so we'll show a peek at the start of the demolition. Stay tuned for more updates......

Why You Shouldn’t Rub Your Eyes

While it may seem like a harmless action, rubbing your eyes can actually cause a lot of damage. There are a number of different reasons that people rub their eyes and for the most part, it does more harm than good. While rubbing your eyes might feel really good in...

Ocular Migraines

Migraine Awareness Month: An ocular migraine is any migraine headache that involves a visual disturbance such as flashes of light, seeing stars or zigzags or the appearance of blind spots in the visual field. Ocular migraines can interfere with your ability to go about your daily tasks such as driving,...

How-to Guide for Buying Sunglasses

Sure, sunglasses might add the final touches to your chic ensemble, but the real reason to purchase your shades is to protect your eyes from the sun. Not only does glare from the sun make it difficult to see, but the UV rays it reflects can cause permanent damage to...

Sports Vision Deconstructed

Vision is a critical component to succeed as an athlete and this doesn’t just mean having 20/20 vision. There are a number of visual processes that are involved in optimal sports performance, whether you are playing a weekly little league game or competing in professional sports.   The eyes and the...

7 Eye Symptoms You Shouldn't Ignore

While we all know that regular eye exams can help detect warning signs of disease and prevent vision loss, many people fail to seek medical attention when there is an acute problem with the eye. In fact, only about half of Americans that are at risk for serious vision loss...

Women’s Eye Health – 7 Tips for Optimal Vision for Life

April is Women’s Eye Health Month in the USA and May is Healthy Vision month in Canada too, so let’s take the opportunity to look at some tips for maintaining eye and vision health, with a special focus on women.  Statistically, women are more at risk than men for eye...

Ultraviolet Light and your Eyes

If you want strong, healthy eyes and clear vision for life, a major step you can take is to protect your eyes from UV radiation.  Wearing proper eye protection from the sun reduces the risk of a number of eye diseases and other conditions that are caused or worsened by...

Should I Be Concerned When My Eyelid Twitches?

We all experience the occasional eyelid twitch, which is when the muscle of the eyelid spasms involuntarily. Usually, it comes and goes without intervention and while sure, it can be irritating, is a twitching eyelid ever something to be concerned about? An eyelid twitch, also known as a myokymia, can...

Dining in the Dark Fundraiser

We were proud to be a Bronze sponsor of Dining in the Dark last week. This was our third year taking part in the fundraiser for CNIB. It usually brings a few laughs while giving us a taste of what it's like to live with vision loss. This is what...

Signs of Eye and Vision Problems in Infants

Infant Eyesight Despite nine months of growth in utero, babies are not born with fully developed eyes and vision - just like they can't walk or talk yet. Over the first few months of life, their visual systems continue to progress, stimulated by their surroundings. Babies will develop the ability...

AMD Awareness Could Save Your Vision

It’s that time of the year again. Each February, the optometric community bands together to create awareness about age-related macular degeneration (AMD). AMD is a leading cause of vision loss for people 50 years and older; early detection plays a key role in the outcome of the disease. That’s why...

Morning closure Jan 30

We'll be closed this morning and will reassess at noon. Stay safe!...

Having Trouble With Night Driving?

For those of you struggling with night driving, or doing a lot of it, we're happy to now offer the Zeiss Drive Safe lens. We talk about non-glare coatings helping with the lights at night, but this lens takes it to the next level. Currently, we are the only clinic...

Trouble Seeing at Night? All About Night Blindness

At this time of year when the sun sets early, many people are affected by night blindness. Night blindness or nyctalopia refers to difficulty seeing at night or in poor or dim lighting situations. It can be caused by a number of underlying conditions, sometimes completely benign and sometimes as a...

New Myopia Control comes to Island Eyecare!

We are very excited to congratulate Dr MacInnis on becoming one of the first optometrists in the country to be certified to fit the MiSight myopia control contact lens! MiSight is a new daily disposable contact lens that has the ability to slow down the progression of near sightedness, reducing...

