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Protect Your Eyes From Vision Loss: Diabetes Awareness Month

Diabetic retinopathy is a potentially sight-threatening condition caused by high blood sugar levels in diabetics. Fortunately, your eye doctor can advise on how to manage and reduce the risk of developing it.

Markham Optometrist – Local Eye Doctor

Dr. Hafiz H. Walji Eye Doctor in Markham, Ontario Many eye diseases can be quickly and easily diagnosed during a Comprehensive eye exam, Pediatric eye exam and Contact lens eye exam. If you were diagnosed with an eye disease, such as Cataracts, Glaucoma, Macular degeneration, Diabetic retinopathy, or Dry eye,...

Markham Eye Doctor – Good Vision Health

Dr. Hafiz H. Walji Eye Doctor in Markham, Canada Many eye diseases can be quickly and easily diagnosed during a Comprehensive eye exam, Pediatric eye exam and Contact lens eye exam. If you were diagnosed with an eye disease, such as Cataracts, Glaucoma, Macular degeneration, Diabetic retinopathy, or Dry eye,...

Why Diabetic Eye Exams are Essential in Markham

Dr. Hafiz H. Walji Diabetic Eye Exams in Markham, Ontario Many eye diseases can be quickly and easily diagnosed during a Comprehensive eye exam, Pediatric eye exam and Contact lens eye exam. If you were diagnosed with an eye disease, such as Myopia or Nearsightedness, Cataracts, Glaucoma, Macular degeneration, Diabetic...

New To Contact Lenses? Here Are Our Top 5 Tips!

If you or your child is new to wearing contact lenses, read our Top 5 Tips to make the adjustment easier.

5 Reasons To Wear Sunglasses In The Fall

Sunglasses aren’t just for summer. Why not, you ask? Read on to find out why sunglasses are just as much “fall wear” as jackets are.

Colored Contacts in Time for Halloween

Halloween is coming up and we have a lot we wish to scare away this season. While you figure out the best costume and safe Halloween trick or treating 2020 during Corona, we'd like to remind you about safe contact lens wearing. While colored contact lenses are a lot of...

The Best Foods for Your Eyes

Consuming certain vitamins and nutrients can support your eye health and potentially ward off serious eye diseases and conditions. Read on to find out more!

Markham, Ontario | 6 Actions You Can Take to Prevent Cancer

Dr. Hafiz H. Walji Eye Doctor near you in Markham, Ontario Nowadays, cancer is so widespread that most people have faced it – either directly or indirectly through the diagnosis of a friend or family member. However, despite the grim picture cancer statistics have presented over the years, scientists have...

Markham | How to Have Healthy Eyes

Dr. Hafiz H. Walji Eye Doctors in Markham, Ontario, share Tips on How to Have Healthy Eyes 30 Second review. You look through your eyes to see the glorious world around you, and your eye doctor looks into your eyes to see a view of your health. In addition to...

Markham | Vision Problems Are Common in Older Parkinson’s Patients

Yet despite these findings, few Parkinson’s patients visit an eye doctor for regular eye exams! 30 Second review. A recent study based on U.S. Medicare records found that problems with vision are much more common in elderly people who suffer from Parkinson’s than in their peers. Additionally, these vision problems...

How Can My Child’s Myopia Be Corrected?

Myopia or nearsightedness is most commonly corrected with prescription glasses or contact lenses. As children grow, their prescription often gets stronger, what we call “progressive myopia”. Our eye doctors can help.

Markham | Could a Low-Carb Diet Reduce Your Risk of Glaucoma?

A recent eye care study points to a possible connection between carbs and preventing glaucoma. 30 Second review. Recently, an eye doctor at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai (NYEE) conducted a unique research study exploring the potential link between long-term dietary changes and preventing primary open...

Are Floaters and Flashes Dangerous?

Eye floaters are usually normal. But what causes them and when do they indicate a serious eye problem that needs emergency eye care?

Optometrists prepare for back to school

The Coronavirus or Covid-19 has set back many companies and institutions. We have been afraid to go to the doctor and as such, frighteningly come to diagnose ourselves in order to avoid potential spread. But in many cases, this is not a good idea (at all) and you should not...

Tips to Relax Your Eyes

Driving long distances, prolonged screen time and even reading can cause eye strain symptoms like headaches and blurry vision. Here are some eye exercises that can help you relax your eyes and find relief.

How Long Does It Take to Get Used to New Glasses?

Adjusting to new eyeglasses can take time, but persistent visual or eyestrain symptoms that accompany your new eyewear could warrant a call to your optometrist.

How To Prevent “Mask Fog” on Your Glasses

If you wear glasses and a face mask, you’ve probably struggled with “mask fog.”  Your lenses get all misty, requiring you to wipe your eyewear throughout the day. Below are a few strategies to help you prevent your eyeglasses from fogging up when wearing a mask. But First, Why Do...

Why You Regularly Need to Replace Your Sunglasses

To get maximal eye protection from your sunglasses, consider replacing them every two years, according to a study conducted in Brazil. Over time, protective UV coatings become less effective.

6 Signs You May Need Glasses

Many people don't realize they have a vision problem. Perhaps they've gone years without glasses and haven't noticed the gradual change in their vision. Or they’ve noticed a change, but put off a visit to an eye doctor. Regardless of whether you’re experiencing problems, make an appointment with Dr. Hafiz...

Don’t Do These 11 Things If You Wear Daily Disposable Contacts!

Countless people around the world wear daily disposable contact lenses or dailies. These popular single-use lenses are removed and discarded at the end of each day, and a new, fresh pair is inserted the next morning. Used properly, dailies promote eye health, and they’re comfortable and convenient.   Despite the...

Why You Should Avoid Online Eye Tests

An online eye exam is an automated and interactive vision test that claims to measure mainly visual acuity. It may seem like a convenient way to evaluate your vision or get an eyeglass or contact lens prescription, as these tests can be administered using your computer, tablet, or smartphone from...

COVID-19 Office Update

In accordance with the advice and direction of Ontario Ministry of Health as well as The College of Optometrists of Ontario, our clinic is temporarily closed until further notice. If you are experiencing a medical eye emergency please call our special telephone number for Eye Emergencies at 905-471-3937 and leave...

What Will Optometry Practices Look Like Post-COVID?

COVID-19’s rapid sweep across the country has forced optical practices to make rapid clinical management decisions. Some optometrists temporarily shuttered their businesses due to the pandemic, while others began to offer emergency appointment services and telehealth.  As mandatory restrictions begin to lift in many locations, optometrists are beginning to open...

Why You Shouldn’t Visit the ER for Eye Emergencies During COVID-19

During the COVID-19 outbreak, we have been going above and beyond to ensure that people are receiving emergency eye care. If you're having an eye emergency call your Markham optometrist first.

What Services Can I Get Using Tele-Optometry?

Tele-optometry is a branch of telemedicine that can cover a wide range of problems and treatments related to vision and ocular health. Tele-medicine delivers medical care through digital medical equipment and telecommunications technology, such as online videos accessible through smart phones and tablets. This allows patients to easily receive screenings,...

COVID-19: Protect Your Eyes From Too Much Screen Time

You and your children are likely spending more time on mobile devices and computer screens than ever before. Too much time spent staring at screens can cause computer vision syndrome, or digital eye strain, in certain people. While not serious, this condition can be very uncomfortable, potentially causing: Headaches Eyestrain...

How to Disinfect Glasses to Help Prevent COVID-19

Coronavirus and Your Eyeglasses It may surprise many that our glasses (this includes the lenses and the frame) can potentially transfer viruses, such as COVID-19, to our eyes, nose, and mouth. This is because viruses — as well as bacteria —  are easily transferred from the environment to our hands...

Coronavirus and Your Eyes – What You Should Know

As coronavirus (COVID-19) spreads around the world, health professionals are demanding that people limit their personal risk of contracting the virus by thoroughly washing their hands, practicing social distancing, and not touching their nose, mouth, or eyes. In fact, it may surprise you to learn that the eyes play an...

Visiting Your Optometrist During COVID-19

Is your eye doctor's appointment coming up? Are you worried about going to the eye clinic during the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic? Rest assured, keeping our patients and staff are safe is our top priority.  We anticipate that this outbreak will continue for a while, and do not want our...

Top 3 Serious Eye Emergencies

  1. Sudden Loss of Vision – Can be due to a blocked artery inside your eye.
  2. Severe Eye Pain – Can be due to a suddenly-occurring type of glaucoma
  3. Very sensitive to lights and also painful eyes – Can be due to inflammation of the Iris

8 Ways to Protect Your Eyes at the Office

Everyone seems to be staring at a screen these days, whether their computer, their smartphone or another digital device. The stress it puts on your eyes can cause a condition called "digital eye strain" (DES) or "computer vision syndrome" (CVS). Symptoms include eye fatigue, dry eyes, blurred vision, headaches, neck...

Does Obesity Impact Eye Health?

Nation-wide awareness about the vast dangers of obesity is at an all-time high, with TV shows like “The Biggest Loser” and health initiatives such as Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” campaign shining a spotlight on the importance of fitness and good nutrition. However, despite the public’s knowledge of obesity’s effects on...

