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Eye Health: Seasonal Allergies & Itchy Eyes

If you suffer from seasonal allergies, spring time in Edmonton may not be your favorite time of year. Itchy, watery, blood shot eyes and that stringy mucous discharge can make spring time down right miserable. 

If you're like most Edmontonians, you've probably tried every over the counter eye drop in search of relief. In some instances they may do the trick, but make sure to read the label and follow the recommended dosage and frequency. If you're not experiencing relief from these commonly available products, it may be time to see an optometrist. An optometrist can prescribe varies prescription eye drops that can help to reduce or eliminate your ocular allergy symptoms. 

Note: An ocular allergy visits to your optometrist is covered under Alberta Health Care.  


Dailies Total 1

The all new Dailies Total 1 water gradient 1-day disposable contact lens by Alcon is now available at StoneWire Optometry in Kingsway Mall. This breakthrough contact lens technology provides exceptional end of day comfort, and improved oxygen transmissibility which results in white and healthy looking eyes.

The Dailies Total 1 contact lens is the first and only contact lens on the market to have different surface and core water content levels. The central silicon core has a 33% water content to improve lens breathability, while the surface outermost edge reaches nearly 100%. The high surface water content helps to increase contact lens lubricity, which decreases eyelid friction over the contact lens every time you blink. The result is that you can hardly feel the Dailies Total 1 contact lens in your eye. This silky smooth finish however leads to the Dailies Total 1 only perceived down fall, which is that it’s very difficult to remove at the end of the day. However, we feel this little bit of frustration is worth the other 12 hours of ocular bliss.

To learn more about the Dailies Total 1 contact lenses, check out the video on the blog

To book your next eye exam and contact lens trial fitting of Dailies Total 1 water gradient contact lenses, give StoneWire Optometry in Kingsway Mall a call.  Be one of the first people in Edmonton to try the newest, latest and most innovative contact lens technology on the market today. 


StoneWire Optometry
Kingsway Mall - Edmonton


Why does my eye or eyelid twitch?

A twitchy eye is generally considered a non-serious eye condition and is commonly experienced by patients. Medically, an eyelid twitch is referred to as  ‘Myokymia’.  The twitching sensation is the result of the sudden spasmodic contraction of the obicularious muscle, which is normally used for closing your eyelids. The twitching sensation most often effects the lower eyelid and occasionally can even place pressure on the eyeball itself causing the eye to twitch. Some patients are convinced that their eye is actually twitching, however, this is a vary rare phenomenon.  Symptoms from myokymia can last up to a month and can disappear as quickly as they began.

The most common causes of myokymia include: 

  • Stress
  • Caffeine
  • Alcohol
  • Fatigue
  • Eye infection
  • Tourette Syndrome
  • Excessive exercise
  • Reduced potassium levels 

Although most eyelid twitches are not medically significant, it is always best to visit your optometrist or eye doctor to rule out any other more serious eye related diseases. Treatment for myokymia usually involves rest and relaxation, drinking plenty of water, and eating foods high in potassium. 

Fun Fact: Did you know that seeing your eye doctor for a condition like myokymia is now covered under Alberta Health Care.

If you're concerned about myokymia and your overall eye health, than book a routine eye health examination with one of our optometrists.



Retinal Detachment: Signs & Symptoms

It’s important to know the signs and symptoms of a retinal detachment, as they can occur at any age to anyone and without warning. Symptoms often include new or increased number of floaters or cobwebs within your vision. These floaters may also be accompanied by sudden flashes of light (a sign that something is pulling on the retina), which is often better seen in low light. The most telling sign of a retinal detachment is when you feel like something is blocking a portion of your vision, usually described as the ‘curtain’ effect.

Typical retinal detachment risk factors include:

  1. High nearsightedness
  2. Recent eye surgery – such as cataract surgery
  3. Previous retinal detachment in the other eye
  4. A recent eye injury or hit to the eye

Retinal detachments are considered a medical emergency and require urgent treatment in order to repair the retina before too much damage can occur. It’s important that if you should ever notice any of these signs or symptoms that you see our office as soon as possible. Once diagnosed, your optometrist will arrange for you to be seen by a retinal specialists as soon as possible.

Did you know: Emergency eye visits to your optometrist are now covered under Alberta Health Care.