The Sneak Thief of Sight

It’s that time of year again. January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month, a time set aside each year to create awareness about this potentially devastating disease. The reason awareness about glaucoma is so important is because as its nickname, The Sneak Thief of Sight, describes, the disease often causes permanent...

Closing Jan 4

Due to the winter weather approaching we will be closing at 1:00 pm today, January 4th. Stay safe!...

Don’t Let Snow Blindness Ruin Your Winter Vacation

While most people have sunglasses high on their packing list for a tropical vacation, many people don’t consider it as much of a priority for colder climate getaways. But they should, and here’s why: Wintertime vacations often include activities that involve snow and ice and in general, conditions that can...

6 Crazy Holiday Eye Injuries to Avoid

As the season to deck the halls arrives, make sure that you aren’t one of the many people who find themselves celebrating in the urgent care clinic due to an eye injury. The holidays present many opportunities for potential eye injury so it’s important to be aware and proceed with...

Holiday Hours

With the holidays here, we have some updated hours: December 23 - Closed December 26 - Closed December 27 - 9:00 am - 4:45 pm December 28 - 9:00 am - 4:45 pm December 29 - 9:00 am - 4:45 pm December 30 - Closed January 2 - 8:00 am...

New Frame Lines

We've added two new frame lines! First, we added some petite frames from the Mexx line. A great option for the lady who finds most frames are too big. We also added a cool new line for kids called Nano. They are hingeless frames that can be used with a...

A New Way to Clean Your Lenses

Do you have trouble cleaning your lenses? Try wiping them with cloths and sprays, but still have streaks? Check out our new Peeps cleaners to help you with your struggles.  ...

10 Eye Healthy Foods to Eat This Year

The New Year is coming and many people include healthier eating and exercise in their resolutions for the year ahead. Well other than weight loss and overall health and disease-prevention, a healthy diet and regular exercise can protect your eyes and your vision. In particular, there are certain vitamins and...

Women and Diabetes – World Diabetes Day

November 14th is World Diabetes Day. This year, the theme of World Diabetes Day is women and diabetes - our right to a healthy future. The goal of this campaign is to promote awareness of the importance of equal and affordable access for all women, whether they are at risk...

Closed November 11th

Just a reminder we will be closed Saturday, November 11th for the Remembrance Day Holiday.  ...

Sydney Connects ’17

On November 6th we had a great day volunteering with the Sydney Connects/Under the Umbrella function. This was our third year hosting the event that provides free eye exams and glasses for those that are homeless or at risk of homelessness. This year we were able to help out 50 people!...

What You Need to Know to Help World Blindness

October is World Blindness Awareness Month, an initiative started to help the public to understand the realities of visual impairment and how it affects the world population. Unfortunately, there are hundreds of millions of individuals around the world who are unnecessarily blind or visually impaired due to causes that are...

Halloween Eye Safety

October has arrived and that means many people are already starting to plan for upcoming costume parties and trick-or-treating for the Halloween season. This is why now is the time to remind the public about some very important precautions about eye safety since there are some common costume props and...

Our staff are certified!

Congratulations to Kim, Carissa, and Brittany on becoming Canadian Certified Optometric Assistants! This course involved 36 weeks learning extra optometric skills and knowledge involving anatomy and physiology, patient management, customer service, frame and lens dispensing, and contact lenses. Great job ladies!...

Swarovski Glasses Are Here!

We are happy to announce that the Swarovski frame line up is now available! Here are a few pics to get you excited:...

Book your next appointment online!

Wish you could book your appointment without making a phone call? Well, now you can! We are happy to allow our patients the ability to book their next appointment online. If you already have your password for our patient portal, just go here now to book your appointment. If you...

How do we test preschool kids?

Have you ever wondered how we can test kids that don't know their letters? View this video to learn more. On top of what is mentioned we also have a machine that can take a picture that captures 80% of the inside of the eye in one click! This makes...

Back to School!

