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Keep up-to-date on the latest vision-related news and eye care events in our practice. The items are displayed by year and month. To view older entries use the links in the box below to select the year and month you would like.

Here’s Why Hydrogen Peroxide is an Excellent Contact Lens Solution

Once you and your doctor have decided on the type of contact lenses you'll need, it's time to choose the most suitable contact lens solution for your eyes and contacts.  There exist 2 different types of solution for contact lenses: Multipurpose and Hydrogen Peroxide-based. While both remove debris and build-up,...

Smart Hygiene Habits to Care for Your Contact Lenses

Swimming in a pool with your contacts on or topping off your solution may seem harmless, but they could compromise your contact lenses and your vision. Below are daily habits to adopt for optimal contact lens care: Wash Your Hands Regularly Whether you use daily or monthly contact lenses, make...

How to Keep Glasses from Getting Foggy

Whether you live in a cold climate or have visited one in the winter, you have probably seen someone who just walked in from the cold outdoors sporting glasses that are no longer transparent, or perhaps you’ve experienced it yourself. Why Do Glasses Fog Up? There are several factors that...

12 Tips for Optimal Eye Health

Good Eye Care Habits & Hygiene By practicing good eye care habits and hygiene, you can prevent many vision problems from occurring. Eye problems and the risks associated with vision loss only grow as you age. By neglecting eye care, you place yourself at a higher risk of suffering from...

Wearing Colored Contact Lenses This Halloween? Beware and Take Care!

Countless adults, teens and even children will be wearing colored contact lenses this Halloween, but few are aware of the risks involved. Ever wondered what those cat-eye contacts are doing to your eyes? If you got them without a prescription, beware of health complications. Enjoy a safe and happy Halloween...

Sports-Related Eye Injuries

September Is Sports Eye Safety Month! Ocular sports trauma is among the leading causes of permanent vision loss in North America. Tens of thousands of people get treated for sports-related eye injuries a year, with the most common injuries occurring during water sports and basketball. Infections, corneal abrasions, eye socket...

Summer Heat Wave and Your Eyes

This summer, heat waves with scorching temperatures have hit communities nationwide, making an already hot summer even hotter. With high temps and heat waves in certain areas, it’s now more important than ever to protect yourself. For best practices and tips for maintaining healthy vision in the summer heat, talk...

August, 2019 Newsletter

The latest newsletter is available now. Read it here....

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...

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...

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...

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...

Annual Open House

Join us for our annual Open House, June 19, 2019. See flyer for details....

April, 2019 Newsletter

Here is our latest newsletter. Read here....

Mental Health and Your Vision

May is Mental Health Awareness Month in the USA; in Canada, Mental Health week is May 6th to 12th. Since 1949, it has been observed throughout the United States as a way of drawing attention to the importance of proper mental health. This year’s theme is #4Mind4Body. The idea is...

Parkinson's Awareness Month and Your Vision

April is Parkinson's Awareness Month in the USA and Canada, a time when those living with the disorder, their family members, friends, and community come together to raise awareness and share helpful information. People with Parkinson's Disease (PD) and their loved ones are encouraged to share their stories, struggles, and...

Top 5 Tips for Managing Eye Allergies This Spring

Spring is a season of new beginnings, when the cold harsh winter months are behind us, flowers bloom, and people begin spending more time outdoors. For people with allergies, spring means one more thing: suffering. Spring may be in the air, but for allergy sufferers, so is pollen, pet dander,...

Women's Health and Your Vision

March 8th is International Women's Day, a day when women are honored and their accomplishments celebrated worldwide. From medicine to law, entrepreneurship to corporate leadership, education to the military, women are achieving great strides in areas of business like never before. In addition to professional achievements, International Women's Day is...

What's in Your Household Cleaning Supplies?

Most of us have the basics: bleach, oven cleaner, air freshener, furniture polish, and window spray. Did you know that chemicals found in these kinds of cleaning products can be toxic and harmful to your health? In small amounts, they generally don’t cause much damage. But when used on a...

School and Vision: 2 Important Partners

It’s February and that means we’re smack in the middle of winter, which is also the middle of the school year. It’s the season when kids fervently hope for snow days and parents hope they don’t happen. As we head towards the second half of the school year, you’ve probably...

What You Need to Know About Glaucoma – The Sneak Thief of Sight

January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month. What is Glaucoma? Glaucoma, a silent eye disease, is the most common form of irreversible blindness in the world. It is actually a group of diseases that causes progressive damage to the optic nerve.  Glaucoma is a progressive eye disease that can lead to...

Which Species, Including Humans, Has the Sharpest Vision? Study Debunks Old Beliefs.

The range of eyesight ability across species is wide. See where humans fit in....

World Braille Day 2019

Each year during the month of January we recognize World Braille Day which gives us the opportunity to take a moment and appreciate the incredible gift that Braille has given to those who are blind or suffer from vision loss.  What is Braille? Braille is a tactile representation of letters...

January 2019 Newsletter

Here is our latest newsletter. January 2019....

Are Nerf Guns a Dangerous Holiday Present?

Nerf Guns: Popular, Projectile... Safe? With the newest Nerf guns and blasters reigning at the top of lists for the most popular toys this holiday season, many parents are excited to surprise their kids (or their spouses) with these coveted toy weapons. There is, in fact a whole culture behind these...