Seven Reasons Why Our Patients Obtain Their Eyeglasses From Our Optometry Clinic

 
  1. YOUR DOCTOR’S UNIQUE INSIGHT ABOUT YOUR EYES: As a patient in this clinic, your Eye Doctor, Dr. H. Walji knows best exactly the nature of eyeglasses that you need to provide you with the very best vision, the best comfort and superior ergonomics based on why you need corrective eyewear and how you will be using your new glasses.

Sunburned Eyes? Beware of Snow Blindness!

Playing outside in a snowy winter wonderland can be magical. Under clear skies in the sunshine, the soft white landscape becomes just about irresistible, whether at home or travelling on a winter-weather get-away.  Before you let your children run outside to build the most adorable snowman or fling themselves onto...

3 Ways Diabetes Can Affect Your Vision and Eyes

Did you know that people with diabetes are 20 times more likely to get eye diseases than those without it? There are three major eye conditions that diabetics are at risk for developing: cataracts, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy. To prevent these sight-threatening diseases, it's important to control your blood sugar...

Hyper-phoria Can Be A Pain In The Neck

Hyper-phoria is an eye condition where one eye tends to look higher than the other eye. The problem with eyes being out of alignment is similar to your automobile wheels being out of their alignment. You tend to use one more eye than the other eye that works your eyes unevenly. When eyes do no work in sync, but fight against each other, reading becomes extremely difficult.  

Your Eyes Are the Windows to Your Health

Your eyes aren't just the windows to your soul — they can also reveal valuable information about your general health beyond whether you need glasses, including: diabetes, heart disease, and even cancer. It is not unusual for people to come in for an eye exam just to check their eyesight...

How Smoking Impacts Vision

Smoking harms nearly every system in your body — including your eyes.  Though we are all aware of the health effects associated with smoking, such as lung cancer, heart disease, and bad teeth, few know about the negative impact it can have on our vision.  Smoking and Eye Disease  Smoking,...

Your Quality of Vision Shouldn’t Dictate Your Quality of Life

Technology can enhance your vision, even when drugs, surgery or prescription eyewear can’t. Enhance your Vision when looking in the distance (TV, theatre, etc.) or near (Reading, computers) with new, high technology vision aids.  

Here’s Why Hydrogen Peroxide is an Excellent Contact Lens Solution

Once you and your doctor have decided on the type of contact lenses you'll need, it's time to choose the most suitable contact lens solution for your eyes and contacts.  There exist 2 different types of solution for contact lenses: Multipurpose and Hydrogen Peroxide-based. While both remove debris and build-up,...

Smart Hygiene Habits to Care for Your Contact Lenses

Swimming in a pool with your contacts on or topping off your solution may seem harmless, but they could compromise your contact lenses and your vision. Below are daily habits to adopt for optimal contact lens care: Wash Your Hands Regularly Whether you use daily or monthly contact lenses, make...

Take An Eye-Q Test to Give You An Idea of How Well You Understand Your Eyes

True or false?
  1. At a distance of ten inches, my eyes can detect an object as small as four thousands of an inch in size.
  2. My eyes can distinguish only four colours.
  3. My eyes can see a candle 14 miles away.

How to Keep Glasses from Getting Foggy

Whether you live in a cold climate or have visited one in the winter, you have probably seen someone who just walked in from the cold outdoors sporting glasses that are no longer transparent, or perhaps you’ve experienced it yourself. Why Do Glasses Fog Up? There are several factors that...

12 Tips for Optimal Eye Health

Good Eye Care Habits & Hygiene By practicing good eye care habits and hygiene, you can prevent many vision problems from occurring. Eye problems and the risks associated with vision loss only grow as you age. By neglecting eye care, you place yourself at a higher risk of suffering from...

Prevention – Still The Best Cure

Question: “My eyesight is perfect, I am not squinting or straining to see and I think my eyes are healthy. Aaah, the old “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it logic.” Well, your eyes are actually different from say, a lawnmower. A machine will sputter, stall, spit, turn on a red light, or simply conk out, letting you know that something is wrong. Your eyes don’t always warn you of impeding danger.

Wearing Colored Contact Lenses This Halloween? Beware and Take Care!

Countless adults, teens and even children will be wearing colored contact lenses this Halloween, but few are aware of the risks involved. Ever wondered what those cat-eye contacts are doing to your eyes? If you got them without a prescription, beware of health complications. Enjoy a safe and happy Halloween...

Sports-Related Eye Injuries

September Is Sports Eye Safety Month! Ocular sports trauma is among the leading causes of permanent vision loss in North America. Tens of thousands of people get treated for sports-related eye injuries a year, with the most common injuries occurring during water sports and basketball. Infections, corneal abrasions, eye socket...

Squinting

People who squint a lot probably need glasses. This is often a sign of nearsightedness. Nearsighted people who don’t have glasses will squint to sharpen their focus when looking at something far away. Though it may solve the problem temporarily, it can also cause eyestrain and headaches — ant it is not particularly attractive.  

Summer Heat Wave and Your Eyes

This summer, heat waves with scorching temperatures have hit communities nationwide, making an already hot summer even hotter. With high temps and heat waves in certain areas, it’s now more important than ever to protect yourself. For best practices and tips for maintaining healthy vision in the summer heat, talk...

Helping You Save Your Time AND Money

Time and Money BOTH, are precious and rare commodities these days. We, at Your Eye Care Centre Understand that. That is why we provide You, Our Very Important Person, with ALL Your Optometric Eye Care Needs in one pretty place! Furthermore, All our Prices and Professional Fees are in accordance with the competitive Guideline of Fees required by The Ontario Association of Optometrist.
  • Quality, Thorough Eye Health Examinations including Glaucoma check-ups.
 

UV Safety Awareness Month

July is UV Safety Awareness Month, and no wonder! With the summer sun out in full force, it’s now more important than ever to protect your eyes from harmful UV rays. During this month, people who have suffered from UV ray damage and their loved ones are encouraged to share...

Is Your Child Prepared For Learning?

It’s time for your child to have a thorough eye examination to ensure he or she is ready to learn when school begins. Our Eye Care Practice examines the following to ensure good visual efficiency.
  • Visual Acuity is the ability to see objects clearly.
 

Top 4 Eyecare Tips for Summer Vacation

This summer, whether you're headed across state lines on a family road trip, flying off to Europe, grabbing a quick weekend getaway, or taking a vacation in your own backyard, don't forget to protect your eyes! Summer Eye Care Near You Check out our top 4 tips for ensuring healthy...

Cataract Awareness Month

June is Cataract Awareness Month. During this important time, people living with cataracts (and their loved ones) are encouraged to talk about their personal experiences by giving each other helpful information and sharing their knowledge and advice. Use the hashtag #CataractAwarenessMonth on your social media channels to encourage and support...

They’re Not Grandma’s Spectacle Lenses

New eyewear that is contoured to your eye like wrap-around sunglasses, prescription eyewear is contoured to your eye to improve peripheral vision by 40 percent. A new anti-scratch and anti-reflective lens coating that will actually not scratch, smear or peel off.

Help! My Child Doesn’t Want to Wear Glasses!

Do your kids need glasses in order to see clearly? Maybe they have a strong case of nearsightedness, perhaps they have astigmatism, or another type of refractive error. Whatever the cause, getting your kids to wear eyeglasses can be a parenting challenge. Dr. Hafiz Walji treats patients from all over Markham, ON...

Mental Health and Your Vision

May is Mental Health Awareness Month in the USA; in Canada, Mental Health week is May 6th to 12th. Since 1949, it has been observed throughout the United States as a way of drawing attention to the importance of proper mental health. This year’s theme is #4Mind4Body. The idea is...

Parkinson’s Awareness Month and Your Vision

April is Parkinson's Awareness Month in the USA and Canada, a time when those living with the disorder, their family members, friends, and community come together to raise awareness and share helpful information. People with Parkinson's Disease (PD) and their loved ones are encouraged to share their stories, struggles, and...

Top 5 Tips for Managing Eye Allergies This Spring

Spring is a season of new beginnings, when the cold harsh winter months are behind us, flowers bloom, and people begin spending more time outdoors. For people with allergies, spring means one more thing: suffering. Spring may be in the air, but for allergy sufferers, so is pollen, pet dander,...

Women’s Health and Your Vision

March 8th is International Women's Day, a day when women are honored and their accomplishments celebrated worldwide. From medicine to law, entrepreneurship to corporate leadership, education to the military, women are achieving great strides in areas of business like never before. In addition to professional achievements, International Women's Day is...

What’s in Your Household Cleaning Supplies?

Most of us have the basics: bleach, oven cleaner, air freshener, furniture polish, and window spray. Did you know that chemicals found in these kinds of cleaning products can be toxic and harmful to your health? In small amounts, they generally don’t cause much damage. But when used on a...

School and Vision: 2 Important Partners

It’s February and that means we’re smack in the middle of winter, which is also the middle of the school year. It’s the season when kids fervently hope for snow days and parents hope they don’t happen. As we head towards the second half of the school year, you’ve probably...

What You Need to Know About Glaucoma – The Sneak Thief of Sight

January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month. What is Glaucoma? Glaucoma, a silent eye disease, is the most common form of irreversible blindness in the world. It is actually a group of diseases that causes progressive damage to the optic nerve.  Glaucoma is a progressive eye disease that can lead to...

