Macular Degeneration news.....

MacuHealth with LMZ3

We've recently started to carry MacuHealth, a carotinoid supplement for patients with macular degeneration, or who may be at family risk of developing macular degeneration. MacuHealth with LMZ3 is a unique and patented formulation specifically designed to rebuild and maximize macular pigment over a lifetime. Containing all three critical carotenoids in a patented 10:10:2 ratio, MacuHealth with LMZ3 is proven through peer-reviewed research to quickly and effectively rebuild macular pigment.

MacuHealth is a once a day caplet and is now available at our office.

Specially formulated to promote a healthy macular pigment and support your eyesight throughout your life.

A Healthy Diet is essential to maintain a healthy macula (the macula is the "bull's eye target" of the retina). Macular pigment consists of three (3) dietary nutrients – Lutein, Zeaxanthin and Meso-Zeaxanthin. Nature gives us the ability to selectively accumulate these three nutrients at the very center of the retina.  In other words, where vision is sharpest and where color is processed. Unfortunately, today’s processed foods lack the nutrients required to maximize macular pigment. Because of this, supplementation is now believed to be the best way to protect your macula. Replenishing macular pigment helps protect the macula (central retina) from disease, in addition to optimizing visual performance.

Restores Macular Pigment –

Exposure to high energy blue light increases oxidative stress on the retina, which over time can lead to Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD). MacuHealth helps nature restore macular pigment to optimum levels, and may protect against AMD because of the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant nature of the three nutrients.

Improves Visual Performance –

Visible blue light has a negative effect on the quality of the optical image formed at the retina. In fact, shorter blue light wavelengths scatter more than other wavelengths, thereby resulting in Glare, Chromatic Aberration, and Light Scatter. Consequently, these conditions contribute to loss of visual acuity. Macular pigment selectively filters out damaging and image-degrading visible blue light.

Critical Carotenoids

MacuHealth with LMZ3 is the only dietary supplement containing all three (3) critical nutrients, Lutein, Meso-Zeaxanthin and Zeaxanthin in the same 10:10:2 ratio that makes up macular pigment. Taken once a day, this small, easy-to-swallow soft gel is clinically proven to restore macular pigments to normal levels, resulting in enhanced vision and aid in the prevention of age-related macular degeneration. Studies have shown that the LMZ3 formulation is more effective than almost all other multi-vitamin supplements containing Lutein that are currently available.

Posted on May 14, 2018 .

A sight for sore eyes

Eye strain complaints are increasingly more common in our modern world. Staring endlessly at LED displays that emit more blue light than standard bulbs can fatigue the eye and cause headaches, poor sleep quality, blurred vision, neck/shoulder/back pain. Ergonomic techniques can reduce some of the symptoms but new research has shown that the blue-violet wavelength of light from digital screens and other sources may be harmful to the eyes over time.

Blue light, another name for high-energy visible (HEV) light in the blue and violet part of the light spectrum, is a particularly intense light wave emitted by many modern electronics — including computers, tablets and smartphones. Studies suggest that overexposure to HEV light can damage the retina, increasing the risk of macular degeneration.

That’s why new premium lens treatments have been developed, that transmit less of the potentially harmful blue-violet wavelengths, which may reduce eye-strain, improve resistance to glare, and reduce risk of ocular health damage such as macular degeneration.

When selecting your next pair of glasses, be sure to ask us about the premium lens coatings and treatments we can provide that can help you see better, more comfortably, and lower the risk of eye disease such as macular degeneration.
 

Posted on April 17, 2018 .

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

From all of us, Dr. Stone, Roxanne, Lorie, Stephanie and Lisa, we wish you all a very happy and healthy New Year!

Posted on January 3, 2018 .

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Our office will be closed from December 25th until January 1st, and will re-open on Tuesday January 2nd for our regular hours at 11:00 am.

We wish you all a very happy holiday season, and the best of 2018.