December Promotion

This holiday season, give the gift of sight - December Promotion...

November, 2018 Newsletter

Here is our most recent Newsletter -  November 2018....

8 Tips to Relieve Winter Dry Eyes

Whether you live in a climate with cold winter weather or you are planning a ski trip up north, winter can be a challenge if you suffer from dry eyes. Dry, cool air, cold winds and even drier indoor heating can cause eye irritation, burning, itchiness and redness, and sometimes...

Diabetes and Your Eyes

Diabetes is becoming much more prevalent around the globe. According to the International Diabetes Federation, approximately 425 million adults were living with diabetes in the year 2017 and 352 million more people were at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. By 2045 the number of people diagnosed is expected to...

Pumpkins: Planting the seeds of nutrition’s connection to eye health

Research finds that pumpkins are actually good for your eyes. Read more....

Dressing up for Halloween? Skip the Decorative Contact Lenses, Health Canada Urges.

Decorative contact lenses can pose major risks to eyes. Read more....

Open Your Eyes

An inside look at Dr. Kerry Gelb's eye-opening journey. Watch the video here....

Have an Eye Safe Halloween

Brush Up Before You Dress Up Halloween is one of the most fun times of the year for children and adults alike. When else do you get to dress up as anyone (or anything) you want, socialize with friends and eat lots of treats? Nevertheless, lurking behind those costumes and...

Open Your Eyes – Wellness Awaits

Discover the secrets the eye can reveal. Watch here....

Exercise and Your Eye Health

Regular exercise is an essential component of overall health and wellness. It is proven that exercise reduces sickness and disease; it increases strength, immunity, and mental health; and it also helps regulate bodily functions and maintain a healthy weight. Research shows that exercise can lower our risk of chronic conditions...

Progressive Myopia: When Your Child’s Vision Keeps Getting Worse

What Is Progressive Myopia? Nearsightedness or myopia is one of the most prevalent eye disorders worldwide and its incidence is increasing. In fact by 2050, myopia is projected to affect half of the world’s population! Many children diagnosed with nearsightedness (myopia) experience a consistent worsening of their vision as they...

Researchers Reveal How Blue Light Exposure is Damaging Our Eyes.

University of Toledo study has homed in on exactly how blue light is damaging our eyes.  Read more....

The Dangers of An Online Eye Test

An online eye test may seem like a convenient way to check your vision or get an eyeglass prescription but beware, these tests aren’t all they are chocked up to be. In fact, they may even be dangerous.  What is an online eye test really testing?  An online eye test...

Signs That Your Child Has a Vision Problem

Healthy eyes and good vision are essential for your child’s growth and development. In fact, learning is 80% visual, which means a child’s success in school, athletics and many other aspects of life can be impacted by poor vision. Good vision goes beyond how far you can see, and also...

Eye Dangers in the Dorm – Eye Health for College Students

It’s almost back to school time for college students and whether this is your first time away from home or you are already a pro, you want to be prepared with as much knowledge as possible to live safely on your own. This knowledge includes eye and vision safety, as...

You’ll Never Fall Asleep with Mascara on Again After Seeing This

It is very important to remove your make up before bed.  Here's why....

Effects of Electronic Screens on Children’s Vision and Recommendations for Safe Use

The Canadian Association of Optometrists/Canadian Ophthalmological Society have released a joint statement regarding this issue.  Read more....

How This Physician Curbs His Smartphone Addiction

Here are some tips to help you recapture the ability to stand still for a few seconds in quiet thinking mode.  Read more....

Why You Shouldn’t Rub Your Eyes

While it may seem like a harmless action, rubbing your eyes can actually cause a lot of damage. There are a number of different reasons that people rub their eyes and for the most part, it does more harm than good. While rubbing your eyes might feel really good in...

Ocular Migraines

Migraine Awareness Month: An ocular migraine is any migraine headache that involves a visual disturbance such as flashes of light, seeing stars or zigzags or the appearance of blind spots in the visual field. Ocular migraines can interfere with your ability to go about your daily tasks such as driving,...

How-to Guide for Buying Sunglasses

Sure, sunglasses might add the final touches to your chic ensemble, but the real reason to purchase your shades is to protect your eyes from the sun. Not only does glare from the sun make it difficult to see, but the UV rays it reflects can cause permanent damage to...

Sports Vision Deconstructed

Vision is a critical component to succeed as an athlete and this doesn’t just mean having 20/20 vision. There are a number of visual processes that are involved in optimal sports performance, whether you are playing a weekly little league game or competing in professional sports.   The eyes and the...

Gene Therapy Treatment for Glaucoma Tested at University of Waterloo

Professor Marianna Foldvari is working on a new non-invasive treatment for glaucoma.  Read more....

Prescription to Slow Worsening Myopia in Canadian Kid? Head Outdoors!

Myopia is increasing at an alarming rate but research suggests that spending time outdoors may protect against myopia. Read more....

May, 2018 Newsletter

Read the Newsletter here....

7 Eye Symptoms You Shouldn't Ignore

While we all know that regular eye exams can help detect warning signs of disease and prevent vision loss, many people fail to seek medical attention when there is an acute problem with the eye. In fact, only about half of Americans that are at risk for serious vision loss...

