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Invest in your Child’s Vision Care

Invest in your Childs vision care

 

Did you know that according to a study conducted by the Toronto District School Board, 1 in 4 school age children have a vision problem, and yet according to the Canadian Optometric Association, 85% of children begin school without a proper eye exam!

 

 

 

Vision Screening

 

Young children may not realize that they are having problems with their vision. They may think that everyone else sees the same way they do.   Many times, children will not complain of vision problems simply because they have not developed the sensory awareness to identify what “normal” vision looks like.  Children can remain asymptomatic. Children are adaptive and may have one eye compensate for what the other eye is incapable of seeing.  As such, if left undetected and untreated, it can cause vision impairment in that eye.

How frequent should you see us?

Early detection of vision problems by an optometrist is essential to your child’s visual development. Schedule an appointment for your child today.

Often, many parents mistakenly believe that a “passed” Vision Screening conducted by their child’s Pediatrician, or school indicates their child has healthy eyes. However, vision screen is not a comprehensive eye examination. Many eye conditions can pass a Vision Screening and yet pose a problem later down the road.

The only way to know with certainty if your child has health vision, is to have a comprehensive eye exam by an Optometrist or ophthalmologist.

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How Often Should Children See Us?

Preschool Children: 2-5

The toddler and preschool age is a period when children experience drastic growth in intellectual and motor skills. During this time they will develop the fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination and perceptual abilities that will prepare them to read and write, play sports and participate in creative activities such as drawing, sculpting or building. This is all dependent upon good vision and visual processes.

This is the age when parents should be on the lookout for signs of lazy eye (amblyopia) – when one eye doesn’t see clearly, or crossed eyes (strabismus) – when one or both eyes turn inward or outward. The earlier these conditions are treated, the higher the success rate.

Parents should also be aware of any developmental delays having to do with object, number or letter recognition, color recognition or coordination, as the root of such problems can often be visual. If you notice your child squinting, rubbing his eyes frequently, sitting very close to the tv or reading material, or generally avoiding activities such as puzzles or coloring, it is worth a trip to the eye doctor.

School-Aged Kids: Ages 6-18

Undetected or uncorrected vision problems can cause children and teens to suffer academically, socially, athletically and personally. If your child is having trouble in school or after school activities there could be an underlying vision problem. Proper learning, motor development, reading, and many other skills are dependent upon not only good vision, but also the ability of your eyes to work together. Children that have problems with focusing, reading, teaming their eyes or hand-eye coordination will often experience frustration, and may exhibit behavioral problems as well. Often they don’t know that the vision they are experiencing is abnormal, so they aren’t able to express that they need help.

In addition to the symptoms written above, signs of vision problems in older children include:

  • Short attention span
  • Headaches
  • Frequent blinking
  • Avoiding reading
  • Tilting the head to one side
  • Losing their place often while reading
  • Double vision
  • Poor reading comprehension

 

Children’s Eye Care

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Standard Eye Care

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Binocular Vision Assessments/Vision Therapy

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Myopia Control

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Punctal Plugs

Punctal plugs are small devices that are inserted into the tear ducts to block drainage of tears.

The purpose is to allow your own tears to stay on the eye surface for a longer time, to increase the amount of tears in the eye in patients suffering from dry eye.

They are often used when other treatments such as artificial tears is just not enough or fail to relieve the symptoms of dry eye on their own.

There are two types of plugs:

Dissolvable plugs are made from collagen. The collagen plug is absorbed by the body and can last from a few days to a few months.

The temporary plugs short use type can be used after laser vision correction to treat dry eye associated with the procedure.

Or it can be used for seasonal sufferers ( for those who work in a trade ) or simply just computer users etc.

Semi-permanent plugs are made from silicone or hydrogel. These last for years. This type is more commonly used for chronic dry eye.

This type of plug can be left in the eye indefinitely. They can also be removed.

Insertion of the Plugs

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Each eyelid has one small opening to drain tears, this opening is called the punctum and is located close to the nose on the margin of each lid.

