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Halloween Eye Safety

October has arrived and that means many people are already starting to plan for upcoming costume parties and trick-or-treating for the Halloween season. This is why now is the time to remind the public about some very important precautions about eye safety since there are some common costume props and...

Trouble Seeing the Fine Print? Here are Your Options…

Every good pair of eyes eventually gets old and with age comes a condition called presbyopia. Presbyopia, which usually begins to set in some time around 40, occurs when the lens of the eye begins to stiffen, making near vision (such as reading books, menus, and computer screens) blurry. You...

Aging Eyes and Driving Safety 

Even if you don’t have any eye or vision problems, the natural process of aging affects your ability to see and react to visual stimuli. It’s important to know the impact the aging can have on your eyes and vision so you can take the necessary precautions to stay safe...

Is Your Teen Ready for Contacts?

Many teens who wear glasses are eager to try out contact lenses for convenience, fashion or to just provide another option for vision correction.

Inside a Life With Colour Vision Deficiency

What’s it like to be colour blind? Contrary to what the name implies, colour blindness usually does not actually mean that you don’t see any colour, but rather that you have difficulty perceiving or distinguishing between certain colours. This is why many prefer the term colour vision deficiency or CVD...

Who are Scleral Contact Lenses best for? The short answer is everyone. All ages and all types of eyes can do very well with Scleral Contact Lenses. Dry Eye Sufferers Contact lens wearers that experience dryness or discomfort while wearing soft contact lenses are perfect candidates for Scleral Contact Lenses....

How to Safely View the Great American Eclipse of 2017

On August 21st, for the first time since 1979, a solar eclipse will be visible across North America. What's even more historic is that it will also be the first time an eclipse will be visible across the continent, from coast to coast, since 1918. If you want to bear...

Are Your Eyes Sensitive to Light?

Light sensitivity, also known as photophobia, is a condition in which bright light - either natural sunlight or artificial light -  can cause significant discomfort, pain and intolerance. People that experience light sensitivity will find themselves needing to close their eyes or squint when exposed to light and often experience...

Got a Shiner!

What Exactly Is a Black Eye? A black eye, also known as a periorbital hematoma, is usually not an injury of the actual eye (which is why it is called “periorbital”- around the eye). It typically occurs when there is an injury to the face or the eye socket which...

Cataract Awareness and Prevention

According to the World Health Organization, cataracts are responsible for 51% of cases of blindness worldwide - although this blindness is preventable with treatment. In fact, research shows that in industrialized countries about 50% of individuals over the age of 70 have had a cataract in at least one eye....

Are You Ignoring Your Dry Eyes?

You Don’t Have to Live With Dry Eyes Have you noticed that your eyes feel chronically dry, itchy, scratchy or even sometimes watery? Many people that have these symptoms just go on with their lives until the symptoms become unbearable. What they don’t realize is that these are signs that...

Does Smoking Affect Vision?

Eye Doctors Weigh In: How Smoking Can Harm Your Vision & Eye Health We all know that smoking is bad for you, especially the risks that it poses to your heart and lungs. What many people do not know is that cigarette smoke negatively affects your eyes and vision too. Smoking...

Sjogren’s Awareness – Understanding The Invisible Disease 

In an effort to spread the word to increase awareness about Sjogren’s Disease, eye care providers are speaking out about this hard-to-diagnose condition. Sjogren’s is a systemic autoimmune disorder that can affect the whole body. One of the primary symptoms is excessive dryness particularly in the eyes and mouth. Other...

Are blueberries good for your eyes?

Yes! Not only are blueberries a mild and sweet treat to eat, they also have been associated with the reduction of eye fatigue. Blueberries contain eye-healthy carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin as well these tiny blue fruits of flavour contain anthocyanins, eye-nourishing phytonutrients. These antioxidants including VitaminE have been shown to...