Women’s Eye Health – 7 Tips for Optimal Vision for Life

April is Women’s Eye Health Month in the USA and May is Healthy Vision month in Canada too, so let’s take the opportunity to look at some tips for maintaining eye and vision health, with a special focus on women.  Statistically, women are more at risk than men for eye...

LED Street Lights Can Damage Eyes and Cause Sleep Problems

LED lights are less expensive and more environmentally friendly but they could have adverse health effects. Read more....

Study shows increasing myopia in Canada, benefits of time outdoors.

A pilot study conducted in the Waterloo region of Canada found an estimated myopia prevalence of 6% in children between 6 and 8 years of age, growing to 28.9% in the 11-year-old to 13-year-old age group. Read more here....

Ultraviolet Light and your Eyes

If you want strong, healthy eyes and clear vision for life, a major step you can take is to protect your eyes from UV radiation.  Wearing proper eye protection from the sun reduces the risk of a number of eye diseases and other conditions that are caused or worsened by...

Should I Be Concerned When My Eyelid Twitches?

We all experience the occasional eyelid twitch, which is when the muscle of the eyelid spasms involuntarily. Usually, it comes and goes without intervention and while sure, it can be irritating, is a twitching eyelid ever something to be concerned about? An eyelid twitch, also known as a myokymia, can...

New Form of 3D Vision Discovered in Praying Mantises

Research using praying mantises could lead to simpler vision processing in robots. Read more....

February 2018 Newsletter

Read February's newsletter February 18....

Signs of Eye and Vision Problems in Infants

Infant Eyesight Despite nine months of growth in utero, babies are not born with fully developed eyes and vision - just like they can't walk or talk yet. Over the first few months of life, their visual systems continue to progress, stimulated by their surroundings. Babies will develop the ability...

AMD Awareness Could Save Your Vision

It’s that time of the year again. Each February, the optometric community bands together to create awareness about age-related macular degeneration (AMD). AMD is a leading cause of vision loss for people 50 years and older; early detection plays a key role in the outcome of the disease. That’s why...

Intel Made Smart Glasses that look Normal!

Intel's new Vaunt smart glasses look just like eyeglasses. Read more here....

Trouble Seeing at Night? All About Night Blindness

At this time of year when the sun sets early, many people are affected by night blindness. Night blindness or nyctalopia refers to difficulty seeing at night or in poor or dim lighting situations. It can be caused by a number of underlying conditions, sometimes completely benign and sometimes as a...

Glasses Could Prevent Motion Sickness in Self-driving Cars

U of Michigan researchers have developed a system to prevent the disconnect between your sense of motion and what you see. Read more....

New blinking Technology Helps Teen Communicate

Listen here how 15 year old Jacob Trossman communicates by blinking his eyes....

8 Things Doctors Secretly Want to Tell Their Patients

As the repeal of Obamacare is debated in the halls of Congress and on cable TV, one common theme is: “What will happen to patients?” Questions loom about what might change with coverage, about cost, about whether you’ll still be able to keep your doctor, and if medications will still...

What Screens are Doing to Your Kids’ Eyes

Too much screen time can damage kids' eyesight. Read more....

4 Parent-Tested Systems You Can Use to Limit Screen Time

Strategies to help you get screen time under control. Read more....

The Sneak Thief of Sight

It’s that time of year again. January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month, a time set aside each year to create awareness about this potentially devastating disease. The reason awareness about glaucoma is so important is because as its nickname, The Sneak Thief of Sight, describes, the disease often causes permanent...

Don’t Let Snow Blindness Ruin Your Winter Vacation

While most people have sunglasses high on their packing list for a tropical vacation, many people don’t consider it as much of a priority for colder climate getaways. But they should, and here’s why: Wintertime vacations often include activities that involve snow and ice and in general, conditions that can...

6 Crazy Holiday Eye Injuries to Avoid

As the season to deck the halls arrives, make sure that you aren’t one of the many people who find themselves celebrating in the urgent care clinic due to an eye injury. The holidays present many opportunities for potential eye injury so it’s important to be aware and proceed with...

Contact Lens Start Up Hubble Sold Lenses with a Fake Prescription from a Made-up Doctor

Let the buyer beware! Read more....

The Scallop Sees with Space Age Eyes – Hundreds of Them!

Thanks to powerful new microscopes, researchers have gotten a good look at the scallop eye. Read more....

10 Eye Healthy Foods to Eat This Year

The New Year is coming and many people include healthier eating and exercise in their resolutions for the year ahead. Well other than weight loss and overall health and disease-prevention, a healthy diet and regular exercise can protect your eyes and your vision. In particular, there are certain vitamins and...

Playing Outside Seems to Help Kid’s Vision

More time outdoors had a protective effect on children's eyes. Read more....

Women and Diabetes – World Diabetes Day

November 14th is World Diabetes Day. This year, the theme of World Diabetes Day is women and diabetes - our right to a healthy future. The goal of this campaign is to promote awareness of the importance of equal and affordable access for all women, whether they are at risk...

Woman Almost Blinded by Allergic Reaction to Halloween Make-up

A horrific allergic reaction to Halloween make-up left one woman with permanently damaged eyesight. Read more....

