Month: October 2015

Cosmetic Contacts Can Damage Your Eyes

zombie contacts
Picture by Dawn Carpenter











Happy Halloween!
This year, STAY AWAY from costume contact lenses! Even wearing them for a short period of can cause permanent damage to your eyes. This young girl was only wearing the lenses for 4 hours, but the lenses scratched her cornea and caused vision loss. It only takes one bad episode to cause permanent damage.

The risk is much higher with costume lenses purchased over-the-counter or online, because these manufacturers use unknown materials, and the solution may have contaminants which can damage your eyes. Contact lenses are NOT one-size-fits-all, and must be properly fitted by an optometrist. They are medical devices, which means they are subject to specific safety requirements, which your optometrist follows (and the local dollar store/costume store may not).
If you want to try coloured lenses, talk to Dr. Lee about your options – there are many SAFE coloured lenses out there too!

READ MORE in this post from last year

Read this article about how this girl damaged her eyes by just wearing the lenses for a short time (‘Zombie’ contacts damage teen’s eye )

School Vision Screenings Are Not Enough

Your child may have gotten a vision “screening” at school this year, but it’s not enough! Dr. Mini Randhawa explains why.

Even if your child has 20/20 vision and passes the screening, they still need to have a full eye exam. The Canadian Association of Optometrists recommends infants have their first eye examination between six and nine months of age, and annually during school years.

Children’s Vision Month

Did you know? Each year, less than 14% of children entering grade one has had an eye exam by a doctor of optometry. This is despite the fact that an estimated one in four has a vision problem significant enough to impair their ability to learn.

Read how this can affect a child’s learning in the Doctors of Optometry  blog post all about Children’s Vision Month

Even if your child has “20/20 vision,” they still need to have an eye exam. The Canadian Association of Optometrists recommends infants have their first eye examination between six and nine months of age, at least one eye exam between the ages of two and five, and annually during the school years.


Children’s Vision Month Contest

It’s Children’s Vision Month! Enter for a chance to win weekly prizes, including a hybrid laptop and $300 in goods and services from a doctor of optometry. You could also win the grand prize valued at $5,000 – including $2,500 towards your child’s RESP, an HP Canada hybrid laptop and more! Enter at and help your child see their full potential.


Children’s Vision Month Sweepstakes

Non-surgical Treatment for Strabismus (Eye Turn)

There is a non-surgical way to treat strabismus! Strabismus is a misaligned eye, sometimes called “lazy eye”. Vision therapy helps teach the eyes to work together, and many patients get dramatic results without surgery.
Even if you have already had surgery, vision therapy can help improve functionality and maintain alignment. Without good control and coordination in the brain, the eyes may end up turning again.

If you or someone you know has an eye turn, schedule a comprehensive eye exam with Dr. Lee to learn more about your options!

Follow this link for a recent article on the topic: Eye therapy offers non-invasive options for misaligned eyes