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York Mills Eye Care Introduces WOOW

It is with great pleasure we welcome WOOW eyewear collection to our boutique.

WOOW was created as a collection under FACE A FACE and has now grown into a strong individual brand for the young and bold, sold in more than 40 countries across the world.

Between traditional style and casual fashion, chic and off-beat with a trendy London feel, the WOOW style will speak to all with a sense of humor. The little message inserted in the end tip of the frame will make you smile first thing in the morning.

WOOW mixes Londonian PEPS and Parisian SPIRIT. A dose of vibrant colours and a pinch of humor enhance the recipe for these JOYFUL glasses.

This WOOW season is proving to be SPICY! The cocktail of pigments scattered throughout India inspired the BOLLY WOOLs and infuse the entire collection.

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Be dazzled by the BRIGHT colours of the new range boasting granite textures. Opal blue, saffron yellow, Lassi cream, and chili red join the DANCE.

Finally, WOOW metals take on a more secretive mood this season… The small WOOW messages become MICRO messages at the tips of ultra-thin temples.

For men, the atmosphere is electric, with such an effusion of colours.

Be sure to schedule a visit to be fitted for your new pair of Woow eyewear. Drop everything, pack your bags, and be WOOW-ed!

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April 2020 Newsletter

Dear YMEC family,

We wanted to reach out to our patients during this period of isolation. Although we are not open for routine eye care, we are still here for the community. If you have an upcoming appointment, Evelyn will contact you to re-schedule.

If there are any questions or concerns that you may have, please feel free to contact us. We are here to help during this challenging time and will alert you when we reopen. In the meantime, we hope that you and your family stay healthy, safe and comfortable at home. Try to keep busy, both physically and mentally and don’t forget your sunglasses when you go for your walk or jog.

Urgent Eye Care

To help reduce the burden on our medical system at this time, we are accessible by email and telephone for any urgent eye care issues or advice. Should an in-office assessment be necessary, we will arrange accordingly. We do not want you to go to your pharmacy, family doctor, walk-in or ER at this time. Please call or email us so that we can evaluate and discuss your situation.

Contact Lenses

In cooperation with all of the contact lens suppliers, we are happy to provide direct delivery of contact lens orders to your home at no charge for shipping. Contact lenses are still safe to wear during these times if you practice proper lens care hygiene. Wash your hands with soap and hot water while singing Happy Birthday – my wife instilled that into our children, now young adults, at a very early age.

Eye Drops and Eye Supplements

We are happy to provide curbside pick ups for your eye drops, supplements and contact lens supplies. Please email info@yorkmillseyecare.com.

Eyeglasses

Emergency eyeglass orders, as well as breakages and warranty replacements, can be arranged. Curbside pickups are also available for those patients who ordered eyeglasses before the lockdown. Please email info@yorkmillseyecare.com.

Asparagus Risotto Recipe

While we are spending more time at home, now is a good time to try out new recipes. My contest-winning Asparagus Risotto recipe (microwave friendly) is available here. It is full of eye-healthy ingredients. You may also find it on YouTube (my first foray into producing and directing a video). It was published in Zoomer magazine and was heard on the New Classical FM 96.3 radio station.

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Dr. Vagners’ Recipe for Eye Health

Asparagus risottoThe Ontario Association of Optometrists has chosen a nutritious recipe by our very own Dr. Robert Vagners to be featured in Zoom Magazine. His delicious Asparagus Risotto is packed with Vitamin A, which not only can help prevent eye infections but other conditions such as dry eyes and night-blindness as well! 

Dr. Vagners’ Asparagus Risotto Recipe - For your sight, as well as your appetite!

  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • ¾ cup chopped green onion (½ cup white part only, ¼ cup green part)
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • ½ cup chopped Italian  parsley
  • 2 cups Arborio rice
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • ¾lb asparagus, trimmed, peeled, cut into 2-inch segments
  • ¾ cup shelled fresh peas or frozen
  • 1-2 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • ½cup Parmesan cheese

Heat butter and oil on high for 1 minute in an uncovered 13 x 9-inch pan. Add the white of green onion, celery, parsley and rice; stir to coat.  Cook uncovered on high for 4 minutes. Add the stock and cook uncovered on high for 12 minutes. Add asparagus and peas; stir well. Continue to cook uncovered for a further 12 minutes or until liquid absorbed. Stir in salt and pepper.  Cover loosely with paper towel and let stand 8-10 minutes. Uncover and sprinkle with the reserved green portion of onions and the parmesan cheese. Serves 8.

Call York Mills Eye Care to make an appointment today, and Dr. Vagners can examine your eyes and discuss with you what steps can be taken to care for them.

Contact Lens Recycling

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You wear them – you throw them out – but now they are actually recyclable! Approximately 290+ million contact lenses end up in Canadian landfills or waterways, creating microplastics that can harm our planet (Bausch & Lomb).

