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Myopia Control in Children

Myopia (nearsightedness) is occurring in children more frequently, at a younger age and to a greater degree than ever before. Unfortunately, childhood myopia leads to a high prescription come adulthood, resulting in thick glasses or a dependence on contact lenses.

How Does Myopia Control Work?

School girl glumMyopia may increase as a result of an elongated eye, where the focal point falls in front of the retina. This is often genetic. Another cause of myopia progression is visual fatigue and stress on the eye from too much near activity and not enough time outdoors. This is the likely cause of the increase in incidence of childhood myopia abundantly seen today. Myopia control treatments exercise the eye muscles, allowing for small changes to the eye’s overall structure or focusing process to reduce eye strain. Myopia control is a type of physical therapy for your child’s eyes and is designed to slow down the progression of myopia. Early intervention is crucial to keeping the prescription from climbing, preserving your child’s uncorrected distance vision.Dr Pink sidhu and Associates offers a variety of myopia control treatments for your family. For more information about myopia control request an appointment for your child today.

We Use 3 Methods

Multifocal Lenses

Distance glasses are the most common treatment for childhood myopia. Although they will improve your child’s distance vision and allow them to see the blackboard in school or the television, they can actually make it harder for your child’s eyes to focus on things close up, causing strain. Multifocal glasses and contact lenses, have different corrective powers throughout the lens, allowing your child to see clearly at distance with a lesser power at near to alleviate eye strain or visual fatigue. This in turn prevents their prescription from increasing too quickly. lenses

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Atropine Therapy

Low-dose atropine eye drops are another form of myopia control for children, recommended by Dr. Pink Sidhu and Associates. These drops are administered to your child on a daily basis to reduce eye strain and slow the progression of myopia. The drops temporarily reduce the eye’s ability to focus at near, relaxing the eyes and controlling myopia. Side effects include slightly dilated pupils.

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Eye Health for College Students

young man in universityIt’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 failing to take care of your eyes today could cause damage to your eyes and vision now and in the future.

So put down your textbooks for a second and learn these four simple lessons about protecting your precious eyes.

Blue Light Protection
College students spend a lot of time in front of screens. From each class, homework assignment, and research project, to texting, dating apps and watching Netflix and gaming – life is largely digital.

This comes with a slew of potential side effects known as computer vision syndrome, including sore and tired eyes, headaches, neck, shoulder and back pain, dry eyes and blurred vision, largely due to the effect of the blue light emitted from the screens. The additional computer usage also increases dry eye symptoms. Studies show that blue light can also impact your sleep quality and may possibly be connected to the development of retinal damage and macular degeneration later in life.

You must always protect your eyes and vision from blue light and computer vision syndrome, and here’s how you do it:

  1. Use computer glasses or blue-light blocking coated lenses or contact lenses when working on a screen for long periods of time. These lenses are made to allow optimal visual comfort for the distance and unique pixelation of working on a computer or mobile screen, by reducing glare and eye strain. They also block potentially harmful blue-light radiation from entering your eyes.
  2. Prescription glasses may be considered as well. Many students who never needed glasses previously experience eyestrain with extensive hours studying in university. A minor prescription can make a big difference in reducing eye fatigue and helping to improve concentration. See our clinic Pink Sidhu and Associates for your eyecare needs.
  3. Although there is no clinical support for the 20-20-20 rule, Implementing the 20-20-20 rule by taking a break every 20 minutes to look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds allows your eyes to have a healthy medium between work and rest for your eyes from the intensity of the computer screen.
  4. Depending on your environment, eye drops, and other dry eye services and products can be prescribed from the eye doctor to assist with dry eye syndrome that often accompanies increased screen time. Did you know that your blink rate often goes down substantially when you are concentrating on reading or computer work, thus exasperating dry eye symptoms? Have you tried eyedrops that just never seem to work? Come see Dr. Pink Sidhu and associates to discuss a personalized dry eye treatment plan for you. Did you know that 80% of dry eye sufferers have some form or meibomian gland dysfunction?

Our clinic offers treatment and management to tackle your dry eye symptoms stemming from this dysfunction. This may include meibomian gland expression. You may read more about our dry eye services in our dry eye clinic tab.

We have discussed vision correction, computer strain, dry eye, and blue block lenses. Let’s now talk about proper contact lens use.

