Mon – Closed
Tues & Thurs – 12:00pm-7pm
Wed & Fri – 11:00am-6:00pm
Sat – 11:00am-5:00pm
Sun – 12:00pm-5:00pm
170 N Queen St Unit C2,
Etobicoke, ON M9C 1A8
DO YOU ACCEPT INSURANCE?
Yes we do.
- Sun Life
- Green Shield
- Blue Cross
- Great West Life
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I HAVE AN EYE EXAM?
DOES YOUR DOCTOR SEE CHILDREN?
Yes – our doctor sees children as young as three years old. We encourage you to bring very young children when they are well rested and had something to eat to make it a more enjoyable visit.
It is recommended that a child have their first eye exam at 6 months, then at age 2 and yearly thereafter. It is vital that any ocular health conditions, refractive errors or binocular vision issues are detected early to allow the child to have optimum visual development and prevent potential life long visual problems.
HOW LONG DOES AN EYE EXAM TAKE?
A comprehensive eye exam can take 20 to 40 minutes to complete. Our doctor offers pupil dilation for all patients as part of their comprehensive ocular health check. This will add another 20 minutes to the exam as it takes this much time for the eye drops to dilate the pupils.
WHAT KIND OF TESTS ARE INVOLVED?
The doctor will check your distance and near vision, eye co-ordination, colour and stereo (3D) vision (if applicable) and complete a comprehensive ocular health assessment. This assessment includes an eye pressure check and a detailed view of the front and back of the eye using a slit lamp (microscope).
WHAT SHOULD I BRING WITH ME TO MY APPOINTMENT?
Please bring any glasses that you are currently using – this is especially important if you have a complex prescription or are having some problems with your vision. If you are a contact lens wearer, please bring the details of the lenses you are currently wearing (i.e., lens brand and prescription), your lens case and a pair of glasses.
IS THERE ANY PAPERWORK THAT I NEED TO FILL OUT IF I AM A NEW PATIENT?
You will be asked to fill out an “Ocular & Medical History Questionnaire” as part of your eye exam. Please bring a list of all your current medications, supplements and eye drops.
DO YOU ONLY PERFORM ROUTINE EYE EXAMS OR CAN YOU TREAT OTHER ISSUES?
Our experienced Optometrist performs routine eye exams, fits contact lenses and offers myopia control treatment for nearsighted children.
We also accept new and existing patients who may be experiencing an emergency such as an eye infection or an injury (e.g., getting something into the eye), sudden onset of floaters and/or flashing lights or sudden onset of double vision. If you think you are experiencing an ocular emergency and are unable to reach us, please go to your nearest hospital. In addition, we offer refractive surgery co-management for any patient who may be interested in eye surgery such as LASIK.
DO YOU REPAIR GLASSES?
Yes – we will certainly try to repair your glasses on site but occasionally may need to send them to a lab. Some glasses may be beyond repair and may require a new frame or other parts.
CAN YOU EMAIL ME MY PRESCRIPTION AND/OR ITEMIZED RECEIPT?
Please provide us with an email address and we will gladly forward you a copy of your prescription or receipt.
CAN I USE MY OWN FRAMES?
You are welcome to use your existing frame. However, depending on the age of the frame and its condition there is always a risk it may be damaged during the edging process in the lab.
WHY CAN’T I SLEEP WEARING MY CONTACTS?
Sleeping with contact lenses greatly increases the risk of getting a serious eye infection or injury, which may lead to permanent vision loss. There are contact lenses that are indicated for overnight wear but can only be used under close supervision of your eye doctor.
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SOFT CONTACT LENSES AND GAS PERMEABLE (GP) LENSES?
Soft and GP lenses differ primarily in their material and size. Soft lenses, as the name suggests, are soft and are much larger in diameter. GP lenses are made of a more rigid material and are much smaller in diameter. Soft lenses can correct myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism and presbyopia and most patients will be fit this type of lens. GP lenses are now usually reserved for more complex cases (e.g., keratoconus) or treatment of myopia known as Orthokeratology. GP lenses can also correct all types of refractive errors.
WILL MY GLASSES PRESCRIPTION WORK FOR PURCHASING CONTACT LENSES?
No – purchasing contact lenses requires a separate prescription that includes several additional parameters required to purchase the lenses. A valid glasses prescription is required to fit contact lenses
WHAT DOES 20/20 VISION MEAN?