We were having some fun setting up our new kids frames, but when these two showed up we had a LOT of fun! We have lots of new kids glasses including Ray-Ban suns and Oakley. Stop in to try them on and to learn about our Eye-M-Growing program for those under 16.  ...

Inside a Life With Color Vision Deficiency

What’s it like to be color blind? Contrary to what the name implies, color blindness usually does not actually mean that you don’t see any color, but rather that you have difficulty perceiving or distinguishing between certain colors. This is why many prefer the term color vision deficiency or CVD...

Summer Sale!

Come on in and check out our summer sale! Save 30% off selected frames, including styles by RayBan, Kliik, Kate Spade, Humphries, and more....

Welcome to our New Website

We invite you to take a look around our new site to get to know our practice and learn about eye and vision health. You will find a wealth of information about our optometrists, our staff and our services, as well as facts and advice about how to take care...

Pink, Stinging Eyes?

Conjunctivitis, also called pink eye, is one of the most frequently seen eye diseases, especially in kids. It can be caused by viruses, bacteria or even allergies to pollen, chlorine in swimming pools, and ingredients in cosmetics, or other irritants, which touch the eyes. Some forms of conjunctivitis might be...

How to Safely View the Great American Eclipse of 2017

On August 21st, for the first time since 1979, a solar eclipse will be visible across North America. What's even more historic is that it will also be the first time an eclipse will be visible across the continent, from coast to coast, since 1918. If you want to bear...

Are Your Eyes Sensitive to Light?

Light sensitivity, also known as photophobia, is a condition in which bright light - either natural sunlight or artificial light -  can cause significant discomfort, pain and intolerance. People that experience light sensitivity will find themselves needing to close their eyes or squint when exposed to light and often experience...

Got a Shiner!

What Exactly Is a Black Eye? A black eye, also known as a periorbital hematoma, is usually not an injury of the actual eye (which is why it is called “periorbital”- around the eye). It typically occurs when there is an injury to the face or the eye socket which...

Summer Hours Update

Just a reminder that we will be closed for Saturdays in July. Enjoy your summer!...

Cataract Awareness and Prevention

It's National Cataract Awareness Month According to the World Health Organization, cataracts are responsible for 51% of cases of blindness worldwide - although this blindness is preventable with treatment. In fact, research shows that in industrialized countries about 50% of individuals over the age of 70 have had a cataract...

Nike Golf Lens

Did you know some sunglasses may be hindering your golf game? Listen as Dr MacInnis explains:...

Closed June 3rd for Wedding

We will be closed June 3rd to celebrate the wedding of a team member. We will be back to help you on Tuesday June 6th....

Are You Ignoring Your Dry Eyes?

You Don’t Have to Live With Dry Eyes Have you noticed that your eyes feel chronically dry, itchy, scratchy or even sometimes watery? Many people that have these symptoms just go on with their lives until the symptoms become unbearable. What they don’t realize is that these are signs that...

Win 1 of 4 Rounds of Golf!

Golf season has arrived and so have our special golf sunglasses from Nike! Every person who comes in to try on a pair of our Nike Golf sunglasses will get a ballot to win a green fee at Highland Links golf course in Ingonish! We'll be giving away 4 green...

Closed May 20th

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Does Smoking Affect Vision?

Eye Doctors Weigh In: How Smoking Can Harm Your Vision & Eye Health We all know that smoking is bad for you, especially the risks that it poses to your heart and lungs. What many people do not know is that cigarette smoke negatively affects your eyes and vision too. Smoking...

Walk for Dog Guides

May is Vision Health Month and to get into the spirit we're joining a fundraiser. On May 28th we will have a team entered in the Walk for Dog Guides put on by PetValu and the Sydney Lions Club. Each dog guide costs ~$25,000 to raise, train and place, but...

Sjogren’s Awareness Month – Understanding The Invisible Disease 

In honor of Sjogren’s Awareness month, eye care providers are helping to spread the word to increase awareness about this hard-to-diagnose disease. Sjogren’s is a systemic autoimmune disorder that can affect the whole body. One of the primary symptoms is excessive dryness particularly in the eyes and mouth. Other serious...

