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Are Contact Lenses Safe For Young Children?

Here’s a question we often get at our practice: Is my child too young for contact lenses?’ This is an important question, and the answer may surprise you.

For children with myopia (nearsightedness), contact lenses can be a convenient method of vision correction. It allows kids to go about their day without having to worry about breaking or misplacing their glasses, and enables them to freely participate in sports and other physical activities.

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Some children and young teens may ask their parents for contact lenses because they feel self-conscious wearing glasses. Contact lenses may even provide children with the confidence boost they need to come out of their shell. Moreover, these days, it is very popular for children to wear single-use one-day disposable soft contacts, since there is no cleaning or maintenance involved.

Some parents may deny their child’s request for contacts due to concerns about eye health and safety. There’s no reason to worry: contact lenses are just as safe for children as they are for anyone else.

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Many eye diseases can be quickly and easily diagnosed during a comprehensive eye exam. If you were diagnosed with an eye disease, such as Cataracts, Glaucoma, Macular degeneration, Diabetic retinopathy, or Dry eye, you may be overwhelmed by the diagnosis and confused about what happens next. Will you need medications or surgery – now or in the future? Our South Delta eye doctor has prepared the following answers to your questions about eye disease.

At Tsawwassen Optometry Clinic, we provide children, teens, and patients of all ages with a wide variety of contact lenses. If you’re concerned about the safety of contacts for your child, we’ll be happy to explain and explore ways to ensure maximum safety, optimal eye health and comfort. To learn more or to schedule a pediatric eye exam for contact lenses, contact us today.

What Are the Risks of Having My Child Wear Contact Lenses?

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A study published in the January 2021 issue of The Journal of Ophthalmic & Physiological Optics found that kids aren’t at a higher risk of experiencing contact lens complications.

The study followed nearly 1000 children aged 8-16 over the course of 1.5-3 years to determine how contact lenses affected their eye health.

The results indicate that age doesn’t have an effect on contact lens safety. In fact, the researchers found that the risk of developing infections or other adverse reactions was less than 1% per year of wear — which is comparable to contact lens wearers of other ages.

But before you decide that contact lenses are right for your child, you may want to consider whether your child is ready to wear them. During his or her eye doctor’s appointment, the optometrist may ask about your child’s level of maturity, responsibility, and personal hygiene. Since many children are highly motivated to wear contacts, they tend to display real maturity in caring for their lenses. That said, in the initial stages, parents may need to play an active role, as their child gets used to inserting and removing the new contact lenses.

It’s important to note that just as with any other medical device, contact lenses are not risk-free. Anyone who wears contact lenses has a chance of developing eye infections or other complications with contact lenses. However, when worn and cared for according to your eye doctor’s instructions, contact lenses are low-risk and perfectly safe for children and teenagers.

So, go ahead and bring your child in for a contact lens consultation! We’ll help determine if your child is ready for contacts and answer any questions you or your child may have. To schedule your child’s contact lens fitting or eye exam, contact Tsawwassen Optometry Clinic in South Delta today.

Call Tsawwassen Optometry Clinic on 604-943-6114 to schedule an eye exam with our South Delta optometrist.

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5 Reasons To Wear Sunglasses In The Fall

When we think of fall accessories, the first things that come to mind are warm sweaters, plush scarves, or a snug pair of boots. Here’s another essential item to add to your list: a good quality pair of UV-blocking sunglasses.

But why is it so important to protect your eyes when the sun seems to be hiding behind clouds on most days? While it may not make much sense, you’ll get a better understanding by the time you finish reading this article. So let’s dive in and explore the 5 reasons you should protect your eyes from the sun in the fall.

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Sunglasses: Summer Vs. Fall

The Sun’s Position

While we may squint more in the summer, the sunlight’s path to the eyes is more direct in the fall as the sun sits closer to the horizon. This places our eyes at greater risk of overexposure to UV rays.

