Cultivating a culture at your workplace is essential in ensuring you have the best possible team. A healthy, happy culture helps create happy team members, which increases productivity among many other things. We pride ourselves on the culture we continue to build on and develop here at Oak Bay Optometry, and we think that translates through to our patients and clients! We love hearing laughter in the workplace, and outside of the workplace!

One of our recent adventures and team building exercises was a trip up to Nanaimo to run in the Foam Fest 5km. Bright and early we hopped on the school bus to begin the ride up, sharing early morning coffee, delicious bagels from Mount Newton bagels, and lots of laughter. The trip up there flew by, and soon we were at the race course! It entailed 5km of foam filled obstacles through mud and muck, and within the first 5 minutes we were soaked head to toe. Sticking together as a team we tackled obstacles – like climbing up and over walls, and army crawling through tangled wires in the mud. We dashed across the lily pond, and climbed up the death slide to plummet down the steep incline. At the end, we crossed the finish line as a team holding hands, and proudly held up our participation medals!

Team Building at its best!

Lutein and Zeaxanthin are two powerful antioxidants that protect the retina from the damaging effects of UV rays and blue light. These antioxidants can be found in green leafy vegetables. Leafy vegetables also contain vitamin C, E, beta-carotene, and zinc, which are all helpful in preventing the progression of age-related macular degeneration.

This salad features kale, and is a healthy option for good eye health! The recipe is by Optometrists Dr. Barbara Pelletier and Dr. Laurie Capogna who have co-authored books on eye nutrition.

 

 

Our eyes are one of our most valuable senses, and we should do our best to protect them however we can. Sun protection is a major component of maintaining your eye health. The sun rays emit several types of harmful light – UVA, UVB, and high-energy blue light. This little infographic gives some handy information, and an idea of how to best protect your eyes.

We’ve been nominated as Best in the City for Eye Clinics and Eyeglasses Stores. We would appreciate your vote for us – we want to be the best we can be for all of you! Vote here: http://vicnews.secondstreetapp.com/Best-of-the-City-2018/

We are having a customer appreciation event and we will be featuring all the styles of Maui Jim and Zeal frames. Food and beverages will be available – come swing by and say hi, and check out some great deals!

We love Spring! The blossoming of fresh spring flowers, delicate cherry tree blooms, magnolias and more – Victoria has so much to offer! This spring season is all about lightweight styles that showcase your face off during the warmer months. We choose 4 lovely frames that are perfectly embody Spring 2018 – what’s your favourite?

‘Tis the time of year for allergies! Spring sunshine brings spring flowers, and with that comes many allergens. Here is a handy little infographic with some tips and tricks to try to reduce your allergy symptoms.

 

On Saturday we attended a lovely tea tasting hosted by the wonderful team at Silk Road Tea. Silk Road Tea is a local Victoria business that is doing outstanding work in the world of tea and natural, organic beauty. In our 45 minute session we explored the world of tea, and sampled many of their wonderful blends. A few of our favourites were the Allergy and Hay Fever Defense Tea, which includes green tea, herbs and vitamin C to help with allergies, and the Quench Tea, which includes anti-inflammatory ingredients and minerals. They also have diffusing blends available, as well as roll-on essential oils.

We love supporting local businesses, and were so thrilled with our experience there. We will be long time Silk Road Tea clients now, as they truly have the best, most fresh tea!

 

One of the benefits of living on this beautiful West Coast, surrounded by our gorgeous coastal waters is the access to fresh seafood! This recipe packs two eye super-foods into one tasty main dish. Pair it with some green leafy vegetables for even more eye health benefits, and a complete nutritious meal!

Now sit down and enjoy your gorgeous dinner, full of all those healthy ingredients! Prevention and staying on top of your health through food and exercise is one of the best ways to help maintain your health. We love being a part of your healthy lifestyle journey!

 

As a society we spend so much time focusing on screens day through night, and that can greatly impact our eye health! One of the best ways to provide easy protection is to have a blue light anti-glare coating placed on your lenses, which will help protect your retina against harmful damage caused by screens.

What is blue light? Blue light is a natural part of the visible light spectrum, and it accounts for 25% of all sunlight. Blue light has a high amount of energy in each wavelength, and your brain utilizes the natural blue light from the sun to regulate sleep, boost alertness and mood, and contribute to general well-being.  It is also produced by electronic screens and energy efficient light bulbs, which is where we are often overexposed and our eyes are prone to damage, which can have serious long term effects. Too much blue light damages the retina, can cause headaches, eye strain and fatigue, difficulties falling asleep, and can ultimately lead to macular degeneration and loss of sight.

Eyestrain is the most common condition associated with computer use, and it can impact productivity and learning ability. Discomfort in the eyes, blurry vision, neck and back pain as well as headaches after computer or screen use is an indicator that you may be exposing yourself to too much blue light. This exposure and damage is irreversible, which is why it is so good to consider protection!

Blue light also impacts sleep! Exposure to blue light decreases your melatonin production, which is a key hormone in healthy sleep and a healthy lifestyle. Using blue light emitting devices just before bed can cause difficulties falling asleep, poor sleep quality, and fatigue upon waking and poor concentration. Lack of sleep is also linked with more serious conditions, so keep yourself healthy and sleep well! Using a pair of glasses with the blue light anti-glare coating can help you avoid these issues. Even if you do not have a prescription you can still get a pair of glasses and lenses that provide protection while utilizing these devices.

Team Highlight:

Caitlyn LOVES her blue light coating! Prior to having this coating she got migraines quite often, and with this coating the severity and frequency of getting them has dropped. She is now able to spend more time comfortably working and enjoying screen time, without worrying about the strain that is happening to her eyes. It has made a significant difference in her quality of life – how could it impact your quality of life? Talk to us today!