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Pros and Cons of LASIK Eye Surgery

LASIK eye surgery has become increasingly popular over the past several years, as more and more people want to get rid of their glasses and contact lenses for good. But how do you know if LASIK is right for you or if continuing to wear glasses or contacts may be the better fit? We’ve outlined a few pros and cons of the surgery that may help you determine if having this procedure is right for you.

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PRO – Improvement in Vision Within 12-24 Hours. As the cornea heals, many patients may experience an improvement in the clarity of their vision without corrective lenses. If you have been wearing spectacles or contact lenses for many years, this could come as a wonderful change!

LASIK CON – Temporary Difficulty with Night Vision. Sometimes as a result of the LASIK procedure, patients will experience night vision issues, including halos, glare or light sensitivity. The good news is this is usually a temporary side effect. Occasionally, night vision issues may last for longer periods, but often patients experience improvements within about three months.

PRO – Save Money! How much money have you spent on contact lenses and/or glasses over the years? It will feel great to know that you don’t have this expense any longer and you can enjoy life without corrective lenses!

CON – Dry Eyes. Some patients may experience dry eye for several weeks to several months after the procedure, and may require eye drops or an oral supplement to help with this condition. We are happy to assist patients with this issue and can make recommendations so that your new eyes are as comfortable as possible.

PRO – Quick and Easy Procedure. LASIK eye surgery can be completed without the hassle of a hospital stay. The actual procedure lasts only a few minutes and patients can go home the same day.

While LASIK eye surgery may not be for everyone, let us help you determine if this would be an excellent option for you! We are happy to discuss your needs and help you get on track to better vision. Call us at Dr. Miller & Dr. Tilis Family Optometry today!

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Refractive Errors: The Most Common Vision Problems

Vision ProblemsRefractive errors are the most common vision problems, and there are 4 different types of refractive errors: myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism, and presbyopia.

1. Myopia is more commonly known as nearsightedness.  Being nearsighted is a vision problem in which you can only see close-up objects clearly.

2. Hyperopia is more commonly known as farsightedness.  With farsightedness, an individual will generally see far objects clearly, while close-up objects are fuzzy.

3. Astigmatism is when the light that shines into the eye doesn’t evenly focus across the retina.  It can cause distant or close-up objects to appear distorted or blurred.

4. Presbyopia is seen most in older adults.  It is when the eyes have difficulty focusing on close up objects.

Your optometrist can diagnose vision problems, including refractive errors, during your routine eye exam.  Some people with refractive errors notice and see an optometrist to get glasses or contacts; others may not notice that their vision isn’t as clear as it could be.   This is why routine eye exams are crucial to your medical care.  You might need vision correction and not even realize it.  If you believe you suffer from vision problems or are overdue on your routine eye exam, schedule an appointment with us at Dr. Miller & Dr. Tilis Family Optometry today.

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What Happens During Children’s Eye Exams?

Children’s Eye ExamsOnce an infant reaches the age of 6 months, it is recommended that they have their first eye exam.   At an infant eye exam, the optometrist will check the development of the eye, for refractive error, and for any differences between the eyes.  To check the development of the eyes, a tool called an ophthalmoscope is used, and to check for refractive errors, a technique called retinoscopy is used.

These same tools and techniques can be used during children’s eye exams, as well.  In addition to this, there are special charts made for use in children’s eye exams.  These charts are made up of shapes, animals, and objects and are targeted at children 3 years of age and older.

It is important for young people to have routine children’s eye exams because, more often than not, children don’t realize that they have a vision problem, and uncorrected vision problems can lead to further eye problems down the road.  Also, the majority of learning for children is visual learning.   With an uncorrected vision problem, a child could encounter learning difficulties.

At Dr. Miller & Dr. Tilis Family Optometry, a children’s eye exam should take only 30 minutes and annual exams are covered up to age 19. Contact us today to schedule your child’s next appointment.

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3 Reasons Why a Contact Lens Fitting is Important

Contact Lens FittingContact lenses can be a great alternative to glasses, but you can’t get a contact lens prescription without a contact lens fitting.  There are 3 main reasons why a contact lens fitting is important if you are interested in wearing contacts.

1.  A contact lens fitting involves tests for your eyes that are not included in a routine eye exam.  In order to allow enough time for these tests, it is imperative that you schedule a contact lens fitting appointment.