New Frame Lines Have Arrived!

We're happy to add two new frames lines to our optical! We now have the ECO and MODO lines on display in office. They are two lines with a neat story. ECO is the first and only optical and sunglass collection made with 95% recycled materials, and also has an...

We Now Have An Online Store!

We are happy to roll out our new online store, eyeshop.ca, together with Eye Recommed (a group of Canadian Optometrists). You can now reorder contact lenses and browse a selection of glasses without having to come into the office. How is eyeshop.ca different from other online retailers? There are two...

Easter Hours

The Easter bunny is coming so we will have a few extra days off. We will be closed Good Friday and Saturday the 15th. Happy Easter everyone! image source: http://viamede.com/stay/packages/hoppy-easter/...

April is Women's Eye Health and Safety Month

Hey women! Did you know that women are more likely to suffer from vision problems and are at higher risk of permanent vision loss than men? Well 91% of the women surveyed recently didn’t know that, which means that many of them aren’t taking the necessary precautions to prevent eye...

Closed today, March 30th.

It's a  We'll stay closed for the rest of the day and try to find those groundhogs that said it would be a short winter......

The Right (and the Wrong) Way to Clean Your Glasses

There is nothing worse than a dirty spot on your glasses - well except perhaps many dirty spots or smudges. When that happens, most of us are tempted to grab the corner of our shirt and wipe it off, but resist the temptation - this is actually not a good...

It’s Time to Talk About Blue Light

Workplace Eye Safety Month Blue light. Do you know what it is? Do you know where it comes from, or how it can be harmful to your eyes? If you don’t know the answers to these questions, you are not alone, yet it is important that you become aware to...

March Opening Hours Update

There are a few changes to our hours with March break coming up. March 9, 10, and 14-16 we will be open 9-4:30. March 11th we will be open our usual 9:00 to 1:00. We will be closed March 17 and 18. Enjoy the March break everyone!...

Understanding Eye Color

Eye color is a hereditary trait that depends on the genes of both parents, as well as a little bit of mystery. The color of the eye is based on the pigments in the iris, which is a colored ring of muscle located at the center of the eye (around...

Closed today, Feb 14th

We'll be closed today due to mother nature. Get the snowblowers warmed up and shovels dusted off, wintwer is here!...

6 Ways to Prevent Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

Age-related macular degeneration is a serious condition that can threaten your vision and general well-being. Characterized by the deterioration of the central area of the retina called the macula which is responsible for focused vision, the disease gradually reduces your central vision. This affects the ability to see fine details,...

Closure Update

It looks like winter has arrived! With all the winter weather on the way we will be closed today, February 8th. Stay safe everyone!...

John Lennon Collection is here!

Are you looking for a round frame? Imagine if you could get something like John Lennon. Don't be a jealous guy and come get your own specs from our new John Lennon collection! We have styles for Woman and men. Come check them out! You can't say Nobody told me!...

Are You Missing Your Child’s Hidden Vision Problem?

Your toddler may show every sign of good eyesight including the ability to see objects in the distance, however that doesn't necessarily mean that he or she doesn’t have a vision problem.

New Equipment For Frame and Lens Fitting

If you've been in to get some glasses from us in the past few months you may have noticed we do things a bit differently. In order to make our glasses and prescriptions more accurate we've invested in the Optikam Pad.    This new tool allows us to take more...

"The Sneak Thief of Sight" Is On Our Minds This January

Make your resolution for healthy vision this year with increased awareness of the leading cause of blindness worldwide.

Christmas Hours

Our holiday hours will be: December 24th: Closed December 27th: Closed December 28th: 9:00-4:30 December 29th: 9:00-4:30 December 30th: 9:00-4:30 December 31st: Closed We hope everyone enjoys the holiday season and all the best in 2017!...

Holiday Season Shopping: Are Nerf Guns Safe for the Eyes?