Changing Temperatures

Irritating symptoms like dry, red, or watery eyes are often due to the season’s cool and harsh winds. The colder the air, the stiffer and thicker the eyes’ tear oils (meibum) become. Because thicker meibum doesn’t spread as evenly over the surface of the eyes, the tears can’t offer sufficient protection and moisture.

Minimize irritation by shielding the eyes from cool winds with wraparound sunglasses.

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Many eye diseases can be quickly and easily diagnosed during a comprehensive eye exam. If you were diagnosed with an eye disease, such as Cataracts, Glaucoma, Macular degeneration, Diabetic retinopathy, or Dry eye, you may be overwhelmed by the diagnosis and confused about what happens next. Will you need medications or surgery – now or in the future? Our South Delta eye doctor has prepared the following answers to your questions about eye disease.

UV Rays

Exposing your eyes to the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays is problematic year-round, as it can result in serious eye diseases, such as cataracts and macular degeneration. That’s why it’s important to wear 100% UV-blocking sunglasses anytime you’re outdoors, no matter the season.

Make sure to sport your sunnies even on cloudy days, as up to 90% of UV rays pass through clouds. Furthermore, outdoor objects like concrete and snow reflect a significant amount of UV rays into the eyes.

Fall’s Dangerous Sun Glare

Because the sun is positioned at a lower angle in the fall, it can produce a brutal glare that poses a danger for driving. Rays of light that reflect off of smooth surfaces like the metal of nearby cars can be so bright to the point of blinding the driver.

You can combat this dangerous glare by wearing polarized sunglasses. These lenses reduce the glare’s harmful effects by filtering out horizontal light waves, such as the ones reflected by a shiny car bumper.

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Looking for Sunglasses Near You?

Here’s the bottom line: you need to protect your eyes by wearing sunglasses in the fall and year-round, no matter the season or climate. Investing in a stylish pair of durable, UV-protective sunglasses is — simply-put — a worthwhile investment in your eye health.

So if you’re looking for advice about a new pair of high-quality sunglasses for the fall, with or without prescription lenses, visit Tsawwassen Optometry Clinic. If standard sunglass lenses are too dark for you at this time of year, ask us about green or brown tinted lenses; they transmit more light and contrast to the eyes than standard grey tints.

We’ll be happy to help you find that perfect pair to protect your eyes, suit your lifestyle needs and enhance your personal style. To learn more, call 604-943-6114 to contact our South Delta eye doctor today.

Call Tsawwassen Optometry Clinic on 604-943-6114 to schedule an eye exam with our South Delta optometrist.

Alternatively book an appointment online here CLICK FOR AN APPOINTMENT


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Protect Your Eyes From Harmful Wildfire Smoke

wildefireWildfires, including those still devastating parts of the western United States and Canada, can harm your health, including your eyes. The hot smoke, ash, and soot billowing into the air contain a mixture of noxious gases and fine particles of burned vegetation that spread with the winds, sometimes hundreds of miles from the fire.

Wildfire smoke is made up of thousands of compounds, including those used in plastic, dry-cleaning solutions, and solvents. Asbestos, a toxic air contaminant, is also released into the air when buildings burn.

These pollutants can harm your eye’s surface, causing blurred vision and redness, and may also cause y a burning sensation leading eyes to become watery, dry, or itchy. Wildfire smoke also aggravates pre-existing health conditions like dry-eyes and ocular allergies and may make wearing contact lenses uncomfortable—even impossible—to wear.

In extreme cases, wildfire smoke may even lead to scarring of the conjunctiva, the thin membrane covering the white of the eye and the eyelids’ underside. Scarring damages the conjunctiva and its protective mucous layer.