Punctal plugs can be inserted in the lower lid or both the upper and lower lids.

Punctal plugs can be inserted in the office . A small drop of local anaesthetic will be instilled in the eye, and that makes the procedure quick and painless.

Potential complications of Punctal Plugs

Usually, the plugs work well and there are no serious side effects from the insertion of punctual plugs.

Excessive tearing (epiphora) and watery eyes can occur when the punctal plug does its job too well. In this case, you may need to visit your eye doctor for removal of the plug or replacement with a different type to better control the amount of tears on your eye.

Displacement or loss of the plug can occur. This occurs from rubbing the eye or scratching the eyelid.

Other less common side effects are eye infections. Usually the infections are mild and can be treated with antibiotics or by removal of the plug.

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Dry Eye Specialists in York, Toronto

We are committed to providing you with healthy, clear and comfortable vision. We are proud to offer the Dry Eye Treatment Centre at Dr. Pink Sidhu and Associates. Our personalized treatment plans are tailored to your unique condition and lifestyle with the ultimate goal of helping you manage your condition.

Dry Eye is a long-term chronic disease that takes years to develop and may worsen if it left untreated.

Dry Eye occurs when the eye does not want to produce tears properly, or when the tears are not of the correct consistency or evaporate too quickly.

If you suffer from any of these symptoms you may benefit from a visit to our Dry Eye clinic:

  • Dryness or sandy, gritty sensation
  • Discomfort and irritation
  • The feeling of a foreign body
  • Redness
  • Tiredness or heavy eyelid feeling
  • Fluctuations in vision or
  • Sensitivity to light

There are Primarily 3 Forms of Dry Eyes

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Evaporative Dry Eye (MGD) +

The most common form of Dry Eye is the Evaporative form, which affects 8 out of 10 dry eye cases. That’s 80% of the dry eye sufferers. This is called meibomian gland dysfunction. This form results from a shortage of oil on the surface of your tears caused by a blockage in your eyelid (Meibomian) glands, leading to tears evaporating faster than normal. This lack of tear production, or inefficient tear formation, is often referred to as Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD). We can treat and manage Meibomian Gland dysfunction so that it doesn’t lead to meibomian gland atrophy which refers to the death and permanent loss of the meibomian glands.

Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD) is the most common cause of dry eyes. The Meibomian Glands are oil glands along your upper and lower eyelids. There are approximately 25-40 glands in the upper eyelid and 20-30 glands in the lower eyelids. These glands secrete meibum, an oil, onto the surface of your eye. This meibum layer forms the outer layer of the three tear layers. The oil acts as a lubricant and also prevents your tears from evaporating. When these glands malfunction, you may have low oil output or poor quality secretions and consequently suffer from dry eyes as a result of an unstable tear film. You might have heard of the terms Evaporative Dry Eye or Inflammatory Dry Eye. Meibomian gland dysfunction is a form of both.

What causes of meibomian gland dysfunction?

Blinking-When you blink, your upper and lower eyelids squeeze and touch each other, and this pressure causes the meibomian glands to express oil. This oil is vital for stable tear film. Unfortunately, with the added screen time, and use Of digital devices, many of us are partial blinkers, meaning that when we blink, our eyelids don’t actually touch each other.

Compounding this effect, when we read or stare at computer monitors, our blink rate also decreases.

Consequently, when we don’t have complete full closure blinks, our meibomian glands don’t get used; and subsequently when they don’t get used, the meibomian glands get clogged, backlogged and dysfunctional.

How do you treat this?

It is important to treat the underlying disease as early as possible. If left untreated, meibomian gland dysfunction can become meibomian gland atrophy, which can most likely cause permanent irreversible damage to your glands. Thus, leaving you powerless and living with a poor quality of life. Book an appointment with Dr. Pink Sidhu and Associates, to have your dry eye consultation.