Many college students opt for contact lenses as they are convenient and great for cosmesis and another means of vision correction, but they come along with responsibility.

The busy days and late nights can sometimes make contact lens care difficult. You must follow your eye doctor’s instructions for proper care.

Speak to Dr. Pink and Associates about your contact lens interest today. Always follow the wearing schedule and never sleep in lenses that are not designed for extended wear.

Clean and disinfect as needed, and don’t rinse them with anything other than contact lens solution. No, saliva is not safe for your contact lens, yet many students will admit they do it.

Failing to follow the proper use and hygiene for contact lenses can result in irritation, infections and even corneal scarring which can result in vision reduction and/ or vision loss.

One-day disposable lenses can be a great option especially for college students as they offer ultimate convenience (no cleaning and storing) and optimal eye health.

Further, if you enjoy wearing contact lenses, then remember to get a proper fit from your eye doctor. Many “exclusive” contact lenses available online may actually be poorly fit and made from inferior materials. Contrary to popular belief, one size does not fit all.

Lastly, let’s talk about sun protection and UV Protection.
Ultraviolet rays from the sun are known to cause long term eye damage and lead to vision-threatening eye conditions such as macular degeneration and cataracts. Additionally, in extreme cases of unprotected UV exposure, you can get sunburned eyes, known as photokeratitis, which can cause a gritty, dry feeling, burning, swelling, light sensitivity, vision changes, and sometimes serious pain. These symptoms typically go away within a day or two.

Wearing 100% UV reflective sunglasses whenever you are outside – rain or shine – is the first step to eye protection. A large brimmed hat to protect the eyes from exposure from the top and sides is also a recommended addition for sunny days. It’s especially important for the light colored eyes.

Get a regular eye exam
To start off college with the right foot forward, it’s recommended to get a comprehensive eye exam prior to the start of the school year, especially if you haven’t had one recently. This way you can ensure that your eyes and vision are in top shape and, if you wear glasses, that your prescription is still accurate.

The last thing you want to worry about when getting adjusted to college is problems with your eyes and vision. It’s also recommended for students that are going away to another city to get a recommendation for a local eye doctor in case of an emergency. Most eye doctors know of colleagues located in other cities who they could recommend.

Just remember to think about your eyes because the better you take care of them now, the healthier eyes and vision you will have down the road. It’s one pair of eyes that will last you a lifetime.

Most college students have vision insurance. Most of our patients are Humber college students because of how close your campus is to the office. Check with your insurance or have our office at Dr. Pink Sidhu and associates check it out for you. We have student specials to make for an affordable and educational visit.


 

Eye See Eye Learn

boy red bookcaseThe Eye See Eye Learn program is an organization providing comprehensive eye exams and glasses to Junior Kindergarten children in certain school regions for free, courtesy of the participating sponsors (Nikon Lenswear and OGI). The eye exams are covered by OHIP, as are eye exams for any child 19 years or younger with a valid Ontario health card.

Eye See Eye Learn is a relatively new program in Ontario. The program provides comprehensive eye examinations to Junior Kindergarten children in certain school regions (including the Thames Valley District School Board). The eye exams are covered by OHIP, as are eye exams for any child 19 years or younger with a valid Ontario health card.

The exciting part of the Eye See Eye Learn program is that if the child in Junior Kindergarten needs glasses, they will receive them for free courtesy of the participating sponsors (Nikon Lenswear and OGI).

This program was developed to raise awareness among parents of the importance of having their children’s’ eyes examined upon starting school. Children who can’t see the board or focus on a picture or follow words in a book may struggle to achieve their full learning potential. Vision problems can also impact their social development and hand-eye coordination for physical activities. 80% of learning comes directly through vision.

Children who are born with blurry vision, due to high prescription or eye health abnormality, don’t know what “clear” vision is and wouldn’t know to complain of vision problems. Catching these problems early is key. The Eye See Eye Learn program aims to give Junior Kindergarten students the best start to learning.

To find out more about the Eye See Eye Learn program or to see if your school board is participating, visit: http://www.eyeseeeyelearn.ca or learn more about OHIP Coverage.