Eye Health For Women

Hey women! Did you know that women are more likely to suffer from vision problems and are at higher risk of permanent vision loss than men? Well 91% of the women surveyed recently didn’t know that, which means that many of them aren’t taking the necessary precautions to prevent eye...

The Right (and the Wrong) Way to Clean Your Glasses

There is nothing worse than a dirty spot on your glasses - well except perhaps many dirty spots or smudges. When that happens, most of us are tempted to grab the corner of our shirt and wipe it off, but resist the temptation - this is actually not a good...

It’s Time to Talk About Blue Light

Blue light. Do you know what it is? Do you know where it comes from, or how it can be harmful to your eyes? If you don’t know the answers to these questions, you are not alone, yet it is important that you become aware to protect your eyes for...

Understanding Eye Colour

Eye colour is a hereditary trait that depends on the genes of both parents, as well as a little bit of mystery. The colour of the eye is based on the pigments in the iris, which is a coloured ring of muscle located at the center of the eye (around...

6 Ways to Prevent Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

Age-related macular degeneration is a serious condition that can threaten your vision and general well-being. Characterized by the deterioration of the central area of the retina called the macula which is responsible for focused vision, the disease gradually reduces your central vision. This affects the ability to see fine details,...

“The Sneak Thief of Sight” Is On Our Minds This January

Make your resolution for healthy vision this year with increased awareness of the leading cause of blindness worldwide.

Holiday Season Shopping: Are Nerf Guns Safe for the Eyes?

This is the one way you can be sure that you or your child’s eyes are truly safe during Nerf shooting:

Dry Eye Syndrome Causes and Cures

Despite the fact that it is one of the most common eye problems, a surprisingly large percentage of patients are not aware of it.

November is Diabetes Awareness Month

Chances are it affects you or someone you know. November has been dedicated as a time to spread awareness about the disease, its risk factors and the effects it has on your body, your daily life and the lives of your loved ones.

Don’t Let Fall Eye Allergies Get You Down

Red, itchy, watery eyes and swollen eyelids (along with sneezing, congestion or a runny nose)...

How Contact Lenses Can be a Danger to your Eyes

Most people wouldn’t consider contact lenses dangerous. In fact, they are a great alternative to glasses, offering convenience and great vision for those who wear them. However, when not obtained and used according to an eye doctor’s instructions, the consequences can be devastating.   Contact Lenses Need to Fit Like...

An Active and Eye Safe Lifestyle

90%! That’s the number of sports eye injuries that studies show can be prevented using proper eye protection.  Yet most sports leagues don’t require protective eyewear as part of their uniform or safety requirements.  This leaves it up to athletes, parents and coaches to ensure that proper measures are taken...

Happy Canada Day!

Our office is closed for the Canada Day Long Weekend. We will re-open our doors for regular business on Tuesday July 5th at 10:00am. If you are experiencing a visual emergency please visit the nearest hospital....

Oakley Trunk Show

Tomorrow June 2nd from 2pm-7pm. There will be prizes and giveaways as well as the entire line of Oakley sunglasses as well as ophthalmic glasses to try on. Check out our Facebook page for more details on how to win....

Q&A on Sun Protection

Q: What can a person do to protect themselves from sun exposure? A: Protect exposed body including skin and eyes with sunscreen, clothing, hat and sunglasses. It is fun to soak up the warm sunny days, but did you know that too much sun is bad for you? It is...

Age Related Macular Degeneration and Your Central Vision

Did you know that age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is one of the leading causes of vision loss and blindness among adults aged 50 and above? AMD occurs when the part of the retina responsible for your sharp central vision, the macula, begins to deteriorate. Central vision is the visual field...

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Kids and Eye Safety

Understandably, moms and dads are concerned with the eye safety of their kids. But it can be a challenge to know how to choose the toys that are the safest and most educational. Infants are born with a partially developed visual system which forms throughout their early years with the...

Our Amazing Ability to See in the Dark

Something wakes you up in the middle of the night, or maybe you're looking for a light switch or door handle or phone in a room with the lights off. It's happened to all of us. You need several moments to get used to the dark and then objects in...