World Braille Day 2019

Each year during the month of January we recognize World Braille Day which gives us the opportunity to take a moment and appreciate the incredible gift that Braille has given to those who are blind or suffer from vision loss.  What is Braille? Braille is a tactile representation of letters...

Are Nerf Guns a Dangerous Holiday Present?

Nerf Guns: Popular, Projectile... Safe? With the newest Nerf guns and blasters reigning at the top of lists for the most popular toys this holiday season, many parents are excited to surprise their kids (or their spouses) with these coveted toy weapons. There is, in fact a whole culture behind these...

Trouble-Free Contact Lenses

Recent scientific innovations in contact lens technology now make it possible to safely wear contact lenses with the maximum of convenience. If you dislike the idea of laser vision correction, but want an alternative to wearing eyeglasses, consider a new type of contact lens that you can wear for several days or even several weeks at a time without removing at night.

8 Tips to Relieve Winter Dry Eyes

Whether you live in a climate with cold winter weather or you are planning a ski trip up north, winter can be a challenge if you suffer from dry eyes. Dry, cool air, cold winds and even drier indoor heating can cause eye irritation, burning, itchiness and redness, and sometimes...

Diabetes and Your Eyes

Diabetes is becoming much more prevalent around the globe. According to the International Diabetes Federation, approximately 425 million adults were living with diabetes in the year 2017 and 352 million more people were at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. By 2045 the number of people diagnosed is expected to...

Have an Eye Safe Halloween

Brush Up Before You Dress Up Halloween is one of the most fun times of the year for children and adults alike. When else do you get to dress up as anyone (or anything) you want, socialize with friends and eat lots of treats? Nevertheless, lurking behind those costumes and...

Exercise and Your Eye Health

Regular exercise is an essential component of overall health and wellness. It is proven that exercise reduces sickness and disease; it increases strength, immunity, and mental health; and it also helps regulate bodily functions and maintain a healthy weight. Research shows that exercise can lower our risk of chronic conditions...

Is Too Much Screen Time Dangerous For Your Kids?

Screen Time Pros and Cons Whether it is homework, email, gaming, chatting with friends, searching the web or watching Youtube, kids these days seem to have an endless number of reasons to be glued to a screen. Many parents out there are wondering how bad this can be for their...

Healthy Aging for the Eyes

Getting old doesn’t have to be synonymous with vision loss. There is a lot you can do to keep your eyes and vision healthy and prevent age related eye disease and vision loss, especially if you start early. Keeping your eyes healthy and strong may require some lifestyle changes, but...

Lazy Child At School or Lazy Eyes At Work

About 20 percent of individuals in any given School, College or Office have difficulty with learning that has nothing to do with their intelligence. Sight and Vision are not the same thing. Sight is the ability to see something clearly. Vision is when the BRAIN organizes the information seen and gives it meaning.

Progressive Myopia: When Your Child’s Vision Keeps Getting Worse

What Is Progressive Myopia? Nearsightedness or myopia is one of the most prevalent eye disorders worldwide and its incidence is increasing. In fact by 2050, myopia is projected to affect half of the world’s population! Many children diagnosed with nearsightedness (myopia) experience a consistent worsening of their vision as they...

The Dangers of An Online Eye Test

An online eye test may seem like a convenient way to check your vision or get an eyeglass prescription but beware, these tests aren’t all they are chocked up to be. In fact, they may even be dangerous.  What is an online eye test really testing?  An online eye test...

Signs That Your Child Has a Vision Problem

Healthy eyes and good vision are essential for your child’s growth and development. In fact, learning is 80% visual, which means a child’s success in school, athletics and many other aspects of life can be impacted by poor vision. Good vision goes beyond how far you can see, and also...

Eye Dangers in the Dorm – Eye Health for College Students

It’s almost back to school time for college students and whether this is your first time away from home or you are already a pro, you want to be prepared with as much knowledge as possible to live safely on your own. This knowledge includes eye and vision safety, as...

Why You Shouldn’t Rub Your Eyes

While it may seem like a harmless action, rubbing your eyes can actually cause a lot of damage. There are a number of different reasons that people rub their eyes and for the most part, it does more harm than good. While rubbing your eyes might feel really good in...

Ocular Migraines

Migraine Awareness Month: An ocular migraine is any migraine headache that involves a visual disturbance such as flashes of light, seeing stars or zigzags or the appearance of blind spots in the visual field. Ocular migraines can interfere with your ability to go about your daily tasks such as driving,...

How-to Guide for Buying Sunglasses

Sure, sunglasses might add the final touches to your chic ensemble, but the real reason to purchase your shades is to protect your eyes from the sun. Not only does glare from the sun make it difficult to see, but the UV rays it reflects can cause permanent damage to...

Sports Vision Deconstructed

Vision is a critical component to succeed as an athlete and this doesn’t just mean having 20/20 vision. There are a number of visual processes that are involved in optimal sports performance, whether you are playing a weekly little league game or competing in professional sports.   The eyes and the...

7 Eye Symptoms You Shouldn’t Ignore

While we all know that regular eye exams can help detect warning signs of disease and prevent vision loss, many people fail to seek medical attention when there is an acute problem with the eye. In fact, only about half of Americans that are at risk for serious vision loss...

Women’s Eye Health – 7 Tips for Optimal Vision for Life

April is Women’s Eye Health Month in the USA and May is Healthy Vision month in Canada too, so let’s take the opportunity to look at some tips for maintaining eye and vision health, with a special focus on women.  Statistically, women are more at risk than men for eye...

Ultraviolet Light and your Eyes

If you want strong, healthy eyes and clear vision for life, a major step you can take is to protect your eyes from UV radiation.  Wearing proper eye protection from the sun reduces the risk of a number of eye diseases and other conditions that are caused or worsened by...

Should I Be Concerned When My Eyelid Twitches?

We all experience the occasional eyelid twitch, which is when the muscle of the eyelid spasms involuntarily. Usually, it comes and goes without intervention and while sure, it can be irritating, is a twitching eyelid ever something to be concerned about? An eyelid twitch, also known as a myokymia, can...

Signs of Eye and Vision Problems in Infants

Infant Eyesight Despite nine months of growth in utero, babies are not born with fully developed eyes and vision - just like they can't walk or talk yet. Over the first few months of life, their visual systems continue to progress, stimulated by their surroundings. Babies will develop the ability...

AMD Awareness Could Save Your Vision

It’s that time of the year again. Each February, the optometric community bands together to create awareness about age-related macular degeneration (AMD). AMD is a leading cause of vision loss for people 50 years and older; early detection plays a key role in the outcome of the disease. That’s why...

Wear High Tech Spectacle Frames

High Technology has dramatically improved today’s spectacle frames. The frame is the “carrier” that holds your lenses in place within your eyeglasses. Gone are the days of heavy, oversized, uncomfortable frames that fit poorly and turned dirty green in color. Today, spectacle frames can be made from metals that will bend, twist and contort without breaking. These are a must for children and active adults who need durability.

Trouble Seeing at Night? All About Night Blindness

At this time of year when the sun sets early, many people are affected by night blindness. Night blindness or nyctalopia refers to difficulty seeing at night or in poor or dim lighting situations. It can be caused by a number of underlying conditions, sometimes completely benign and sometimes as a...

The Sneak Thief of Sight

It’s that time of year again. January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month, a time set aside each year to create awareness about this potentially devastating disease. The reason awareness about glaucoma is so important is because as its nickname, The Sneak Thief of Sight, describes, the disease often causes permanent...

Don’t Let Snow Blindness Ruin Your Winter Vacation

While most people have sunglasses high on their packing list for a tropical vacation, many people don’t consider it as much of a priority for colder climate getaways. But they should, and here’s why: Wintertime vacations often include activities that involve snow and ice and in general, conditions that can...

6 Crazy Holiday Eye Injuries to Avoid

As the season to deck the halls arrives, make sure that you aren’t one of the many people who find themselves celebrating in the urgent care clinic due to an eye injury. The holidays present many opportunities for potential eye injury so it’s important to be aware and proceed with...

End Your Computer Vision Syndrome

Our eyes are not suited to staring at a computer screen for very long. Eyes cannot properly lock focus on pixels or tiny dots of light that make up computer screens or Video Display Terminals (VDTs). A computer user’s eyes must continuously focus, refocus and focus again on tiny dots of light on the VDT in order to keep its image sharp.

10 Eye Healthy Foods to Eat This Year

The New Year is coming and many people include healthier eating and exercise in their resolutions for the year ahead. Well other than weight loss and overall health and disease-prevention, a healthy diet and regular exercise can protect your eyes and your vision. In particular, there are certain vitamins and...

Women and Diabetes – World Diabetes Day

November 14th is World Diabetes Day. This year, the theme of World Diabetes Day is women and diabetes - our right to a healthy future. The goal of this campaign is to promote awareness of the importance of equal and affordable access for all women, whether they are at risk...

What You Need to Know to Help World Blindness

October is World Blindness Awareness Month, an initiative started to help the public to understand the realities of visual impairment and how it affects the world population. Unfortunately, there are hundreds of millions of individuals around the world who are unnecessarily blind or visually impaired due to causes that are...