Dr. Stone, Roxanne, Lorie, Stephanie and Lisa.

 

Posted on December 14, 2017 .

We're upgrading!

We're going to be upgrading the software system in our office (woohoo!), which will mean we'll be closed the following days and times while this process occurs:

Tuesday September 19, 2017 - our office will be closed all day

Wednesday September 20, 2017 - our  office will be open 2:00 pm until 5:00 pm

We apologize for any inconvenience, and appreciate your consideration.

 

Posted on September 6, 2017 .

Wow! Just.....wow!

From Huffington Post:

"Seeing wasn’t exactly believing for ophthalmologists at Solihull Hospital, near Birmingham, England.

Doctors readying a 67-year-old woman for cataract surgery in November discovered that a “blueish mass” in one of her eyes was actually 17 contact lenses mashed together according to a report published this month in the British Medical Journal.

The woman, unsurprisingly, reported discomfort in her peeper, but figured it was because of dry and old age, according to Optometry Today.

As bad as it sounds to have 17 lenses stuck together in your eye, specialist trainee ophthalmologist Rupal Morjaria told the website that doctors eventually found an additional 10 individual contact lenses in the same eye [for a total of 24 lenses altogether]. All of the lenses were monthly disposable contacts that the woman had forgotten about, Optometry Today reported.

“We were really surprised that the patient didn’t notice it because it would cause quite a lot of irritation while it was sitting there,” Morjaria said.

The cataract surgery was postponed after the discovery to avoid increased risk of eye infection due to the bacteria around the patient’s conjunctiva.

Amazingly, there was no obvious infection in the eye. The woman had been wearing monthly disposable contact lenses for some 35 years, according to NPR.com.

One physician remarked in the comments section of the British Medical Journal article that “It does make one wonder about the appropriateness and completeness of the examination of the referring clinician!”

A survey of 4,269 contact lens wearers by the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention suggests that more than 99 percent reported at least one behavior that puts them at increased risk for an eye infection or inflammation.

These bad habits include sleeping overnight or napping in contact lenses, reusing contact solution, wearing lenses longer than recommended or swimming in lenses."

So...... always make sure you follow the rules when using contact lenses, and have your regular eye exams and contact lens follow-ups as recommended by your optometrist.

Posted on July 20, 2017 .

May is Vision Health Month!

To mark Vision Health Month (May 1 to 31), the Ontario Association of Optometrists (OAO) is calling on all Ontarians to book a comprehensive eye exam with their local optometrist. 

“Optometrists do so much more than check your eyesight,” said Dr. Jeffrey Guthrie, President of OAO. “During an eye exam, we use a variety of tools to perform a thorough examination of the internal health of the eyes, so that any issues are detected and treated early - before they cause permanent vision loss.”

All Ontarians should make their eye health a priority:

• Children should have their first eye exam with an optometrist by at least 3 years of age, or at any time earlier if there are concerns or suspicions of eye health or vision problems, to make sure that eye development and coordination is progressing as it should. Good vision is also an essential factor in a child’s ability to learn in school. Eye exams for children are covered annually by OHIP up to age 19, and they can be fun and simple for kids too.
• For seniors, yearly comprehensive eye exams are essential to ensuring that the effects of aging eyes, such as glaucoma and cataracts, are detected and treated early, so as to minimize their impact on quality of life. Annual visits to the optometrist are covered by OHIP for Ontarians aged 65 and up.
• Adults should receive an eye exam every two years to ensure that any eye health and vision issues are promptly detected and treated. Comprehensive eyes exams also have the ability to detect other health problems, including diabetes, high blood pressure and even certain brain tumours.
Click here to contact our office or request an appointment.

About the Ontario Association of Optometrists

The Ontario Association of Optometrists (OAO) is the leading provincial professional organization representing optometrists in Ontario. For more than 100 years, OAO has worked with members, governments and stakeholders to ensure that patients in Ontario receive the highest standard of eye health and vision care. OAO’s members have the skills and training to help seniors retain their independence, children learn and develop, and ensure good quality of life for Ontarians.
 

