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  • Sometimes I see lines or zigzags in my vision. Should I worry?

    Sometimes I see lines or zigzags in my vision. Should I worry?
  • Can optometrists treat eye problems such as infections and injuries?

    Can optometrists treat eye problems such as infections and injuries?
  • I’m seeing fine. Why do I need to have an eye exam?

    I'm seeing fine. Why do I need to have an eye exam?
  • I’ve always had 20/20 vision but now I find it hard to read. Should I worry?

    I've always had 20/20 vision but now I find it hard to read. Should I worry?
  • What is a wandering eye and who does it affect?

    What is a wandering eye and who does it affect?
  • What are the most common eye problems people have?

    What are the most common eye problems people have?
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  • Shrie’s Story

    Find out how a Doctor of Optometry helped diagnose Shrie with meningioma during a routine eye exam.
  • Braydin’s Story

    After visiting a Doctor of Optometry, Braydin’s mom realized the importance of bringing her child in for an eye exam. Watch his story.
  • Children’s Vision and Eye Exams

    You know your child inside out, but there is one thing you can't know and that is how well they see.
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  • All about glaucoma

    What is glaucoma? Glaucoma is a progressive eye disease in which elevated pressure within the eye damages the optic nerve. This can lead to serious vision loss of not detected and treated early. The optic nerve is the nerve that takes all of the information the eye sees and transmits that information to the brain. [...]

  • Sun protection tip sheet

    To help reduce UV radiation damage to your eyes, consider the following tips: 1) Be conscious of the daily UV index and the many sources of UV radiation, including direct sunlight and reflections from snow, water, sand and pavement. 2) Wear sun protection such as sunglasses, UV-blocking contact lenses and a wide-brimmed hat or baseball [...]

  • UV Myths & Facts

    Consider the following and see if you can pick out the myths from the facts: 1) Young people are significantly more vulnerable to UV exposure. FACT: 50% of lifetime sun exposure may occur before the age of 18. This is because they have larger pupils, clearer lenses, spend more time outdoors, few wear sunglasses or [...]

  • UV effect on your eyes

    Ultraviolet radiation is an invisible component of sunlight that is most commonly known to cause sunburns and skin cancers. While some UV is filtered by the ozone layer, increasing amounts are reaching the earth as the ozone layer steadily diminishes. Because exposure to UV is cumulative, direct contact with sunlight for even short periods of [...]

  • Children’s eyes and sun damage

    Make sure to sun screen your kids’ eyes this summer because children’s vision is at greater risk of damage from UV rays. Just as the sun causes sunburn, UV light is also absorbed by the tissue of the eye and can cause serious eye damage. Children are more vulnerable to UV in the summer than adults, [...]

  • UV Protection and contact lenses

    Just as the sun causes sunburn, UV radiation is also absorbed by the tissue of the eye and can cause serious eye damage over time. Because exposure to UV is cumulative, direct contact with sunlight for even short periods of time can cause several long-term eye health problems, many of which begin symptom-free. One of [...]

  • Occupational Vision Programs

    A Doctor of Optometry is educated, clinically trained and licensed to deliver the best standard of comprehensive primary eye care.  In addition to diagnosing and treating ocular disease, Doctors of Optometry can design, verify, and fit spectacles to meet the functional requirements of the workplace. Through comprehensive eye care services, your Doctor of Optometry can [...]

  • Is there anything I can do when my eyelid twitches?

    Eyelid twitches are quite common and mostly benign; however, they are often irritating or somewhat embarrassing. There are more fast twitch muscle fibers in the eyelids than anywhere else in your body and when your general health is not quite right, the fast twitch muscle fibers will contract erratically showing up noticeably in the lids. [...]

  • This month, do one simple thing to protect your eye health.

    May is Vision Health Month, and Doctors of Optometry and the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) are teaming up to prevent vision loss by reminding Canadians to have an annual eye exam performed by a doctor of optometry. An eye exam from a Doctor of Optometry not only determines how well you see, [...]

  • Eye exams test more than you can see

    Eye exams test more than you can see – a comprehensive eye exam performed by a doctor of optometry can reveal telling changes about your health As we age, our health can be both a reward and a challenge. Whether you’re active or idle, starting your first job or thinking about retirement, there are steps [...]