Beauty Products and Dry Eye

Beauty and Eye Products and Dry Eye

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Six mascaras are sold in North America every minute. Parabens are found in mascara and often are 
associated with meibomian gland dysfunction. Creams applied around the eye and eye make up products can complicate dry eye. Wrinkle cream RETINA can cause dry eye and symptoms of itching, peeling, redness, and blepharoconjunctivitis in almost half the users. As well, preservatives such a BAK are found in cosmetics and lid cleaners and eyedrops. Even in small concentrations, it is toxic to the cornea.

Formaldehye releasing preservatives such as 
quaterenium 15 is found in baby shampoo, and it is best not to use it for lid scrubs. It’s also found in make up remover wipes and one should look to avoid these wipes.

Medications can dry your eyes out. Some popular dry eye culprits are prostaglandins, and these are found in glaucoma medications. These help slow down glaucoma and progression, but also promotes inflammation and dry eye disease. Studies show that 92% of Prostaglandin users have inflammatory meibomian gland dysfunction.

Accutaine is another popular medication primarily used by teenagers and young adults. Approximately 1/5 users experience ocular adverse effects including blepharoconjunctivitis, Keratoconjunctivitis sicca, and abnormal meibomian glands. Accutaine can cause permanent structural damage to the meibomian glands.

Come talk to our eye doctors to discuss makeup, eye products and get advice on your eyelid health, and dry eye symptoms, treatment and management.

Back to School

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Put your child’s eye exam on your back to school list!

Visit us at Pink Sidhu and associates.

It’s vital that the back to school checklist includes an eye examination. One in four school-aged children has a vision problem. Yet more than 80% have begun school without a proper eye exam. Many times a child is screened at school by layman folks for a vision screening. The “Passed “ mistakingly gives the false sense of security that the child’s vision and health are normal.

At times, we hear that the pediatrician or physical at a doctors office “ tested” the child’s eyes and indicated that the eyes and vision are healthy. However, you must recognize that this screening is not a comprehensive eye examination. Making it even more difficult is that children most often don’t complain about vision symptoms, even though there might be a serious problem such as a lazy eye. The reason for this is because children haven’t developed the awareness to identify what normal vision is and what it looks like.

Unfortunately, parents, with their busy lives, rely on their child to reach out to them about symptoms and problems and then follow up accordingly. It’s important to not fall into this trap. Children are incredibly adaptable and can mask their problems and not even be aware of it. Humans are built to adapt. Early childhood is a sensitive and critical time period for visual development. Missed, or overlooking eye conditions can have detrimental effects ok your child’s vision and visual functioning. A very common scenario is a lazy eye or refractive amblyopia in one of the two eyes. A child easily compensates with the good eye and picks up the slack for what the “bad eye “ isn’t doing. As a result, he/she carries on with his/ her daily activities without any symptoms or suggestions of any eye problems.

The on-looker/ ( often parents or teachers) won’t recognize an issue because at school that child’s performance or mobility in sports etc isn’t hindered. When enough time passes without intervention, the brain prefers one eye and binocular vision and other vision function skills never build up to their best potential. At times, it’s a permanent “ bad or blind eye “.The only way to know with certainty if your child has healthy vision is to have a comprehensive eye exam by an Optometrist. At Pink Sidhu and associates, we are welcoming your family and children for all your eye care needs. 

Computer Vision Syndrome (Digital Eye Strain)

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As a result of prolonged computer use, eye problems associated with the use of these devices is also on an incline. You may be suffering from computer vision syndrome if you spend two or more hours on the screen.

Symptoms may range from mild discomfort to blurred vision to headaches and shoulder and/or neck pains. The severity and length of computer vision syndrome symptoms depends on how long you stare at the computer, your posture, lighting, glare, the angle of the monitor, and whether or not you have other diagnosed or undiagnosed vision problems.

Our optometrist will test your vision, and assess your eyes focusing abilities.

From these measurements, we can design a treatment plan that’s right for you. Along with environmental changes, some optical devices may be able to provide you with the relief your eyes deserve.

Ensuring the desk space is well lit via ambient lighting, lubricating the eyes and blinking often will be helpful to alleviate or eliminate some symptoms. A simple pair of computer glasses with blue filters, or computer friendly contact lenses may be helpful. Great advances have been made in the treatment of these diseases.

