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The Dangers of Blue Light and What You Can Do

We are privileged to live in an advanced age at the turn of the 21st century. Electronic devices are everywhere in our world today and make our everyday interactions with the world around us ever easier, safer and more convenient. Although many positive effects have resulted from these devices in our everyday lives, a darker, more dangerous side exists to all of this progress and convenience.

Blue light, also known as high energy visible light, is emitted by many of these electronics, and is a serious threat to eye health which was previously unknown and irrelevant in generations past.

Living in such an advanced age, each of us, on average, spends roughly 25 hours every week staring at the screen of one of our electronic devices. To put this in perspective, that means that each of us spend more than one entire day, without sleeping, in front of devices that emit blue light that is proven to do serious damage to our visual system. Eyestrain, headaches and fatigue are common side effects. Even more alarming, recent studies indicate that blue light exposure has the potential to increase risk of macular degeneration significantly over time. Those with a history of macular degeneration are at special risk, as well as children, due to large pupils and shorter arms, which cause them to hold electronic devices closer to their faces, both of which allow more blue light to penetrate the eye.

Fortunately, cutting edge technological solutions to this growing epidemic exist. BluTech Lenses are special lenses specifically designed to selectively filter out blue light, enhancing visual comfort and minimizing eyestrain. These lenses boast a special state-of-the-art filtering agent within the lens material itself that duplicates elements in the eye, called ocular lens pigment and melanin, which the body naturally produces on its own, and which help filter out just the right amount of blue light entering the eye to protect against unfettered blue light penetration, while allowing proper visual contrast.

Recharge is another cutting edge option to help cut down on the harmful effects of blue light. HOYA is the advanced eye care company that produces these lenses, which reflect up to 30% of harmful blue light away from the eye.

Between the filtering effect of BluTech and the reflective properties of the Recharge coating, a large percentage of otherwise very harmful blue light never reaches the eye. This is an extremely important element in the long term health of your eyes.

Patients who spend hours on electronic devices are at increased risk of eyestrain and glare, macular degeneration or problems falling asleep at night. For more information about blue light and recharge lenses, speak to the optometrists and our team today at Dr Pink Sidhu and Associates.

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Vision Therapy and Screening

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Vision is more than 20/20.

  • Did your child’s school teacher tell you that your child needs to see an optometrist?
  • Did your child pass or fail a school screening?
  • Is your child rubbing the eyes?
  • Are their any headaches that you feel are related to the eyes?
  • Is your child recently diagnosed with a “ learning disability?”
  • Or told that he/ she is disruptive in the classroom?

These are just a few of the symptoms your child might be experiencing or scenarios that you, as parents, might be experiencing as a family. Studies support that 70% of kids with behavioral “problems”, may just have an underlying vision problem. Unlike the screenings at your school, or in a Pediatrician’s or family doctor’s office, your eye exam with Dr. Pink and associates is more than just a 20/20 sight test.

We test for your child’s ability to see the chart at distance and near. Our York optometrists recognize that children can be nervous or shy and/ or just simply not interested. And that’s okay, we may bring them back for multiple visits throughout the year because every visit will give us a little more information each time. We track their ability to follow a moving target, and to zoom in and out of focus, and their ability to turn their eyes in and out. Along with this, we test color vision, depth perception and the health of their eyes ( both inside and outside ).

To be more specific, we are testing your child’s ability:

Ocular motor skills- eye movement skills:

Do your child’s eyes move across the page in a book smoothly and accurately.

Accommodation – eye focusing abilities:

Does your child change focus from near to far and back again – between reading text from a far-away white or black-board and then being able to write on a price of paper at their desk?

Convergence and Divergence- eye teaming:

Are your child’s eyes working together as a focus unit – do they come together for proper eye alignment for reading?