York Mills Eye Care is very excited to be partnering with Bausch & Lomb and Terracycle to bring you the Every Contact Counts initiative – making it easy for you to recycle your contacts while reducing waste. YMEC is one of the few places in Toronto that currently offers this program.

Simply collect your used contact lenses and blister packs, just drain the solution and drop them off. The cardboard boxes that your contact lenses came in can be added to your regular recycling.

Regardless of the brand, you wear or where you got them from, we will take your contact lenses.

The best part? Participation in the program is completely free.

Call us for more information at 855-967-0466.

York Mills’ Donated Boxes Used for School Project

Dr. Vagners donated boxes from York Mills Eye Care to his children's old public school daycare. The kids had a great time using the carton to build an amazing, little city!

UV Safety Awareness Month

July is UV Safety Awareness Month, and no wonder! With the summer sun out in full force, it’s now more important than ever to protect your eyes from harmful UV rays.

During this month, people who have suffered from UV ray damage and their loved ones are encouraged to share their experiences and advice. Use the hashtag #UVSafetyAwareness on your social media channels to support others in your community.

Did You Know?

Your eyes can get sunburned. It isn’t only your skin that’s at risk, but your eyes, too. When your cornea is exposed to too much UV radiation, a condition known as keratitis can occur. Keratitis can actually cause a temporary loss of vision, often after using a tanning bed or being out in the sun too long. UV radiation can also cause small growths on the white part of your eye, which are called pterygium and pinguecula. They can make your eyes feel dry, irritated, and scratchy.

If you experience any of these symptoms, York Mills Eye Care can help.

UV ray exposure is a risk factor for eye conditions and diseases. In 20% of cataract cases, cataract growth has been linked to UV ray damage. Cataracts develop when the normally clear lens of the eye becomes cloudy. UVA rays are a known risk factor for macular degeneration – the leading cause of blindness in people over the age of 65. Macular degeneration occurs when the macula of the eye, which is responsible for clear central vision becomes damaged. It’s critical to be aware of UV ray exposure, especially if you or a family member are in this age group.

What Exactly Are UV Rays?

You may have heard about UV rays without knowing what they actually mean. UV stands for ultraviolet light. That’s a potentially harmful type of radiation, which is typically found in fluorescent lights, tanning booths. But its main source is from the sun, and it’s invisible to the naked eye, so you don’t even feel it as it touches your skin or body.

Why Are UV Rays Dangerous?

So why are they considered dangerous? Well, too much of a good thing isn’t really a good thing. Sunlight helps us make vitamin D, which is healthy. Too much sun exposure, though, can cause premature aging in the skin, burns in the eye, and may even change the shape of your cornea and other serious eye damage, leading to vision problems. It’s even more dangerous for younger people, especially children, because children’s lenses are more transparent and transmit UV rays more easily.

If you or a loved one is experiencing vision problems or eye diseases, we can help. Dr. Vagners sees patients from all over the North York, Toronto area, and can treat your condition with a number of advanced solutions. Regular eye exams and checkups are critical for keeping your vision healthy, especially during the summer.

UV Safety Can Go a Long Way

Thankfully, it’s pretty easy to protect yourself from long-term exposure to UV rays. Check out our top 3 UV safety tips:

  1. Put on Those Shades

Snag a pair of sunglasses with 100% UVA and UVB blocking power. Anything less than that won’t protect your eyes from harmful rays. Concerned about your look? Don’t worry, There are plenty of awesome sunglass designs, so you’ll protect your eyes without compromising on incredible style. Ask the optometrist which lens is best for you.

  1. Sunscreen and More Sunscreen

Mothers and doctors say it all the time, and with good reason! Use sunscreen before going outdoors and make sure it has a good SPF (Sun Protection Factor) number. If you’re in the water, reapply it every 2 hours. UV rays can reflect off of water, so if you’re hitting the pool or beach, take extra precautions.

  1. I Tip My Hat to You

Protect your head and the skin on your scalp with a hat. A wide-brimmed hat is best for a good amount of sun-blocking coverage, since it also protects the tops of your eyes which might not be shaded by your sunglasses, and is too sensitive for sunscreen. For the fashion-conscious, there are endless styles to choose from, so go shopping!

During this UV Safety Awareness Month, we encourage you to share your stories and successes. If you have any questions, Dr. Vagners is here to help.

Top 4 Eyecare Tips for Summer Vacation

This summer, whether you’re headed across state lines on a family road trip, flying off to Europe, grabbing a quick weekend getaway, or taking a vacation in your own backyard, don’t forget to protect your eyes!

