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Pediatric Eye Exams Can Help to Address These Five Concerns

Pediatric Eye Exams Did you know pediatric eye exams are critical to the preservation of your child’s vision throughout his or her life? Beginning with eye care early will ensure that your child performs well at school and is able to see clearly during routine activities. How do you know if your child needs a pediatric eye exam? Here are a few indicators that signify it’s time to schedule your child’s next eye exam.

  • Closing One Eye – Does your child see better when they close one eye? This could indicate a vision issue, like astigmatism, is present that should be corrected.
  • Eye Rubbing – If your child has trouble focusing and they rub their eyes to improve clarity, you should schedule a pediatric eye exam.
  • Headaches – Your vision can be directly related to regular headaches if your eyes are working overtime. Frequent headaches are an indicator your child may need their vision checked.
  • Sitting Close – Does your child have to sit close to the TV or hold a book close to read? They may have poor vision and sitting close allows them to view objects around them more clearly.
  • Squinting – If you notice your child squinting to see things up ahead, having their vision checked may help them see better by getting corrective lenses and determining the root cause of the issue. 

The most important thing you can do when it comes to pediatric eye exams is make sure to schedule one annually for your child. Even if they appear to have good vision, the best way to catch warning signs early on is to have our professionals check their vision on a regular basis. At Dr. Miller & Dr. Tilis Family Optometry, we treat your family like our family and we are happy to provide pediatric eye exams for your children Contact us today to learn more!


What to Expect From an Optical Boutique

Optical BoutiqueDo you need new glasses but you don’t want to go with just any pair?  Have you been prescribed new contacts and new need help learning the best way to care for your lenses and your eyes? Visiting an optical boutique is the first step in choosing the perfect pair of frames for your taste, getting your new lenses fitted to your frames, and learning about care tips and techniques so you enjoy your new perspective. Here are the two main services provided by our optical boutique:

  1. Eyeglass & Contact Lens Fitting – When you visit our optical boutique, the first thing you may notice are options for choosing the perfect frames for your new glasses. This may be one of the most fun parts about getting a new prescription. Our optical boutique is the place where you will be fitted for your new glasses and contact lenses so you see your best until your next appointment.
  2. Explain Best Care Practices – Having glasses and contact lenses requires special care. The last thing you want is to scratch your lenses or tear your contact lenses. A professional at our optical boutique will help you with best care practices that will help you benefit from wearing glasses or contacts. 

At Dr. Miller & Dr. Tilis Family Optometry, we have a great selection of frames at our optical boutique and our professional team will spend quality time with you to ensure you feel confident and can step out in style. We treat your family like our family and provide individualized attention. Call to schedule an appointment and to learn more about what our optical boutique has to offer!


Routine Eye Exams are Designed to Check for These Four Items

Routine Eye Exams You may have trouble convincing yourself that routine eye exams are a necessity. If you have always had good vision there is no reason to worry, right? While it may seem natural to put off an annual eye exam, there are a few things an optometrist at our office will check for other than vision correction issues. Here’s a list of some of the things you can expect during routine eye exams:

  • Common Eye Diseases – Did you know your eyes can suffer from low vision due to disease? Glaucoma, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol can all be determined during a visit to our office.
  • Corrective Prescriptions – If it takes your eyes longer than usual to adjust or you’ve begun to notice blurry vision, a routine eye exam is the best way to determine what steps you should take next.
  • Overall Health Indicators – Your eyes can be indicators of other health issues, like diabetes. You may not even be aware of a health-related issue until you schedule a routine eye exam.
  • How Your Eyes Work Together – Dizziness and headaches are just two common problems that may arise when your eyes are not working together properly. Routine eye exams can help to address this issue when you are experiencing problems that don’t seem to resolve. 

At Dr. Miller & Dr. Tilis Family Optometry, we are equipped to assist you with routine eye exams and provide individualized care. You aren’t just a number to us – when you come see us we treat your family like our family and give each patient the attention they deserve. If you have questions about routine eye exams or you are overdue for an appointment, contact us today to get started.


