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Eye health, contact lens, glasses and interesting vision-related tips from Dr. Jason Morris (Vision Source London | OPTOMETRY and Eye Wear Sudio, London Ontario Canada) www.studioeyecare.com
  1. July 2018 |  Granted that the title of this post is most definitely clickbait but I have had two patients tell me that their awesome new contact lenses really have made their lives better!   [1] on her follow-up assessment a newly single woman with great distance vision but poor near vision... "I don't have to pull our my reading glasses to decide which way to swipe on Tinder!" and  [2] a very very nearsighted man recently reports wearing his new [extended wear] contact lenses to bed let's him see his partner better. 
    Motivation to trial contact lenses can come in many forms!   We fit super easy and comfortable lenses at Studioeyecare.com  dr.j

  2. June 2018 | A 9-year-old boy in Greece was left with damaged vision after staring into a laser pointer. His doctors describe the case in a paper published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

    The boy's parents brought him to an ophthalmology clinic for evaluation after he complained of decreased vision in his left eye. An examination showed the vision in his left eye was 20/100, compared to 20/20 vision in his right eye.  Doctors also found a "large macular hole" in the retina of his left eye.

    "The child reported playing with a green laser pointer and repeatedly gazing into the laser beam," they write. Because of the large size of the hole, the doctors decided on a conservative approach rather than surgery.    See more https://goo.gl/XGFCDf

    Be careful!   Dr. J  
  3. May 2018 | What are some reasons that your could have poor vision even if your eyeglass/contact lens prescription is 100% correct?   #1  There could be an imbalance in the muscles of your eyes... imbalance can result in poor vision, fatigue, fluctuating vision.  The can be corrected with appropriate prism lenses.  #2 Tear film - Although a very thin layer, having a tear film of the correct chemistry and consistency is critical to great, stable vision.  #3 Pathology - Something wrong with the eye (e.g. cataract, retina issue) or behind-the-eye in the visual system (e.g. inflammation, concussion) can result in poor vision.  #4 Lenses- Scratches, poor coatings can lead to poor vision like night glare even with the correct power!  #5 Fatigue- Vision fluctuation increases with fatigue  #6 Working distance- Agecan make it more challenging to make all distance clear with one prescription.  Often multiple prescriptions are required for different working distances!   Dr. j   www.StudioEyeCare.com


  4. Feb 2018 |  I have been an Optometrist for over 20 years and I have noticed an interesting sign-of-the-times (maybe only to other Optometrists! LOL)  Even 10 years ago, I always used a reading distance of ~40cm to calculate the power required on bifocal glasses.   Only if my patient liked to sew or fly fishing would I venture to hike up the reading power and reduce working distance.   These days cell phone have completely changed the distance at which we read.  Over the last few years my patients' bifocal lenses are universally stronger... driven by the need to see phones at a close reading distance.  There has been some new innovative lenses to help deal with this problem so that things 'in-between' like dashboards and shelves and old-school computer screens are still clear.   We are problem solvers at Studioeyecare.com    See you soon,  Dr.j






  5. Jan 2018 | The terms nearsightedness and farsightedness cause endless confusion. Nearsightedness (myopia) is the easier of the two... near vision is great without glasses.  Significant nearsightedness almost always requires correction.  Farsightedness (hyperopia) is however not the opposite.  For a child, farsightedness means that they have to work harder to focus on near tasks - whether this requires glasses is an individual decision with an Optometrist.  For someone in their 20's and 30's, farsightedness means that closer tasks may be tiring or unclear some of the time.   For the 40+ crowd, farsightedness means close tasks are typically blurry most of the time.  Talk to your Optometrist about your best options to correct!   Dr. j   Studioeyecare.com

    Good links!
    http://www.allaboutvision.com/conditions/myopia.htm
    http://www.allaboutvision.com/conditions/hyperopia.htm


  6. Dec 2017 | There are two strategies that I use to treat dry eyes... #1 Add a drop to effect change to the surface of the eye and/or #2 Try and get the body to produce healthier tears.   This blog post lists methods used to get your own body to produce better tears.
    1] Heat - Using warm compresses for 5min twice a day will help move natural oils onto your ocular surface.  However, most people do not do compresses long enough or consistent enough to create change.  A warming mask like - Bruder- and lid massage is very useful for this.  There are in-office treatments also available.
    2] Omega3 - A good quality Omega3 ~2000mg per day will help provide the building blocks that your body needs for well-balanced tears.
    3] Water - Drink plenty of water!
    4] Humidity - Consider a humidifier for dry environments and when sleeping
    dr.j   Studioeyecare.com



  7. Nov 2017 |  Why do I need an OCT? (optical coherence tomography)

    An OCT is a special image of the back of the eye.  Unlike a typical photo, an OCT gives a cross-section of retina and detailed measurements which are extremely helpful in detecting retinal pathology.  Patients with conditions such as diabetes, macular degeneration, glaucoma and more will benefit from this quick, non-invasive image.

    There are two main uses for OCT – detecting Retinal Defects and detecting Nerve Loss.

    Retinal Defects – Wrinkles, breaks, holes, fluid, blood, leaky vessels, deposits, medication side effects can all be detected though OCT imaging.  This can be critical in planning the best course of treatment or frequency or follow-up.  Many specialists expect an OCT image be done prior to them accepting new patients.

    Nerve Loss – In optic neuropathies such as glaucoma, change generally happens very slowly.  Repeated OCT imaging gives an extremely accurate view of progression and risk of vision loss.  In the past monitoring nerve loss was monitored with visual field analysis.  However, ~58% of the nerve fibres’ from your eye can be lost before you have significant visual field loss.  An OCT detects loss much earlier and helps us create a plan to prevent vision loss.  (note - Visual fields still have a significant role in the ongoing management/monitoring of glaucoma)

    Studio Eye Care now offers OCT
    OCT images are invaluable in detecting and monitoring ocular pathology and we are now please to offer in-office without referral.

    Basic OHIP coverage does not pay for OCT imaging however many private insurance plans will reimburse you for this advanced imaging.

    Dr.j  www.studioeyecare.com


  8. Sept 2017 | Just a funny story to hopefully trigger a reminder that we offer many options to help everyone's 40+ reading struggles... Patient walks in and reports  "I'm getting sick of always eating burgers."   Now that is a chief complaint that I have not heard before.  He goes on to say that he can not read menus anymore and is too embarrassed to ask for help... so... always orders a burger because it's on every menu.   We talked about options [1] reading glasses [2] progressive lenses and [3] contact lenses so that he has more variety than just 'a burger'  :)    Happy Tuesday    Studioeyecare.com  Dr.j


  9. Aug 27 - 17 | Parents have been asking me this question for 23 years... Is there anything to slow the increasing thickness of my [son/daughter]'s glasses?   Although there have been ongoing myopia (nearsightedness) control studies for years, I never felt confident enough to recommend a solution... until now.  Myopia control is now backed with great science and research.   If you have a child 6-16 years old who is currently nearsighted and you would like to do everything to slow the progression that you may have experienced in your own teens... please head to our website to learn more...  http://www.studioeyecare.com/myopia-control   Dr.j



  10. Aug 2017 |  All of the recent social media attention to the ocular dangers of a solar eclipse definitely has people thinking about their eyes.  I had two patients today ask about the potential damage from clinical testing lights.  The lights that Optometrists use to examine your eyes may be bright - "like the sun" - but they are not dangerous.  Sunlight has a broad spectrum with lots of powerful visible light and ultra-violet (UV) wavelengths that can cause damage.  Our lights do not have enough power to cause harm.   Dr.j  studioeyecare.com