Summer Eye Care Near You

Check out our top 4 tips for ensuring healthy eyes this summer, and remember, your eye doctor is here to help make the most out of your vision. Dr. Vagners sees patients from all over the North York, Toronto area. Let us give you the top-quality eye care you and your family deserve, not only during the summer, but all year long.

  1. Don’t Leave Home Without It

If you have a chronic illness and need to head out of town for a few days, you would never leave home without your medications, right? That’s because you know that if something happens and your meds aren’t with you, you could suffer discomfort or complications to your health.

The same is true for your vision. If you suffer from dry eyes, make sure to take artificial tears or medicated eye drops with you when you travel. Preservative-free eye drops are a traveler’s friend. They’re also available as individual strips, which are recommended since there’s less risk of contamination.

Running low on disposable contact lenses? Include an extra pair in your carry-on suitcase and stock up on new lenses ahead of time. If you wear eyeglasses, bring a spare set and a copy of your prescription along with you, just in case they get lost or broken. 

We recommend speaking to Dr. Vagners before you leave for vacation to make sure your vision needs are all set.

  1. It’s Getting Hot Outside

Usually, most people think of protecting their skin from sunburns when they’re at the beach, by the pool, or just spending time outdoors.

Did you know that your eyes can get sunburned, too?

This happens when the cornea is exposed to excessive UV rays. When the sclera (the white part of your eye) looks red, that’s a sign that you’ve got sunburned eyes. You might also notice symptoms like a sudden sensitivity to light, or your eyes may feel like something is stuck in them, or they could feel sore.

The best way to prevent sunburned eyes? Always wear sunglasses with 100% of UVA and UVB light blocking protection.

  1. Watch Out for the Pool

Swimming is one of summer’s greatest pastimes. There’s nothing quite like a dip in a pool or ocean to cool off from the sweltering summer heat. While you’re slicing through the water, remember to protect your eyes.

Remove contacts before going swimming, wear goggles while underwater, and rinse your eyes with cold water when you get out of the pool (it helps get the chlorine or salt out). If your eyes feel dry or scratchy after a swim, use some moisturizing eye drops to lubricate your eyes.

  1. Back to School is Sooner Than You Think

Your kids will be back in school before you know it. Help them prepare for the upcoming school year by scheduling an eye exam now. If they need new glasses because their prescription has changed or your teen simply wants a new look for the new school year, come in to York Mills Eye Care for a consultation and take a look at the newest selection of frames and contact lenses.

Have you had a sudden eye injury or emergency while on vacation? Don’t wait until you’re back home to handle it — seek immediate care today. Certain eye injuries can damage your vision or lead to ulcers, so if you notice symptoms like redness, eye pain, changes to your vision, or flashing light, contact your eye doctor right away.

At York Mills Eye Care, we put your family’s needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision this summer and throughout the year.

Cataract Awareness Month

June is Cataract Awareness Month. During this important time, people living with cataracts (and their loved ones) are encouraged to talk about their personal experiences by giving each other helpful information and sharing their knowledge and advice. Use the hashtag #CataractAwarenessMonth on your social media channels to encourage and support others.

Did you know that over 24 million Americans have cataracts? More than 3.5 million Canadians are blind from cataracts, making it one of the most common – and serious – eye conditions today. Dr. Vagners treats cataract patients from all over North York, Toronto with the newest and most effective methods of eye care.

With millions of people living with the condition, it’s now more important than ever to bring awareness to this serious condition.

What Are Cataracts?

So what exactly are cataracts?

The lens of the eye is normally clear, which allows you to see things clearly and in sharp detail. Over time, the lens can become cloudy, causing blurry vision. It’s as if you’re looking through a dirty window and can’t really see what’s outside. This clouding of the lens is called a cataract, and it can affect one or both of your eyes.

What Causes Cataracts?

Aging is the most common cause of cataracts. The lens of your eye contains water and proteins. As you age, these proteins can clump together, and when that happens, the normally clear lens becomes cloudy.

Did you know that certain types of major eye surgeries and infections can trigger cataracts? Other issues that can lead to cataracts include congenital birth defects, eye injury, diseases, and even various kinds of medications. If you’re already developing cataracts, be careful when going outside. UV rays from the sun can make cataracts develop faster.

How Can I Lower My Risk of Cataracts?

Certain risk factors increase your chance of developing cataracts. These typically include:

  • Diabetes
  • Excessive alcohol consumption
  • Family and medical history
  • Medications
  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • UV ray exposure

To lower your risk, consider reducing your alcohol intake, quit smoking, start an exercise program, eat foods rich in vitamin A and C, and wear 100% UV blocking sunglasses.

Common Symptoms of Cataracts

If you have cataracts, you may experience some common symptoms like:

  • Blurry vision
  • Colors that used to be bright now appear dim
  • Double vision
  • Glare from natural sunlight or from artificial light, like light bulbs and lamps
  • Halos around lights
  • Night vision problems
  • Sensitivity to light

If you or a family member notice any of these signs, talk to Dr. Vagners right away. The sooner you seek treatment, the faster we can help you get back to clear vision.

