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Eye health, contact lens, glasses and interesting vision-related tips from Dr. Jason Morris (Studio Eye Care, London Ontario Canada) www.studioeyecare.com
  1. Aug 12, 2019  |  Have you been tempted to by frames online from Amazon, GroupOn or eBay but thought "Where do get prescription lenses for these?    Are they going to do this for me?"     At Studio Eye Care, we have a wonderful curated selection of frames but completely understand that we do not have frames for every face and taste.   There are millions of styles and colours available today through countless online frame resellers...  If you have a great pair of frames but would like new prescription lenses… We can help!   See information and costs of RxMe! lenses HERE  Dr. j

    Amazon RxMe



  2. Feb 2019 | It's National Nutrition Month.  The Canadian Association of Optomtreists has a great post on nutrtion and your eyes.    Have a read > https://opto.ca/health-library/5-snacks-for-healthier-eyes
    Dr. J  Studioeyecare.com 


  3. Feb 2019 | Thanks to an 88 year old patient today for making my day!  He reported seeing spots in his vision when laying down to bed.  The eye care folks will appreciate the question but when I asked "Do you get any flashes or sparks of light?"... His answer - without hesitation - was "No... but there was this girl named Rosemary that gave me flashes and sparks!"  :)   Dr.j  Studioeyecare.com




  4. Jan 2019 | I have posted on this before but I am seeing several women a month with eye/eyelid irritation after lash extensions.  Symptoms are excessive tearing, itchiness, redness and/or lid puffiness.   Be careful... the likely culprit (of the many chemicals in the glue) is formalin.   Most eyelash extension glues contain formaldehyde, a known carcinogen and an allergen to approx 20% of the population.   Try and verify that your eyelash folks use formaldehyde-free products.   Dr. J   www.Studioeyecare.com


  5. July 2018 | Everyone will eventually need help focusing up close.... period.   Besides aches and pains, this inconvenient truth is the first reminder for many in our 40's that we all age.  I talk to many many folks a week about the limited options to deal with near focus challenges - reading glasses, some form of bi/multifocal glasses and contact lenses.   This post is about the generally quickly dismissed option #3 - contact lenses.  Albeit scary to envision wearing for some, contact lenses to help you focus up close are NOT - uncomfortable, risky, tough-to-handle.   And... if you searched out reading glasses to read this post... they can make you feel younger.  The certainly do for me!

    Think of how many times that you: look at your cell phone a bit blurry; hold the menu further away; can not tell if that screw-head is Phillips or Roberson head; pull back from your partner to see them better; look at a blurry plate of food.   Guys especially - You can do this!  - Roll back the clock and experience not needing those *&!! glasses again.

    Contact lens use does not need to be full-time...  socially/casually works great too!

    Easy guide for what to expect...
    Step ONE - Find an Optometrist that actually wants to spend the time required with you to discuss all options - including contact lenses.  Unfortunately many fitters will not want to be bothered with contacts for our age group
    Step TWO -  You will trial contacts in-office to ensure that they fit, are safe and do the job as expected
    Step THREE - You will be taught how to insert and remove a contact lens - do NOT worry about this - it is very very rare that a motivated patient can not do this with the right coaching and some time
    Step FOUR - You will take lenses and trial them in your own world
    Step FIVE - At a follow-up visit - your lenses will likely be adjusted to address any vision improvements found during the trial
    Step SIX - Order end enjoy your new-found little fountain of youth and see who notices

    Costs
    A quick discussion of options is usually included in a complete eye exam.  A dedicated contact lens appointment with a trial and teach with follow-up will cost approximately $50 to $100.
    Lens pricing ranges immensely depending on needs and replacement schedule e.g. $125 a year for one monthly lens (monovision) to $1000 a year for two single-use multifocals.  You will need to discuss options with your eye doctor.   For reference - I wear a non-bifocal single use lens that would be $250 annually.


  6. 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

  7. 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  
  8. 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


  9. 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






  10. 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