Cosmetic Contact Lenses for Halloween.

Cosmetic contact lenses gain popularity during Halloween. Here's what you should know about them....

Beware Halloween Health Hazards!!

Take care of your hygiene this Halloween. See more....

What You Need to Know to Help World Blindness

October is World Blindness Awareness Month, an initiative started to help the public to understand the realities of visual impairment and how it affects the world population. Unfortunately, there are hundreds of millions of individuals around the world who are unnecessarily blind or visually impaired due to causes that are...

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...

Feeling woozy? Time to Check your Tattoo!

Researchers have developed smart tattoo ink capable of monitoring health. Read more....

Scientists 3-D Print New Cornea

Research out of New Zealand could provide a cure for blindness for millions using fish scales. Here's how....

September Newsletter

Read the latest newsletter September 2017....

Bacterial Bugs in Your Eyes Help Fend Off Infection!

Studies have shown that bacteria on the surface of the eye defend against invading bad bacteria. Read more....

Photographing the Eclipse.

Learn how to safely photograph the eclipse without damaging your eyes or your equipment here....

Solar Eclipse information.

Excellent information on how to safely enjoy viewing the solar eclipse here. Essential information for the upcoming eclipse. Dr. Ralph Chou shows how to use solar eclipse viewers or glasses safely here....

Inside a Life With Color Vision Deficiency

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

Welcome to our New Website

We invite you to take a look around our new site to get to know our practice and learn about eye and vision health. You will find a wealth of information about our optometrists, our staff and our services, as well as facts and advice about how to take care...

Pink, Stinging Eyes?

Conjunctivitis, also called pink eye, is one of the most frequently seen eye diseases, especially in kids. It can be caused by viruses, bacteria or even allergies to pollen, chlorine in swimming pools, and ingredients in cosmetics, or other irritants, which touch the eyes. Some forms of conjunctivitis might be...

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...

Doctor finds 27 contact lenses lost in woman’s eye.

A 67 year old woman scheduled for routing cataract surgery thought it was just dry eye and old age causing her discomfort. Read more....

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

It's National Cataract Awareness Month 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...

Screen time and young children: Promoting health and development in a digital world

As the digital landscape evolves how will it affect young children.  Read more....

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...

10 Reasons to Avoid Cheap Glasses

If the deal sounds too good to be true it probably is.  Read more....

New Drops Are Better Than a Needle in the Eye

Doctors have developed a new treatment for age-related macular degeneration.  Read more....

Robot Performs First-Ever Surgery Inside Human Eye

In a medical first, surgeons used a robot to perform eye surgery.  Read more....

May is Vision Health Month.

Learn how you can protect your eyesight here....

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...

Beware Cheap Glasses Online!

Buying glasses online may be cheap, but not necessarily safe, doctors warn.  Read more....

16 Things You Should Know Before Getting Contacts

If you've only ever worn glasses, contact lenses can be intimidating.  Read more....

Sjogren’s Awareness Month – Understanding The Invisible Disease 

In honor of Sjogren’s Awareness month, eye care providers are helping to spread the word to increase awareness about this hard-to-diagnose disease. 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 serious...

I Was Blinded By My Contact Lens

The cause may be nothing more than handling your contact lenses with wet hands. Read more....

April Newsletter

April's Insight is here.  Read here April 2017....

Keeping Their Eyes on the Prize

When it comes to play making ability, there's more to Connor McDavid than meets the eye.  Read more....

April is Women's Eye Health and Safety Month

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

Workplace Eye Safety Month 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...

Time Outdoors at Specific Ages During Early Childhood and the Risk of Incident Myopia

Spending time outdoors can be beneficial to your sight.  Read more....

Oxsight is Developing Augmented Reality Glasses.

Augmented reality can help those with vision impairment. Watch how....

UV Damage You Can’t See, But Impacts Your Vision

Optometrists urge Canadians to take the necessary precautions to protect their vision from the sun's harmful rays.  Read more....

Sharp Vision: New Glasses Help the Legally Blind See

A Toronto company called eSight has developed potentially life changing technology for the legally blind.  Read more....

Understanding Eye Color

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

Treating Cataracts Without Surgery

Progress in polymer science holds promise for cataract and presbyopia patients.  Read more....

Newsletter February, 2017

Read the latest Insight February 2017....

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,...

Are You Missing Your Child’s Hidden Vision Problem?

Your toddler may show every sign of good eyesight including the ability to see objects in the distance, however that doesn't necessarily mean that he or she doesn’t have a vision problem.

"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)...

Landmark Study Finds Children’s Eyesight Worsening Sooner Than Previous Generations.

New research from the University of Waterloo's School of Optometry, Vision Science and CNIB found marked increase in nearsightedness in children.  Read more....

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...

Is eyesight affected in space?

Watch Chris Hadfield  explain here....

Are Toronto’s new LED streetlights bad for health and safety?

The American Medical Association recently issued a statement warning the 'improper' use of LED streetlights can negatively impact both sleep and safety.  Read more....

10 Tips to Teach Children About Eye Safety

It is important to teach your children about eye health and safety from a young age.  This includes awareness about how your overall health habits affect your eyes and vision as well as how to keep your eyes safe from injury and infection.  Starting off with good eye habits at...