A Recipe for Eye Health

Did you know that your dietary choices have an impact on your eye health and vision? Opting for appetizing food that at the same time provides you with all the nutrients that are essential for preserving your vision, is taking a major step towards minimizing the risk of eye disease...

Cataract Awareness

Cataracts, one of the most common causes of blindness, develop when the lens of the eye, located behind the iris and pupil, becomes opaque or cloudy. A cataract can result in loss of vision as it prevents light from passing into your eye and focusing on the retina. While cataracts...

10 Tips to Protect Your Vision

Did you forget to put on your sunglasses today? Are you constantly sitting in front of a computer screen without taking breaks to look away? Maybe you also skipped your yearly eye exam, again. These are just some of the things we tend to overlook when it comes to our...

Should You Be Worried About Eye Floaters?

Eye floaters are actually more common that you may think. Many people notice specks or cobweb-like images moving around in their line of vision, at some point. Some even report experiencing a "snow globe effect" as if they are swatting at many imaginary bugs. Floaters may be an annoyance, but...

Be on the Lookout for Vision Problems this Summer Break

Summer vacation is well under way, but did you know that even when your child is out of the classroom, vision problems can have an impact on his/her daily activities? Look out for these 4 warning signs during the summer months – they could be a sign of vision difficulties...

Grand Opening Day

Join us to celebrate our Grand Opening! Amazing door prizes including Men's and Women's wrist watchs provided by Dior Toronto Football Club (TFC) tickets provided by Lacoste ... and much more!!   Be there between 12:00pm and 3:00pm on Saturday May 21st 2011 for your chance to win!  ...

A Lens a Day Keeps the Redness Away

How often do you leave your soft contact lenses in for just a few days extra? It's common knowledge that so many things are at their best when they haven't been used too much. You won't be surprised to hear that the same principle can be used to understand the...

Keeping Your Eyelids Clean

Are you suffering from inflamed eyelids, also called blepharitis? Blepharitis is a common eyelid inflammation, usually associated with an existing bacterial eye infection, certain kinds of skin conditions, or dry eyes. Usually, symptoms include itching, burning, redness, the sensation of a foreign body in your eye, tearing and some crustiness...

A Fresh Look For Your Eyes

Have you thought about trying coloured contacts? There are lots of colour contact lenses to choose from, whether you want to slightly boost or distinctly alter the colour of your eyes. There is no shortage of colored lenses around these days, guaranteeing that you'll be sure to find what you're...

Focusing on Visual Acuity

It's likely that you have heard the terms twenty-twenty vision and visual acuity. As frequently used as these terms may be, do most people actually grasp what they mean? Understanding these terms will help you appreciate how your eye care professional determines the state of your eyes during your eye...

Convergence Insufficiency

So many kids are diagnosed with learning or behavioral disabilities when in fact, that's not the issue at all. It's important to be aware that the child may have a hard-to-detect condition, which impacts learning at school, known as Convergence Insufficiency (CI). To explain, CI is a condition that negatively...

See Your Child Off To School with Good Vision

Most school-based learning is achieved with the use of a child's eyes. Yet interestingly, in spite of this overt link between sight and learning, a lot of people seem to be unaware of this, and as a result, don't get their child's eyes examined regularly. As your kid's vision may...

Middle Age and Presbyopia

When you approach middle age, you may begin to develop some problems with reading. But why is this so? With age, the lens of your eye grows less flexible, decreasing your ability to focus on near objects. That, in a nutshell, is presbyopia. And it's universal. People with untreated presbyopia...

Patches: Not Just For Pirates

Lazy eyes are seen in lots of children, and are also not difficult to rectify. Amblyopia develops when vision in one eye is stifled. This may occur if someone isn't able to see well through one eye because of nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism. Working in conjunction with corrective glasses, one...

