Can I Get An Eye Exam During Covid?

Directive #2 has been revised, and Ontario optometrists can now begin seeing patients for non-urgent care. We will be following the requirements from the Ministry of Health, under guidance of the College of Optometrists of Ontario. These guidelines are designed to protect the public and ensure we are providing the safest care possible.

Here’s what to expect:

What has changed?

  • Patients will be asked if they are ill or have COVID-19 symptoms when booking appointments, and likely when they arrive at the office.
  • Patients will be asked to make appointments, rather than come for walk-in care, and will be asked to come at the appointment time (not early or late). This will help ensure the waiting room has the fewest number of people at any one time.
  • When you schedule an appointment, your optometrist will ask you to bring your own mask. If you do not have a mask, they may be able to provide one (for a fee), or may have to reschedule your appointment.
  • A hand sanitizing station will be available at the office entrance. You will be required to sanitize your hands when you enter the office.
  • Optometrists and staff that you interact with will be wearing personal protective equipment (like masks or other shields) that covers their mouth, nose, and eyes.
  • Optometrists may perform different tests and procedures than in the past, choosing to do only those that are needed in the moment and waiting to perform others until a later time.

What if I need to have an eye exam to renew my driver’s licence?
The Government of Ontario has extended the time your driver’s licence is valid. If your licence is expiring soon, you do not need to renew it until the government has resumed these services.

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HELP!! My Contact Lens Is Stuck Behind My Eye

HELP!! My contact lens is stuck behind my eye!! 😫

Step 1) Take a deep breath, relax. Don’t worry, it is not possible for it to roll back there 🙂
Step 2) Get someone to help you
Step 3) Look as far down as you can, and lift your eyelid up out of the way. Have your helper look for the lens. Look up and pull the eyelid down. Or look far to the sides. It should be in one of these positions. This is why you need a helper because if you can see yourself in the mirror, you’re probably not looking far down enough
Step 4) Once you’ve located the lens, have your helper use your eyelid to slide it back into place. If necessary, he/she can use a clean finger to slide it out. Slide along the WHITE PART OF YOUR EYE ONLY. Make sure your helper washes his/her hands!!
Step 5) Once you’ve gotten the lens out, your eye might still feel a bit sore from you poking around at it, so put in lots of moisturizing drops for the rest of the day 😊
Step 6) If the lens you pull out is not complete, try flushing your eye with artificial tears to get the remainder out. If you still feel like something is in there the next day, this may require an emergency visit to make sure there aren’t any pieces left behind.

Call us if you need further assistance!

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Do I Need Anti-reflective Coating On My Glasses?

We’ve all been video chatting a lot more lately due to the stay-at-home orders, and one thing that Dr. Lee has really noticed is…. GLARE on people’s glasses!! 🤓 It can be very distracting to see lots of white streaks on someone’s glasses! (Or do only optometrists notice this? 😆)
There’s an easy way to avoid this – make sure you get ✨anti-reflective coating ✨ on your next pair! It cuts down reflections from screens and other light sources 👍
The glasses in the first picture are definitely prop lenses with no coating. You should be able to see through to the person’s eyes, like in the second picture. The small green colour fringes are a sign that those lenses do have anti-reflective coating! See if you can notice the difference on your own lenses or on other people! #themoreyouknow

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