  • How pregnancy impacts your vision

    Women experience a myriad of physical changes during pregnancy such as body tenderness, water retention, and nausea – but few women know about the impacts pregnancy can have on their vision. Every mom-to-be experiences hormone fluctuations, but what most don’t know, is that these changes can cause them to develop conditions such as blurred vision [...]

  • Avoid the dread of dry eyes

    Do you have stinging, gritty, scratchy and uncomfortable eyes? What about fluctuating vision, a burning feeling or the sense of something foreign in your eye? If you do, we suggest that you book an appointment with your Doctor of Optometry, because these are the most common symptoms of dry eye. Dry eye is a condition [...]

  • Understanding Macular Degeneration

    Perhaps you have just learned that you or a loved one has macular degeneration, commonly referred to as age-related macular degeneration (AMD). If you are like many people, you probably do not know a lot about the condition or understand what is going on inside your eyes. Let us help you! What is AMD? AMD [...]

  • Glaucoma: Let’s beat the invisible thief

    Canadian Doctors of Optometry are raising awareness about one of the leading causes of preventable vision loss nationally – Glaucoma.

  • Infant Vision 101 – Caring for your Family

    As a new mother and optometrist, I understand the important role parents play in the eye and vision development of their infant. Healthy eyes and good vision contribute to helping infants see well and prevent developmental delays. There are three steps I encourage parents to take when it comes to vision…

  • 5 foods that are delicious AND good for eye health!

    They say you are what you eat and eating healthy can go a long way towards making your body healthy…including your eyes. You need to start with good daily nutrition, but by making sure you include a few key eye healthy foods, you may be able to see improvements in your eye health.

  • What are the signs that a child may need glasses?

    The development of the visual system continues into early childhood. Often eye glass prescriptions don’t stabilize until the age of about 18. Until that time, children may struggle with symptoms of blurry vision, trouble focusing or poor binocular vision, which is the ability for the two eyes to work together. Since children are still learning [...]

  • Patient story by Dr. Dianna Leong

    Just before closing time one Friday, a mom brought her son in for an urgent eye exam. His older sister was playing with a badminton racket in the back seat of the family car when a sudden car movement caused the racket to bounce against the car seat then strike her younger brother’s eye.

  • Top Five Story Books to Celebrate Children’s Vision Month!

    Did you recently find out that your child will have to wear glasses? A great way to introduce kids to the idea of wearing glasses is through a story book. See below for our top five choices.

  • Fact or Fiction? Debunking Myths about Children’s Vision

    This October is Children’s Vision Month! Test your eye health knowledge with these true or false questions.

  • Q & A: How can you tell if you are nearsighted?

    The only way to determine this is to have a Doctor of Optometry examine your eyes. This is because there are actually two kinds of nearsightedness; true myopia and pseudo-myopia. Pseudo-myopia happens when the ciliary muscles (the focusing muscles inside the eye) enter a state of spasm, essentially working too hard and not relaxing. When [...]

  • Doctors of Optometry are more than meets the eye

    Simply stated, a Doctor of Optometry is the primary healthcare provider for vision and eye health concerns in Canada. Doctors of Optometry have completed a Bachelor’s degree, primarily in sciences, before their Doctorate of Optometry degree, which is an additional four years of study including both classroom and clinical education. Doctors may elect to do [...]

  • Restaurateur serves up thanks to optometrist for flagging tumour

    Yannick Bigourdan, owner of Toronto’s award-winning Nota Bene restaurant, now realizes the health of your eyes has a lot to do with your health in general and that if something is wrong with your vision,  it’s important to have it checked by a Doctor of Optometry immediately. Those are two lessons learned from a recently [...]

  • Q & A: What is the best treatment for dry eye?

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    Unfortunately there is no miracle drop for dry eye. Wandering the eye drop section of the pharmacy can be daunting with the large selection of bottles.

  • Welcome to our new website.

    As Doctors of Optometry, we want to ensure Canadians have access to the latest information and education about eye health, eye care and eye wear. We understand the importance that good vision and good health play in your life and we want you to have the information you need to make good choices when it [...]