Halloween Eye Safety

October has arrived and that means many people are already starting to plan for upcoming costume parties and trick-or-treating for the Halloween season. This is why now is the time to remind the public about some very important precautions about eye safety since there are some common costume props and...

Trouble Seeing the Fine Print? Here are Your Options…

Every good pair of eyes eventually gets old and with age comes a condition called presbyopia. Presbyopia, which usually begins to set in some time around 40, occurs when the lens of the eye begins to stiffen, making near vision (such as reading books, menus, and computer screens) blurry. You...

Aging Eyes and Driving Safety 

Even if you don’t have any eye or vision problems, the natural process of aging affects your ability to see and react to visual stimuli. It’s important to know the impact the aging can have on your eyes and vision so you can take the necessary precautions to stay safe...

Using Your Eyes and Your Computer

When you use your computer, do you experience symptoms like headaches, eye strain, blurred vision, eye irritation, double vision, excessive tears or dry eyes, pain in the eyes or excessive blinking or squinting? This means you should visit your optometrist for a comprehensive eye examination. And, when you do, be sure to tell the doctor about the computer work that you do.

Is Your Teen Ready for Contacts?

Many teens who wear glasses are eager to try out contact lenses for convenience, fashion or to just provide another option for vision correction.

Inside a Life With Color Vision Deficiency

What’s it like to be color blind? Contrary to what the name implies, color blindness usually does not actually mean that you don’t see any color, but rather that you have difficulty perceiving or distinguishing between certain colors. This is why many prefer the term color vision deficiency or CVD...

How to Safely View the Great American Eclipse of 2017

On August 21st, for the first time since 1979, a solar eclipse will be visible across North America. What's even more historic is that it will also be the first time an eclipse will be visible across the continent, from coast to coast, since 1918. If you want to bear...

Are Your Eyes Sensitive to Light?

Light sensitivity, also known as photophobia, is a condition in which bright light - either natural sunlight or artificial light -  can cause significant discomfort, pain and intolerance. People that experience light sensitivity will find themselves needing to close their eyes or squint when exposed to light and often experience...

Got a Shiner!

What Exactly Is a Black Eye? A black eye, also known as a periorbital hematoma, is usually not an injury of the actual eye (which is why it is called “periorbital”- around the eye). It typically occurs when there is an injury to the face or the eye socket which...

Cataract Awareness and Prevention

According to the World Health Organization, cataracts are responsible for 51% of cases of blindness worldwide - although this blindness is preventable with treatment. In fact, research shows that in industrialized countries about 50% of individuals over the age of 70 have had a cataract in at least one eye....

Are You Ignoring Your Dry Eyes?

You Don’t Have to Live With Dry Eyes Have you noticed that your eyes feel chronically dry, itchy, scratchy or even sometimes watery? Many people that have these symptoms just go on with their lives until the symptoms become unbearable. What they don’t realize is that these are signs that...

Does Smoking Affect Vision?

Eye Doctors Weigh In: How Smoking Can Harm Your Vision & Eye Health We all know that smoking is bad for you, especially the risks that it poses to your heart and lungs. What many people do not know is that cigarette smoke negatively affects your eyes and vision too. Smoking...

Sjogren’s Awareness – Understanding The Invisible Disease 

In an effort to spread the word to increase awareness about Sjogren’s Disease, eye care providers are speaking out about this hard-to-diagnose condition. Sjogren’s is a systemic autoimmune disorder that can affect the whole body. One of the primary symptoms is excessive dryness particularly in the eyes and mouth. Other...

April is Women's Eye Health and Safety Month

Hey women! Did you know that women are more likely to suffer from vision problems and are at higher risk of permanent vision loss than men? Well 91% of the women surveyed recently didn’t know that, which means that many of them aren’t taking the necessary precautions to prevent eye...

Eye Health For Women

Hey women! Did you know that women are more likely to suffer from vision problems and are at higher risk of permanent vision loss than men? Well 91% of the women surveyed recently didn’t know that, which means that many of them aren’t taking the necessary precautions to prevent eye...

The Right (and the Wrong) Way to Clean Your Glasses

There is nothing worse than a dirty spot on your glasses - well except perhaps many dirty spots or smudges. When that happens, most of us are tempted to grab the corner of our shirt and wipe it off, but resist the temptation - this is actually not a good...

It’s Time to Talk About Blue Light

Blue light. Do you know what it is? Do you know where it comes from, or how it can be harmful to your eyes? If you don’t know the answers to these questions, you are not alone, yet it is important that you become aware to protect your eyes for...

Understanding Eye Color

Eye color is a hereditary trait that depends on the genes of both parents, as well as a little bit of mystery. The color of the eye is based on the pigments in the iris, which is a colored ring of muscle located at the center of the eye (around...

6 Ways to Prevent Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

Age-related macular degeneration is a serious condition that can threaten your vision and general well-being. Characterized by the deterioration of the central area of the retina called the macula which is responsible for focused vision, the disease gradually reduces your central vision. This affects the ability to see fine details,...

Are You Missing Your Child’s Hidden Vision Problem?

Your toddler may show every sign of good eyesight including the ability to see objects in the distance, however that doesn't necessarily mean that he or she doesn’t have a vision problem.

“The Sneak Thief of Sight” Is On Our Minds This January

Make your resolution for healthy vision this year with increased awareness of the leading cause of blindness worldwide.

Holiday Season Shopping: Are Nerf Guns Safe for the Eyes?

This is the one way you can be sure that you or your child’s eyes are truly safe during Nerf shooting:

Dry Eye Syndrome Causes and Cures

Despite the fact that it is one of the most common eye problems, a surprisingly large percentage of patients are not aware of it.

November is Diabetes Awareness Month

Chances are it affects you or someone you know. November has been dedicated as a time to spread awareness about the disease, its risk factors and the effects it has on your body, your daily life and the lives of your loved ones.

Don’t Let Fall Eye Allergies Get You Down

Red, itchy, watery eyes and swollen eyelids (along with sneezing, congestion or a runny nose)...

How Contact Lenses Can be a Danger to your Eyes

Most people wouldn’t consider contact lenses dangerous. In fact, they are a great alternative to glasses, offering convenience and great vision for those who wear them. However, when not obtained and used according to an eye doctor’s instructions, the consequences can be devastating. Contact Lenses Need to Fit Like shoes,...

An Active and Eye Safe Lifestyle

90%! That’s the number of sports eye injuries that studies show can be prevented using proper eye protection.  Yet most sports leagues don’t require protective eyewear as part of their uniform or safety requirements.  This leaves it up to athletes, parents and coaches to ensure that proper measures are taken...

10 Tips to Teach Children About Eye Safety

It is important to teach your children about eye health and safety from a young age.  This includes awareness about how your overall health habits affect your eyes and vision as well as how to keep your eyes safe from injury and infection.  Starting off with good eye habits at...

When 20/20 Vision isn’t Enough For Your Child

Since studies show that learning is 80% visual, children with untreated vision problems can really suffer when it comes to school. Most people think that good “vision” means 20/20 acuity but in reality, vision is much more complex.  Your brain is actually what completes the processing of the visual world...

Cutting Edge Eye-dentification

We have all seen the futuristic thrillers that use high-tech eye scanning identification systems but nowadays the technology does exist to use them in real life. A greater number of high security establishments have begun to use iris recognition for identification and security systems. How does it work? The iris...

Innovations in Color Blindness

There have been a lot of videos going viral lately of color blind people “seeing color” for the first time using specialized glasses. The emotional reactions of amazement, shock and joy even lead some to break down into tears. The glasses provide these individuals a way to view the world...

Poolside Eye Safety

Whether it is the sea, the sand, the sun or the softball field, summer brings people outside and this creates exposure to a multitude of potential dangers to the eyes. One risk that is possibly the least obvious is the swimming pool. Swimming pools are the culprit for multitudes of...

Cataract Awareness Month: What to Expect from Cataract Surgery

After the age of 50 most people will eventually be diagnosed with cataracts. Cataracts are when the natural crystalline lens of the eyes become clouded, causing vision impairment that can not be corrected by glasses or contact lenses. While commonly an age-related condition, occasionally there are infants born with a...

Sunwear for a Bright Future

According to the Vision Council’s 2016 UV (Ultraviolet Radiation) Protection report, parents are more likely to wear sunglasses (56%) than their children (only 29%!). Yet children, who spend much more time outside, are typically exposed to three times the amount of sunlight and UV radiation that adults get. This early...

How UV Damages Your Eyes

UV Awareness Month

What is a stye anyway?

A stye (known by eye doctors as a hordeolum) is an infection of an oil gland which forms a pimple-like bump on the base of the eyelid or within the eyelid itself. Styes can be uncomfortable, causing swelling, pain, redness, discomfort and sometimes excessive tearing or blurred vision if it...

Eye Allergies

Along with congestion, runny nose, coughing, sneezing, headaches and difficulty breathing, individuals with allergies often suffer from eye allergies or allergic conjunctivitis resulting in red, watery, itchy and sometimes swollen eyes. Just as irritants cause an allergic response in your nasal and respiratory system, your eyes also react with an...