What to Expect When You Visit an Optometrist

optometrist When you begin experiencing vision issue,  you may be concerned that you need a professional who can help you determine the next course of action. It is important that you choose an optometrist to determine what to do, whether your vision is changing normally or you experience an unexpected change. But what exactly does an optometrist do? Here are a few things you can expect when you visit an optometrist for the first time: 

  • Examine Eyes – The first step when you visit an optometrist is an eye examination. These basic tests check your overall vision and also for health problems that may be affecting your eyes. In order to determine what steps should be taken next, this exam is essential.
  • Correct Refractive Errors – Your optometrist may determine that you simply need spectacles or contact lenses to correct your vision and can provide solutions to ensure you are seeing well for the future.
  • Low Vision Care & Vision Therapy – Additionally, if your vision issues are related to a health problem or you are experiencing something unexpected, your optometrist can provide vision care and address your needs for vision therapy to help you get the best results.

 Even if you do not typically have vision issues, it is important to have your eyes checked by an optometrist at least once a year. At Dr. Miller & Dr. Tilis Family Optometry, we are prepared to serve as your primary optometrists and provide you with individualized care. If you have questions about eye exams or the services we provide, please call and schedule an appointment today.


Do’s and Don’ts for Contact Lenses

Contact LensesWhether you are a long-time contact lens wearer or you have been introduced to contact lenses for the first time, it is always important to properly care for your contacts so that wearing them is comfortable. Additionally, the proper care of your contact lenses ensures your eyes remain healthy while they are your primary form of vision correction. But what are some of the most important things you can do to care for your contact lenses and for your eyes? Here is a little refresher of the dos and don’ts for new and long-term lens wearers alike:

• DON’T – Sleep in your contacts, even if your prescription says that you can. It is important to let your eyes breathe and recuperate overnight.
• DON’T – Use sharp objects or your fingernails to handle contact lenses because you may damage the lens. It is important not to insert damaged contacts into your eyes.
• DON’T – Reuse your contact solution that has been in your contact lens case. Make sure to use fresh solution each time you take out your contact lenses.

• DO – Wash, rinse, and dry your hand thoroughly before handling your contact lenses. Using soap that doesn’t have oils and perfumes is also important.
• DO – Check to make sure your contact is free of dirt and debris before you insert it into your eye.
• DO – Use the proper solution to clean and disinfect your lenses each time you wear them. Avoid using tap water or saliva to rewet or clean your lenses.

While this is not an exhaustive list, it is important to properly care for your contact lenses so that your eyes remain healthy and your contacts stay intact. If you have questions about the dos and don’ts of contact lenses, call us at Dr. Miller & Dr. Tilis Family Optometry for more information.


Key Tips for Choosing an Optometrist

Optometrist Just moved to Newmarket or East Gwillimbury, and aren’t sure where to make your yearly eye appointment? Or maybe your current optometrist is retiring and you have to choose a new office. With so many specialists these days, how can you possibly figure out who the best eye care physician will be? Here are some suggestions for how to select the best optometrist for you and your family.

Get Recommendations. Do your coworkers all see the same optometrist and can’t say enough good things? Does your current eye doctor know a colleague in your new town? Asking for recommendations can often be the best way to find a new optometrist without having to do so much research.

Check with Professional Organizations. Most professional eye organizations will list optometrists and other eye specialists by location. They may be able to provide you with a comprehensive list of offices to call.

Drive by Specific Office Locations. Sometimes you really won’t know how you feel until you actually visit the office and speak with an employee. Do their office hours work for you? Did you feel welcomed? Was the atmosphere pleasant? Making sure you will feel comfortable in your new optometrist’s office can speak volumes.

Once you have had your first visit, make sure to ask yourself several questions. How long was my wait? Was my exam thorough? Did I feel like my questions were answered? Did the doctor listen to my concerns?  If you are looking for a new primary eye physician in the Newmarket or East Gwillimbury area, please consider visiting our office location so we can help you decide that Dr. Miller & Dr. Tilis Family Optometry is the best for you!


Contacts or Glasses: Which One Should You Choose at Our Optical Boutique?

When you need vision correction, choosing between contact lenses and glasses can be a challenge. Most people prefer contacts, but for some, glasses are the better choice. Take a look at this infographic to see some of the advantages and disadvantages of each option, and then come to our optical boutique in the Newmarket, Ontario area, where we can help you choose what is best for your vision and your lifestyle.

Contacts or Glasses: Which One Should You Choose at Our Optical Boutique?



Five Common Ocular Conditions

Ocular ConditionsEye health is essential to being able to perform routine tasks and enjoy our daily lives. Sometimes we experience eye issues that we don’t feel require emergency treatment, but an eye care professional may still need to know you are experiencing the symptoms. Here are five common ocular conditions that may be treatable by your primary eye physician.

