Happy Mother’s Day!

Yes, that time has come again, the time for telling your mother how much she means to you. For some this means buying flowers, for others it may be buying chocolates and flowers, or it may be preparing a nice evening meal for the whole family to enjoy. And of course there are those who forget about mothers day, but don’t worry you have every day of the year to make up for it (this is what my mother still says to me).

From a mother’s perspective it’s nice to receive all these things (especially the chocolates!) but what always mattered most to me was knowing my family is healthy and happy. Health is what I value most in my family, and checking our health is something that not only encompasses going to the family doctor, but also a thorough examination of the eye, checking the capacity and health of our visual system. Studio Optika and Streetsville Optometry are here to help you take care of your eyes, starting with routine testing which is recommended every year for children (covered by OHIP), and every two years for healthy adults with no underlying medical problems (unfortunately not covered between ages 18-65).

But there is more to think about when it comes to maintaining eye health, particularly in a world where technology has taken over and screen time can take up most of our day; it is a truth that many of us don’t think about on a daily basis. How many hours a day do you spend collectively on your phone or computer? The numbers can be staggering, especially when looking at a lifetime. Personally I spend between 6-8 hours a day, this can be troublesome considering that a very small fraction of the light (blue light) emitted from our display screens can be damaging to our eyes. Blue light is also linked to disrupting the body’s ability to sleep, which can lead to further health problems.

Increased screen time also inherently affects the distance at which most of us work, which typically ranges from 40cm to 70cm. Working at these distances can put lots of stress on our visual systems and can cause discomfort and other vision related problems. Our children’s education is also heavily centered on reading and increasingly computer related learning from an early age. This can put certain children at an educational disadvantage, particularly if their visual systems are compromised by common problems like longsightedness or convergence insufficiency. These problems can cause visual fatigue and slower reading speeds, despite maintaining 20/20 vision!

At Studio Optika we offer some solutions to these problems to ensure health and happiness in your family. For now, I hope everyone is enjoying mothers day, and I hope to see you soon!