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Location Change

Dr. Claudia Lee is now providing services exclusively at Whitby Vision Care! She no longer has to split her time at different clinics, so she is available throughout the week for all existing and new patients 🙂

Call (905) 666-4848 or email info[at] to book an appointment.

You may also use the contact form if you need any help with transferring your files.

Cosmetic Contacts Can Damage Your Eyes

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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.

Child With “20/20” Eyes Can Still Have Trouble Copying From The Board

Here’s how a child with “20/20” eyes can still have trouble at school with things like copying from the board! (from the

A child may have “20/20″ clear eyesight but may also lack the ability to refocus from near to far and from far to near. As the child looks down at his paper to read or write, he may see clearly. After he is looking at the board for some time, he can see clearly too. However, looking up and down, back and forth, from the board to the paper might be where the difficulty comes into play.

Another vision problem that would make it difficult for your child to copy from the board at school is poor eye teaming. Eye teaming, known in functional optometry as “binocular vision skills,” refers to the ability for the two eyes to work together as a team. If both eyes are not moving at the same time in the same direction, a child will struggle to look up at the board, down at her paper, and back again without experiencing visual fatigue and tiring quickly.

Your child could also have poor eye movements, such as tracking and pursuits.Tracking eye movement skills help the child “locate” the words on the board and then locate the space on the paper where they are to place their print. A child with poor tracking skills loses her place often, and getting lost frequently is frustrating and tiring.

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A program of Vision Therapy can improve eye teaming, eye tracking, and focusing skills.

Vision Therapy In The News!

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Photo by John F Russell

Vision problems are not as simple as just being near- or far-sighted!

If your child is experiencing numerous vision problems, including double vision, reversals and skipping words when reading, a comprehensive eye exam and Visual Skills Assessment should be done to get to the root of the problem

Click here to read the article – “Vision therapy helps with learning disabilities, sports vision and traumatic brain injuries”

NEW LOCATION – Now Seeing Patients in Whitby!

whitby eye examsDr. Lee is now seeing patients in Whitby at the office of Dr. Schmitz and Sujo, Associates in Optometry!

She is available Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday for appointments.

Please call (905) 666-4848 to book your eye exam.

If your child is struggling at school, ask Dr. Lee why being able to “see 20/20” is not enough!
Dr. Lee looks forward to taking care of you and your family in Durham.

She is also still available for appointments in Markham. Click here for contact information


The Dress – Black and Blue?

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Is it black and blue or white and gold?

In case you missed it, this is the dress that everyone’s been talking about! Is it blue and black, or white and gold? ‪
To me, it looks like a white and gold dress held in shadow! I can see how the white part looks bluish, but no matter how long I look at it, the lacey frills always look gold to me. Our visual system is so amazing! What does it look like to you?
Ask your friends, and you’ll be amazed by how divided the answers will be!

Here’s an explanation for it:

It has been confirmed that the dress is actually black and blue, but don’t worry if you see it as white and gold – a lot of other people do too, and that picture is very confusing! #‎blackandblue‬ ‪#‎thedress‬

9 Common Eye Cares Mistakes

I’ve been seeing a lot of people with dry, irritated eyes lately. It gets worse in the winter because the heat is on and the air is very dry. Avoid drops that “get the red out!” – These are just masking the problem and may make the redness worse. If you have eyes that look red or feel irritated, talk to Dr Lee so we can get to the root of the problem and offer some better solutions!

Read more for other common eye care mistakes that I see all the time. Girls, eyeliner on your waterline is a big no-no!

Buying Glasses Online Not A Good Idea

Operating online is cheaper, but even Clearly Contacts has opened a few storefronts – they’ve realized how important it is to have your glasses customized to fit your face in order for the prescription to work well!

Also for the glasses to work well, the prescription needs to be filled correctly. A 2011 study evaluating online orders showed nearly half of the prescription glasses purchased online did not meet patients’ “visual or physical needs.” The study showed 28.6 per cent of the glasses contained at least one lens that failed a component of optical analysis (eg. failure to match prescription, failed impact testing, incorrect/added lens treatments, incorrect lens type single vision vs bifocal).
These things get inspected at an optometrist’s office before the glasses are dispensed. They may be sent back to the lab for correction, which is why your delivery gets sometimes takes a bit longer, but it’s worth the wait to ensure quality.

An experienced optometrist or optician will help you choose frames that work with your particular prescription needs, and make recommendations about coatings and lens materials based on your specific prescription. They require measurements to customize the lenses for the frames you choose, and in high prescriptions, even a small error can cause headaches.

Glasses are something that you have to depend on daily, so take the time to get them right!|

See here for an article about buying online from CTV News: Buying glasses online may be cheap, but not necessarily safe, doctors warn