This is the one way you can be sure that you or your child’s eyes are truly safe during Nerf shooting:

Ugly Sweaters and Christmas Sales

source: http://forevertwentysomethings.com/2015/12/09/the-anatomy-of-an-ugly-christmas-sweater-party-outfit/ It's now December and that means it's time for...ugly Christmas sweaters! For the month of December wear in your ugly Christmas sweater and save an extra 5% off our products (exam fees excluded). That's on top of the 15% you save when you spend over $400 on a...

Dry Eye Syndrome Causes and Cures

Despite the fact that it is one of the most common eye problems, a surprisingly large percentage of patients are not aware of it.

November is Diabetes Awareness Month

Chances are it affects you or someone you know. November has been dedicated as a time to spread awareness about the disease, its risk factors and the effects it has on your body, your daily life and the lives of your loved ones.

Don’t Let Fall Eye Allergies Get You Down

Red, itchy, watery eyes and swollen eyelids (along with sneezing, congestion or a runny nose)...

Office Hours Update

Due to some events over the next week, we will be closed a few extra days. We will be closed November 11 and 12 for Remembrance Day and we will be closed November 18 and 19 for staff training in Halifax....

Children’s Vision Month Contest Winner Announced!

And the winner is... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gaGQSOGZuLE...

Sydney Connects

To round out our busy month we volunteered for Sydney Connects! This was our second year hosting the "eye" portion of the Connects program, which provides a day of caring and sharing to those experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessness. This year we were able to provide free eye...

How Contact Lenses Can be a Danger to your Eyes

Most people wouldn’t consider contact lenses dangerous. In fact, they are a great alternative to glasses, offering convenience and great vision for those who wear them. However, when not obtained and used according to an eye doctor’s instructions, the consequences can be devastating.   Contact Lenses Need to Fit Like...

World Sight Day Challenge

Another event going on this month is the World Sight Day Challenge. Now in its 10th year, the World Sight Day Challenge is the largest annual global fundraising campaign to address avoidable blindness caused by uncorrected refractive error – simply the need for an eye exam and glasses. The campaign is...

Children’s Vision Month Special

October is Children's Vision Month! As school is back up and running it is time to get your child in for an eye exam. 1 in 4 school-aged children have an undetected vision problem most children do not know when what they are seeing is not "normal" 80% of learning...

Closed October 11

Due to the weather and extensive power outages, we will be closed today. Stay safe everyone!...

Blue Light – How does it affect you?

Blue light has been a popular topic in the eye industry for the past few years and shows no signs of slowing down. In this post I hope to help you make sense of blue light, why and how it affects you, and what you can do to reduce its effects....

Hours Update

Dr MacInnis will be away at a conference for the rest of this week so we will be open from 9-4:30 Sept 28-30th....

An Active and Eye Safe Lifestyle

90%! That’s the number of sports eye injuries that studies show can be prevented using proper eye protection.  Yet most sports leagues don’t require protective eyewear as part of their uniform or safety requirements.  This leaves it up to athletes, parents and coaches to ensure that proper measures are taken...

Closed Sept 3,2016

Our office will be closed Saturday Sept 3 for the Labour Day weekend. Enjoy the long weekend everyone!...

10 Tips to Teach Children About Eye Safety

It is important to teach your children about eye health and safety from a young age.  This includes awareness about how your overall health habits affect your eyes and vision as well as how to keep your eyes safe from injury and infection.  Starting off with good eye habits at...

Contact Lens Promotion!

See this ad for our newest contact lens promotion. These can also be combined with our regular mail-in rebates for extra savings!...

When 20/20 Vision isn't Enough For Your Child

Since studies show that learning is 80% visual, children with untreated vision problems can really suffer when it comes to school. Most people think that good “vision” means 20/20 acuity but in reality, vision is much more complex.  Your brain is actually what completes the processing of the visual world...

Sunglass Winner!

Congratulations to Bettina Callary! She's the winner of our sunglass contest. Bettina picked up a free pair of sunglasses for her child, and wins a pair for herself. Here she is showing off her new Kate Spades with polarized lenses!...