20/20 vision refers to visual acuity (sharpness of vision) that is considered “normal.” If you have 20/20 vision, you can see clearly at 20 ft what should be normally visible at that distance. If you have 20/50 vision it means that you’re able to see clearly at 20 ft what would normally be visible at 50 ft.
WHAT ARE THOSE COBWEBS FLOATING AROUND IN MY FIELD OF VISION?
Floaters are small particles suspended within the vitreous (jelly-like substance) inside the eye. When your eyes move, the light from the outside world casts a shadow onto these particles and onto the retina (back of the eye), which results in “floaters” moving around in your field of vision. Floaters are typically related to age-related changes within the eye and are more common in people who are nearsighted.
MY EYES ARE ALWAYS BURNING AND TIRED, WHAT IS CAUSING THIS AND WHAT CAN I DO ABOUT IT?
Symptoms of burning and eye fatigue are often related to prolonged screen use (smartphones, tablets, laptops and PCs). Reducing screen time and taking frequent breaks can significantly reduce symptoms of such discomfort. If you are experiencing these symptoms and have not seen an eye doctor recently, it is recommended that you have an eye exam to get the correct diagnosis and treatment options.
WHAT IS MYOPIA?
Commonly referred to as nearsightedness, is a refractive error and occurs when objects are blurry at a distance and clear up close.
WHAT CAUSES MYOPIA?
There is very strong evidence that suggests lack of natural outdoor light (i.e., not spending enough time outdoors) increases risk of development of myopia in children. Having myopic parents and certain ethnicities can also contribute to development and progression of myopia.
It is estimated that by 2050, half of the world’s population will be myopic. Myopia has significant eye health implications such as retinal detachments, glaucoma and early cataracts.
If your child is nearsighted or you are concerned that his/her prescription is changing rapidly, it is important to see a doctor who can discuss the current options available to treat your child’s myopia. Our doctor has training and experience in reducing the progression of myopia in children. Book an exam today to discuss the most suitable treatment options for your child.
Myopia in adults/seniors is often caused by other changes in the eye such as cataracts or diabetes.
WHAT IS HYPEROPIA?
Also known as farsightedness, is a refractive error that causes more difficulties seeing objects up close. Depending on the severity of hyperopia, distance objects may also become blurry.
WHAT IS ASTIGMATISM?
Most often caused by an irregularly shaped cornea, this refractive error may result in blurred vision at all distances.
WHAT IS PRESBYOPIA?
This normal age-related loss of focusing at near (e.g., difficulties seeing your texts, pill bottles), begins to affect individuals after the age of 40.
WHAT IS GLAUCOMA?
Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases which leads to progressive degeneration of the optic nerve. It is often, but not always, associated with raised eye pressure. The most common type of glaucoma is primary open angle glaucoma.
The progressive nerve damage leads to vision loss and in some cases blindness. With early detection, glaucoma can be treated and further damage can be reduced. There is no cure for glaucoma, but treatment options include eye drops, laser trabeculoplasty and surgery.
In the early stages there are often no symptoms, therefore it is important to have regular comprehensive eye exams to detect any signs of the disease.
WHAT IS A CATARACT?
A cataract forms when the crystalline lens becomes cloudy, leading to changes in your vision. A person with cataracts may experience a decrease in their vision (especially at night), glare, changes in their refractive error and faded colours. Cataracts can be removed with surgery – the cloudy crystalline lens is replaced with an implant, called an IOL.
HOW DOES DIABETES AFFECT MY EYES?
Approximately 1 in 3 Canadians has diabetes, making it the most common metabolic disorder in the general population. Diabetes can damage multiple eye structures and can cause retinopathy, macular edema, cataracts and glaucoma, which can all lead to blindness. Annual dilated eye exams are essential for anyone diagnosed with diabetes to monitor for any diabetic eye disease.
WHAT IS AGE-RELATED MACULAR DEGENERATION (ARMD/AMD)?
AMD is a retinal disease that affects the macula, the area that is responsible for sharp central vision. Damage to the macula may result to distortion, blurriness or “blank” spot in the central field of vision. There are two forms of this disease – dry (the more common type) and wet. Risk factors for AMD include age, race, smoking, family history, hypertension, obesity and poor diet.
Although use of specific supplements has been shown to slow down the progression of dry AMD, there is no medical or surgical treatment for this type of AMD. Wet AMD can be treated with eye injections or, less commonly, with laser therapy.