Binocular vision skills:

Are your child’s eyes blending visual images from both eyes into a single, three-dimensional image? If detected, these conditions can be corrected and managed. We often prescribe corrective lenses, progressives, prisms and vision therapy enabling young children with poor vision to rapidly catch up to their peers. The earlier a vision problem is diagnosed and treated, the less of an impact it will have on the child’s development, and the better the prognosis.

Come see our eye doctors in York, Toronto at Pink Sidhu and Associates.

Vocational Testing

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Contact our York eye care clinics, Pink Sidhu and Associates, if you need to complete a visual field as a part of your job application for a crossing guard, police training, the fire department or another career.

We have two locations to serve you better, catering to the Brampton, Rexdale, Etobicoke, North York, and East York, Toronto areas.

Visual Field Tests and Visual Field Eye Exams in York, Toronto

The ministry of transportation (MOT or MTO) may require visual field charts to make an informed decision regarding licensing status. Acceptable visual field charts are the following tests:

  • Esterman binocular functional test (false positive/negative errors not to exceed 20 percent)
  • Goldmann binocular field test using only a III4e test object with monitored reliability showing at least 60 degrees to either side of the vertical midline and showing 15 degrees both above and below the horizontal midline
  • Also acceptable are the Automated kinetic Octopus charts with monitored reliability.

What is a Vision Waiver Program?

This is a Class G vision waiver program for drivers whose visual field does not meet the 120-degree horizontal visual field requirement. Once it is determined that a driver meets the eligibility requirements for the program, he/she will be asked to submit a detailed vision assessment and a medical report. This is the part that we can assist with.

Our routine eye exams are a comprehensive ocular health and visual assessment involving over 50 tests.

Come see us at our York optometry practices, Pink Sidhu and Associates.

Emergency and Urgent Eye Care

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We Are Here for You in the Event of an Eye Emergency

Your vision is your most precious sense, and when it is put at risk it is imperative to act quickly.

At Dr Pink Sidhu and Associates, we will do everything we can to accommodate the same day eye emergency appointments at one of our two locations, but if we are unavailable please proceed to the nearest emergency room. We offer emergency services that require immediate and urgent eye care. If your eye is injured, don’t try to judge the severity of it. Immediately seek the opinion of an eye doctor to lessen the risk of hurting your vision. We understand ocular emergencies can arise at any time.

Please call our office on Weston Road at 416-249-2020 or our office on Overlea Blvd. at 647-265-9392 for further instructions. Use your best judgment. If you feel your vision issue is urgent, do not delay treatment – visit your nearest emergency treatment center.

Call Us! Weston Rd. 416-249-2020 | Call Us! Overlea Rd. 647-265-9392

Common Eye Emergencies

Symptoms that require emergency service include, but are not limited to:

  • Sudden loss of vision
  • Sudden double vision
  • Sudden red/painful eye
  • Pink Eye
  • New onset flashes and/or floaters
  • Foreign body in the eye (especially metal or chemicals)
  • New or worsening swelling or pain after eye surgery

Things NOT to do while waiting for professional medical assistance:

  • DO NOT press on an injured eye or allow the victim to rub the eye(s).
  • DO NOT attempt to remove a foreign body that is resting on the cornea (the clear surface of the eye through which we see) or that appears to be embedded in any part of the eye.
  • DO NOT use dry cotton (including cotton swabs) or sharp instruments (such as tweezers) on the eye.
  • DO NOT attempt to remove an embedded object.

DO call our optometry practice in York at 416-249-2020 for further instructions! We are here for you!

Chemical Spills or Splashes

Chemicals in the eyes can cause permanent damage. If you get a chemical spill or splash in your eyes you should immediately flush your eyes with clean, cool water.

Continue to flush your eyes for at least 20 minutes even if you no longer feel any pain or discomfort to be sure you have thoroughly removed all of the chemical from your eyes.

Once you have flushed your eyes for 20 minutes, seek medical attention.