2.  During a contact lens fitting, the doctor will determine which type of contact lens is right for you.  There are lenses that are for daytime wear and are good for 2 weeks, daily disposable lenses, and overnight wear lenses.  Also, there are gas permeable lenses, soft lenses and toric lenses for people with astigmatism.

3.  A contact lens fitting will also determine your cornea measurement.  A cornea measurement determines the curvature of your eye and will allow for the proper contact size to be chosen.

Wearing the wrong type of contact lenses can cause discomfort and even damage to the eyes; come in to Dr. Miller & Dr. Tilis Family Optometry so we can find the right contacts for you.

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3 Things You Should Know About Routine Eye Exams

Routine Eye ExamsRoutine eye exams are an important part of your medical care that often gets overlooked.  These 3 things will help you know if and when you need to schedule a routine eye exam.

How often are routine eye exams necessary? 

Usually, routine eye exams are needed every 1-2 years, depending on a few factors.

 For children, people who wear contacts, or anyone 40 years or older, routine eye exams are needed every year.

 According to the Canadian Association of Optometrists, everyone else should have a routine eye exam every 2 years.

What is checked during a routine eye exam?

A routine eye exam usually includes checking refractive error, seeing if the eyes work together, alignment, ability to focus, and for diseases.

Who needs eye exams?

Routine eye exams are important for everyone.  They are important in adults to look for changes in vision or to check for signs of disease, and they are important for children because often young people don’t realize they have a vision problem. Vision problems in children can negatively affect their performance in school and their ability to learn, so it’s important to catch them early and make sure they are corrected quickly.

If you think you or your children might be due for a routine eye exam, contact us today at Dr. Miller & Dr. Tilis Family Optometry to schedule an appointment.

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How to Manage Your Ocular Emergencies

Ocular EmergenciesThere are many different types of ocular emergencies that can occur, so it is important to know how to respond in each situation.  An improper or delayed response can cause permanent eye or vision damage.

For a small object in the eye, such as an eyelash, it is important to not rub your eyes.  Make sure your hands or the hands of the person helping you are clean, look for the object in the eye and gently remove with a cotton swab, or flush the object out.

For a larger object stuck in the eye, it is imperative to not pull the object out and seek help immediately.  When something is stuck in your eye, it is best for the eye to be still and the only way to do this is by covering both eyes.  Only covering the injured eye will still allow for sympathetic eye movement.

If you experience a chemical injury to your eye, you need to wash your eye out with water or saline and then seek help immediately.

These are all examples of ocular emergencies.  Having a sudden change in vision, seeing spots of light, or having persistent eye pain are also considered ocular emergencies.  Remember, delaying treatment for an ocular emergency can cause permanent eye damage, so contact us at Dr. Miller & Dr. Tilis Family Optometry to see one of our optometrists as soon as possible.

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What Type of Spectacle Lenses Is Right for You?

Spectacle LensesGetting the best pair of eyeglasses possible for yourself or your family members involves considering both style and features. Many people spend a great deal of time and concern over the frame and how it looks while forgetting to consider the types of spectacle lenses. Getting the wrong type of spectacle lenses can mean needing to replace them sooner than you had hoped. The key is to work with an eye clinic with supportive and knowledgeable staff members who will ask questions about what your eyeglasses will endure and how they will be used.

One thing to consider about spectacle lenses is the lens material. There are glass lenses, plastic lenses and polycarbonates. Glass is quite common, but plastic is sometimes chosen for its lightness and impact resistance; however, plastic is usually thicker and can warp or scratch more easily. Polycarbonates are also impact-resistant, but are actually thinner than glass lenses and usually have built-in UV protection. They are ideal for children, sports and safety eyeglasses.

Other options when considering spectacle lenses include features that can be incorporated, such as a scratch-resistance coating, anti-reflection coating and photochromic lenses, which adjust for the amount of light involved, thereby darkening in sunlight, so you don’t need a separate pair of sunglasses.

At Dr. Miller & Dr. Tilis Family Optometry, we take the time to discuss all your options for spectacle lenses. We will assist you in selecting the right type for your lifestyle and your budget. Adding features that make them more durable may cost a bit extra, but if you can go longer before replacing them, it is quite worth the extra amount. We proudly serve the Newmarket, ON area with the best in eye care, including spectacle lenses. We treat your family like our family!