Bifocal and Multifocal Contact Lenses 

If you are over 40 and have difficulty seeing close up, you probably have a common age-related condition called presbyopia which is when the eye’s natural lens loses the ability to focus on close objects. Presbyopia is a natural process that occurs as the eye ages and affects the majority of...

Workplace Eye Wellness: The Dangers of Blue Light

When people think of workplace dangers to the eyes, it is usually machinery, chemicals or construction materials that come to mind.  However, a growing danger to the eyes is one that may be less obvious - exposure to blue light from digital devices, television and computer screens and artificial lighting....

Do You Suffer from Poor Vision at Night?

The focussing ability of the eye changes in the dark. That is because the pupil dilates and this changes the eye’s aperture. In dim light, we experience “Night Myopia” and so we have trouble seeing far distances. Second, poor nutrition, especially low levels of Vitamin A, can contribute to poor night vision.

How to Find the Right Pair of Glasses for your Child

Whether you are looking for regular prescription glasses, sunwear or protective sports eyewear, it can be tough choosing the best eyewear for children and teens. On the one hand, they need to be comfortable and provide the optimal fit for improved vision and protection. At the same time, they also...

Preventing Age-related Macular Degeneration

February is AMD and Low Vision Awareness Month in the United States, and it’s White Cane Week in Canada. Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is a leading cause of vision loss in adults aged 50 and older. Awareness...

Resolve to Prevent Glaucoma in 2016

This year, make healthy eyes and vision your resolution. Find out if you or a loved one is at risk for glaucoma, and take steps for prevention. Glaucoma is a leading cause of preventable vision loss and blindness in adults in the United States and Canada and the second leading...

How to Read Your Eyeglasses Prescription

If you have astigmatism, your cornea is shaped like the back of a spoon, curved more on one side that the other. The “cylinder” column refers to the measurable degree of astigmatism of your central cornea. The orientation of the spoon shape can differ from person to person, for instance, like a spoon standing on the end or on it’s side. The “axis” column describes the orientation in the degrees from horizontal. Bifocal prescriptions are indicated with the number such as “+1.50 add”. This number, when added on the sphere column of the prescription, gives the strength of the near-vision part of the bifocal lens.

Why Do We Need Glasses?

Refractive errors including myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism and presbyopia.

Eye Safe Toys and Gifts for This Holiday Season

‘Tis the season for giving, and parents, grandparents, family and friends need to know how to choose toys and games that protect children’s health and eyesight.

How Do We See?

Have you ever thought about how vision works? It's an incredible system and process!

How to Prevent Diabetic Vision Loss

Prevention and treatment for eye complications associated with Diabetes

Decorative Lenses Could Cost You Your Vision

Beware this Halloween and think before you blink (in decorative contact lenses that is)! Sure, decorative contact lenses can enhance any Halloween costume, but if not taken seriously, they can also cost you your vision. Whether they are sold as cosmetic lenses, colored lenses or fashion lenses, they are anything...

It's Time to Be Serious About Home Eye Safety

Home Eye Injury Awareness and Prevention

Insight Into Eyesight

Canadians report that they would rather lose the use of their legs, or even sacrifice years off their lives than lose their eyesight. Still, too many neglect having an eye examination for many years, for sight saving preventative eye car. Consider this: Each year, 78,000 Canadians are diagnosed with age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a number which is expected to triple within the next 25 years.

6 Common Eye Myths Debunked

Over the centuries there have been a lot of old-wives tales circulating about eyes and vision. You know, like the one that if someone hits you on the back while your eyes are crossed they will stay that way. Unlike this example, some of these myths do have roots in...

Protective Sports Eyewear is a Serious Matter

There are thousands of eye injuries a year related to sports. According to the National Eye Institute eye injuries are the leading cause of blindness in children in North America and most injuries occurring in school-aged children are sports-related. Further 99% of sports-related eye injuries can be prevented simply by...

Welcome to our New Website

We invite you to take a look around our new site to get to know our practice and learn about eye and vision health. You will find a wealth of information about our optometrists, our staff and our services, as well as facts and advice about how to take care...

Pink, Stinging Eyes?

Conjunctivitis, also called pink eye, is one of the most frequently seen eye diseases, especially in kids. It can be caused by viruses, bacteria or even allergies to pollen, chlorine in swimming pools, and ingredients in cosmetics, or other irritants, which touch the eyes. Some forms of conjunctivitis might be...

How Pregnancy Affects Vision

The hormonal fluctuations experienced during pregnancy can cause many unexpected changes in your body, including your eyes and vision. Most of these changes are temporary and will return to normal once you give birth.  It’s important to know which vision changes are normal for an expecting mother and which could...

Is Your Baby’s EyeSight Developing Normally?

A baby’s visual system develops gradually over the first few months of life. They have to learn to focus and move their eyes, and use them together as a team.  The brain also needs to learn how to process the visual information from the eyes to understand and interact with...

Guidelines For Picking the Right Pair of Shades

There is a lot more that goes into finding the right pair of sunglasses than just fit and fashion.  While it’s important to look and feel great in your shades, sunglasses also have the very important job of properly protecting your eyes from the sun.  Here are a few facts...

6 Things You Need To Know About Cataracts

Cataracts are a leading cause of vision loss in the United States and Canada. Here are 6 things you need to know. 1. Chances are you will develop a cataract!  Cataracts are considered part of the natural aging process so if you live long enough, you will likely eventually develop...

What You Need to Know About Firework Eye Safety

Independence Day may have passed but fireworks season is still in full swing and fireworks-related injury and death is a real and serious danger.  According to the 2014 Annual Fireworks Report, compiled by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission there were at least 11 deaths and 10,500 injuries due to...

Top Five Reasons Why Your Eyes Just Won’t Stop Tearing

1. Dry Eye Syndrome – When your DRY, irritated eyes produce too many tears. 2. Allergies – Itchy, burning, watery eyes from environmental causes. 3. Irritants – Dry air, bright lights, wind, foreign body, chemicals, eye strain.  

5 Ways to Ensure Healthy Vision

Your eyes are constantly at work for you, playing a vital role as you navigate through each day. As May is healthy vision month, here are some things to keep in mind: Know your genes While your eyes may be the same color as your father’s eyes, you may have...

What Women Need to Know About Eye Health

According to Women’sEyeHealth.org, ⅔ of blindness and visual impairment occurs in women. Additionally, an estimated 75% of visual impairment is preventable or correctable with proper education and care. With the increased risks for women it’s critical for women to know about the risks and prevention to effectively protect their eyes...

Enjoying Life During Eye Allergy Season

Spring is in the air. But along with the beauty of the blooming flowers and budding trees, comes allergy season. The high pollen count and allergens floating in the fresh spring air can certainly wreak havoc on the comfort level of those suffering from allergies, causing an otherwise nature-loving individual...

Can you Really Go Blind from Looking at a Solar Eclipse?

Last week, people in South America, Europe, North Africa, and parts of Asia and the Middle East saw a solar eclipse. As you may have heard, looking directly at a solar eclipse is very dangerous for your eyes and vision. Nevertheless, this rare event is something that many people want...

10 Steps to Prevent Vision Loss

March is Save Your Vision Month, a time to raise public awareness about how to protect your eyes and your vision. Most people aren’t aware that 75% of potential vision loss can be prevented or treated. This largely depends on patients being proactive and educated about their eye health. Here...

Refocus on the Digital Age with Computer Glasses

Digital devices have impacted our world in so many positive ways, allowing us to connect, work, play and get information at the speed of light. But all of this good brings with it a measure of concern: Digital Eye Strain or Computer Vision Syndrome. Focusing on your vision on digital...

Living With Low Vision

February is Low Vision and Age-Related Macular Degeneration awareness month. Low vision describes a set of conditions in which there is significant visual impairment which can not be corrected with traditional means such as glasses, contact lenses, medication or eye surgery.   Low vision includes a loss of visual acuity which...

Request Your Next Appointment Online…

You can now request your next appointment online! Visit the Contact Us section of our site at anytime and complete the form.  We'll receive the form via email and call you back to confirm your appointment request.  We'll be sure to call you back within one business day....

Under Pressure: Are you at Risk for Glaucoma?

January is Glaucoma Awareness Month.  Glaucoma is a serious, vision threatening disease. You can save your eyesight, by knowing the facts. Are you at risk of developing glaucoma? The short answer is yes. Anyone can get glaucoma and because of this it is important for every person, young and old...

An Eye-Opening Resolution Worth Keeping

Make a resolution to include Eye Health as part of your family’s New Year General Health Plan. Our Optometry Practice supports a public awareness campaign promoting healthy eyes and vision safety. 1. Children should have a thorough optometric eye examination by the age of four.

Know How and When to Treat an Eye Infection

It’s that time of year again…coughs, sneezing, running noses and itchy, red eyes.  How do you know when an eye irritation is something that needs medical attention? First of all, any time an eye infection is accompanied by fever, excessive discharge or pain, you should see your eye doctor immediately....

8 Tips to Beat Winter Dry Eyes

One of the most common patient complaints during the winter months is dry eyes. In the cooler climates, cold winds and dry air, coupled with dry indoor heating can be a recipe for eye discomfort.  Dryness and irritation can be particularly debilitating for those who wear contact lenses or suffer...

