The Doctors at Dr. Tracy Brodie and Associates want to make sure that you receive all of the information that you need to make educated decisions about your eye health. We are always available to answer your questions.
Dr. Tracy Brodie answers frequently asked questions
Q: What causes my eyes to water when I exercise?
A: When our eyes water this is often a sign of dry eyes. If the tear film is off balance, this can cause excessive tearing. The cause of dry eyes is multi-factorial: It is possible you are dehydrated or sometimes it can be the environment you are exercising in. Air from a fan can be drying, or if you are outside exercising that may cause dryness. If your vision also becomes blurred when you are exercising, this may be a sign of a more serious condition. It is important to have a regular examination to ensure your eye are healthy, and we can recommend some dry eye treatments if that appears to be the cause of the excessive tearing.
Q: I was just diagnosed with diabetes in August. I had glasses before and I try and use them now, but they don't help me see any better. What should I do?
A: Diabetes can have many effects on the eyes, including changes in vision. Because you are diabetic you are now covered under OHIP for an eye exam once per year with a Doctor of Optometry. These yearly exams are very important when you are diabetic as your Doctor of Optometry will ensure your prescription is stable as well as monitor the health of your eyes for any changes related to your diabetes. We watch for bleeding at the back of the eye, as well as other ocular diseases such as glaucoma. Please call our office to book your eye exam as soon as possible.
Q: Can I wear my contact lenses to the beach?
A: Besides the obvious risk of losing them in the water or in the sand, you're are also increasing your risk of contracting a serious eye infection. The ocean water has high levels of bacteria which could contaminate your lenses and in turn cause a bacterial infection in your eyes. We recommend that you take regular eyewear or prescription sunglasses for your day at the beach. Enjoy!