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Grande Prairie, AB
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Myopia, or nearsightedness, is a refractive error in the eye. If you are nearsighted, you have difficulty seeing distant objects clearly but are able to see well in shorter distances, such as reading a computer screen or book.

Myopia Signs & Symptoms

Signs and symptoms generally include:

  • Headaches
  • Squinting your eyes
  • Blurred vision
  • Chronic eyestrain.

Feeling fatigued when focusing on longer distanced tasks such as playing a sport, driving , and reading signs can also be symptoms of myopia.

Causes & Risks of Myopia

Myopia is caused by a natural shape change to the eye, causing light that enters the eye to focus in front of the retina instead of on the surface.
Myopia can be genetically inherited by children of myopic adults. Having parents that have myopia can mean children will have higher risk of inheritance. In most cases, changes to vision will start between the ages of 6 and 12 before stabilizing in early adulthood. However, in some cases, it will continue to change with age.
In most cases, myopia is an inconvenience. Between the number of treatments available, there are generally few to no risk factors to the health of the eyes. In extreme cases of degenerative myopia, there are a percentage of sufferers who face deterioration to the point of legal blindness. Malignant or rapid onset myopia carries a risk of retinal detachment and other back of eye degenerative changes.

Myopia Treatments

Common treatment for myopia is prescription glasses or contact lenses. Some individuals who are nearsighted often can wear glasses or lenses just during the duration of an activity that requires clear distance vision. Refractive surgery is also gaining popularity since it is a fairly noninvasive procedure.
If you are concerned about myopia, its best to be assessed by our Optometrist. If you receive a prescription for eyeglasses or contacts, the first number or “Sphere” will reflect how nearsighted you are. The larger the (-) number, the more nearsighted you will be.
If you are wanting freedom from prescription glasses or contacts during the day, there are a few treatments possible. Orthokeratology is a non surgical option where you insert rigid contact lenses while you sleep that gradually reshape your cornea. When you remove the lenses your cornea will hold the learned shape so you can see clearly during the day without glasses or contacts.
If you are considering refractive surgery, there are two common procedures, both of which will correct any refractive errors:

  • PRK (photorefractive keratectomy) – The doctor will remove a layer of tissue from your cornea by laser. This will flatten the cornea and allow light to refocus properly on the retina, repairing any refractive errors.
  • LASIK (laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis) – The doctor will incise a thin flap on the surface of the cornea, a laser will remove the cornea tissue, and then the cornea is resealed correcting any refractive errors.

What You'll Find at Aurora Eye Care

Sunglasses are about more than just style: they’re about protecting your eyes. A quality pair of sunglasses will be labeled as 100% UV blocking with the UV blocking built right into the lens. Unsure if yours block harmful UV light? Bring them in and we’ll test them for you!

Are Your Sunglasses UV Safe? +

For every pair of glasses purchased we donate towards VisionSpring, which supports the purchase of a pair of glasses for someone in a developing country. We love helping people both at home and abroad look, feel, and see better!

Buy a Pair, Support a Pair +

Using the Zeis iProfilier Plus, we are able to generate more accurate prescriptions for your corrective lenses. The iProfilier takes a topographical map of the front of your eye and allows us to compensate for some of the eye irregularities each of us have. The result is a more customized and accurate prescription.

More Accurate Corrective Lens Prescriptions +

Sunglasses are about more than just style: they’re about protecting your eyes. A quality pair of sunglasses will be labeled as 100% UV blocking with the UV blocking built right into the lens. Unsure if yours block harmful UV light? Bring them in and we’ll test them for you!

For every pair of glasses purchased we donate towards VisionSpring, which supports the purchase of a pair of glasses for someone in a developing country. We love helping people both at home and abroad look, feel, and see better!

Using the Zeis iProfilier Plus, we are able to generate more accurate prescriptions for your corrective lenses. The iProfilier takes a topographical map of the front of your eye and allows us to compensate for some of the eye irregularities each of us have. The result is a more customized and accurate prescription.

Where Aurora Eye Care is Located

Location Information

We are located on the east side of town in the Cobblestone Plaza, beside the TD Canada Trust and Shoppers Drug Mart on 100 Ave and 92 St. There is ample parking available on-site.

Address

9920 92 St
Grande Prairie AB, T8V 5N8

Contact Information

  • Monday: 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Tuesday: 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Wednesday: 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
  • Thursday: 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Friday: 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed
  • Dr. Pamela Giles
  • Dr. Kyla Hunter
  • Dr. Kent Manville
  • Dr. Charlotte Forgie
  • Dr. Natasha Chrenek
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