"Eye" Am Home for the Holidays – 7 Eye Tips for College Students

Winter break is in a few weeks and, with college students finding their way home for the holidays, it is a good time for parents to check in and make sure their independent kids are taking care of themselves properly.Vision plays a key role in learning as well as extra-curricular activities...

Happy Holidays and Best Wishes in 2014!

Our team of professional optometry staff and technicians wish to thank you very much for your continued loyalty of our practice and the wonderful privilege of serving you and your family. Your confidence in our practice has clearly been demonstrated by your many referrals of family and friends and this has been the key to our success every since 1988.

Do You Know the Facts About Diabetic Eye Disease?

November is Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month. Do you know the facts?

7 Things You Should Know About Eyelid Twitches

You may have experienced this before. Out of nowhere, your eyelid starts twitching uncontrollably. While this can be a cause of aggravation, eyelid twitches, spasms or tics are actually quite common. Here are 7 things you should know about this eye condition: Eye twitches are generally caused by a repetitive,...

October is…

October is 'Eye Injury Prevention Month' in the USA and 'Eye Health Month' in Canada. There are about 285 million people living with blindness and low vision all around the world. Children account for some 19 million of them. The vast majority of visual impairment is readily treatable and/or preventable....

World Sight Day Challenge – No More Avoidable Blindness

The World Sight Day Challenge, slated to take place on October 9, 2014 is an annual awareness day that aims to focus global attention on blindness and vision impairment worldwide. The day aims to create awareness that blindness can be avoided if there is universal access to quality vision and...

Protect Children's Eyes During Sports

The new school year has kicked off and you can tick off purchasing all that back to school equipment. Now, it's time to think about what your child will need for after school sports and hobby activities. Making sure they have the right protective eyewear for their sporting or athletic...

Cutting Edge Glaucoma Technology

A futuristic, yet simplistic, eye implant paired with a smartphone app may change the way eye doctors treat glaucoma.

Comfortable Vision for Back-to-school Reading

School is starting: Do you know how to set up your child’s homework and reading spot? Reading and writing are some of the most fundamental skills that your child to facilitate learning in school, so it is important to make sure that your child's eyes are comfortable when they are...

Be on the Lookout for Vision Problems this Summer Break

Summer vacation is well under way, but did you know that even when your child is out of the classroom, vision problems can have an impact on his/her daily activities? Look out for these 4 warning signs during the summer months – they could be a sign of vision difficulties...

Should You Be Worried About Eye Floaters?

Eye floaters are actually more common that you may think. Many people notice specks or cobweb-like images moving around in their line of vision, at some point. Some even report experiencing a "snow globe effect" as if they are swatting at many imaginary bugs. Floaters may be an annoyance, but...

Thinking About Laser Eye Surgery? But, Don’t want the Risks of Surgery?

Thinking About Laser Eye Surgery? But, Don’t want the Risks of Surgery? Discover the Safety and Effectiveness of The Gentle Vision Improvement System! “Advance Ortho-K” is the Gentle, Effective, Simple, and Safe Vision Improvement Program free from any potential risks and permanent long-term side effects of laser eye surgery. At present, the long-term side effects of laser surgery are not fully known. Laser Eye Surgery is not recommended for children. Only Advance Ortho-K has been proven to be safe for Children.  

Keeping an Eye on Cataracts

Cataracts affect millions of people nationwide and as the population continues to age, the numbers keep increasing. The good news is, cataracts are often manageable and treatable. As June is Cataract Awareness Month, here are some facts you should know to help you recognize cataracts and prevent permanent vision loss. ...

A Look Behind Sleeping Eyes

Have you ever wondered what your eyes do when you finally close them after a long day of visual processing and stimulation? Let's take a closer look at what happens behind your closed lids when your head hits the pillow. Firstly, once your eyes are closed, they do continue to...

6 Things You Should Know about UV Radiation and Your Eyes

The heat of long summer days is nearly upon us. As the sun's rays intensify and people spend more time outdoors in the sunshine it is very important to be aware of the potential damage exposure to the sun can have on your eyes. May is UV Awareness month. Here...

Less Dietary Fat, Less Blindness

High-fat diets not only increase your likelihood of a heart attack and cancer, they also increase your risk of going blind. A diet rich in saturated fat and cholesterol is 80 per cent more likely to develop your macular degeneration, a condition that destroys vital central vision. Include more fibre and take vitamins in moderation to cut your risks of macular degeneration and cataracts, the two major common causes of reduced vision and/or blindness in advancing age. .

Dealing with Your Tween's and Teen's Eyesight

It can be devastating for a tween or teen to be told he or she needs to wear glasses, especially if it is sudden. Many tweens and teenagers are concerned about how glasses will affect their appearance, whether they will be made fun of (which unfortunately is a legitimate concern...

Bags Under The Eyes?

Temporary bags under the eyes stem from lack of sleep, allergies to drugs, cosmetics, or environmental factors, or due to water retention from menstruation or pregnancy. Persistent ones can signal a more serious problem involving thyroid, kidney, liver or heart disease.  

9 Tips for Coping With Eye Allergy Season

Spring is on the way. Soon the sun will be shining, the flowers blooming and allergy season will be upon us. If you have allergies, your eyes are often affected by the high pollen count along with other allergens floating in the fresh spring air. Tree pollens in April and...

How Your Eyes Convey Emotion

Your eyes communicate much more than you may realize, in fact they play a huge role in your non-verbal communication. Consciously or not, the way you move your eyes, look at someone, blink or make eye contact can say a lot about what you are thinking and feeling. Here's a...

Protecting Your Eyes From The Desk Job

There are so many people who spend hours a day, if not most of the day working on a computer or mobile device. They usually do so without taking notice of the effect this has on their bodies. Using a computer or handheld device for extended amounts of time can...

Preserving Your Sight

1. Cataracts: Vitamins C and E and proper sunglasses that block 95% of UVA and UVB can help. Most people with cataracts initially just need a new prescription for glasses. Contrary to popular belief, the majority of people do not require cataract surgery because in the long run, they will not cause significant vision loss. 2. Glaucoma: Walking briskly for 20 min, 4 times a week, can often help lower your eye pressure significantly.

New Study Shows How Your Eyes Shed Light on Your Health

It's been said that your eyes are the window to your soul. Well, research is showing that your eyes are a window to a lot more than your thoughts and emotions; it can be an indicator of your overall health.  A study by UnitedHealthcare entitled, “Impact of Eye Exams in...

Hope in Sight for Low Vision

February is low vision awareness month. Low vision is a condition in which an individual suffers significant vision loss that can't be fully corrected with glasses, contact lenses, medication or surgery. Low vision can affect both children and adults, but is more common in the elderly, and requires significant adjustments...

How to Encourage Young Kids to Wear their First Pair of Glasses

Your child's first pair of glasses will make an important difference in his or her ability to see and interact with the surrounding world. However, a new pair of glasses can also present a big adjustment for both parents and kids as you get used to a new look and...

7 Facts You Should Know About Glaucoma

7 Facts You Should Know About Glaucoma Glaucoma, which refers to a group of eye diseases that damage the optic nerve, is often called 'the silent thief of sight'. This nickname evolved because the disease creeps up unnoticed in its early stages, causing no pain and few, if any symptoms....

How to Prepare for Your Next Thorough Eye Examination Appointment

A thorough eye exam is your most valuable tool in ensuring a lifetime of healthy eyes and clear sight. So why not come in prepared with some written notes in advance with the following details: What concerns exactly are you wanting to have resolved at your eye appointment? Are you experiencing double vision or is it blurred vision, or is it both? What chronic health condition do you or any of your family members suffer from? High Blood Pressure, Diabetes, Lupus, Allergies, Multiple Sclerosis, etc. can all play a role in the health of your eyes.

New Year's Resolutions for An Eye Healthy 2014

The New Year is a time to start fresh and renew our commitment to health, happiness and success. It’s important to include eye and vision health and safety in these resolutions. Here are the top six ways you can make your eyes and vision a priority this year. Schedule a...

Fun Holiday Gifts That Are GOOD for Children's Vision

The holiday season is on our doorstep. With technology so much a part of our lives, the easy go-to gifts for kids often include an enormous array of hand-held video devices and home gaming systems. Did you know that after extensive use these games can be harmful to children’s eyes...

What You Should Know about Diabetes and Your Vision

Diabetes affects people of all ages, races and genders.  An estimated 25.8 million Americans or 8.3 percent of the population suffer from the disease, according to data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2011. In fact, diabetic eye disease is the leading cause of new cases...

Keeping Your Contact Lenses Clean

If you wear contact lenses, you probably know the hygiene routine you should follow when removing your lenses: Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water and dry them on a clean, lint free cloth. Remove the lens from your eye and clean the lens immediately (if you wear multi-use...

10 Tips to Protect Your Vision

Did you forget to put on your sunglasses today? Are you constantly sitting in front of a computer screen without taking breaks to look away? Maybe you also skipped your yearly eye exam, again. These are just some of the things we tend to overlook when it comes to our...

