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Customer Appreciation Day

Come get some amazing deals on amazing brands today!

Happy Customer Appreciation Day for all Brooklin Vision Care patients! Come visit our office between 8am and 8pm to shop hundreds of designer frames and sunglasses, at special pricing and packages! There will be plenty of refreshments on hand, as well as a raffle to win a flat screen TV!

Beware of Buying Online Glasses

It’s not JUST about the prescription! A lot of different parameters go into designing the right pair of glasses for you.

See below for an example of two different glasses made with the same prescription – one was done online, and it came out 9 mm thicker, and the pupillary distances were off. This can cause blurry vision, eyestrain, and potentially headaches. Our staff choose the right kind of material and curvature based on your prescription and your needs, as well as making accurate measurements for the correct fit of your chosen frame. It is absolutely essential to see it on your face in person.

A recent study showed that a quarter of glasses ordered online come back with some sort of error – wrong prescription, wrong lenses, or not meeting safety requirements. There are SO many factors that go into your glasses…. the prescription is the easiest part, and even that may be done improperly!

Be very wary of buying online!!

(pictures from College of Opticians of Alberta)

“Attached are two pictures of glasses made for the same patient.
One was made at PFM in surfaced 1.5 plastic. The other was ordered by the patient from Zenni Optical online.
The ones from Zenni … are also approximately 9mm thicker, the rx is slightly off and the PD is off by about 5mm.”


Beware Buying Online Glasses

If you have thought about purchasing your next pair of prescription eyeglasses online, there are a few things you need to know. It’s a custom-made product and very different from ordering any other item online.
Would you order a custom suit or dress with just your height measurement or with only your waist size? Your prescription is only one piece of information that will determine how well you see with your new eyewear. An optometrist is trained in the proper fitting, measuring, manufacturing, and dispensing of eyewear. Click below to see more of what goes into making a pair of glasses
Common complaints regarding improperly ordered or fit eyewear can include headaches, fatigue, an “eye pulling” sensation, nausea, and pain or pressure marks on your nose or around your ears.
A recent study conducted by the American Optometric Association (AOA), the Optical Laboratories
Association and The Vision Council, discovered an alarming rate of nearly half the eyeglasses ordered from online vendors (44.8%) had incorrect prescriptions or safety issues (eg. failing to meet impact resistance standards).

Don’t be a Fool in April (or any other month!)…. BUYER BEWARE!


Best Fit For Your Glasses

glasses Dr. Lee cringed when she saw this picture of Sean Penn and Charlize Theron, but probably not for the reason you think….

Look at his sunglasses! They do not fit around his ear, and they look very tight against his head (probably hugging his head to make up for the fact that they’re not sitting on his ears). This probably creates pressure on his head, and on the back of the ears where the glasses are hooked. Yikes!
At Whitby Vision Care, we would not let you walk out like that! We always adjust your glasses to fit you, to ensure that you feel good and look GREAT! 🙂

Happy Friday everyone!

Why Get Anti-Reflective Coating On Glasses?

Dr. Lee is a big fan of Mindy Kaling, but she cringed when she saw this photo online. Can you guess why?
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Her glasses don’t have anti-reflective coating, which is why you see so much glare on her lenses! Anti-reflective coating eliminates reflections from both the front and back of the lenses, which allows more light to go straight into your eyes for good vision. This gives you sharper vision with less glare, especially when driving at night and using a computer. It cuts down the glare for you looking out, and for other people looking at you.

Anti-reflective coating helps you see better AND look better! 🙂

Here’s a picture of Tina Fey doing it right- you can see her eyes despite the bright lighting, so she can see better, AND she looks better!

Eye Exams for Babies and Nonverbal or Special Needs Patients

This 10-month old baby is so happy after putting on her first pair of glasses! She can’t stop smiling when she sees her parents clearly for the first time 🙂
Babies can’t tell you if there’s something wrong with their vision. That’s why you should have your children’s eyes checked starting at 6 months of age. An optometrist can use handheld instruments to determine how the light focuses in their eyes, so young patients and patients with special needs can be examined without having to read the letter chart. Yearly eye exams are crucial to ensure that development is on the right track!

Tired Eyes At Work


eyestrain-computerDo your eyes feel tired and uncomfortable after a long day at work or studying? Eye strain is very common if you spend long periods of time staring at a computer screen without taking proper breaks. Even people who have “perfect vision” and don’t normally need glasses can have symptoms with prolonged computer use.

Common symptoms of Computer Vision Syndrome:

  • Eye strain
  • Headaches
  • Double vision
  • Red, irritated or dry eyes
  • Blurry vision, difficulty focusing
  • Neck, back, or shoulder pain

What causes Computer Vision Syndrome?

Eyestrain occurs with prolonged periods of high visual demands, especially when you are focusing up close and doing activities such as reading, writing, and using digital devices. This can be very tiring on your eyes if you don’t take the time to relax your focusing mechanism. Even a small uncorrected refractive error (such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism) or eye teaming misalignment can affect how comfortably your eyes focus up close. Depending on your condition, you may be working extra hard to maintain a clear image, which causes strain over time.

Furthermore, staring at a computer screen or at a book all day causes people to blink about half as often as they usually do, which causes dryness because the eyelids are supposed to spread tears across your eyes to keep them moist and healthy. Dryness causes irritation and blurry vision when there isn’t a smooth surface for light to enter the eyes.

It’s hard to avoid digital screens these days, so here are some tips to prevent eye fatigue:

  • Position your screen at about arm’s length away and 20 degrees below eye level
  • Minimize glare on your screen by re-positioning yourself or using anti-glare filters
  • Keep your screen clean and free of dust/smudges
  • Remember to TAKE BREAKS! Use the 20-20-20 Rule: Every 20 minutes, look at something at least 20 feet away for 20 seconds! This is so important for relaxing your eyes
  • Remember to BLINK! Everyone blinks less when staring at something, but try to be intentional about blinking. If your eyes are feeling dry, talk to Dr Lee about eyedrops to relieve discomfort.
  • Make sure your glasses prescription is up to date so that you’re not working extra hard to focus
  • During your eye exam, talk to Dr Lee about your computer usage. You may benefit from glasses to wear at work (even if you don’t need them usually), or if you already have glasses, ask for anti-reflective coatings which reduce glare from screens and overhead lights.

Computers are a big part of life now so it’s important to take the necessary steps to prevent eye problems and keep yourself comfortable at work!

Eye strain can also be a sign of more serious eye conditions. If it persists at any time of day (not just when you’ve been reading or using a computer), or is associated with headaches, double vision, nausea, or changes in your eyesight, please contact Dr. Lee immediately.