Update on Saturday Hours

We'll be closed on August 6th and 13th. Our Saturdays will start up again on August 20th at 9:00 am. Enjoy the sunshine!...

Cutting Edge Eye-dentification

We have all seen the futuristic thrillers that use high-tech eye scanning identification systems but nowadays the technology does exist to use them in real life. A greater number of high security establishments have begun to use iris recognition for identification and security systems.   How does it work? The...

Innovations in Color Blindness

There have been a lot of videos going viral lately of color blind people “seeing color” for the first time using specialized glasses. The emotional reactions of amazement, shock and joy even lead some to break down into tears. The glasses provide these individuals a way to view the world...

Summer Hours

With the summer finally here (!) we have a few scheduling changes from our regular hours to pass along: June 30th - closing at 1:00 pm for year end inventory July 1st - closed July 2nd - closed July 9th - closed July 16th - closed July 23rd - closed...

Poolside Eye Safety

Whether it is the sea, the sand, the sun or the softball field, summer brings people outside and this creates exposure to a multitude of potential dangers to the eyes.  One risk that is possibly the least obvious is the swimming pool. Swimming pools are the culprit for multitudes of...

Cataract Awareness Month: What to Expect from Cataract Surgery

After the age of 50 most people will eventually be diagnosed with cataracts. Cataracts are when the natural crystalline lens of the eyes become clouded, causing vision impairment that can not be corrected by glasses or contact lenses. While commonly an age-related condition, occasionally there are infants born with a...

Prize Winners!

The winners of our prize draws have been making their way in to pick up their prizes. Here are a few of the happy winners so far: Gord Thorne and his bag, hat, and Carrera cologne We even took pity on a Maple Leafs fan! John Violande wins a pair...

Sunwear for a Bright Future

According to the Vision Council’s 2016 UV (Ultraviolet Radiation) Protection report, parents are more likely to wear sunglasses (56%) than their children (only 29%!). Yet children, who spend much more time outside, are typically exposed to three times the amount of sunlight and UV radiation that adults get. This early...

Prize List!

We've been talking about having a few prizes for our Grand Re-Opening this week. How did we do? Some highlights include: Prescription Ray-Ban ophthalmic glasses (frame and lenses!) Year supply of contact lenses Sperry Top-Sider, Vera Wang and Revo sunglasses Kate Spade makeup bags No purchase necessary to get entered...

New Equipment to Improve Our Eye Exam!

We are really happy to announce that we have a new piece of equipment for monitoring the inside of your eye - the Daytona! This machine allows us to take an optomap which produces an image that is a unique, high-resolution 200° image of your retina (inside of your eye). This is a...

How UV Damages Your Eyes

UV Awareness Month: This article might scare you, and we hope it does - just enough to motivate you to wear proper eye protection against the sun. Most people are aware of the dangers ultraviolet (UV)  light from the sun pose to your skin, while the long-term effects of sun...

Did you know?

As Vision Health Month continues, we thought it would be good to pass along some interesting facts:...

May is Vision Health Month

This year during Vision Health Month, we're trying to show how "it's all connected". Your eyes just don't stop at your face. They're connected to the rest of your body through blood vessels and nerves; the same blood vessels that help your heart, lungs, and other body parts. This is...

Ray-Bans Are Here!

Look what showed up in our dispensary last week! Very happy to offer Ray-ban glasses to our patients. Come on in and try one on!...

What is a stye anyway?

A stye (known by eye doctors as a hordeolum) is an infection of an oil gland which forms a pimple-like bump on the base of the eyelid or within the eyelid itself. Styes can be uncomfortable, causing swelling, pain, redness, discomfort and sometimes excessive tearing or blurred vision if it...

Training Update

We shared some pictures a few weeks ago from our training event and now we'll share a few things we were working on. In an effort to provide modern eye wear and eye care to our patients we need to keep updating our skills, our products, and our equipment.  We...