This Halloween Be Wary of Costume Contact Lenses

As Halloween approaches and costume planning gets more serious, many consider the use of novelty or costume contact lenses as a way to add that extra flair. Whether you are dressing up as a cat, a vampire, or looking for something fun that glows in the dark, dressing up your...

How to Prevent Dry Eyes During Air Travel

Many travelers experience dry eyes after extended travel by air. The dry environment of a temperature- and pressure-controlled air plane cabin can take its toll on your eyes. The good news is there are a number of steps you can take to reduce the uncomfortable symptoms associated with travelers’ dry...

Does Chlorine Hurt your Eyes?

Just because the summer is coming to an end, doesn’t mean that we have to say goodbye to the swimming pool. Whether it means a nice refreshing dip on a warm fall afternoon or a winter swim in an indoor pool, swimming is a great activity for both fun and...

Difficulty Learning? Mysterious Headaches? Head Tilting?

HYPERPHORIA is a physical mis-alignment of the two eyes so that one eye is set higher in the head than the other. This condition leads to severe problems with reading and learning, headaches, head titling, neck and shoulder pains, poor posture, and even lower back pain.  

Technology in the Classroom and the Eyes

The use of technology has become commonplace in the classroom. So much so that today’s generation of students, from kindergarten to university, navigates computers, smartphones and tablets all the time.  Many schools have even implemented the use of smart boards and bring your own device (BOYD) programs. However, as amazing...

Treating Vision Problems Lowers Risk of Falling in Seniors

For adults over the age of 65, the right pair of vision correcting glasses can literally be a life saver. Seniors aged 65 and up are at increased risk of falling, which is the leading cause of injury, injury-related death, and hospitalization for this age group. According to the Centers...

The Great Glasses Play Day 2013

The first weekend of August (August 3rd and 4th) has been marked as the 2nd annual Great Glasses Play Day. The event, which first launched in 2012 was created for parents, eye care professionals, educators and children who wear glasses or have other vision challenges to celebrate and create awareness...

First Aid for Eye Injuries

To ensure that your eyes remain healthy, it is essential to protect them from injury and to take proper care measures if an injury has occurred. As July is Eye Injury Prevention Month, here are a number of practical first aid tips to remember if you or anyone you know...

Understanding the Eye Chart

Eye charts of different variations have become a standard in vision screenings and eye exams. One of the most familiar charts associated with vision is the Snellen eye chart, designed by Dutch ophthalmologist Hermann Snellen in 1862 to measure visual acuity- how well you can see at various distances. Although...

June is Cataract Awareness Month

Cataracts, one of the most common causes of blindness, develop when the lens of the eye, located behind the iris and pupil, becomes opaque or cloudy. A cataract can result in loss of vision as it prevents light from passing into your eye and focusing on the retina. While cataracts...

Age Related Macular Degeneration and Your Central Vision

Did you know that age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is one of the leading causes of vision loss and blindness among adults aged 50 and above? AMD occurs when the part of the retina responsible for your sharp central vision, the macula, begins to deteriorate. Central vision is the visual field...

Pink, Stinging Eyes? It Could Be Pink Eye

Conjunctivitis, also called pink eye, is one of the most frequently seen eye diseases, especially in kids. It can be caused by viruses, bacteria or even allergies to pollen, chlorine in swimming pools, and ingredients in cosmetics, or other irritants, which touch the eyes. Some forms of conjunctivitis might be...

Red Eyes? Dry, Itchy, Burning, Watery Eyes? Sensitive to Contact Lens Wearing?

Natural tears within out eyes make our eyes comfortable and healthy by lubricating the inside lining of the eyes and by preventing eye infections. Lack of tears, on the other hand, can cause red eyes, dry, itchy, burning, sensitive and watery eyes. Common causes of dry eyes are dry environments (both heating in the winter as well as air conditioning in the summer), excessive tear loss from drainage ducts, contact lensesaging, and certain medications including vasoconstrictor eye drops  (like Visine that “take the red out”).  

Dr Hafiz H Walji Wins Best Optometrist in Markham!

The people of Markham voted, and the results are in! Dr. Hafiz Walji has been voted Best Optometrist in Markham, by the 2011 Readers Choice Awards.

Eye Care In Winter Wonderland

Jennifer S., an avid skier, asked us the following question at her recent eye health appointment at our Optometry Practice: Question: How do I protect my eyes while skiing during the winter months? Answer: The greatest damage to eyes in the wintertime is Ultraviolet Light, particularly UV type ‘A’.

It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

It’s only a month to that very special time of the year! Each holiday season, however, thousands of children and adults as well, end up in hospital emergency rooms because of eye-related injuries. A little prevention goes a long way. Toy Shopping: Avoid pellet guns, spray-guns, and spring-loaded toys. They are dangerous and can cause serious eye injuries. Buy age-appropriate toys as suggested by the manufacturer.  

On The Road Again…

Ninety percent of our all-important driving decisions are based on our ability to see with our eyes. So, here are recommendations for safe summer driving.
  • Make sure you are seeing your best. Upgrade your eyewear prescription, if needed, to Maximize Your Vision.

Canada is 144, but Your EYES are only OVER 40

When the Age Monster comes calling on baby boomers, he gradually and increasingly steals away your ability to read the fine print, because words become difficult to see up close. This “40-and-over” condition is called Presbyopia (“Prez-bye-opia”).    

Healthy Eyes Deserve a Competent, Caring, and Friend Eye Care Practice

Here, at your local community’s eye care center, we understand that healthy eyes deserve a competent, caring,and friendly eye care practice. That is why we provide you, our Very Important Person (VIP), with ALL your optometric eye care needs, in one place. Our Mission: to preserve your eyes’ health and eyesight for an entire lifetime. We provide:
  • Quality, Thorough, Unhurried, Eye Health Examinations
  • Advance Technology Ortho-keratology – Safe and Effective, Natural, Non-surgical, Gentle Vision Improvement Program for myopia and astigmatism

Computer Eye Strain A Problem?

If you work at a Personal Computer for at least 2 hours a day, there is a very good chance that you suffer from a number of eye and vision-related problems. This group of problems is called Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS).  

Consider Eye Donation

Eye Donation is one of the most valuable gifts you could provide to help persons in need, as well as help research combat many devastating eye diseases. Consider signing an organ donor card. The most important thing to remember is that you should inform your family (next of kin) of your intended organ donations.

Are You At Risk For Eye Disease?

You can help protect your vision! With early detection and timely treatment, vision loss can often be prevented. Seek Regular, Thorough Eye Care: Vision changes and eye diseases can occur without symptoms. Don’t lose sight of Glaucoma, Diabetic Eye Disease, Age-related Macular Degeneration, Cataracts and others.

Discover the Magic of Advance Ortho-K

If you are near-sighted (need glasses to see far distances), and wish you could see far without eyeglasses or contact lenses, discover the magic and freedom of Advance Orthokeratology. Advance Ortho-K is a gentle, simple, and safe Vision Improvement Program free from the potential risks and side effects of surgical laser vision correction.

Internet – The Good, The Bad, and The Misinformed

The internet is often the first place our patients turn to for information about anything from aardvarks to zoology. However, if you are relying on the world wide web for information about your eyes (or any other health related issue), a word of caution is in order. Running a quick search on the word “EYES” with a popular search engine produced 1,330,000,000 results, many of which contain inaccurate, misleading, and potentially dangerous information which is often presented as “advice”.

Macular Degeneration

Age-Related Macular Degeneration (ARMD) is a progressive deterioration of the macula, an oval area at the center of the retina that helps us see details clearly. As the name suggests, this is a more prevalent disease with our aging population. Symptoms include blurred vision and gradual deterioration of the centre of the field of vision. It is not accompanied with any pain or other warnings.

Optometrist? Ophthalmologist? Optician? O? What’s the difference?

People, including healthcare providers, too often confuse optometrists with ophthalmology and opticians. Although the work involved with these three careers is closely related, their field of activity is quite specific.  

Choose the Right Sunglasses

Less than two weeks to summer, and we are all anxious to see more sun! Here are some timely tips on choosing your sunglasses: You already know that lenses which provide 100% UV protection are an absolute must. Glass lenses give crisper vision. Poly-carbonate lenses may be ideal for summer (and winter) sports because of their safety feature. Plastic lenses may be lighter in weight, but they are prone to scratching.

Contact Lenses and Your Child

Question: “My daughter has been asking for contact lenses. At what age would this be appropriate?” Answer: Children become suitable candidate for contact lenses when they are ready to accept the responsibility of ongoing care and maintenance involved with contact lenses wear.

Floaters

You may sometimes see small specks or cloud moving in your field of vision. They are called floaters. You can often see them when looking at a plain background, like a blank wall or blue sky. Floaters are actually tiny clumps of gel or cells inside the vitreous, the clear jelly-like fluid that fills inside of your eye.

My, What Beautiful Eyes You have!

Cosmetics can add sparkle to your look. However, eye makeup should be worn properly to avoid infections.
  • Wear your contact lenses before applying cosmetics; remove lenses before taking off makeup (Contact lenses are – “First in and First Out”)

Look Ma! No Surgery! And No Glasses or Contact Lenses!