Coping With Cataracts

If you’re experiencing vision problems from cataracts, there is hope. If you have a mild case, a combination of a different eyeglass prescription and better lighting in your home, office, or other environment can improve your vision. In more advanced cases, your optometrist will likely recommend cataract surgery to remove the cloudy lens and replace it with a clear one.

Do I Need Cataract Surgery?

Cataract surgery is one of the most common procedures today. In fact, the American Academy of Ophthalmology estimates that 2 million people undergo the procedure each year.

During the procedure, the doctor will gently remove the cataract from the eye and replace it with an artificial intraocular lens (known as an IOL). Because it’s a common procedure, cataract surgery is usually performed in an outpatient clinic or in your eye doctor’s office. There is no need to stay in a hospital and you can usually resume your normal activities in just a few days.

If you’ve exhausted every other solution and still suffer from blurry vision from cataracts, surgery may be an option. Schedule a consultation online or call 855-967-0466 to book an eye doctor’s appointment at York Mills Eye Care and together, we’ll determine if cataract surgery is right for you. 

During this Cataract Awareness Month, share your stories and successes, and give your loved ones hope for a healthy and high quality of life.

Help! My Child Doesn't Want to Wear Glasses!

Do your kids need glasses in order to see clearly? Maybe they have a strong case of nearsightedness, perhaps they have astigmatism, or another type of refractive error. Whatever the cause, getting your kids to wear eyeglasses can be a parenting challenge.

Dr. Vagners treats patients from all over North York, Toronto with their vision correction needs. The knowledgeable, caring staff at York Mills Eye Care can help you and your kids if they’re struggling with their glasses or don’t want to wear them.

Why Won’t My Child Wear His or Her Glasses?

To help your children get the best vision possible, you first need to understand why they’re fighting with you over their glasses. It usually stems from something physical, emotional, or social, such as:

  • Wrong fit
  • Wrong prescription
  • Personal style
  • Reactions from friends

How do you know which it is? Pay close attention to the signs, from what your kids say, to how they behave, to how they interact with others.

Physical

Improper fit is a big reason why glasses could feel uncomfortable. If they slip down, itch behind the ears, or put pressure on the bridge of the nose, it can explain why a child wouldn’t like to wear them.

If there’s been a big change to their prescription, they may need time to get used to it. If they were given the wrong prescription, they may be straining their eyes, getting headaches, or having eye fatigue. An incorrect prescription can make wearing glasses painful or awkward. It doesn’t correct their vision, either, so they’ll still see blurry images. When this happens, your eye doctor can check the prescription and make an adjustment.

Emotional

Your kids at home aren’t the same as your kids in school, on the sports field, or with their friends. They may be afraid of being made fun of in school, or they may not want the sudden attention on their appearance. These feelings can be even stronger among the tween and teen set.

Social

Even young kids can feel different when they put on a pair of glasses, especially if it’s for the first time. Feeling different or weird, in their eyes, translates to a negative experience. When wearing glasses makes them feel like the odd man out, they may not want to wear them. The last thing your child wants is to feel like a social outcast. After all, everyone wants to belong.

How We Can Help

First, bring your child in to the eye doctor for an eye exam. Our optometrist, Dr. Vagners, will check to make sure that your child has the right prescription and that any vision problems are being corrected. Next, we’ll take a look at the glasses and place them on your child’s face to determine if they’ve got the proper fit. Our optician will take care of any adjustments that need to be made.

The Vision They Need, The Style They Want

Fashion isn’t only for adults. Your budding fashionista or trendy young stud wants to look awesome, so don’t forget about style. When your kids look great, they’ll feel great! Give them the top-quality eyewear they need without compromising on style. Your kids are a lot more likely to wear glasses when they like the way they look.

What You Can Do to Help

Encourage, stay positive, and don’t give up. Avoid telling them what you want them to wear. Let them choose for themselves. In the end, they’re the ones wearing the glasses. Making decisions is an important life skill, something they’ll need as they grow up and become more independent.

For younger children, use positive words to encourage them. Talk about how glasses are like magic, letting them see beautiful things around them. Show them how a pretty flower or a bright red truck looks with the glasses on, and how different it looks with the glasses off. For older kids, throw in a little pop culture. Tell them how trendy they’ll look by showing them pictures of celebrities who also wear glasses. You’ll also rack up some cool parent points.

At York Mills Eye Care, we have the experience and unique approach to children’s eyewear that will make your kids want to wear their glasses. Schedule an eye exam today – you can book an appointment online right here. If you have any questions or concerns, give us a call and we’ll be glad to help.