Community: Remembrance Day

Kingsway Optometry would like to thank all the men and women who have served within the Canadian Armed Forces during both peace and war time. We would like everyone to remember to take a moment of silence in their honour at 11:00am this Sunday, November 11.

Lest We Forget:

Letters In Wartime - A nightly theatre production (Nov 8-11) at Alberta Aviation Museum
Alberta Legislative Assembly Remembrance Service - Nov 8 @ 11:00am, Legislature Rotunda
City of Edmonton Remembrance Day Service - Nov 11 @ 10-12am, U of A Butterdome
No Stone Left Alone - Get involved in honouring all soldiers' headstones with a poppy on Remembrance Day
Listing of events in Edmonton and other Alberta locations can be found here


Same Day Delivery - Eyeglasses

If your eyeglasses are broken, you live far away, you’re travelling or you’re just in a hurry, then why not let the people at Pearle Vision Optical in Kingsway Mall help you out with their same day prescription eyewear service.

With an in house optical lab, Pearle Vision can provide you with a same day service on most prescription eyewear. *

Walkin appointments for eye exams are also available from one of our onsite optometrists, so don't forget to update your prescription first!



*some restrictions may apply, please see Pearle Vision in Kingsway Mall for details. 


Halloween at Kingsway Mall 

Your invited to the annual Kingsway Mall Halloween trick or treat bonanza. Come one, come all and join the Halloween fun. Bring your little ghosts, goblins, princess’ and superheroes to Kingsway Mall this Wednesday for a little trick or treating excitement. Be ready to howl!

What: Go shop-to-shop and collect Halloween candy and prizes from local Kingsway Mall merchants.
Why: Your kids will be warm and safe, they’ll actually be able wear their Halloween custom without a parka over top and you can sip a coffee. How civilized!
Where: Kingsway Mall – Edmonton, AB
When: Wednesday October 31, 2012 – 5:00pm to 7:00pm


Optical Assistance for Seniors

Many Edmonton seniors are surprised to learn that the Alberta Seniors Health Benefit program will provide up to $230.00 towards the purchase of new eyewear every 3 years. Most seniors are also surprised to learn that Alberta Health Care also covers the costs associated with a complete eye health examination by an optometrist every year. 

To learn more about what’s covered through the Alberta Seniors Health Benefit program or to sign up, visit the Alberta Government website at 

If you are already enrolled in the Alberta Seniors Health Benefit program, accessing your eye care benefits is easy. Simply provide your optical provider with your Alberta Health Care number along with a valid government issued photo-ID at the time of purchase.  


We Accept Alberta Blue Cross Insurance

Kingsway Optometry and Pearle Vision Optical in Kingsway Mall have the ability to direct bill your Alberta Blue Cross vision insurance plan at the time of your next eye exam or eyewear purchase. If you or your employer has added coverage for optical services/vision care to your Alberta Blue Cross plan, then a portion of or all of your visit or eyewear purchase may be covered.

With so many individuals and local employers offering group coverage through Alberta Blue Cross such as: teachers union (asebp), nurses union and some divisions of the City of Edmonton. Kingsway Optometry is trying to make it more convenient for these people to access their vision care benefits.


How do I know if I have vision coverage?

  1. Your card must be from Alberta Blue Cross
  2. Your card needs to say ‘vision’ on it

What’s covered under Alberta Blue Cross Vision Care?

  1. Eye Exams
  2. Contact Lenses
  3. Prescription Eyeglasses
  4. Prescription Sunglasses

To learn more about the products and services available through Alberta Blue Cross or the coverage on your current plan, please visit their website at: or call an Alberta Blue Cross customer service representative toll free at 1.800.394.1964


AIR OPTIX & Breakfast Television Contest

Starting October 15, 2012 keep an eye out on Breakfast Television for commercials talking about the new AIR OPTIX AQUA MULTIFOCAL contact lenses. Designed for patients with active lifestyles who require bifocal or progressive eyeglass lenses, this contact lens may provide comfortable vision at all distance or at least allow you to read the menu after your hockey or soccer game.

Fact: Contact lens usage drops off after the age of 40, because of near vision problems out of traditional contact lenses.

So before you give up on your contact lenses, talk to your Kingsway Optometry eye doctor about whether or not multifocal contact lenses like AIR OPTIX AQUA MULTIFOCAL may be a part-time solution to your vision needs.

During this promotion, viewers can also register at to win a $3000 trip to the Caribbean plus a year’s supply of AIR OPTIX contact lenses.