How to Become an Optometrist

You have a vision; you see it clearly, in 20/20. You’re good at seeing eye to eye with people, you’ve mastered interpersonal optics and you’ve been a pupil of the sciences for years. You’ve got your sights set on your goal; you want to be an optometrist. First, let me...

Binocular Vision

Cyclops (the mythical creature, not the X-Men mutant) must have a tough life. They’re seen as dense and dumb, easily tricked by men pretending to be sheep. It’s not really their fault, though; if you only had one eye, you wouldn’t have a lot of depth, either. That is...

I, Allergies

My mom has some of the worst allergies you can possibly imagine. I remember as a child waking up some days to see her eyes swollen shut from an allergic reaction; I didn’t understand why it was happening, so I simply told folks she was allergic to her own eyes. As it...

Nystagmus, the Dancing Eyes

The ability to control and coordinate the muscles in your eyes is extremely important to the clarity of your vision. For most of us, this is a relatively straightforward affair; our eye muscles move in sync with each other, and enable us to see whatever we want to...

Winterize Your Winter Eyes

By the time you read this post, I’m afraid winter will already be upon us. I can’t say for sure, and I hope the future in which this is being read is one of above zero temperatures, sunny skies, windless days and snowless ground, but I have serious doubts about that....

Lasers and Your Eyes

When I was a kid, I was really excited about laser eye surgery. I mean, who doesn’t want to have laser eyes? Maybe it would mean my eye would become super precise, using a laser pointer to target things far away. Maybe I’d become like Cyclops from X-Men, shooting...

Glaucoma: What You Need to Know

The prospect of going blind, no longer being able to see the colours of the changing leaves in fall, appreciate a sunset, or bask in the glow of happy faces around the fireplace during the holidays – it’s terrifying. There’s a number of things that can cause you...

The Kinds of Colour Deficiency

There’s a common misconception about colour deficiency, and that’s what is called colour blindness. This misconception is understandable; after all, people with colour deficiency can’t see a certain range of colours. Colour blindness, however, should be reserved for...

Is a Sight Test Enough?

You know the Snellen chart; you read the big E, then the slightly smaller FP, then good old TOZ, so on and so forth until you know how good your vision is, or so the story goes! In reality, the Snellen chart is just a measure of visual acuity; a sight test, and not a...