The best treatment for Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (where the oily layer of tears is deficient) is with Radiofrequency or IPL. This is where Divine Pro can help- It is color blind and allows it to be safely used on every skin pigmentation. This safe, effective procedure can give the best resolution of dry eye symptoms to those suffering from moderate to severe dry eyes due to MGD. Caution must be used on individuals with pacemakers.

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Aqueous Deficient +

Aqueous Deficient Dry Eye occurs when the Lacrimal Glands do not create a sufficient amount of aqueous to keep the eyes moist. This layer makes up the bulk of your tear film

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Combination Evaporative Dry eyes & Aqueous Deficiency

Tear Production

Tear Anatomy: Your Tears Consist of 3 Layers:

Mucus layer: It is the innermost and thinnest part of the tear film. It consists of mucin converts the hydrophobic corneal surface into a hydrophilic one to allow for the aqueous layer to adhere to the cornea.

Aqueous layer: It makes up the middle layer, and makes for the bulk of tear film. It is secreted by the main and accessory lacrimal glands. The tears mainly comprise of water and small quantities of solutes such as sodium chloride, sugar, urea, and proteins. It also contains antibacterial substances like lysozyme, beta-lysin, and lactoferrin. These solutes are what create a basic pH and salty taste.

Lipid or oily layer: It is the outermost layer of tear film formed by the secretions of Meibomian. This layer prevents the overflow of tears and slows their evaporation of tears. It helps to lubricate the eyelids as they slide over the surface of the cornea

The Function of the Tear Film:

  • Keeps the cornea and conjunctiva moist
  • Provides oxygen to the corneal epithelium
  • Washes away debris and irritants
  • Allows for clear vision
  • Prevents infection due to the presence of antibacterial substances
  • Tear film anatomy

We customize treatment plans specifically for you!

It is important to treat the underlying disease as early as possible. If left untreated, meibomian gland dysfunction can become meibomian gland atrophy, which can most likely cause permanent irreversible damage to your glands. Thus, leaving you powerless and living with a poor quality of life. Book an appointment with Dr. Pink Sidhu and Associates at Weston Eyecare Optical and Optometry, to have your dry eye consultation.

Punctal Plug

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Dry Eye Punctal Plugs +

Punctal plugs are placed in the drainage channels of both eyelids to reduce the drainage of tears and allow for them to remain in the eyes. It is a popular choice for computer users and allows for the decreased use of lubricating eye drops.

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Nutritional Supplements +

Supplementing with Omega-3 can decrease dry eye symptoms and the inflammation that is found in dry eyes. It is important to know that not all Omega-3 supplements are the same. The amount of the important ingredients (DHA and EHA) can be significantly different from one brand to another, and some forms of Omega-3 are made to absorb better in the body

Eye Drop (1)

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Artificial Tear Supplements +

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Artificial tears provide Dry Eye relief by lubricating and providing moisture to the surface of the eye. Artificial tears come in a variety of formulations, strengths and preservatives.

Depending on your dry eye condition, certain eye drops will work better than others. Preservative free eye drops are the best at relieving dry eye symptoms.

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Restasis (Cyclosporine) +

Restasis (cyclosporine), a prescribed topical medicine that influences the lacrimal glands to produce more tears via increasing mucin production and decreasing inflammatory cells.

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Prescription Pharmaceuticals +

Dry Eye is often caused by systemic inflammatory conditions. steroid-based drops are effective at treating the inflammatory condition by targeting the underlying inflammatory mediators in the eye. Steroid- Based eyedrops and/or Oral medications may be used to enhance therapeutic outcomes.

Blepharitis (1)

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This is an inflammation of the eyelid. This inflammation is very common and easy to treat if picked up early. Eyelid inflammation leads to dry, uncomfortable eyes.

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Meibomian Gland Expressions with Digital Heat +

The best treatment for Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (where the oily layer of tears is deficient) is with Radiofrequency or IPL. This is where Divine Pro can help- It is color blind and allows it to be safely used on every skin pigmentation. This safe, effective procedure can give the best resolution of dry eye symptoms to those suffering from moderate to severe dry eyes due to MGD. Caution must be used on individuals with pacemakers.