When 20/20 Vision isn't Enough For Your Child

Since studies show that learning is 80% visual, children with untreated vision problems can really suffer when it comes to school. Most people think that good “vision” means 20/20 acuity but in reality, vision is much more complex.  Your brain is actually what completes the processing of the visual world...

Cutting Edge Eye-dentification

We have all seen the futuristic thrillers that use high-tech eye scanning identification systems but nowadays the technology does exist to use them in real life. A greater number of high security establishments have begun to use iris recognition for identification and security systems.   How does it work? The...

Innovations in Color Blindness

There have been a lot of videos going viral lately of color blind people “seeing color” for the first time using specialized glasses. The emotional reactions of amazement, shock and joy even lead some to break down into tears. The glasses provide these individuals a way to view the world...

This square isn’t actually rotating. Here’s why!

Scientists are studying optical illusions to gain insight into how our brains work.  Read more....

Google DeepMind will detect eye diseases with AI.

Google DeepMind division is teaming up with UK's National Health Service to see if it can improve patient care. Read more....

Digital Eye Strain Affects us All!

Prolonged use of digital devises is putting strain on our eyes every day. See more....

Are Your Eyes Thirsty?

Get the answer here!...

Retinal Imaging Could Provide Window into Brain Disease!

Is there truth to the notion  that the eyes are the windows of the soul?  Read more....

Chinese Man given Pig’s Cornea.

Roughly 4 million people in China suffer from blindness caused by corneal disease.  Last year the Chinese government gave approval for the experimental use of pig corneas for human transplants.  Read more....

Why a Smart Contact Lens is the Ultimate Wearable.

Smart contact lenses sound like science fiction but they are almost here!  Read more....

Newsletter 2016

Here's some new 'Insight' for you.   Newsletter 2016...

May is Vision Health Month

                Here are some important facts.  ...

Blue Light: Bad For Your Eyes

Like ultraviolet radiation, visible blue light - the portion of the visible light spectrum with the shortest wavelengths and highest energy - has both benefits and dangers.  Read more....

Sony Patents a Contact Lens That Houses a Camera

Smart contact lenses are not new but that Sony is already trying to patent its lens is incredible.  Read more....

Cataract Surgery is Deeply Flawed. A New Technique Could Help.

Standard cataract surgery destroys the eye's own stem cells but a new procedure may not only preserve these cells but awaken them from a biological slumber. Read more....

Good News for Glaucoma Patients!

The FDA has approved the marketing of the Triggerfish 'Smart' contact lens sensor to monitor glaucoma eye pressure.  Read more....

Do Contact Lenses Affect Eye Health?

Contact lenses alter the bacterial community of eyes making the eye surface more similar to skin. Researchers suspect this may be why eye infections are more common in contact lens users.  Read more....

How Much is Your Vision Worth?

Check this out!   How_Much_Vision_Worth_2015....

Stem Cells Regenerate Human Lens After Cataract Surgery, Restoring Vision

Researchers have developed a new, regenerative medicine approach to remove congenital cataracts in infants.  Read more....

Blue Light has a Dark Side!

Exposure to blue light at night, emitted by electronics and energy-efficient lightbulbs, may be harmful to your health.  Read more....

March Break Eye Exams

Did your child have their back to school eye exam? We are open all of March break for children's eye exams....

Eye Drops With Sterols Could Reverse Cataracts

Research published in the journal Science could lead to eye drops that restore transparency to lenses clouded by cataracts. Read more....

Tiny 3D Glasses Confirm Mantises Use 3D Vision for Hunting.

Reasearchers at Newcastle University attached 3D glasses to praying mantises and then had them watch 3D movies to determine if they perceive objects in 3D.  Read more....

Ontario MPPs Visit Practices on Optometry Day

MPPs learn about the work eye care professionals do in their community and discuss optometrists role in Ontario's health care system.  Read more....

New Study Reveals Why Some Animals Have Vertical Pupils

The study in the jounal Science Advances suggests that pupils could reveal whether one is hunter or hunted.  Read more....

Apple Pie, Baseball and Macular Pigments

Dietary supplements of macular pigments can improve a baseball player's performance.  Read more....

Researchers identify gene that leads to myopia (nearsightedness)

Researchers have identified a gene whose defect causes nearsightedness.

A cautionary contact lens tale

Beware when purchasing contacts online.

Your Multifocal Glasses are All Set for a Revolution

Israel's Deep Optics is developing lenses to deliver sharper vision.  Read more....

World Sight Day Challenge Oct 13

Find out how you can join us in helping to give sight to people in need.

Earn Aeroplan Miles

We now offer patients the opportunity to earn Aeroplan Miles.

Gene behind glaucoma identified

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September Sunglass Sale

Come see what's new in sunglasses and save during the month of September. See flyer....

Back To School Special

Don't miss this Back to School offer on single vision lenses.  See flyer....

Contact Lens Discomfort Not Linked to General Eye Fatigue

Time of day when contacts were worn had no effect on the comfort of the contact lenses when worn for a four hour period suggesting that discomfort with contact lenses was not caused by general eye fatigue.  Read more....

To Sleep, perchance

Screens before bedtime harm sleep.  The effect is biggest for teens.  Read more....

Put eye exams on your to-do list, say experts

Sight-threatening conditions happen within the eyes before symptoms develop.