Why Eye Doctors Take a Complete History

Is it time for your next eye exam? In order for us to make sure your exam is thorough and worthwhile, there are a few facts we will need from you. Because your eyes can be affected by seemingly unrelated changes to your health, it's pretty important that you let...

Retaining Good Vision in Middle Age

Are you having trouble reading small print? If you're close to middle-age, you might have presbyopia. If you're already a glasses wearer, and are later on diagnosed with presbyopia, you won't have to start carrying and switching between two pairs of glasses. This is all thanks to multifocal lenses, which...

Are Smartphones Eye-Safe?

Look around and you're liable to realize that almost everyone is texting, playing on, surfing and even working from their mobile devices. Smart phones, tablets and handheld devices guarantee our access to our friends, family and work wherever we are. However because these devices sport little screens, most users often...

How Retinoscopy Works

Sometimes, particularly when performing an eye exam on a small child the optometrist will focus a light in the eyes. So what does this do? This test is known as a retinoscopy examination, which is a preliminary way to measure the refractive error of your eye. Whether you're near or...

Diabetes Awareness Month: Diabetic Eye Disease

While most people have heard of diabetes, not as many people are aware of the eye-related complications. The increased levels of glucose that are the essence of the disease are a risk to your eyes in various ways. The threat of damage to your eyes is increased when diabetes is...

Know the Risks and Symptoms of Diabetic Eye Disease

Are you aware that having diabetes increases the risk of contracting a number of eye-related conditions? These conditions include cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, plus many other conditions that, even though they may be seemingly unrelated to your sight, can still impact your vision. Diabetic retinopathy, which occurs when high blood...

Sunglasses in the Snow? Year-Round UV Eye Protection

In the cold winter months it is a given that we bundle up before venturing out in order to protect ourselves from the freezing weather. However, many people are unaware of another looming danger to the eyes - exposure to ultra violet (UV) rays. Wearing sunglasses to protect against UV...

Dry Eye Syndrome: When Dry Eyes are Chronic

Dry eyes are a common problem for many individuals particularly during the winter months when exposure to dry air and whipping wind is increased. However, if you are suffering from dry eyes that just won't go away, you may have what is known as Dry Eye Syndrome - a condition...

The Right Way to Clean Your Eyeglasses

We all know how frustrating it can be trying to see clearly through a smudged pair of glasses; clean lenses can really make a world of difference. While it may not be something that you pay much attention to, the way you clean your lenses can also make a difference,...

Ask the Expert

Ask The Expert With Beach Eye Care's Dr. Ben Pezik Q: I really enjoy my winter activities, such as skiing and snowmobiling, but foggy glasses are always an issue. What can help? Mary, Collingwood A: Glasses-free vision is desired by many. Often this can be achieved with eye surgery. Some...

The Reality of Seeing Well

Reality of Seeing Well The Hazards of not wearing your glasses The Captain of the Costa Concordia wasn't wearing his glasses, testified Ciro Ambrosio, the first officer of the ship, in Captain Francesco Schettino's pre-trial hearing. Schettino is facing multiple charges, including 32 counts of manslaughter for the 32 lives...

Spring Eye Allergies

Spring is right around the corner, as the winter begins to wind down and the fresh, warmer air begins to rear its head. Unfortunately for many, it's often hard to enjoy nature's blooming beauty as the warmer weather also brings about the onset of itchy, watery eyes that come with...

Women’s Eye Health Month: An Eye on Cosmetics

Women's eyes are regularly exposed to potential irritants through the use of cosmetics. As eye shadow, mascara and eye liner can breed unseen dirt and bacteria, it is vital to ensure that the products you use to apply and remove your makeup are hygienic to prevent irritation that can cause...

How to Choose the Right Sunglasses

Do your sunglasses have what it takes to protect your eyes? As the summer heats up and people spend more time outdoors, it is very important to wear UV blocking eyewear to protect against exposure to ultraviolet rays that can cause damage to your eyes. Damage caused by UV from...