Nonprescription Sunglasses

Everyone should have a good pair of sunglasses. Whether you wear prescription eyeglasses or not, sunglasses are important for every age, race and gender. While sunglasses may be considered a must-have fashion accessory, even more importantly, they play a critical role in protecting your eyes from UV (ultraviolet) and other harmful radiation from the sun. They also shield your eyes from wind, dust and debris that could cause discomfort, dryness or damage.

Sunglasses should be worn in the winter as well as the summer and should be 100% UV blocking. This doesn’t mean that you have to pay a fortune for your shades. Even cheaper brands of sunglasses are made these days with full UV protection, so take the extra time to ensure you select ones that do offer full protection from the sun’s rays.

Frame Materials

Sunglass frames are made in a wide variety of materials from plastics and acetates, to wood and natural materials to metals, such as aluminum, steel or titanium. Before you select a pair of frames, think about your lifestyle and what type of material will be most suitable for you. If you live an active lifestyle, sturdy and durable frames are a must. If you have sensitive skin, look for a pair made with hypoallergenic material that is light and fits comfortably. Make sure you select a pair that fits well, looks good and properly blocks the sun to ensure that you feel confident and comfortable when you are wearing them.

Sunglasses Shapes

Sunglasses serve as a combination of function and fashion and therefore come in a plethora of shapes and styles. Sunglasses are often larger than eyeglasses to cover more surface area and prevent sunlight from entering around the lenses. While fashion sunglasses are made in all of the latest styles from aviator to cat eyes, round, square and oversized, sports sunglasses are generally more durable and broad, often in wraparound styles that prevent sunlight from entering from the sides as well. Wrap-around frames are a good option for athletes, fishermen and bikers that spend a lot of time outdoors in the sun.

Lenses

Lenses are the most important part of any pair of sunglasses. As mentioned above, all lenses should block 100% UV rays but beyond that there are many options for sunglass lenses. Polycarbonate or trivex lenses are impact-resistant to increase safety during sports and outdoor activities. Polarized lenses help to reduce glare and are particularly helpful during activities on or near the water such as boating, fishing or beaching. Anti-glare and anti-scratch coatings are also beneficial to maintain your best vision in a variety of conditions.

For the fashion conscious there are a number of colors and reflective coatings available for sunglass lenses. It’s best to choose the lenses that allow for the most accurate color vision with the least amount of distortion to ensure they don’t obstruct clear vision.

While it’s important to choose sunglasses that you like from a style and appearance perspective, it’s also important to pay attention to comfort and fit. Here are a few tips for purchasing sunglasses that fit well for maximum comfort and sun protection:

  1. Make sure the lenses completely cover your eyes and provide extra coverage above and to the sides.
  2. The frames shouldn’t pinch at your temples or the nosepiece and should be wide enough for your face.
  3. Ensure that the frames aren’t too wide and stay in place when you move your head around.

Sunglasses for Prescription Eyeglass Users

If you wear prescription eyeglasses there are a number of options for sun protection. These options include prescription sunglasses, photochromic lenses (which turn from clear lenses to dark when you go outside), clip-ons, fitovers (which are sunglasses that go over your prescription eyewear) or wearing contact lenses with plano (non-prescription) sunglasses. Speak to your optician to determine the best option for you.

PLENTY OF CHOICE!

Our Weston location offers a large selection of eyeglasses and sunglasses. We carry the latest European and American designer eyewear collections in a variety of styles, colors, and materials including titanium, stainless steel, and plastic.

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Quality Glasses and Lenses at our Weston Location

Find the best fit for your specific needs by allowing our licensed opticians to explain how different lenses and frames will impact your vision. They will help you narrow down your choices so you can find the best look, fit, and functionality you want from your eye wear.

New clients and current patients are more than welcome to visit our optical Pink Sidhu and Associates  with their current prescription - no appointment is necessary.


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Presbyopia Treatment

Middle-aged man with Presbyopia, wearing prescription reading glasses looking down

As we reach middle age, particularly after age 40, it is common to start to experience difficulty with reading and performing other tasks that require near vision. This is because with age, the lens of our eye becomes increasingly inflexible, making it harder to focus on close objects. Unlike a true eye disease, this condition is so common, it eventually happens to almost everyone who reaches old age to some extent. It’s called presbyopia.