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Scleral Lenses +

Standard contacts can aggravate an extreme case of dry eye, making them almost unbearable to wear.

Scleral lenses leave a space between the surface of the cornea and the lens which acts like a tear reservoir, preventing moisture from evaporating and keeping the eye hydrated throughout the day.

Scleral lenses can also be used to treat high astigmatism and irregular corneal surfaces like keratoconus.

Click here to learn more about Scleral Lenses.

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At Weston Eyecare

Where your eyes are our priority!

Our Esthetics team is optometrist led, and focusses on the delicate skin around your eyes and face to keep you optimal for a healthier, youthful glow!

As we age, our bodies can’t generate collagen as fast as they once used to. This is what causes wrinkles and fine lines to form (smile lines and crow’s feet). Our skin loosens, and the unwanted bags under our eyes form.

At the Eye Spa at Weston Eyecare, we have a new rad Radiofrequency (RF) laser treatment safely and effectively treats baggy eyes, fine lines, and wrinkles! It also helps treat MGD, which is the leading cause for dry eye and ocular discomfort.

It’s safe for all skin types and safe to use all year round. There’s no surgery, no needles and no downtime so you can immediately get back to doing what you do best- life!

Skin Tightening
The solution for a youthful
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The Problem

Our aging bodies cant generate collagen as fast as it once used to, and as a result the skin becomes loose. Consequently, wrinkles and fine lines form leaving you with smile lines and crow’s feet form.

The Solution

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Divine Pro RF

Finally there is a solution that works! Radiofrequency minimizes fine lines and wrinkles.

No Surgery, No Needles, No Downtime!

You get firmer skin and less wrinkles without Botox!

How does it work?

Divine Pro gently heats your skin to trigger your body’s natural response to produce new collagen. The new collagen fibers are tight, dense and neatly organized, giving you tighter, younger-looking skin!

What can I expect?

Divine Pro Radiofrequency is a comfortable and safe treatment that doesn’t have any downtime. You will experience a gentle warming sensation and most patients have described the feeling as a hot stone massage. After the treatment, there is usually only a slight amount of redness on the skin that settles very quickly. You will be able to return to your normal activities immediately after your treatment.

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How long does treatment take?

Treating the entire face takes approximately 60 minutes. If you would like a specific area treated (the delicate areas around your eyes, forehead, or smile lines) your procedure could take as little as 30 minutes! We usually recommend that you schedule a series of treatments and regular maintenance appointments to help your body counteract the loss of collagen that is part of the natural aging process.

When should I expect to see results?

Instantly! You will walk away from your appointment with a natural glow, and what many patients describe as a “tighter” feeling. Best of all, your results will continue to enhance over time.

The Results Speak For Themselves

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COVID-19 Safety

PATIENT EXPECTATIONS:

* Stay at home If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or have been in the presence of someone tested positive for COVID-19.

* Please wear a mask to the office if you have one.

* All patients are to limit the articles of clothing You bring in with you.

* All patients are to limit their visit to just themselves or plus one ( an appointment with a family member, dependents, or translators)

* All patients are to exercise social distancing within our office.

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OFFICE EXPECTATION:

* Regular sanitizing of surfaces and patient contact areas prior to and after each patient encounter.

* Patients are booked by appointment to minimize wait times and traffic within the office.

* We will be asking you wash your hands when you ride to enter the office. Gloves will be provided.

* We will actively monitor the health status of our staff. Anyone with these same symptoms will not be attending the office.

* All our medical personnel and administrative staff will utilize personal protective equipment, including surgical masks and gloves as necessary given their patient interactions and in accordance with guidance from the provincial health authorities and best practices. Office equipment and testing are being altered to meet best practice standards.

We will continue to monitor and adapt to the current environment, and update our policies and practices as needed. Our team will continue to provide the highest level of eye care and support for you and your family during these challenging times.

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