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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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Binocular Vision Assessments & Vision Therapy

Good Vision Requires More Than Just 2020 (2)

Aspects of visionAspects of vision Good vision is the ability to gather information and make meaningful interpretation of what is seen.

A binocular vision examination tests for the following visual skills:

Fixation : Aiming/Aligning
Oculomotor Skills: Tracking
Accommodation: Focusing
Vergence: Eye Teaming
Visual Motor Integration: Eye Hand Coordination

 

 

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Eye Focusing and Accommodation +

This is an eye-focusing problem resulting in blurred vision—up close and/or far away— frequently found in children or adults who have extended near-work demand. They have difficulty shifting their focus from near to far, or far to near. This is a common condition and most often leads to headaches or inability to carry on with visually demanding tasks.

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Vergence and Eye Teaming +

The ability to use both eyes as a “team,” or a single functioning pair, is what allows our brain to fuse the two separate pictures coming in from each eye into a single image with depth perception. This skill is called binocular vision.

Some people have difficulty fusing these images, and thus, perceive double vision (a separate image from each eye). Not all people experience double vision. At times, the brain with turn off one eye in order to avoid double vision.

There are two conditions in which the eyes fail to “team” together:

Normal EYe Teaming

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Tracking +

Tracking is the ability to control where we aim our eyes. This is called oculomotor skills.
Our ability to possess good tracking skills allow us to succeed in everyday life including sports and school or work activities.

There are three basic types of eye movements:

Fixations: ability to hold eyes steady without moving off target
Saccades: the ability of our eyes to make accurate jumps as we change targets
Pursuits: the ability of our eyes to follow a moving target

Fixation is the most basic eye movement skill from which other skills develop. Good fixational skills allow us to maintain a steady gaze without our eyes moving involuntarily off target. Poor fixation skills must be addressed early in a treatment program before other oculomotor techniques are attempted because it is the foundation skill upon which others build.

Saccades are eye jumps–the sudden, quick voluntary change in fixation from one object to another. Saccades involve any shift in gaze, such as from road sign to speedometer, board to paper, notes to computer screen. During reading, accurate saccadic movements are critical

Pursuits are types of eye moments that are used to follow a moving target. Accurate, smooth pursuit eye movements allow us to make spatial judgments as to the speed and position of the moving target. Pursuit eye movements are especially important in driving and sports.

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Tracking and Reading +

Reading involves complex eye movements. in order to read fluently along a line of a text our needs to make short, rapid eye movements from one word to the next without overshooting or undershooting. These eye movements are called saccades and in between each saccade our eye movement must stop to fix on the word being read. At the end of each line our eyes need to make a sweeping movement backwards and downwards to accurately locate the start of the next line.

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Symptoms of Tracking deficiencies or OMD +

A child lacking in these skills will most often struggle with reading. This child is unable to aim, and jump from word to word, or jump from line to line accurately. The reading material becomes jumbled together and illegible. It’s no wonder why these children struggle with reading comprehension.

When the eye movements are poorly controlled or defective, it affects our ability to read. This defect is called Oculomotor Dysfunction or Tracking Defect.

Some Tell-tale signs of tracking include:Fixation

  • Writing is poorly spaced or crowded or messy
  • Difficulty reading fluently
  • Losing place or start of next line
  • Missing out or repeating words or lines
  • Adding words or transposing them
  • Using a marker or finger to follow the lines
  • Finding top lines of text easier to read than middle sections
  • Moving head and/or body instead of eyes when reading
  • Poor understanding of text being read
  • Difficulty copying from white board

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What Is Vision Therapy? (VT) +

Everyone’s vision is unique. Hence, a vision therapy treatment plan is tailored and individualized to address your vision issues and help strengthen any areas of weakness. Treatment begins with a series of therapeutic exercises using dedicated devices. The exercises are progressively adjusted to encourage further visual improvements over time.

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What Is The Goal of Vision Therapy? +

The goal is to help children and adults relearn and improve visual skills to optimize visual performance and comfort. The basic principle in any therapy plan is Repetition. This allows for newly learned skills to form new neural networks in the brain.

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VT to Improve Reading Movements +

The basic principle in any rehabilitation exercise is repetition. By repeating certain behaviors, in this case saccadic eye movements, we can form new neural networks in the brain. The aim of all these exercises is to practice using your eyes to make the short accurate movements required between the symbols or words whilst keeping your head and body still and without using aids to read. VT implemented to improve oculomotor skills leads to:

  • Improved accuracy and speed of pursuit and saccades
  • Reduced number of refixations and regressions while reading
  • Increased span of recognition

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Vision Therapy to Treat Strabismus and Amblyopia (Lazy Eye) +

Amblyopia

For adults and children who were told, strabismus and amblyopia cannot be treated past a certain age were misinformed.

Traditional Strabismus /Amblyopia treatment typically involves prescribing glasses and then patching the stronger eye with an eye patch or using eye drops to blur the better-seeing eye while doing daily activities. This is the common traditional approach taken by many medical practitioners for amblyopia and the duration of the patching can vary from two to six hours per day depending on the severity of the amblyopia. Today, studies have shown that combining vision therapy with patching is a more effective treatment for lazy eye in children and adults than just patching alone.

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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

Eye Emergencies

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.

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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

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Things NOT to do While Waiting for 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!

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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.

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Corneal Abrasion or 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.

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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 & Optometrists- Myopia Control, Vision Therapy, Dry Eye Clinic, Ortho-K, Specialty Contact Lenses (Overlea Blvd.)

Weston Eyecare, Dr Pink & Optometrists- Myopia Control, Vision Therapy, Dry Eye Clinic, Ortho-K, Specialty Contact Lenses (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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Weston Eyecare, Dr Pink & Optometrists- Myopia Control, Vision Therapy, Dry Eye Clinic, Ortho-K, Specialty Contact Lenses (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.

Free parking behind Mary Jane's and Weston Eye Care.

  • 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 & Optometrists- Myopia Control, Vision Therapy, Dry Eye Clinic, Ortho-K, Specialty Contact Lenses (Overlea Blvd.)

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

Inside the Thorncliffe Costco.

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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 over ten years serving the Weston, York, North York, Toronto area. She has built her practice in all aspects of eye care placing special interest in specialty lenses, including Ortho K and Sclerals. She enjoys working with children and practicing myopia control....
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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. 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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Dr. Amanvir Kahlon

Dr. Amanvir Kahlon graduated from the University of Toronto with an Honours Bachelor's of Science degree, majoring in biology and psychology. She then went on to complete her Doctor of Optometry degree at the University of Waterloo's School of Optometry and Vision Science.  She has developed a keen interest in pediatric care, ocular...
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What our Eye Doctors Have to Say...

Dr Pink Sidhu & Associates is an advanced full scope optometry clinic that believes in kindness, patience and continuous learning and happiness. We want to improve your quality of life by taking care of your eye health. We want to provide you with eyewear that fits your budget and want you want you to love being our patient.

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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