The American Academy of Ophthalmology suggests the following steps to keep your eyes healthy when smoke is in the air:

  • Double the quantity of over-the-counter artificial tears you use to address eye conditions and cool the artificial tears’ vials or bottles in a refrigerator before using
  • Apply cool compresses to your eyelids
  • Stay indoors and close the windows to reduce smoke’s effects
  • Use an air purifier or air filter in your home or office
  • Refrain from drawing outside air into your air conditioner
  • Refrain from wearing contact lenses, which attract wildfires’ dust particles
  • Wear eyeglasses, sunglasses, or specialty goggles if you are outdoors

Continue observing these precautions even after the smoke has cleared as particles can linger in the air for up to two weeks.

If smoke-related symptoms or discomfort persist, please contact Tsawwassen Optometry Clinic. We will examine your eyes and prescribe the appropriate treatment. We treat patients with wildfire-related vision challenges from South Delta, and throughout British Columbia.




COVID recovery safety first

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Tsawwassen Optometry Clinic Open & Offering Appointments!

Thank you for working with us to maintain a healthy community. We look forward to seeing you soon!

With the BC Government reopening plan, optometrists have returned to providing routine eye care. At this time, we have reopened by appointment only for all services. Our office has worked hard to ensure a safe environment for our patients, doctors and staff, while still providing the same level of service our patients know and love.

Here is some more information about what we are doing to protect our patients and staff:

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An Expectations Checklist—For All of Us


Patient Expectations

  • ALL patient encounters will be by appointment. Walk-ins will not be allowed.
  • We ask that all patients come in wearing a face mask.
  • All patients must complete a COVID-19 questionnaire.
  • We ask that upon entering our clinic, that you immediately wash your hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer.
  • We may ask you to leave the office if you show flu-like signs, cold/fever, or coughing.
  • Staff will not shake hands with any of our patients. Please don’t take it personally. 🙂
  • We will be practicing safe distancing within the clinic and we ask that you do your best to keep a minimum of 6 feet between you and other patients.
  • To limit the amount of people in the office, we ask that you come alone for your appointment.

Steps Our Practice is Taking

  • Hand sanitation stations are available at the entrance and throughout the practice
  • All of our staff and doctors will be wearing appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) including gloves, masks and face-shields
  • Spread-out patient chairs in the optical and reception area – at least 6 feet apart. Every chair will be disinfected between each use.
  • Each pre-testing and examination rooms are disinfected after every patient exam, including all surfaces, instrumentation, door handles, and equipment.
  • We will disinfect frames after a patient has contact with them.
  • Regularly cleaning and disinfecting railings, door handles, counters, reception room areas, and all spaces where public interaction occurs.
  • Limiting the number of patients in the office or any area at one time
  • The exam room and pretesting instruments will be disinfected after every patient.
  • We will be aware of common “touch points” within the clinic such as doorknobs, counters, keyboard, phones, credit card machines, pens, etc… and will be disinfecting these as often as possible
  • All reading material has been removed from the waiting area.
  • Pens will be sanitized after each use by a patient.
  • Deep cleaning at the end of each day.
  • Discussions with doctors and staff will be kept to a minimum. Follow up phone calls or telehealth video conferencing will be used as often as possible

COVID-19 Update – April 28, 2020

We would like to provide you with an update on the current status of Tsawwassen Optometry Clinic. Although still closed for appointments, we are happy to help with many of your eye care needs.

Please call our office (604-943-6114) for all your eye drops, supplements, contact lenses, and glasses concerns. We are shipping directly, free of charge, to our patients for contact lens orders. We are in the office for any supplement and eye drop pick-ups.

To be added to our waiting list for future appointments with your eye doctor, please call the office or email us at If you had an appointment booked, we will call to reschedule once the situation has stabilized.

If you have an urgent concern regarding your vision, please contact Dr. Giulia DeVuono at 604-916-5791 and she will assist you or direct your concerns.

If you have an eye emergency and cannot reach Dr. DeVuono, we recommend going to Surrey Memorial Emergency Room, as they have an ophthalmologist on call.

We thank you for your understanding during these uncertain times and will continue to help in any way we can. Our patients remain our number one priority.