To avoid eyestrain, people with untreated presbyopia tend to hold books, magazines, newspapers, and menus at arm’s length in order to focus properly. Trying to performing tasks at close range can sometimes cause headaches, eye strain or fatigue in individuals who have developed this condition.

Causes of Presbyopia

During our youth, the lens of our eye and the muscles that control it are flexible and soft, allowing us to focus on close objects and shift focus from close to distant objects without difficulty. As the eye ages however, both the lens and the muscle fibers begin to harden, making near vision a greater challenge.

Presbyopia is a natural result of the aging process and not much can be done to prevent it. Its onset has nothing to do with whether you already have another vision impairment such as nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism. Everyone will notice some degree of loss of near vision focusing power as they age, although for some it will be more significant than others.

Symptoms and Signs of Presbyopia

Presbyopia is characterized by:

  • Difficulty focusing on small print
  • Blurred near vision
  • Experiencing eyestrain, fatigue or headaches when doing close work or reading
  • Needing to hold reading material or small objects at a distance to focus properly
  • Requiring brighter lighting when focusing on near objects

Presbyopia can be diagnosed in a comprehensive eye exam.

Treatment for Presbyopia

There are a number of options available for treating presbyopia including corrective eyewear, contact lenses or surgery.

Eyeglasses

Reading glasses or “readers” are basically magnifying glasses that are worn when reading or doing close work that allow you focus on close objects.

Eyeglasses with bifocal or multifocal lenses such as progressive addition lenses or PALs are a common solution for those with presbyopia that also have refractive error (nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism). Bifocals have lenses with two lens prescriptions; one area (usually the upper portion) for distance vision and the second area for near vision. Progressive addition lenses or PALs similarly provide lens power for both near and distance vision but rather than being divided into two hemispheres, they are made with a gradual transition of lens powers for viewing at different distances. Many individuals prefer PALs because unlike bifocals, they do not have a visible division line on the lens.

Bifocal and Multifocal Contact Lenses

For individuals that prefer contact lenses to glasses, bifocal and multifocal lenses are also available in contact lenses in both soft and Rigid Gas Permeable (RGP) varieties.

Multifocal contact lenses give you added freedom over glasses and they allow you to be able to view any direction – up, down and to the sides – with similar vision. People wearing progressive lenses in glasses on the other hand have to look over their glasses if they want to view upwards or into the distance.

Another option for those who prefer contact lenses is monovision. Monovision splits your distance and near vision between your eyes, using your dominant eye for distance vision and your non-dominant eye for near vision. Typically you will use single vision lenses in each eye however sometimes the dominant eye will use a single vision lens while a multifocal lens will be used in the other eye for intermediate and near vision. This is called modified monovision. Your eye doctor will perform a test to determine which type of lens is best suited for each eye and optimal vision.

Surgery

There are surgical procedures also available for treatment of presbyopia including monovision LASIK eye surgery, conductive keratoplasty (CK), corneal inlays or onlays or a refractive lens exchange (RLE) which replaces the hardened lens in the eye with an intraocular lens (IOL) similar to cataract surgery.

Since it affects so much of the older population, much research and development is going into creating more and better options for presbyopes. Speak to your eye doctor about the options that will work best for you.

Childrens Eye Exams

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Did you know that 80% of learning is visual and learning-related vision problems account for 20% of all learning disabilities? It is so important that vision problems are detected early and this can only be done through a comprehensive eye examination. Fortunately, OHIP covers the cost of annual eye exams for children 19 years old and younger.

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

The Eye Exam

In addition to basic visual acuity (distance and near vision, or refractive errors) an eye exam may assess the following visual skills that are required for learning and mobility:

Binocular vision: how the eyes work together as a team Focusing Peripheral Vision Color Vision Hand-eye Coordination Tracking

The doctor will also examine the area around the eye and inside the eye to check for any eye diseases or health conditions. You should tell the doctor any relevant personal history of your child such as a premature birth, developmental delays, family history of eye problems, eye injuries or medications the child is taking. This would also be the time to address any concerns or issues your child has that might indicate a vision problem.

Myopia in Children

Myopia (nearsightedness) is occurring in children more frequently, at a younger age and to a greater degree than ever before. Unfortunately, childhood myopia leads to a high prescription come adulthood, resulting in thick glasses or a dependence on contact lenses.

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