What parent wishes his or her child to be dependent daily upon eyeglasses or contact lenses to see the blackboard clearly or while playing sports and just plain being a kid? Recent advances in non-surgical, Advance Ortho-keratology (or Ortho-K) allows a near-sighted child to improve his or her eyesight safely, without any risk of surgery, and to be able to see all day at school, play or home without any glasses or contact lenses.

Insight Into Eyesight: U.V. Protection

You can hardly pick up a paper these days without reading about ultraviolet radiation. Actually, there are two types of UV. One type tans your skin; the other type, which burns your skin, can also burn the retina and cause cataracts.

Insight Into Eyesight: Parents’ Attitude Vital

Ten-year-old Johnnie had trouble seeing the blackboard. He did poorly at little league baseball. He couldn’t focus on the moving ball. An eye examination indicated that Johnnie needed corrective glasses. In a few days Johnnie came home wearing his first pair of glasses. As he entered the front door, Johnnie’s father was obvious about his disappointment. This negativeattitude was devastating to Johnnie’s self esteem.

Insight Into Eyesight: TV and Your Eyes

Your favourite TV show is on the screen, but why is the picture out of focus? Maybe it’s not the picture. Maybe it’s your eyes. Watching TV for long periods of time can cause eye fatigue. But TV watching is not harmful to the eyes.

Insight Into Eyesight: Should YOU have Laser Eye Surgery?

The answer is NOT a simple yes or no. There are as many answers to this question as there are individual eyes. Surf the internet to the sites provided below. To be fair, I have provided you with information on both sides of this question. Consult me at my practice if you need more answers.

Insight Into Eye Sight: Discover the RGP Advantage

Most people who wear contact lenses, wear soft (flexible) contact lenses. Did you know that very often Rigid Gas-Permeable (RGP) lenses may be a better alternative for you than soft lenses. Here are just a few reasons: 1. Long Term Comfort: Although may initially take longer than soft lenses to fully adapt to (1-3 weeks compared to 1-3 hours), the long-term comfort of properly fitted RGP lenses can be BETTER than that of soft lenses.

How to Choose the Right Eye Glasses for You

Choosing the right eye glasses can be daunting. Colour, shape, design,  fit and lenses can all impact the way you use your eye glasses, and the way your frames enhance your face. At Dr. Walji’s Eye Care Clinic, we consider all aspects of your face (shape, eye/skin colour, etc.), your lifestyle (e.g. active and outdoors, in front of a computer screen, etc.) and your personal preferences to carefully design the right glasses for you.

Insight Into Eyesight: Drugs That Affect Your Eyes

Anti-histamines (Benadryl, Dimetane, others) causes an increase in pressure in the eyes and should be avoided by people with glaucoma. Diuretics such as Chlorothiazide (Diuril) and Furosemide (Lasix) can cause dryness and blurred vision.  

Insight Into Eyesight: Vitamins for Vision

Vitamin A: is known as the “Eye Vitamin”. It prevents Night Blindness, helps to recover from glare during the day, reduces conjunctivitis (pink eye) and prevents eyes from drying out. The B Vitamins: prevents excessive sensitivity to the sun, improves focusing ability. Some evidence shows it may also slow down the formation of cataracts.  

Insight Into Eyesight: You’re Not Getting Older…You’re Getting Better

You are probably taking vitamins to stay strong, walking to keep your spine and muscles healthy, and eating less fat and more fibre to stay in tip-top shape. Well, here are some tips for your eyes to stay healthy as your get older.
  • Increase your lighting levels. Mature eyes need more light to see.

Welcome to Dr. Hafiz H. Walji’s Eye Care Blog!

Dr. Hafiz Walji is an Optometrist in Markham, who has been serving families in the York Region area for over twenty years. He has been voted “Best Optometrist” (Reader’s Choice award) five times for his excellent service and informative eye care articles which have been published in the Markham Economist and Sun for over a decade.

Ortho-Keratology in Markham, Richmond Hill, and the GTA

I started wearing Ortho-Keratology at the age of seven, and it changed my life. No more losing soft contact lenses in the gymnasium during a basketball game, no more gingerly walking around the pool because I couldn’t see without my glasses, no more itchy my eyes when dust got into my contacts. Ortho-K was the perfect solution, without surgery.

Insight Into Eyesight: Hyper-Phoria Can Be A Pain In The Neck!

Hyper-phoria is an eye condition where one eye tends to look higher than the other eye. The problem with eyes being out of alignment is similar to your automobile wheels being out of their alignment. You tend to use one eye more than the other eye, and that works your eyes unevenly. When eyes do not work in sync, but fight against each other, reading becomes extremely difficult.  

Face Saving Tips

We have ONLY ONE pair of eyes that must last us our entire lifetime! Use appropriate Safety Eyewear both at work AND at home so as to protect them. 1. Safety Lenses for Eyeglasses: These are made of glass, plastic, or polycarbonate. They are at least 3mm thick and provide frontal protection against flying objects. Safety Frames must be designed to withstand heavy impact.

Syntonics (Light Therapy)

As winter approaches, it is noteworthy to realize that we all feel better seeing certain shades of light as well as appropriate shades of colours. Colours help harmonize the mind, body, and spirit. Too little light is known to cause winter Seasonal Affective Disorder (or SAD). Light stimulates the body, helps us form Vitamin D, tickles the soul, and provides vision. Light stimulates our biological rhythm. Decreased light stimulates relaxation and sleep.

Use Eyedrops Correctly

1. Look at the ceiling by standing or sitting and tilting your head backwards. You could even lie down on a bed or any flat surface. 2. Gently pull the lower eyelid between your thumb and index finger to create a ‘pocket’ for the drop.

For Eyes, Toys Can Mean Trouble

1. Avoid Dangerous Toys: BB guns, slingshots, and even water guns are toys with detachable parts that will fly into the eye can cause great damage. Never buy hobby kits, such as chemistry sets, for any child younger than 12 years of age. 2. Inspect for Durability: Are there any sharp points or edges that may be there inadvertently? Toys should be able to withstand continual impact.

Insight Into Eyesight: Detecting a Baby’s Vision Problems

There isn’t much a baby can see clearly when he is first born. He doesn’t have the ability yet to focus quickly or accurately. In the beginning, each eye tends to act independently of the other. It takes a while before he learns how to use both eyes to see well. As time goes on, if your baby still doesn’t seem to be seeing well, she should have an eye examination. There are certain telltale signs a parent can watch for:

Could You Have A Hidden Disability?

One out of four ‘normal’ children and seven out of ten so called ‘juvenile delinquents’ have vision problem serious enough to interfere with their ability to achieve their maximum learning potential at school. Vision is more than healthy eyes and 20/20 eyesight. You need over 20 visual abilities to process all your incoming visual information.

Insight Into Eyesight: Astigmatism

One of the eye problems that causes blurred vision is astigmatism. This happens when the cornea, or “window of the eye”, is out of shape. A normal cornea has a perfect curve, with the same degree of slope on all sides. Light rays that pass through the cornea come together at a single point on their way to the retina.

Insight Into Eyesight: The 20/20 Numbers Game

The term 20/20 refers to the size of the letter which the average eye can read 20 feet away. In most standard vision testing, you can read the familiar Snellen eye chart at a distance of 20 feet. The upper number of the fraction expresses this distance. The lower number identifies the size of the letter you were able to read at this distance. Thus, 20/70 vision means you were able to read at 20 feet the line which a normal eye can read at 70 feet.

Insight Into Eyesight: No One Escapes Presbyopia

The word “presbyopia” is Greek in origin and means “old man’s eyes”. Presbyopia comes to all of us if we live long enough. It’s part of the process of aging.

Are Your Child’s Eyes Ready for School?

A good education for your child means good schools, good teachers, and good vision. Your child’s eyes are constantly in use in the classroom and at play. So when his or her vision is not functioning properly, learning and participation in recreational activities will suffer.

Glaucoma: The Silent Thief of Sight

Glaucoma is an eye disease in which the internal pressure in your eyes increases enough to damage the nerve fibers in your optic nerve and cause vision loss. The increase in pressure happens when the passages that normally allow fluid in you eyes to drain become clogged or blocked. The reasons that the passages become blocked are not known.

Physical Examinations and Eye Examinations are Equally Vital!

You already know how important your overall health and well-being is. You also know how valuable your eyesight is to your daily life. So why ignore your eyes, when you are in for your physical check-ups?

Ortho-Keratology: See the world through your own eyes!

Dr. Hafiz H. Walji has been providing his patients with excellent Ortho-Keratology treatment since 1988. Below is an Markham Economist and Sun article featuring Dr. H. H. Walji’s Ortho-Keratology advice and experience. Interested in Ortho-K, and/or have any questions? Contact us today!

Suggestions for Better Living for Older Adults

As one of today’s “older adults”, you probably enjoy a more active lifestyle than people of your age ever have before. And, your eyes and vision play a major role in your lifestyle. You use your eyes while driving; enjoying recreational activities; reading; watching television; and performing many tasks that keep you living independently and productively.

Our office will be closed to observe Boxing Day, Christmas and New Year's Day. Please plan accordingly and visit us for your end of year eyewear benefits and eyecare. Call us 844-906-3937. and let your friends know about us!