A Foreign Body in Your Eye

If there is foreign body embedded in your cornea, sclera or under your eyelid, leave it alone and seek medical attention immediately.If you have a loose foreign body in your eye, such as dirt, a bug or an eyelash, flush it out with cool, clean water. If the object doesn’t come free you can try removing it very gently with a cotton swab moistened with clean water by carefully tapping it against the object. If that fails to remove the foreign body, it is time to see your optometrist.Never use tweezers or any other tools to poke around in your eyes. You could risk doing even more damage. Seek out the care of a professional.

We are open 7 days a week and offer morning, afternoon and evening appointments. Give our York eye care centre a call and let them know you are experiencing what feels like an emergency, and our optometrists will be glad to see you. If a referral is needed for any surgical intervention or ophthalmology care, we will set that appointment up for you, so that you can focus on getting better! If our clinic happens to be closed, please proceed to the nearest hospital so that someone can triage your eyecare emergency accordingly.

  • After your visit at our office, we send a report to your family physician so the situation can be included in their medical records and allow for more effective communication between your family doctor, and our office, your new found family eye doctor. For more information about ocular emergency services and urgent care, please contact Pink Sidhu and Associates at the Weston Road location in York, 1-833-237-7465 or Overlea Road, East York at 647-265-9392.

Call Us! Weston Rd. 416-249-2020

Call Us! Overlea Rd. 647-265-9392

Learning and Development

Female Child Eye Exam 1280x853Your eyes play a huge part in your child’s Learning & Development Did you know that more than 80% of your child learning and development is based on vision. This is more of a reason to be sure that your child’s vision and eye health are up to par and your child is starting each school year equipped with the most valuable source- a healthy visual system!

Did you know that vision development is a process that begins prior to birth? Did you know that it continues throughout a lifetime? This is why the critical period and sensitive period for your child’s first eye exam is very important and vital to their optimal well being. Early intervention is extremely important because most visual anomalies and conditions if treated before the age of 6, have an excellent prognosis.

It’s a small investment, a thirty-minute visit with your eye doctor; Dr. Pink Sidhu, each year to ensure that you enabling your child to play, learn and socialize and experience life and all that it has to offer. Vision allows the child to thrive at every task in life, whether it be school or sports or just simply socializing with peers. Did you know that OHIP pays for your child’s eye exam each year? Yes, children are covered ages 19 and under. So come on down, we would love to see you and build a lifetime relationship.


HOURS & LOCATIONS

With offices in York and Toronto , Pink Sidhu and Associates has been serving Toronto, Brampton, Vaughan, Markham, East York, North York, Scarborough, York, Etobicoke, and the GTA in Toronto for more than 10 years.

Call us to make an appointment with our eye doctors to talk about your eyeglasses, contact lenses or specialty lens needs. You are also welcome to drop in anytime to browse through our large selection of designer eyeglass frames and sunglasses. Scroll down for more details about our practice location and hours.

Dr. Pink Sidhu and Associates (Overlea Blvd.)

Dr. Pink Sidhu & Associates at Weston Eyecare Optical, Optometry, & Dry Eye Clinic (Weston Rd. ACROSS from the Real Canadian Superstore)

Finding an Optometrist Near Me is Easy

It’s never been easier. Dr. Pink Sidhu and associates have two locations to serve you better. We are located in North York and East York. We are open 7 days a week, yes we are open Sundays too! We offer same day and next day appointments for the whole family. We offer morning, evening and weekend appointments all year round. Anyone that lives or works near our clinic can call and schedule an appointment for an examination. We cater to emergency eye care as well, putting you at ease sooner and making for a lot lesser of wait time in urgent care or hospital. In a world of technology and digital devices, most people are trying to find an optometrist near me.

Back to school time, and holiday season typically marks the time of need for an eye check up as someone’s insurance is about to expire. It’s never a bad time to say “I need to visit an optometrist near me.” Or “ I need to find an optical near me”.

Dr. Pink Sidhu and Associates is your one-stop eye care and eyewear shop. Dr. Pink Sidhu and Associates take care of all your Eyecare needs from refraction, vision check to a health check of the eyes with the latest in technology. We offer retinal imaging and casual fields for those that require MTO or ministry of transportation testing completed.


