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Every week, the Bedford Eye Care, eye doctors in Bedford, posts topics of interest, including eye health and general health news as well as news about our office. Feel free to comment on any of the blog posts or ask us a question at info@bedfordeyecarecentre.ca ... we are more than happy to answer!

Eye Doctors in Bedford

Another great source of patient information is the Doctors of Optometry Canada website. http://doctorsofoptometry.ca/

They also have a great selection of answers to eye patient questions on You Tube: http://www.youtube.com/DoctorsofOptometry


Eyelid Twitches

Eyelid twitches are quite common and mostly benign; however, they are often irritating or somewhat embarrassing. There are more fast twitch muscle fibers in the eyelids than anywhere else in your body and when your general health is not quite right, the fast twitch muscle fibers will contract erratically showing up noticeably in the lids. Most eyelid twitches come and go, but some can persist for weeks. In order to relieve an eyelid twitch you need to understand its cause.

  • Tiredness – If you’re tired, give yourself a well-deserved break (this can include staying away from your computer screen).
  • Eye strain – If you feel eye strain, you might have an underlying refractive error such as far sightedness, near sightedness, or astigmatism, so it’s important to consult your optometrist as soon as possible.
  • Dry eye – If you have dry eyes you might have a tear film imbalance, a lid abnormality, a low grade bacterial infection or, in the case of contact lenses, a deposit buildup. Similar to eye strain, consult with your optomtrist right away.
  • Excessive caffeine – If you drink a lot of coffee, try to reduce the amount you have each day.
  • Electrolyte imbalance – Electrolyte imbalance can cause a persistent eyelid twitch. In this case, consider a small glass of electrolyte drink or electrolyte supplement each day until your twitch subsides.

If your eyelid twitch persists more than a few days, book an appointment with your optometrist to determine if there is an underlying cause.

The Aging Eye

As we grow older, our eyes might not show many signs of aging aesthetically, however, the same cannot be said for their functionality. Typically, beginning in early to mid-40’s, adults eyes start deteriorating and stop operating like they once did.

Bedford Eye Care offering free lecture on Dry Eyes on April 27th

Bedford Eye Care is the first clinic in the Maritimes to offer a complete solution to Dry Eye Disease, including Lipiflow technology.
If you have irritated, gritty or watery eyes and fluctuating vision, you may have Dry Eye Disease. The majority of Dry Eye Disease is caused by a malfunction of the oil-producing glands in the eyes and can progress until the glands ultimately atrophy and disappear, leaving the patient miserable.

Until recently, many dry eye treatments were aimed primarily at improving comfort without any lasting effects. However, these previous therapies do not actually treat the disease or prevent progression.

Recent innovations in Dry Eye Disease Treatment allow us to actually treat the most common root cause of Dry Eye Disease and prevent further progression.

For questions or additional information, please contact us at 902.835.2020 or information@bedfordeyecarecentre.ca

Lasers for Vision Care

Lasers have long been used in eye care for therapeutic and corrective procedures.  While the thought of a laser anywhere near the eyes can strike fear in many people, in the right hands, lasers can improve vision and prevent vision loss, usually with very little risk.

Eyelash Extensions

Many people want full, long, dramatic eyelashes. Many women wear mascara hoping to make their eyelashes appear longer and fuller. It is not surprising that a recent trend in the beauty industry is the application of eyelash extensions. Eyelash extensions are usually done by aestheticians or technicians in a spa or a salon. The extensions are made from either synthetic fiber such as nylon, or natural fibers such as silk or mink, and the eyelash extension strands are secured to the base of a person’s own lashes with an adhesive. The extensions will fall out with the person’s natural lashes and therefore usually last between 1-2 months.

Currently, there are no regulations in Canada regarding who can apply eyelash extensions or the products that can be used. Caution should be exercised when sharp objects such as tweezers come into close contact with the eye area. The adhesives used during the procedure can also be harmful, as most are based on cyanoacrylate compounds.  These compounds can contain or release small amounts of formaldehyde, which can be toxic. If the glue comes into contact with the eyelid skin or the surface of the eye, it can cause an allergic reaction or a chemical burn.  If the surface of the eyelid or cornea is compromised, an infection is more likely to occur which can result in scarring and even permanent vision loss.  Also, damage to accessory oil and water glands on the margin of the eye could reduce the volume of tears produced which can result in dry eye issues. The false eyelashes also add weight to the natural lashes, and can cause temporary or permanent madarosis (loss of lashes).

Consumers should take the following precautions to potentially minimize the risks associated with eyelash extensions:

  • Review the technician’s certification and prior experience
  • Ensure the procedure is performed in a sanitary and reputable establishment
  • Check that the technician is practicing proper hand washing and the instruments have been properly sanitized
  • Check the ingredients in the adhesive before use