Understanding the Eye Chart

Eye charts of different variations have become a standard in vision screenings and eye exams. One of the most familiar charts associated with vision is the Snellen eye chart, designed by Dutch ophthalmologist Hermann Snellen in 1862 to measure visual acuity- how well you can see at various distances. Although...

First Aid for Eye Injuries

To ensure that your eyes remain healthy, it is essential to protect them from injury and to take proper care measures if an injury has occurred. Here are a number of practical first aid tips to remember if you or anyone you know suffers an eye injury. The very first...

The Great Glasses Play Day 2013

The first weekend of August (August 3rd and 4th) has been marked as the 2nd annual Great Glasses Play Day. The event, which first launched in 2012 was created for parents, eye care professionals, educators and children who wear glasses or have other vision challenges to celebrate and create awareness...

Treating Vision Problems Lowers Risk of Falling in Seniors

For adults over the age of 65, the right pair of vision correcting glasses can literally be a life saver. Seniors aged 65 and up are at increased risk of falling, which is the leading cause of injury, injury-related death, and hospitalization for this age group. According to the Centers...

Technology in the Classroom and the Eyes

The use of technology has become commonplace in the classroom. So much so that today’s generation of students, from kindergarten to university, navigates computers, smartphones and tablets all the time.  Many schools have even implemented the use of smart boards and bring your own device (BOYD) programs. However, as amazing...

Does Chlorine Hurt your Eyes?

Just because the summer is coming to an end, doesn’t mean that we have to say goodbye to the swimming pool. Whether it means a nice refreshing dip on a warm fall afternoon or a winter swim in an indoor pool, swimming is a great activity for both fun and...

How to Prevent Dry Eyes During Air Travel

Many travelers experience dry eyes after extended travel by air. The dry environment of a temperature- and pressure-controlled air plane cabin can take its toll on your eyes. The good news is there are a number of steps you can take to reduce the uncomfortable symptoms associated with travelers’ dry...

This Halloween Be Wary of Costume Contact Lenses

As Halloween approaches and costume planning gets more serious, many consider the use of novelty or costume contact lenses as a way to add that extra flair. Whether you are dressing up as a cat, a vampire, or looking for something fun that glows in the dark, dressing up your...

Keeping Your Contact Lenses Clean

If you wear contact lenses, you probably know the hygiene routine you should follow when removing your lenses: Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water and dry them on a clean, lint free cloth. Remove the lens from your eye and clean the lens immediately (if you wear multi-use...

What You Should Know about Diabetes and Your Vision

Diabetes affects people of all ages, races and genders.  An estimated 9 million Canadians suffer from diabetes according to the Canadian Diabetes Association. In fact, diabetic eye disease is the leading cause of new cases of blindness among adults in the North America. If you or someone you care for...

Fun Holiday Gifts That Are GOOD for Children’s Vision

The holiday season is on our doorstep. With technology so much a part of our lives, the easy go-to gifts for kids often include an enormous array of hand-held video devices and home gaming systems. Did you know that after extensive use these games can be harmful to children’s eyes...

New Year’s Resolutions for An Eye Healthy 2014

The New Year is a time to start fresh and renew our commitment to health, happiness and success. It’s important to include eye and vision health and safety in these resolutions. Here are the top six ways you can make your eyes and vision a priority this year. Schedule a...

7 Facts You Should Know About Glaucoma

7 Facts You Should Know About Glaucoma Glaucoma, which refers to a group of eye diseases that damage the optic nerve, is often called 'the silent thief of sight'. This nickname evolved because the disease creeps up unnoticed in its early stages, causing no pain and few, if any symptoms....

How to Encourage Young Kids to Wear their First Pair of Glasses

Your child's first pair of glasses will make an important difference in his or her ability to see and interact with the surrounding world. However, a new pair of glasses can also present a big adjustment for both parents and kids as you get used to a new look and...