Eye Allergies

Along with congestion, runny nose, coughing, sneezing, headaches and difficulty breathing, individuals with allergies often suffer from eye allergies or allergic conjunctivitis resulting in red, watery, itchy and sometimes swollen eyes. Just as irritants cause an allergic response in your nasal and respiratory system, your eyes also react with an...

What tint should you have for your activity?

Ever wonder what all those sunglass tints are about? Why are there so many options? Well, read below to learn a bit more about the world of tints and where they are useful. Who knows, maybe you'll improve your game! Your Guide to Sport Sunglass Lens Tints Chart compiled by...

What did we do for staff training?

As you may know, we were closed a few days last week for some staff training and professional development. Here are a few shots of our staff in action. What did we learn? Well, we'll fill you in later with some new products we'll be bringing to our office. Don't...

Bifocal and Multifocal Contact Lenses 

If you are over 40 and have difficulty seeing close up, you probably have a common age-related condition called presbyopia which is when the eye’s natural lens loses the ability to focus on close objects. Presbyopia is a natural process that occurs as the eye ages and affects the majority of...

Easter Hours + Office Closure

We have a few events coming up that will result in our office being closed on Friday, March 25th, and opening again on Thursday, March 31st. We will have some time with our families, and the Easter Bunny, from Friday through Monday. On Tuesday and Wednesday our staff and doctor will...

Workplace Eye Wellness: The Dangers of Blue Light

When people think of workplace dangers to the eyes, it is usually machinery, chemicals or construction materials that come to mind.  However, a growing danger to the eyes is one that may be less obvious - exposure to blue light from digital devices, television and computer screens and artificial lighting....

Closed March 5,2016

With all the snow coming we will be closed on Saturday March 5. Stay safe and good luck with the snow removal. We'll be reopening Tuesday with our regular hours....

How do I get those eye drops in?

We prescribe eye drops all the time for various issues: allergy, inflammation, infection, and dry eye to name a few. We prescribe them, but do you know how to get them in? See this article from allaboutvision.com for a step-by-step approach for getting those important drops in. How to Put...

February is AMD and Low Vision Awareness Month!

Uncorrectable Vision Loss or Low Vision refers to reduced visual capability which cannot be improved by surgery, medical therapy, glasses or contact lenses, to a sufficient level that would enable an individual to perform common visual tasks adequately. The most common cause for low vision is Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD)....

Closed February 13th

We will be closed February 13th in respect of Heritage Day. Take a moment to learn about this year's honouree, Joseph Howe. Among other things, he was the self-taught owner of the Novascotian who laid the foundation for freedom of the press....

We now have Saturday Appointments!

Starting on February 27th we will now have Saturday appointment openings to serve you better! We will have appointment times starting at 9:00 with the last one at 12:00. The plan is to try one a month (the second will be March 5) and see where it goes. So if...

Closing on February 9th

Due to the weather we will be closed tomorrow, February 9th. We'll be ready to look after you again tomorrow!...

What is snowblindness?

Snow Blindness: How to Prevent Sunburned Eyes Snowblind — it's a frightening word. Thankfully, it's a condition that is totally preventable. Snow blindness is a painful, temporary loss of vision due to overexposure to the sun's UV rays. The medical term for snow blindness is photokeratitis ("photo" = light; "keratitis"...

Closed January 30th

Due to the storm we will be closed today. Bundle up and stay safe.  ...

Optometrist, Ophthalmologist, or Optician?

Optometrists, Ophthalmologists, Opticians. Who should I see? The difference between a doctor of optometry (optometrist), an ophthalmologist and an optician is a common question among both healthcare professionals and the general public. The levels of training and expertise, and the core competencies, are different for each type of eye care...

Detecting Alzheimer’s through your eyes?

Could our eyes be a link to early detection of Alzheimer's disease? A study from September seems to think so. Researchers found a link between how quickly we react to a flickering light and our processing speed. A slower reaction means slower processing which could show early signs of cognitive impairment;...

December 18th Opening

We will be opening a little later than usual tomorrow, December 18th, due to a staff meeting. We'll be opening the doors at 9:00am to take care of all your eye care and eyewear needs!...