COVID-19 Office Closure

Due to the COVID-19 health concern, we are taking measures to ensure the safety of both our patients and staff. We have decided to close our office for non-urgent visits until further notice.

Starting March 20, if you have an urgent concern regarding your vision, eye health, glasses or contact lenses, please contact Dr. Sara Kirby at 778-789-1943 and she will assist you or direct your concerns. Please also call her if you need eye drops, or to order contact lenses. We are able to mail your contact lenses directly to you, and in most cases can deliver eye drops.

If you have an eye emergency and cannot reach Dr. Kirby, we recommend going to Surrey Memorial Emergency Room, as they have an ophthalmologist on call. If you had an appointment booked, we will call to reschedule once the situation has stabilized. Thank you for your understanding.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Flu Protection

The health and safety of our community is always a top priority for us.

We would like to inform you that we are still open to help with all your eye care needs. In consideration of the COVID-19 situation, we are committed to providing a clean and healthy space for both our patients and staff. We are actively monitoring updates and following guidance and recommendations both from provincial health authorities and the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Tsawwassen Optometry Clinic is taking steps to help prevent the spread of any virus and to help protect our patients and staff.

If you have an upcoming appointment and are feeling unwell with symptoms such as fever, difficulty breathing, sore throat, cough, or sneezing; or have been in close contact with someone with these symptoms; or have been travelling abroad less than 14 days ago PLEASE refrain from attending any appointments or accompany any patient to their appointment at our clinic.

Please contact us to let us know if you are unable to attend your appointment.

What we are doing

We have implemented heightened cleaning regimens including the frequent disinfection of frequently touched surfaces.  We have removed both magazines and the toy area from our reception area.  We are regularly keeping up with updates from Health Canada to ensure that we are taking the appropriate precautions as new information becomes available.

What you can do if you are visiting our clinic

If you are visiting Tsawwassen Optometry Clinic, we ask that you help keep the environment as safe as possible for our patients as we have a large number of elderly patients who are at an increase risk of suffering serious effects should they contract COVID-19 or even the common flu.

Upon arriving to our clinic, we ask that you disinfect your hands by using hand sanitizer at the front desk.  Please refrain from touching your face, eyes, nose or mouth.  Please re-sanitize your hands should you accidentally touch your face.  Thank you!

We thank you in advance for your cooperation!

Dr. Hansen Retiring

Tsawwassen Optometry Clinic wishes Dr. Joan Hansen congratulations and much happiness on her retirement. We will miss Dr. Hansen very much and wish her the best of luck as she transitions into retirement. As you can see Dr. Hansen has a serious green thumb and we are confident that she will develop her passion even more! In order to continue treating all of our patients, Tsawwassen Optometry Clinic is pleased to announce that Dr. Ruby Mangat has joined our team. Come meet the newest member of our wonderful team!

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My Eye Muscles Hurt!

How does light effect you? You may squint in the sun, but do you ever squint in front of your computer screen? By the end of the day, many of us feel as though our eye muscles have spent a full day at the gym…exhausted, sore, and achy.

Seeing our South Delta eye doctors for regular eye checkups is the best way to make sure your eyes are receiving the care they need. It is also an opportunity for education and a time to talk to our optometrists at Tsawwassen Optometry Clinic about your tired eyes.

Aside from prescribing glasses, Dr. Kirby, Dr. Hansen & Dr. DeVuono can help you in many other ways to combat eye strain. They have educated themselves and their staff to provide you with the best in health care.

It is no secret that screen time has increased as a society, causing a plethora of issues. So if you are wondering if you are alone and frustrated with your exhausted, sore, and achy eyes, think again. HEV (High Energy Visible light) is a real problem these days, and your eye care professionals are here to help. From Johnson and Johnson’s Acuvue Oasys with Transitions* contact lens to ZEISS’ Duravision BlueProtect UV Coating*, we hear you! You are not alone, and there are ways to help soothe your eyes. Because let’s face it, we go home and stretch after our workouts at the gym… so why not treat your eyes with the same respect too? Appreciate them… they are working out all day every day, enabling you to take in the world around you.

