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Regular Exams and Recalls

Given the importance of regular preventative eye examinations to maintain good vision and healthy eyes, even if there are no obvious signs or symptoms of problems, it's recommended that adults over the age of 20 should have a regular eye exam once every two years, and those who are under 20 or over 64 should have a regular eye exam every year. This is to not only check your prescription and vision, or to update your glasses, but to detect signs of any eye disease, some of which can be silent and without prior symptoms (eg. glaucoma). As with most things health related, prevention and early detection can be very important.

For those we have seen previously in our office, we do our best to contact each of our patients to remind them when they are coming due for a regular examination every one or two years, regardless of the changes in O.H.I.P. coverage as announced by the Ministry of Health in June 2004. With the high demand for eye examinations in our office from the community, we have generally been booked 1 - 3 months ahead. We therefore suggest to our returning patients that they may wish to call us a few months ahead of time to book their regular check-ups every one or two years. Please have a look at the information on OHIP coverage on our website for further information about whether you are covered for eye examinations, or you can call our office to speak with one of our staff.

Posted on March 2, 2013 and filed under Eye Info, News.

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We recently updated our website with a new format. Have a browse around. We hope you like it and find it helpful and informative!

Posted on February 28, 2013 and filed under News.

New Regulations Give Ontarians Better Access to Eye Care

The Ontario Government approved a regulation on April 6, 2011 that allows Ontario's optometrists to start prescribing medications for their patients. Optometrists will now be able to prescribe treatments for conditions ranging from routine bacterial eye infections to more serious diseases including glaucoma.

The change will alleviate wait times in emergency rooms and walk-in clinics for patients with eye-related problems.

"This is great news for our patients and everyone in Ontario," notes Dr. John Mastronardi of Windsor, President of the Ontario Association of Optometrists (OAO). "Most of our members have been educated and trained to prescribe medications for years. We are pleased that the Ontario government has made changes that will broaden access to medically necessary services across the province."

While Ontario is one of the last provinces to en-act this regulation, the new regulation has the widest scope in Canada and brings about the most benefits to patients.

For patient Jason Secord of Acton, he applauds the decision. "A few years ago, I almost lost the vision in my right eye because of a condition called iritis. I went to my optometrist and he knew what was wrong but he couldn't prescribe the drops that I needed. Now if I ever have a problem again, I can go to my optometrist right away without putting my eye health at risk by waiting to see three different doctors for treatment."

Today's decision by the Ontario government means better healthcare and shorter wait times for patients while reducing costs for taxpayers.

The Executive Director of the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) Ontario, Paul Ting, also applauded the news. "This will make great strides in the treatment of all eye care," says Ting. "Seventy five percent of vision loss is preventable or treatable. Preventing blindness is an urgent challenge with an aging population, and this will drastically improve access to clinical care."

Optometrists are eye doctors who are university educated and clinically trained to diagnose and treat disorders of the eye and visual system. Optometrists complete a four year professional doctorate degree program and are regulated by the College of Optometrists of Ontario.

For more information on the eye conditions that optometrists can now treat and prescribe, please visit the Ontario Association of Optometrists website.

Posted on February 14, 2013 and filed under News.

Purchasing Eyeglasses

As another service to our patients, we have a frame dispensary in the office. When a patient chooses a frame for new glasses, the order is sent to an optical lab for processing and is then returned to our office where it is inspected. On average, it takes approximately 3 - 10 days from the time that glasses are ordered to the time that they are ready to be picked up at our office.

As an optometric office, we don't charge retail prices. The price that is charged for prescription eyeglasses does not include any mark-up, or profit margin, which in a retail store can result in a final price that is up to 2 or 3 times the wholesale cost. Instead, we charge only the actual costs of materials as invoiced from the manufacturer or supplier, plus a Professional Service Fee (PSF) in accordance with the guidelines of the Ontario Association of Optometrists. This method ensures that there is an objective approach in recommending which of the various types of frames, lenses and coatings may be best for a particular patient - the fee charged by the optometrist remains the same regardless of the wholesale cost of the frame and lenses themselves. As a result, the total cost for obtaining prescription eyeglasses can often be significantly less in our office than from a retail store. Also, there are no taxes on prescription eyeglasses.

For convenience, should a patient desire a particular brand or model of frame that we may not have on display or carry regularly, we can obtain most brand names that might be seen in a store. We pride ourselves on providing expert recommendations and service regarding fit and suitability of frames and lenses given each patient’s unique prescription needs.

We also suggest for prescription eyeglasses obtained elsewhere based on a written prescription from our office, that they be brought back to our office for verification to ensure that they meet all required optical standards and tolerances, and to ensure that the prescription was filled accurately. Studies as recently as 2011 and 2012 have shown that upwards of 44.8% of prescriptions filled may not meet prescription or safety standards required by law.

Posted on February 14, 2013 and filed under Eye Info, News.