5 Things Travelers Need To Know About Onchocerciasis


Onchocerciasis, also known as river blindness, is not an issue in Canada, but if you plan to travel internationally, you may be putting yourself at risk of contracting the disease. Here are five things you need to know about this sight-threatening eye disease. What causes onchocerciasis? Onchocerciasis is caused by Onchocerca volvulus, a type of parasite. These parasites are carried by Simulium blackflies, a type of blackfly that lives near fast-flowing water sources in some areas.

10 December 2015

Ophthalmologist, Optometrist And Optician: What's The Difference?


So, it's time for you to go to the eye doctor. You have all of your paperwork in order, you're mentally prepared to have your eyes examined, you're fully clothed, but – what sort of eye doctor should you see? You've noticed that there are three types of professionals who deal with eyes: ophthalmologist, optometrist and optician. What are the differences between the three? Which ones specializes in what? Do I need to see one, a combination of two, or all three?

18 August 2015