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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 successes in order to educate and support others.

The Parkinson’s Foundation has announced this year’s theme: #KeyToPD and Parkinson Canada advocates the same involvement. What is the key to living a high quality of life while living with Parkinson’s? Patients, doctors, caregivers, and families are encouraged to use this hashtag on social media to give of their knowledge and experience.

In order to successfully manage the disorder, it’s essential to understand the disease, symptoms, and treatments. After all, knowledge is power.

What is Parkinson’s Disease?

Parkinson’s Disease is a neurological disorder that affects the brain’s ability to control physical movement. It typically affects middle aged people and the elderly. Parkinson’s causes a decrease in the brain’s natural levels of dopamine, which normally aids nerve cells in passing messages within the brain. According to The Parkinson’s Foundation and Statistics Canada, the disorder affects an estimated 1 million people in the United States, 55 000 Canadians, and 10 million globally.

What Causes Parkinson’s Disease?

Although much research has been done on the subject, the exact cause of the disease isn’t really known. What doctors and scientists do know is that certain nerve cells located in the brain somehow break down. This damage interferes with both motor and non-motor functions.

How Does Parkinson’s Affect Vision?

Parkinson’s can have a significant impact on vision and ocular health. Patients with PD often find themselves unable to control blinking. Blinking is good for the eyes as it moisturizes the surface and clears it from foreign substances. Less blinking can cause Dry Eye Syndrome, resulting in itchy, red, or gritty-feeling eyes. Other people blink too much or can’t keep their eyes open. 

In more serious cases, Parkinson’s affects the nerves that help us see. Someone with PD may experience blurry vision, double vision, difficulty seeing color and contrast, problems with focus, and other visual symptoms. 

In addition to the inherent impact of the disease, some of the medications used to treat Parkinson’s symptoms have known side effects including dry eyes, blurred eyesight and even hallucinations in advanced PD.

Common Visual Symptoms of Parkinson’s

Although the most recognized physical symptom is uncontrollable tremors, patients can experience other symptoms that affect their vision. These typically include:

  • Apraxia (inability to open the eyelids) 
  • Blurry or double vision
  • Difficulty with balance
  • Dry eyes
  • Eye twitching
  • Focusing problems

Parkinson’s Patients and Eye Exams

Eye exams can be particularly challenging for a PD patient, so choosing the right doctor is essential. Make sure your eye doctor regularly treats patients with PD. They’ll understand your or your loved ones’ unique needs and will take the time needed.

Common Non-Visual Symptoms of Parkinson’s

PD affects other areas of the body that may or may not – depending on each patient – be related to their eye health and visual needs. 

Some of the most common non-visual symptoms are:

  • Depression
  • Excessive saliva
  • Loss of smell
  • Moodiness
  • Muscle cramps
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Slow movement (bradykinesia)
  • Stiff limbs
  • Tremors

Coping With Vision Problems From Parkinson’s

Despite the struggles caused by this degenerative disease, there is hope. Talk to your eye doctor. He or she may recommend medicated ointments or drops, injections, therapeutic lenses, visual aids, vision therapy, or a combination thereof. Additionally, a Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation doctor can provide comprehensive eye care specifically designed for neurological disorders like PD.

Treatment for Parkinson’s Disease

There is currently no cure for the disease itself, but there are options to treat the symptoms of PD. A combination of medications, physical and/or occupational therapy, support groups, and of course, top-quality vision care can give a PD patient relief for some of their symptoms and tools to help cope with the condition.

Research and clinical trials are continuing as doctors and others in the medical community work towards the goal of finding a cure for PD.

No two patients are alike, and each can experience PD differently from the other, so finding what works for you or your loved one is key. During this Parkinson’s Awareness Month, share your #KeyToPD and give your loved ones hope for a healthy and high quality of life.