1. Dry Eyes – Our tear glands produce tears that help moisturize our eyes. When our tear glands do not make enough tears or produce poor quality tears, it may result in dry, itchy eyes.  A humidifier or eye drops may be recommended to resolve this issue.

2. Tearing – When we are sensitive to light, wind or temperature changes, our tear glands may begin producing additional tears to help alleviate and moisturize the eyes. Make sure to wear protective glasses when outdoors and have your eye physician check for eye infections or clogged tear ducts.

3. Cataracts – A cloudy film that develops on the lens of the eye, cataracts are an ocular condition that can cause blurry vision and prevent light from filtering through the eye. Cataracts often form slowly and may not have any alarming symptoms. However, it is common now to use surgery to have cataracts removed if they begin to cause vision problems.

4. Floaters – Specks or spots that float across your vision can be a nuisance. Especially noticeable on a bright day outside, floaters can cross your field of vision, making it difficult to see. Many people experience harmless floaters on a regular basis, but it is good to have this checked, as it may be an indicator of something that needs further attention.

5. Glaucoma – Glaucoma is an ocular condition in which the pressure in the eye increases, potentially causing damage to the optic nerve. While some pressure in the eye is normal, pressure that is too high may cause permanent eye damage. Often glaucoma has no symptoms of pain, so it is important to have your eye pressure checked during your routine eye exams.

Routine eye exams are an excellent way to check for common ocular conditions and treat them at the early stages to prevent future vision problems. At Dr. Miller & Dr. Tilis Family Optometry, we can walk you through the causes and treatments and help you find improved eye health.


The Importance of Routine Eye Exams

Routine Eye Exam Your prescription for your contact lenses or glasses hasn’t changed since last year. Your eyes feel fine, so there can’t be anything wrong, right? Routine eye exams are much more important than simply having your prescription updated. Your eye care professional determines your overall eye health.

Checking for Eye Disease. Many eye diseases like glaucoma or diabetic retinopathy may not have any symptoms in the early stages. Getting early treatment is essential to prolonging eye health a preventing future vision loss.

How Do Your Eyes Work Together As a Team? Sometimes our eyes do not communicate with each other properly, which can lead to vision issues and lack of information transfer to the rest of the body. When our eyes aren’t working together, it can cause headaches, eye strain, and difficulty reading and completing tasks. A routine eye exam can address these issues and help you get on track to better vision with fewer negative side effects.

Refractive Errors. Refractive errors are another name for nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism. Whether you need to get up close to read or hold your book out at arm’s length, usually an eye care professional can help determine whether corrective lenses or corrective surgery will help resolve these issues.

A yearly routine eye exam is essential to making sure your eyes are healthy and there is no undetected disease, as well as helping to find corrective solutions for vision issues. By missing this important exam, you may miss out on early detection of much more severe problems or suffer from side effects related to eye issues. Allow us to be your primary eye care physicians– schedule your routine eye exam with Dr. Miller & Dr. Tilis Family Optometry today!


When to Visit an Emergency Eye Clinic

Eye Clinic We have all had a moment in time when we think we have injured our eye or experienced blurred vision during something routine. Most of the time, we just brush it off once the situation resolves itself and are relieved to go about our day. But when should you visit an emergency eye clinic to make sure your eye health is preserved?

Eye Infections, Red or Painful Eyes, or Uncomfortable, Itchy Eyes. Any time you think you may have an eye infection, have red, painful eyes or they are uncomfortable and itchy but you aren’t sure what’s happened to cause them to feel this way, please visit an emergency eye clinic. Eye infections can sometimes be contagious and, if left untreated, may cause further damage. Allergies and other external factors may also cause your eyes to be painful or uncomfortable. Having an eye professional examine your eyes is critical to resolving these issues.

Debris or Foreign Objects in the Eye. Sometimes your work or home environment may cause you to have debris or a foreign object becoming lodged in your eye. When this occurs, it is important to allow an eye professional to examine the eye and determine the best course of action.

Contact Lens Issues or Injuries to the Eye. Contact lenses can tear or become damaged, or there may be an injury to the eye requiring an eye professional to assess the situation. Never try to resolve the situation at home! If you have any concerns, please make sure to visit an emergency eye clinic.

At Dr. Miller & Dr. Tilis Family Optometry, our practice has an emergency eye clinic specifically for those situations when you may need unexpected eye care. Allow us to provide you with expert care.