Our eye care center in Meadow Lake offers a full range of eye health services to clients of all ages, from children to older adults.
Eye Emergencies, Eye Exams & More
Our optometrist in Vision North Eye Care provides eyewear prescriptions and offers corrective laser eye surgery co-management as well. You can get in touch with our eye doctor's office to set up an appointment at your convenience and learn more about some of our key services below.
Q&A with the Eye Doctor
Dr. Melissa McLaughlin Answers Your Eyecare Questions
Why is UV protection important for your eyes?
The eyes are particularly sensitive to UV radiation. Short duration exposure can lead to conditions called photokeratitis or conjunctivitis; more commonly known as “welder’s flash”, “snowblindess”, and “pink eye”. The symptoms of these conditions can vary from severe pain, blurred vision, gritty, foreign body sensation and light sensitivity. Extended exposure can lead to cataracts and macular degeneration, both of which can lead to blindness.
Children need even more eye protection than adults as they tend to spend more time outdoors than most adults. In fact, more than half of a person’s lifetime exposure to UV radiation occurs by age 18. Children are much more susceptible to retinal damage because their lens is much clearer than adults; thus, enabling UV rays to penetrate deeper into the eye.
You should always wear sunglasses even in the shade, because surrounding buildings, roadways and surfaces can reflect UV rays. Sunglasses are also very important in the winter! Fresh snow can reflect 80% of UV rays nearly doubling your overall exposure to UV radiation.