Eye Exams in Toronto

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Comprehensive Eye Examinations

The Canadian Association of Optometrists  recommends comprehensive eye exams every two years for adults and every year for seniors, and more frequent visits may be recommended if there is a risk of specific conditions. Many patients are covered for eye exams under OHIP or other insurance plans. 

At Tonic Eye Care & Vision Therapy, we use the latest equipment to provide comprehensive eye health exams for all ages. Comprehensive eye exams consist of much more than updating your prescription, and play an essential and ongoing role in ensuring the health of you and your family. In fact,  1 in 7 Canadians with no symptoms have an undiagnosed and possibly preventable conditions in the eyes. Our optometrists diagnose, treat, and help prevent diseases and disorders affecting your eyes and visual system.

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Pediatric and Children's Comprehensive Eye Examinations

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Vision is one of the most important senses for child development. Research shows that approximately 80% of learning is done visually; however, 5-10% of pre-schoolers and 25% of school-aged children may have a vision problem that if left undetected can affect their learning and development. Young children cannot reliably detect or report vision problems, and may assume that everyone sees the way they do. For parents/caregivers, there is often no obvious signs or symptoms to indicate that their child has a vision problem. Vision screenings do not always detect problems in the eyes, and are not a reliable substitute for a comprehensive eye exam. Early detection and identification of vision problems is critical, and helps with the treatment and correction of issues. Common vision problems in children include:

  • Far-sightedness, can affect children’s readiness to read and may lead to more serious vision problems if left uncorrected
  • Near-sightedness, can affect children’s ability to see blackboards or screens at the front of the classroom
  • Astigmatism
  • Strabismus (crossed eye or wandering eye)
  • Amblyopia (lazy eye)

Vision is one of the most important senses for child development. Research shows that approximately 80% of learning is done visually; however, 5-10% of pre-schoolers and 25% of school-aged children may have a vision problem that if left undetected can affect their learning and development. Young children cannot reliably detect or report vision problems, and may assume that everyone sees the way they do. For parents/caregivers, there is often no obvious signs or symptoms to indicate that their child has a vision problem. Vision screenings do not always detect problems in the eyes, and are not a reliable substitute for a comprehensive eye exam. Early detection and identification of vision problems is critical, and helps with the treatment and correction of issues. Common vision problems in children include:

  • Far-sightedness, can affect children’s readiness to read and may lead to more serious vision problems if left uncorrected
  • Near-sightedness, can affect children’s ability to see blackboards or screens at the front of the classroom
  • Astigmatism
  • Strabismus (crossed eye or wandering eye)
  • Amblyopia (lazy eye)
In addition to the conditions mentioned above, other conditions including possible internal and external eye health issues will be assessed. The Canadian Association of Optometrists recommends that infants and toddlers should undergo their first eye examination between the ages of six and nine months. School aged children are recommended to undergo can eye exam annually. OHIP covers an annual eye exam for children up to 19 years old.
 

If your child is having difficulty with reading, learning, and/or paying attention at school, we recommend starting with a full comprehensive eye examination to rule out any of the conditions mentioned above as a cause. The next recommended step is to assess the child’s full visual skills and visual information processing functions to rule out other vision related causes that may contribute to learning difficulties. If the assessments indicate visual diagnoses, they may be improved through our vision therapy services. As a child’s visual skills develop through vision therapy, their corresponding academic performance is expected to improve. More information regarding vision therapy can be found here.

Tonic Eye Care & Vision Therapy is a proud participant of the Eye See… Eye Learn® program, which is a government funded program that provides a complimentary pair of glasses to junior kindergarten children who requires a vision correction.
 

Dr. Kelly (Sung Hee) Lee is a residency-trained optometrist in vision therapy, rehabilitation, and pediatrics, and has extensive experience with infants and children’s eye exams.