Canadians Believe UV is the Most Dangerous Form of Light, But Still Do Not Practise Year-Round Sun Protection

While Canadians recognize that UV is dangerous to eyes - it's just not top-of-mind year round.  Read more....

May is Vision Health Month at the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB)

CNIB and Doctors of Optometry Canada have joined forces to raise awareness among Canadians about the importance of getting regular eye exams to prevent eye disease.  According to CNIB, more than half of Canadians who had not had an eye exam in the past two years said the reason was...

Oakley Trunk Show April 11 (5-7pm)

Join us for an exclusive wine and cheese event!

Telescopic Contact Lenses May Offer Improved Vision for AMD

Swiss researchers have developed a prototype telescopic contact lens that could improve vision for those suffering from age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Read more....

Eye Exam

Ensure your total eye health by having a comprehensive eye exam once a year.  Watch video now!...

Generations

A comprehensive eye exam from an Optometrist will test for much more than just changes to your vision or existing prescription.  Watch video now!...

Vision Is a Lot More Than Seeing 20/20.

An under-diagnosed eye problem could be the cause of your child's temper tantrums and difficulty concentrating in class, says an Edmonton optometrist. Read more....

Anti-jetlag glasses

A professor of psychology at Flinders University, in Australia, has developed a device that resets the body's internal clock.  Resembling a game console but worn like sunglasses, it helps change the message that photoreceptors send to the part of our brain that regulates our daily sleep-wake patterns.  The so-called "Re-Timer"...

The Ideal Length for Lashes

Eyelashes are the first line of defense for the eyes, shielding them from windborne particles like dust or pollen.  Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology used a wind tunnel that determined the best optimal, lash length is one-third the width of the eye. Read more.      ...

Spring 2014 Newsletter

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Near-sightedness Reaching Epidemic Proportions

Get outside more.  Here's why... 96% of young men in South Korea have myopia.  Read more......

Ubisoft Game Designed to Treat Lazy Eye

One of the world's largest video game manufacturers in conjunction with researchers from McGill University in Montreal have developed a video game for treating lazy eye ( amblyopia ).  Read more....

20 Second Day Dreams

20 second screen breaks aren't just fun, they're good for your eyes.  The Ontaio Association of Optometrists has launched a new education campaign to inform the public about the impact of computers and mobile devices on thier eyes and how they can protect themselves and their families from any potential...

Maui Jim Serves an Ace.

The famous Hawaiian brand Maui Jim sunglasses scored a winning point by becoming a global partner of the male ATP tennis circuit. Maui Jim announced at the ATP 500 tournament in Dubai it became the new official supplier of the ATP World Tour and Barclays World Tour Finals in London....

Spring 2015 Newsletter

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Health Canada Approves First “Bionic Eye”

the Argus II is the first retinal prosthesis system of its kind to be approved by Health Canada.  Read more....

BMW Sees Future Through X-ray Specs!

It might sound like something from a science fiction movie but BMW are soon to launch X-ray specs that will help the unhappy drivers to park their car.  Read more....

PBS Documentary – Sight: The Story of Vision

Koenig Films is currently developing a PBS documentary project titled Sight: The Story of Vision.  The primary goal of the documentary and associated film is to educate and inform the general public that vision is our most treasured sense.  You can view the firm trailer here. The program is anticipated...

Smartphone makes Ontario teen go temporarily blind.

Here's an eye popping fact...read more....

Legally blind mom sees new baby with speical eyewear.

A specialized piece of eyewear lets new mom see her baby.  Read more....

Reading from an iPad Before Bed Can Rob You of Sleep

A study has found that reading from a light-emitting device such as an e-reader, before bedtime, can shift your body's natural clock.  Read more....

4K Monitors Are Easier on Your Eyes

Increased sharpness may be better for your health.  Read more....

Oakley launches 2nd annual release of prescription frames

Oakley is launching its second annual release of prescription frames , which are even thinner, lighter and more resistant than ever.  The company designed three models for men with interchangeable logos, while reviving the colours from certain men's and women's frames from last year.  Furthermore, Oakley has also recently introduced...

Contacts Cause the Majority of Eye Infections in US, Study Finds

Due to misuse, contacts can be tied to almost one million eye infections.  Read more....

Dark Chocolate and Red Wine to Fight Glaucoma

A Spanish study identified certain foods that could ease the symptoms of glaucoma, such as the moderate consumption of red wine, dark chocolate, green tea, fruit and vegetables, and liver. Most of these ingredients are rich in antioxidants. Coffee was also found to protect against retinal degeneration, whereas the anti-inflammatory...

Vitamin E and Selenium Disappoint

Taking daily supplements of selenium or vitamin E appears to have no significant effect on the development of cataracts in men. The results of an American study involving 11,267 participants, followed over a period of 5.6 years, shows that long-term use of daily vitamin E supplements has no effect on...

Contact Lenses are like Underwear.

Don't over-wear.  Avoid that sketchy pair.  Carry a spare.  View PDF....

Eye Health Tips for College Students

As millions of college students are preparing to return to university campuses across the country, check out these eye health tips for your college-bound patients. Read more....

Can Coffee Protect Our Eyesight?

