In today’s society, we have technology and entertainment available to us 24/7. The average screen time for children is above six hours per day. This continuous connection to technology causes the younger generation to spend less time being active and creative outdoors, opting for easier and less developmental activities on digital devices. Young children are often glued to an iPad or tablet, focusing just a few inches from the screen. Currently, 25% of the world population has myopia (nearsightedness) and that percentage is expected to increase to 50% by 2050.
Kelowna is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and we are blessed to have that Okanagan sunshine. Spending time outdoors is not only enjoyable, but it is also important for optimum eye health. Although ultraviolet rays can be detrimental, natural light is essential for normal eye development in children. According to several recent studies, encouraging children to spend more time outdoors may be a simple and cost effective way to improve their vision. Current research has shown that every additional hour children spent outside per week reduced their risk of nearsightedness by two percent. Although, researchers don’t know exactly why playing outside is beneficial, it seems natural light has a protective role against nearsightedness. Children should wear UV eye protection outside, that way they gain the eye and health benefits from playing outside, without accumulating long term UV damage.
With the school year right around the corner, remember to book your children in for their back to school eye exam. At Nuvue Optometry, we provide a fun and child friendly environment. Our office has the “Eye Cave” for children to play in while in the waiting room. All children receive a colour vision screening, 3D vision testing, and a thorough eye health and vision assessment during their examination. The Nuvue optical has the coolest selection of children’s glasses and sunglasses. We have very friendly staff and we would love to meet some of our future Glenmore patients. Drop by and say hi anytime!
We have consulted with medical colleagues, the College of Optometry and other health sources, and feel at this time it is appropriate to modify our service delivery model. This will be reviewed daily, and adjusted to provide an appropriate response to the pandemic.
Effective on Monday, March 23, 2020, Nuvue Optometry will be open Monday to Thursday, 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. After hour support is available by phoning 250-826-3061. DO NOT GO TO THE HOSPITAL WITH EYE RELATED PROBLEMS.
Services will be limited to urgent appointments, whether medical or vision related. Optical services will be available in a limited capacity.
Please continue to call to book future appointments for mid- April.
PLEASE REMEMBER, IF YOU ARE SICK, HAVE A FEVER OR BREATHING PROBLEM.
STAY HOME AND CALL YOUR MEDICAL DOCTOR OR URGENT CARE CENTRE.
We wish all of our patients continued good health and a quick return to our normal lives.Drs. Brad and Devin Almond and the caring staff of Nuvue Optometry