Hope in Sight for Low Vision

Low vision is a condition in which an individual suffers significant vision loss that can't be fully corrected with glasses, contact lenses, medication or surgery. Low vision can affect both children and adults, but is more common in the elderly, and requires significant adjustments to daily life. Here are some...

New Study Shows How Your Eyes Shed Light on Your Health

It's been said that your eyes are the window to your soul. Well, research is showing that your eyes are a window to a lot more than your thoughts and emotions; it can be an indicator of your overall health.  A study by UnitedHealthcare entitled, “Impact of Eye Exams in...

Protecting Your Eyes From The Desk Job

There are so many people who spend hours a day, if not most of the day working on a computer or mobile device. They usually do so without taking notice of the effect this has on their bodies. Using a computer or handheld device for extended amounts of time can...

How Your Eyes Convey Emotion

Your eyes communicate much more than you may realize, in fact they play a huge role in your non-verbal communication. Consciously or not, the way you move your eyes, look at someone, blink or make eye contact can say a lot about what you are thinking and feeling. Here's a...

9 Tips for Coping With Eye Allergy Season

Spring is on the way. Soon the sun will be shining, the flowers blooming and allergy season will be upon us. If you have allergies, your eyes are often affected by the high pollen count along with other allergens floating in the fresh spring air. Tree pollens in April and...

Dealing with Your Tween’s and Teen’s Eyesight

It can be devastating for a tween or teen to be told he or she needs to wear glasses, especially if it is sudden. Many tweens and teenagers are concerned about how glasses will affect their appearance, whether they will be made fun of (which unfortunately is a legitimate concern...

6 Things You Should Know about UV Radiation and Your Eyes

The heat of long summer days is nearly upon us. As the sun's rays intensify and people spend more time outdoors in the sunshine it is very important to be aware of the potential damage exposure to the sun can have on your eyes. May is UV Awareness month. Here...

A Look Behind Sleeping Eyes

Have you ever wondered what your eyes do when you finally close them after a long day of visual processing and stimulation? Let's take a closer look at what happens behind your closed lids when your head hits the pillow. Firstly, once your eyes are closed, they do continue to...

Keeping an Eye on Cataracts

Cataracts affect millions of people nationwide and as the population continues to age, the numbers keep increasing. The good news is, cataracts are often manageable and treatable. Here are some facts you should know to help you recognize cataracts and prevent permanent vision loss. A cataract is a clouding of...

Comfortable Vision for Back-to-school Reading

School is starting: Do you know how to set up your child’s homework and reading spot? Reading and writing are some of the most fundamental skills that your child to facilitate learning in school, so it is important to make sure that your child's eyes are comfortable when they are...

Cutting Edge Glaucoma Technology

A futuristic, yet simplistic, eye implant paired with a smartphone app may change the way eye doctors treat glaucoma.

Protect Children’s Eyes During Sports

The new school year has kicked off and you can tick off purchasing all that back to school equipment. Now, it's time to think about what your child will need for after school sports and hobby activities. Making sure they have the right protective eyewear for their sporting or athletic...

World Sight Day Challenge – No More Avoidable Blindness

The World Sight Day Challenge, slated to take place on October 9, 2014 is an annual awareness day that aims to focus global attention on blindness and vision impairment worldwide. The day aims to create awareness that blindness can be avoided if there is universal access to quality vision and...

October is…

October is 'Eye Injury Prevention Month' in the USA and 'Eye Health Month' in Canada. There are about 285 million people living with blindness and low vision all around the world. Children account for some 19 million of them. The vast majority of visual impairment is readily treatable and/or preventable....

7 Things You Should Know About Eyelid Twitches

You may have experienced this before. Out of nowhere, your eyelid starts twitching uncontrollably. While this can be a cause of aggravation, eyelid twitches, spasms or tics are actually quite common. Here are 7 things you should know about this eye condition: Eye twitches are generally caused by a repetitive,...

Do You Know the Facts About Diabetic Eye Disease?

November is Diabetes Awareness Month. Do you know the facts?

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