Ocular/Eye Disease Management

While some conditions are acute and can cause immediate symptoms, many ocular diseases progresses gradually. Such diseases will make it difficult to detect a change in your vision and some may not cause any noticeable symptoms until the end-stage. Although vision reduction caused by many ocular diseases are irreversible, many are preventable with early detection. At Tonic Eye Care & Vision Therapy, we diagnose, treat manage, and prevent diseases and disorders affecting your eyes and visual systems, including: 

  • Cataracts
  • Glaucoma
  • Diabetes and diabetic retinopathy
  • Macular degeneration 
  • Retinal detachment and other retinal conditions 
  • Conjunctivitis (pink eye)
  • Digital eye strain
  • And many more

When necessary, we will provide referrals to top specialists in each specialty to co-manage the conditions. 

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Contact Lens Examinations and Fittings

Contact Lenses in Toronto

Contact lenses are medical devices that need to be prescribed by an optometrist or optician. To have a proper prescription, patients must go through a fitting process. This process is necessary as contact lenses vary significantly from one kind to another, even within the same manufacturer. Each contact lens has a unique design, size (base curve and diameter), and material compositions. Because everyone’s eyes are different, there is no one ‘magic pair’ that works for everyone.

At Tonic Eye Care and Vision Therapy, we can provide the following contact lens related services:

  • Insertion and removal training for first-time wearers
  • Single Vision contact lens fittings (dailies or extended wear)
  • Astigmatism/Toric contact lens fittings (dailies or extended wear)
  • Multifocal contact lens fittings (dailies or extended wear)
Even if you prescription is usually high, you may be eligible for specialty contact lenses with extended power.

There is no age limit on contact lens wear. Daily contact lens wear is an excellent option for your children, especially when playing sports or engaging in other physical activities.

LASIK and Laser Refractive Surgery Consultations

Tonic Eye Care & Vision Therapy also provides LASIK and laser refractive surgery (often referred to as laser eye surgery or laser vision correction) consultations and co-management services. If you are considering laser eye surgery, schedule a pre-operative consultation with us to learn more and help determine whether it is right for you. We will explain the various procedure options, and our detailed assessment will help determine which one is best for you. We will also provide a referral to a top surgeon that suits your needs. Post-surgery, we will follow-up and monitor your vision.

 
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Emergency Eye Care

Optical Pre-test

Tonic Eye Care offers emergency services for issues that require immediate and urgent eye care. Eye emergencies are common and may result in permanent vision loss without proper care. Some workplace injuries or sudden eye irritations can be seen and treated by an optometrist. Optometrists also have the tools and ability to remove foreign objects. Symptoms that require immediate medical care include, but are not limited to:

    • Sudden decrease or loss of vision
    • Sudden double vision
    • Sudden onset flashes and/or floaters
    • Foreign bodies or materials stuck in the eyes
    • Cuts or scratches to the cornea
    • Eye infections or conjunctivitis (pink eye)
    • Styes (small, painful bumps on the eye from a bacterial infection)
    • Itchy or irritated eyes, including from ocular allergies
    • Concussions
    • Chemical exposure

Things NOT to do while waiting for professional medical assistance include:

  • Do not press on an injured eye or rub the eye
  • Do not attempt to remove a foreign body that is on or embedded in the eye
  • Do not use cotton swabs or tweezers on the eye
  • Do not attempt to wash the eye out with sink water; instead, use a saline solution

Contact our office immediately for further instructions. New patients may require a full vision exam. No referrals are necessary. For after hours emergencies, we recommend patients proceed to your local hospital emergency room for immediate assistance.

Myopia Control in Children

Myopia, or nearsightedness, is a type of a refractive error (prescription) that causes blurry vision when viewing at a far distance. This condition affects 30% of Canadians and the number of cases are rapidly increasing with earlier age of onset and faster progression rate. Myopia is believed to result from a combination of genetic and environmental factors. 

There is currently no proven way to stop the development of myopia (nearsightedness); however, there are a number of methods that slow down its progression proven by scientific evidence. 

A child who shows any amount of myopia prior to age of 11 will be monitored closely during their annual eye examinations (or more often per the doctor’s discretion). If a child’s myopia is determined to be ‘fast progressing’,  myopia control is strongly advised. If you want to consult about your child’s myopia and different myopia control strategies, please contact us!

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