We Are Near You in York

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Dr. Pink Sidhu & Associates at Weston Eyecare Optical, Optometry, & Dry Eye Clinic (Weston Rd. ACROSS from the Real Canadian Superstore)

2592 Weston Rd (Across from Superstore)
Toronto, ON M9N 2A7

Located inside of Weston Eyecare Optical, Optometry, & Dry Eye Clinic at Weston Road - Next to Ginger Pho & Mr. Sub


  • 10:00 AM - 6:30 PM

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  • 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

  • Closed

Sunday hours are available by appointment.

Dr. Pink Sidhu and Associates (Overlea Blvd.)

42 Overlea Boulevard (inside Costco)
Toronto, ON M4H 1B6

Inside the Thorncliffe Costco.


  • 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

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It is an Emergency?

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If you experience loss of vision, double vision, swelling, infection or any eye emergency, contact us immediately for guidance. We’ll help you with the best treatment to prevent complications and promote long-lasting clear eyesight.

Use your best judgment on urgency – find the nearest emergency room or review our emergency page of tips.

MEET OUR EYE DOCTORS

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Dr. Pink Sidhu

Dr. Pink Sidhu has been in practice for almost ten years serving the Weston, York, Brampton, Rexdale, Mississauga, and North York, Toronto area.  She has built her practice in all aspects of eye care placing special interest in glaucoma, diabetic, senior and pediatric care, Lasik management and preventative eye care. ...
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Dr. David Spence

David Spence split his youth in North York and Thornhill, Ontario, and is a product of the Toronto Catholic District School Board. Before graduating from the University of the Incarnate Word Optometry School, he assisted ophthalmologists for a decade. He has completed national boards in Canada and USA.  His main...
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Dr. Adela Chung

Dr. Adela Chung graduated from the New England College of Optometry in 1995. She has since been in private practice providing primary vision care. She loves taking care of “eyeballs” and meeting patients’ visual needs. Outside of optometry, you will find Dr. Chung curled up on her couch reading or at the...

Dr. Antoinette Liwanag

Dr. Antoniette Liwanag was born and raised in the Philippines. She earned her Doctor of Optometry at Centro Escolar University in Manila, Philippines. She did her International Bridging Program in University of Waterloo.  Dr. Liwanag is a licensed therapeutic optometrist. Her practice includes family eye care, diagnosis and management of...
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Dr. Sayyeda Mavani

Dr. Sayyeda Mavani is from Edmonton, AB and completed her Bachelor of Science at the University of Alberta. She then went on to receive her Doctor of Optometry degree at the New England College of Optometry in Boston, MA. Dr. Mavani received a great deal of training in specialty contact...
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Dr. Jennifer Tran

Dr. Jennifer Tran is excited to be the primary eye care provider for her patients in the Thorncliffe community and beyond. Fluent in English and Cantonese, Dr. Tran provides comprehensive eye exams to patients of all ages. She believes in a patient-centred approach and is passionate about educating her patients...
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What our Eye Doctors Have to Say...

At our York eye care clinic, we handle everything from adult and children’s eye exams and hard-to-fit contact lenses, to eye emergencies, treatment of eye diseases and co-management of eye surgery such as LASIK.

Expert eye care solutions should be convenient and easy, and we excel in serving all your vision needs while maximizing the convenience. We are devoted to helping you maximize your vision, so you can enjoy the highest quality of life!

Contact Pink Sidhu and Associates Right Away!

Emergency Eye Care Information

Please call our Weston Rd. office at: 416-249-2020 for further instructions. Use your best judgment on urgency, if you feel the need to find the nearest emergency room.

If you experience loss of vision, double vision, swelling, infection or any eye emergency, contact us immediately for guidance. We’ll help you with the best treatment to prevent complications and promote long-lasting clear eyesight.

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