Posted on May 1, 2017 .

Spring has sprung! Time for a new look?

Time for refresh? A new look? Brighten up your outlook?

Drop by and check out our frames for some new glasses. Whether you're looking for something fun, funky, classic, elegant, or just a change from what you've had for too long, we have it. Our selection is always being updated, and our staff can help you find just the right look. And as an optometric office and not a retail store, we never charge retail prices, keeping your costs reasonable and affordable whatever your budget. And remember that if it's been more than a year or two, you should book your eye examination before ordering new glasses to ensure that your new glasses provide optimal vision and comfort for your eyes.

Click here for our office hours, and here to request an appointment for your eye exam.

 

Posted on April 10, 2017 .

Holiday Hours

Seasons Greetings and Happy Holidays!

It's that time of year, and we wish you all the best of the holiday season. 

Our office will be open/closed as follows:

December 23 - 27 : closed

December 28: open 9 - 5

December 29: open 9 - 1

December 30 - January 2: closed

January 3: open 11 - 7 (our regular hours resume)

 

 

 

Posted on December 7, 2016 .

Optometry Giving Sight!

Optometry Giving Sight is a non-profit charitable organization that provides eyeglasses and eye care services to those in need around the world. Every year Dr. Stone donates one full day of eye exam fees on World Sight Day, and he is now happy to help even further by making a donation as part of the "I Care & Share" program. For every pair of glasses purchased at our office, Dr. Stone will be making a donation to Optometry Giving Sight. As always, we provide a great selection of fun and fashionable frames, ranging from the conservative to the fun and off-beat, for every taste and budget. Check out our hours and feel free to come in to have a look. 

Posted on October 27, 2016 .

Back to School!

Have you booked your child's eye exam? OHIP covers kids annually for their eye exams right up until they're 19 years old!

25% of children have some sort of undiagnosed vision problem. 

60% of children with literacy challenges have an undiagnosed vision problem. 

Contact our office to book your child's appointment. Call us or click here to request online.

 

Posted on August 17, 2016 .

Tired eyes? Too much time on the computer? Reading straining your eyes?

With most of us using smartphones, iPads, tablets, laptops, computers and other other devices on a daily basis, it's not uncommon to experience eye strain and tired feeling eyes. One simple thing you can do is follow the 20-20-20 rule: Every 20 minutes take a 20 second break and focus your eyes on something at least 20 feet away. This allows your eyes to relax and reduces eyestrain and that tired eye feeling.

If your eyes are feeling sore, burning, scratchy, excessively watery, or like there's always something irritating them, you may be suffering from dry eye syndrome. Dry eye syndrome is much more common than most people think, and can be more noticeable with prolonged near or computer tasks, and when we get to be a bit older. If you're suffering from these symptoms, an eye examination can help to determine the cause, and there are some simple ways to alleviate the symptoms to make your eyes more comfortable. 

For more information to book an appointment with us click here.

Posted on June 21, 2016 .

Optometry Giving Sight Campaign

We're honoured to have received a Bronze award for our practice and patients' donations to the 2015 Optometry Giving Sight Campaign. 

For more information about the Optometry Giving Sight charitable organization, please click here.

Posted on April 5, 2016 .

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

We'd like to wish everyone a happy and safe holiday season, and all the best that 2016 can offer!

Dr. Stone, Roxanne, Lorie and Stephanie

 

Posted on December 8, 2015 .

Not following the recommendations for safe contact lens wear?

What could possibly go wrong? They feel fine and I see fine.....

Although the risk of serious complications from contact lens wear is very low providing that you follow the recommendations and instructions given to you by your doctor, the following link describes what can happen with poor contact lens care, overwear and routine overnight wear of contact lenses.

(Warning: The CNN article contains graphic photographs which some people may find uncomfortable to view.)