Ever wonder what the term “Legally Blind” actually means?

The folks at AllaboutVision.com put together this article about the definition of legal blindness. Although it references US definitions, the same holds true in Canada. Have you ever wondered what it means to be "legally blind"? Some people use the term to describe their vision without eyeglasses or contact lenses...

This is Not Yellow

When you look at a picture of a lemon on a digital screen - a phone, tablet, or desktop- what colour is it? If you answered yellow, you're wrong. To find out why, watch this neat video by Vsauce called "This is not yellow". It explains how digital screens can...

Sydney Connects and Us!

We were proud to volunteer our time to help out with the Sydney Connects event! This was a great event for Sydney folks that are homeless or at risk of homelessness. We were able to provide almost 40 people with free eye exams, and with industry help, free glasses! Check out some...

Protect Children’s Eyes During Sports

The new school year has kicked off and you can tick off purchasing all that back to school equipment. Now, it's time to think about what your child will need for after school sports and hobby activities. Making sure they have the right protective eyewear for their sporting or athletic...

How Pregnancy Affects Vision

The hormonal fluctuations experienced during pregnancy can cause many unexpected changes in your body, including your eyes and vision. Most of these changes are temporary and will return to normal once you give birth.  It’s important to know which vision changes are normal for an expecting mother and which could...

We have a winner!

We recently drew the winner for our Children's Vision Month contest. Congratulations to Darcy MacLeod! Darcy (and his parents) was the happy winner of his purchase - two pairs of glasses!...

And the winner is…

Gerarda Gale! She was the lucky winner of the homemade afghan. Gerarda made a donation to Optometry Giving Sight to get her name into our draw. We still have some donations trickling in and will update our final total later this month....

See Our New Look!

We're still making some changes, but here's an update of where we've come so far:        ...

Thinking about Contact Lenses?

Click here to see video If you're thinking about contact lenses, come on in and see us! There are lots of new designs and materials now, so if you were told you "can't wear contacts", "you have an astigmatism, contacts aren't for you", or who are suffering from dryness with their...

We made the Cape Breton Star!

We are pleased to announce that we made the Cape Breton Star! Click on the image to see the full version....

Children’s Vision Month Contest

As part of Children's Vision Month, the Canadian Association of Optometrists is running a great contest on its Facebook page. It's easy to enter and there are lots of great prizes including weekly draws and a $5000 grand prize! Click here to enter....

Closed October 10, 2015

Due to the Thanksgiving long weekend we will be closed October 10,2015. We hope everyone has a good weekend, gets to enjoy some great food, and we'll be back (a little heavier) to serve you on Tuesday the 13th. Happy Thanksgiving!...

October 8th is World Sight Day!

Come on in and help us raise money for Optometry Giving Sight ! We'll be raising money all month by raffling off an afghan made by one of our staff, giving away prizes for a candy jar guessing contest, and taking donations for glasses adjustments. Help us support a great cause!...

Save on Children’s Glasses for the month of October!

October is Children's Vision Month and to help out we are offering 25% off our prices for a full pair of glasses for children (under 18)! Plus, one lucky person will win their purchase! Draw date will be October 31.Come on in and check out our selection; it looks like...

October is Children’s Vision Month!

October is Children's Vision Month and we're here to provide extra information, tips, and contests for all things children. We will also have extra posts over on our Facebook page. We'll get things started with a fun contest.  Follow this link to an impressive contest from the Canadian Association of Optometrists....

Whatever Happened To…

Dr. MacInnis was in the latest feature of Whatever Happened To... in the Cape Breton Post!  You can read the full article here....

Closed, Saturday September 5, 2015

Our office will be closed on Saturday, September 5th in relation to Labour Day. We will reopen on Tuesday the 8th all refreshed and ready to look after you!

Welcome to our New Website

Visit our new optometry website for information about our Practice.

Pink, Stinging Eyes?

It Could Be Pink Eye.