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Retinal Imaging – Your Eyes Are a Window to More Than Your Soul

Retinal ImagingIt has often been said that our eyes are a window to our soul and that we cannot hide what we are deep inside from those who can read it in our eyes. While this could be just fanciful thinking, what is completely true is that our eyes are a window to things that can be going on with our health. Retinal imaging is a modern high-resolution imaging system that takes pictures of the inside of your eyes. This allows an optometrist to gauge how healthy your eyes are and can also provide an indication of certain other health concerns.

As far as your eye health, retinal imaging is ideal for diagnosing such conditions as age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, cancer of the retina and retinal detachment. Early detection of these conditions is critical to avoiding permanent and irreversible vision loss.

In addition to eye health, retinal imaging is also useful for finding other health problems, such as diabetes and hypertension. With diabetes, the disease can cause changes in the blood vessels of the retina, which shows up with retinal imaging. Hypertension (high blood pressure) often first presents itself in the eye before any other symptoms. With retinal imaging, certain indicators (including narrowed blood vessels, retinal spots and bleeding in the back part of your eye) alert you that you may have hypertension.

Retinal imaging is an important part of a routine eye exam, and if completed each year, it will provide a historical record of any changes in your eyes, so your optometrist can watch for even the least amount of change going on.

If you would like to know more about retinal imaging or would like to schedule an eye exam, give us a call at Dr. Miller & Dr. Tilis Family Optometry. We proudly serve the Newmarket, ON area with the best in eye care. We treat your family like our family!

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What to Look for in a Quality Optical Boutique

Optical BoutiqueThere are two main components of a quality optical boutique: a wide variety of products and a professional and knowledgeable staff. Additionally, they will provide the services you need, including fitting your new eyeglasses to you and taking care of repairs and adjustments to them as needed down the road.

When it comes to the variety of products at an optical boutique, the more choices you have, the better chance you will find the frames that will look great on you. They should have all the top brand names of fashionable designer frames, such as MiraFlex, Silhouette, Italia Independent, Oakley, Coach, Dilem, Prodesign Denmark, RayBan, and Etnia Barcelona. They will also carry various spectacle lenses and top brands of contact lenses. If you have a family, it will be important to you that they carry frames for people of all ages.

Service is the other component of a quality optical boutique. They should have experience with all ages and be dedicated to superior customer service. Even if the prescription is right for your eyeglasses, they won’t provide the best results if they are not properly fitted to you. A caring staff should help you with selecting the right frames and spectacle lenses for your needs, but not push you into something you don’t want. A balance of style and performance can be accomplished through communication and dedication.

At Dr. Miller & Dr. Tilis Family Optometry, we have the best optical boutique in the Newmarket, ON area! You don’t even need an appointment to come in and see what we have to offer, so you can check us out even before you set up your eye exam appointment. We go above and beyond to provide what you want, even if that means special ordering. With our amazing selection, we’re confident you’ll probably find what you are looking for here. We treat your family like our family!

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Types and Benefits of Specialty Contact Lenses

Specialty Contact LensesContact lenses are not a one-size-fits-all solution for vision correction. Even the most popular brands and types can prove useless for those people with certain eye conditions. For example, if you have had refractive surgery and find yourself needing corrective lenses, you may not get clear enough vision with traditional contact lenses. Other eye conditions such as dry eye, corneal scarring and keratoconus may also impair your ability to comfortably wear regular contact lenses. In these cases, you might be able to be helped through the use of specialty contact lenses.

Rigid Gas Permeable – These specialty contact lenses offer more oxygen permeability and thus are healthier and more comfortable. They are a rigid lens, but not like the old hard lenses used many years ago. These lenses are completely customizable and can be used for a number of conditions.

Scleral Lenses – These specialty contact lenses are far larger than typical contact lenses, as they are intended to rest on the sclera (the white of your eye). Because they are hyper oxygen permeable and hold saline solution on the cornea, they are a popular choice for those with diseased corneas. They are so comfortable that even those with no eye diseases are finding choosing scleral lenses. Since they can be ordered in any prescription, even as bifocals, you might find them to be a great option for you.

Custom Soft Lenses – If you find yourself not getting the vision correction you need with standard contact lenses, you can go into the realm of custom soft lenses, which can be made to any power and size desired.

If you would like to know more about specialty contact lenses, we welcome you to give us a call at Dr. Miller & Dr. Tilis Family Optometry. We proudly serve the Newmarket, ON area with the best in eye care, including specialty contact lenses. We treat your family like our family!

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