Researchers from Cornell University, in New York State, report that drinking coffee may protect against deteriorating eyesight, even blindness. Although the most well-known coffee ingredient is caffeine, it also contains about 7-9% chlorogenic acid (CGA).  Past studies indicated that this antioxidant could be a powerful neuroprotector and block the deprivation...

Amphibia. Floating Sunglasses

You apply sunscreen, wear a hat and maybe protective clothing, but what about your eyes - are they protected? Protective eyewear is critical on the water and when outdoors, year round.  To protect your eyes from sunburn and long-term harmful, damaging UV rays, as well as the elements, wear quality...

Student loses eyesight after amoeba burrow through cornea

Doctors urge caution after student who wore lenses six months straight left blind.  Read more....

Becel Ride for Heart

Waking up at 4:30am - crazy!  Even the dog knew something was not right! Being on the front row, priceless! Thank you for your donations and well wishes.    ...

Grape-enriched Diet Supports Eye Health

FRESNO, CA – New research presented this week at the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology conference in Orlando, Florida suggests that regular grape consumption may play a role in eye health by protecting the retina from deterioration. Specifically, a grape-enriched diet resulted in a protective effect on retinal...

Support the Heart and Stroke Foundation

Every 7 minutes someone dies from heart disease and stroke in Canada.  That's why I am fundraising for the Becel Heart and Stroke Ride for Heart on Sunday, June 1, 2014. Your support will help the Heart and Stroke Foundation to achieve its 2020 goal of reducing Canadians' rate of...

Exercising for Healthier Eyes

Age-related vision loss is common and devastating. But new research suggests that physical activity might protect our eyes as we age. Read more....

How the Internet may be changing the way we read

If the rise of nonstop cable TV news gave the world a culture of sound bites, the Internet is bringing about an eye byte culture, warn critics. Read more......

Vision Test Used to Diagnose Concussions

The King-Devick test performed on the sidelines may help determine whether athletes have suffered a concussion. It involves quickly reading numbers on index cards. During the study, 217 University of Florida athletes took the test at the beginning of the season. Thirty of the athletes had a concussion during the...

Quitting smoking may lower the long-term cataract risk

Sweden - Smoking raises the risk of developing cataracts, but quitting may turn that around over time, according to a new study from Sweden.  Read more....

Cataract risk slowly drops after discontinued tobacco use.

A Swedish study showed that the risk of developing a cataract is reduced after ceasing smoking, but remains higher than the risk in people who have never smoked. Smoking more than 15 cigarettes per day was associated with 42% higher likelihood of a cataract surgery during 12 years of follow-up....

Eye exams annually key to preventing vision loss, CNIB campaign shows

CNIB campaign urges Canadians to get regular eye exams as early detection is key for leading causes of vision loss.  Read more....

WellPoint Offers 6 Tips for Handling Digital Eye Strain

Indianapolis, IN—Digital eye strain is caused by the overuse of digital devices such as computers and smartphones. Becausethese electronic devices are designed to be used and held within close range of the eyes, after a while, the eyes become strained as they continue to refocus to process the images on...

Pollution linked to dry eye syndrome

Residents of major cities, such as Chicago and New York, and their suburbs are four times more likely to develop dry eye syndrome than people who live in less urban areas, where the air is less polluted, according to a new study presented at the Annual Meeting of the American...

Eye strain, a sign of our times

The 2013 edition of the VisionWatch Survey, carried out for The Vision Council, confirms the role that electronic devices play in eye strain. Television has the highest daily usage – 81.1% of respondents –, followed by smart phones (61.7%), laptops (60.9%), desktops (58.1%) and tablets (37%). Along with neck and...

Shocking Diseases That Eye Doctors Find First

Blood pressure? Check. Weight? Check. Pee in a cup? Check? Seeing an eye doctor regularly? Patients may be caught off guard if their doctor asks the last question during an annual checkup.  Read more....

Glasses to See Under the Skin

Evena Medical’s Eyes-On Glasses let users see veins through the skin. They help health care professionals take blood samples and administer vaccines. Two tiny infrared cameras capture thermal images in the target area of the body. Then, 3D modeling highlights the veins with dark lines. The glasses can also save...

Missed Games in the NHL

Missed games associated with eye injuries sustained by hockey players cost franchises in the National Hockey League more than $32 million from 2002 to 2013, according to a study presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO). The researchers identified 149 eye injuries in that time...

Bigger eyes in the North

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Contact lens wearers cut corners

Survey: CL wearers cut corners in eye care that they wouldn't in other personal hygiene! Read more......

Teenager Nearly Goes Blind!

Eye-eating parasite grows on her contact lens. Read more here....

A Life-saving Eye Examination

A Scottish optician-optometrist saved the life of a client when he spotted abnormally swollen optic nerves during a routine eye examination.  The 28-year-old woman, who suffered from severe headaches, in fact had papilledema due to idiopathic intracranial hypertension.  The eyecare professional sent his patient directly to hospital, where doctors discovered...

Cataract Surgury Improves Life Expectancy

Patients who undergo cataract surgery live longer than those who don’t, according to Australian researchers. Patients who’d had surgery had a 40% lower long-term risk of death. Among the factors deemed “plausible,” the researchers list better physical and emotional well-being, optimism, greater confidence associated with independent living as a result...