If you wear contact lenses, remember to follow your doctor's advice and recommendations, including proper wearing schedules, cleaning and disinfecting them as recommended, discarding them when you are supposed to, and following your doctor's follow-up schedule for regular examinations. The old expression "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" definitely applies!

Click here to jump to the CNN article

 

Posted on August 25, 2015 .

September Office Hours

Although our regular hours have not changed as listed on our website, we will be closed one additional day per week for the month of September.

We will be closed:

Friday September 4th

Monday September 7th

Thursday September 17th

Thursday September 24th

We hope you're having a great summer!

Posted on August 18, 2015 .

Not all glasses are made the same....

Did you know....

Two independent studies that were published in September 2011 and June 2012 found that between 44.8% and 94% of prescription eyeglasses purchased in Canada and the USA had incorrect prescriptions, and/or did not meet ISO or ANSI safety or optical standards that are required in North America by any and all providers of prescription eyewear.

For this reason, we always recommend to our patients, that if they choose to obtain their prescription glasses from a retailer or provider other than our office, that they bring their new glasses back to us for verification. We will verify that the prescription is correct, that there are no warpages or distortions, that the lenses are appropriately centred and positioned (especially important for stronger prescriptions and invisible bifocals), and that various other lens parameters are within acceptable standards. All of this is done at no charge to you, and only takes a few minutes.

One more reason why...."We Care, You'll See!"

Posted on July 27, 2015 .

Always new and fun frames to choose from....

If you're feeling it's time to update your look with new glasses and you're not sure what's new out there in the world of frames, if they'll fit your face or suit your prescription, and wanting or needing a  real person with the knowledge to advise you properly on what looks good, is trending, or not... 

...then drop by to have a look at our selection of high quality, designer and budget conscious lines of frames. Also, take advantage of our expertise in the latest technology in lens design for your particular needs. You may be surprised at how little it can cost for quality fashionable eyewear. At our office we don't charge retail prices but we still provide top quality frames and lenses, with the knowledge and expertise to help you make a great choice.

Click here for a list of hours that you can drop by without an appointment to browse for frames. All we ask is that if you are not a current patient, that you bring a copy of your valid prescription so that we can properly assist you. If you don't have a current prescription, click here to contact us to book an appointment for an eye exam.

For more information about online retailing of glasses and contact lenses, click here for details that may surprise you and make you think twice before clicking the "Buy Now" button on those websites!

Posted on March 23, 2015 .

Reader's Select Favorite Optometrist 2015!

Wow! We've been voted Reader's Select Favorite Optometrist in the City of Kawartha Lakes.

We're flattered, honoured and proud to have been recognized in this way. Thanks to all of our patients and to the residents of Kawartha Lakes for your appreciation.

We've always tried our best to provide friendly, competent, knowledgable and comprehensive eye and vision care, and will continue to do so with services including routine eye examinations, stylish eyeglasses for every budget, including ODSP and Ontario Works plans, contact lenses, referral services for medical and other related health care, laser refractive surgery co-management, and cataract assessment and referral. 

Much of the credit for the high level of service and care we provide goes to my staff, Roxanne, Lorie and Stephanie who keep the office running smoothly, and ensure that our patients receive the care and attention that they require.

Thanks again to everyone for this honour and recognition. And as our catch phrase says:

"We Care! You'll See!"

Posted on February 18, 2015 .

Introducing: SPINE eyewear by Centennial

Centennial Optical introduces SPINE Eyewear, a revolution in performance, which will be available on the Canadian market in January 2015.

Inspired by the interaction between vertebrae, SPINE solves hinge limitations. Constructed with micro injected metal (MiM) hinges, SPINE Eyewear will morph to fit any face shape or head size with the lightest touch. Due to its dual springs and spun wire cable, SPINE temples also automatically retract when removed from the face – heightening its preservation capabilities. Designed for everyday wear, SPINE is a collection that features classic, minimal shapes.

Posted on January 22, 2015 .