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  • Why do I need an OCT?
    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


  • Ah... I'll have the burger
    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


  • S-L-O-W-I-N-G Nearsightness in Children
    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



  • The Eclipse & Bright Lights
    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