“20/20 Isn’t Everything”

A child's vision is critical to learning! Learn more....

October is Children’s Vision Month

You know your child's favourite doll and every other precious detail of their life. But there's one thing you can't know: how well they see. Many kids' vision problems don't have obvious symptoms. An eye exam by a Doctor of Optometry can assess the quality of a child's vision and...

A Cautionary Contact Lens Tale

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Sleep apnea linked with increased glaucoma risk

Researchers from Taipei Medical University studied 1,012 patients aged 40 and over who were diagnosed with sleep apnea between 2001 and 2004. They compared these patients to a control group of 6,072 people without sleep apnea. They found that those with obstructive sleep apnea were 1.67 times more likely to...

People with high IQ scores see differently

A visual test showed that the brains of people with high IQ scores process sensory information differently.  The brains of these people are automatically more selective and are more likely to suppress larger background motion.  they therefore excel at seeing small, moving objects but struggle in perceiving large, background-like motions. ...

Strange viewpoint of rats

German scientists have discovered that rats move their eyes in opposite directions in both the horizontal and the vertical planes when running around. This means that it’s impossible for these animals to fuse the visual information into a single image, like humans do. Their eye movements, however, enable them to...

Spending time outdoors may minimize nearsightedness in children.

Two new studies add to the growing evidence that spending time outdoors may help prevent or minimize nearsightedness in children. A study conducted in Taiwan, which is the first to use an educational policy as a public vision health intervention, finds that when children are required to spend recess time...

Another one off my bucket list!

I am back from Latvia, fully recovered from my emotional and adrenalin filled 2 weeks. I sang with the choir, whose participants numbered 15,000, while my daughter participated in the folk dancing. Check out You Tube: Latvian Song and Dance Festival 2013 where you will see videos of both. I...

Playing outdoors helps reduce risk of myopia in kids!

San Francisco—Two new studies add to the growing evidence that nearsightedness in children could be prevented or minimized by spending time outdoors. The research is published in the May issue of Ophthalmology. A study conducted in Taiwan found that when children are required to spend recess time outdoors, their risk of nearsightedness...

I did it again!

I rode 75 km up and down the Don Valley Parkway in 2 hours and 50 minutes, participating in my second Becel Heart and Stroke Ride for Heart.Edit Edit visibility I saw deer and all types and forms of bicycles and participants.  It was an overwhelming and satisfying experience. A...

Grandpa

A comprehensive eye exam from an Optometrist will test for much more than just changes to your vision or existing prescription.  Watch video now!...

Cholesterol and AMD may share the same fight

Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis have found that patients with AMD and those with atherosclerosis share an inability to get rid of fat and cholesterol. In patients with the “dry” form of AMD, lipid deposits accumulate behind the retina. As they grow and multiply, they begin to destroy...

Winter may accelerate the progression of nearsightedness

Nearsightedness may progress faster in children during winter, due to reduced exposure to daylight, than during summer. That’s what researchers suggest in a new study involving 200 children aged 8 to 14 with nearsightedness in Denmark. Their findings were published in the journal Ophthalmology. The researchers studied both the children’s...

Spring 2013 Newsletter

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24 new genes for short-sightedness identified!

An international team of scientists led by King’s College London has identified 24 new genes that cause refractive errors and short-sightedness. Until now, the scientific community knew that short-sightedness was hereditary, but did not fully understand the genetic baggage involved. By analyzing the genetic and refractive error data of over...

First Canadian Study of the Prevalence of Vision Loss

CNIB and the School of Optometry and Vision Science of the University of Waterloo recently published the Canadian Uncorrected Refractive Error Study (CURES), in which it was found that one in seven Canadians suffers from vision loss which, in many cases, could have been corrected.  The study also  revealed that...

Eyeglasses – Plenty of Great Choices

New options to help you look good and see better!

Older People read better…when the print is blurry!

The results of research published in Psychology and Aging suggest that older people have different reading strategies than younger people. Young adults (18-30 years) found it easier to read lines of text when fine visual details were present, whereas older people found it easier to read more blurred text.  This...

Identity Protecting Eyeglasses

Researchers from the National Institute of Informatics in Tokyo are working on developing glasses to protect us from facialrecognition technology. This technology is used by some secret service and security agencies, and is becoming available in stores. Facial-recognition systems have raised numerous concerns regarding invasion of privacy. The new glasses...

Toronto Bucket List-Santa Claus Parade

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Spring 2012 Newsletter

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Men see movements, women see colours

Read more about the differences between men and women in the visual cortex.

Statins may promote cataracts

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Eye surgery reducing hip fractures

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First Canadian study of the prevalence of vision loss

1/7 Canadians suffer from vision loss that can be corrected.

Epidemic myopia levels among East Asian youth

90% may be shortsighted.

I did it!

Thanks for your support in the Becel Heart and Stroke Ride For Heart.

Sponsor Dr. Vagners in the Heart & Stroke Ride For Heart

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Eye health and vision news

Read about the latest in eye health and vision news.

Osteo drugs raise risk of eye disease

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Online Patient Registration Forms

Fill in your patient history online, before your next appointment. Find out how...

Risks associated with late screenings

Many Canadians delay going for eye exams that would screen for glaucoma.

2011 Spring Newsletter

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