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Protect Your Golden Years with Senior Eye Exams

Senior Eye ExamsEven if you ate carrots every day of your life, when you reach your golden years, you may still find yourself experiencing vision changes. That is a normal part of aging, unfortunately. That doesn’t mean you need to compromise your lifestyle, however – as long as you protect your vision by having regular senior eye exams.

While many age-related eye health problems have some warning signs, some do not have any early symptoms. Even those that affect your vision can do so in such a gradual way that you might not notice. This is why regular senior eye exams are so important once you reach 60 years of age.

There are a number of conditions that can be diagnosed during senior eye exams, including diabetic retinopathy, retinal detachment, cataracts, glaucoma and dry eye. Some of these conditions can lead to permanent vision loss if untreated.

Once you enter into your retirement years, it is recommended that senior eye exams be performed every year. Many seniors lose their sight completely because they are too afraid to go see an optometrist or because they fear losing their driving privileges. This is obviously counterproductive because blindness takes away driving, as well, along with the quality of life and enjoyment of all other activities. If you are over 60 or you have parents that are, please call us at Dr. Miller & Dr. Tilis Family Optometry for an appointment. We care about our Newmarket, ON seniors and maintaining their quality of life. We treat your family like our family!

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Why Pediatric Eye Exams Are Important

99843462-Pediatric Eye ExamsThe moment your beloved infant opens their eyes, they begin the process of life and learning. Nearly everything they learn from this point on will come from what they see. Many eye conditions can be resolved if caught early enough, making pediatric eye exams vitally important.

Eye testing should begin early. An infant should be able to see as well as they will as an adult by the time they reach 6 months of age. Even though your baby cannot talk or read an eye chart, there are still various tests that can be used to determine that their eyes are developing normally. Some of these tests can begin as early as 3 months of age.

Pediatric eye exams are also quite easy for preschool children, even if they do not yet know the letters of the alphabet or are too shy to verbalize what they are seeing. Some of the eye conditions that your optometrist will be watching for at this young age are amblyopia (lazy eye), strabismus (eye misalignment), convergence insufficiency, depth perception, color vision and eye/eyelid health.

Although pediatric eye exams should be done regularly starting at infancy, it is especially critical that they be done prior to your child starting school. It is nearly impossible for your child to do well in school if they have trouble seeing the teacher, the display board or have trouble with reading. A child doesn’t know that what they are not seeing is not normal, so often they won’t tell you they are having a problem until they have fallen behind their classmates and may even develop behavioral issues.

We have a special love for the Newmarket, ON area children at Dr. Miller & Dr. Tilis Family Optometry and hope you will call us today to schedule pediatric eye exams for your children. Our staff is great with kids and will make them feel comfortable and relaxed.

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When to Look into Keratoconic Exams

150955030-Keratoconic ExamsKeratoconus is an eye disease in which the cornea of your eye changes in shape. Rather than being the regular rounded shape, it takes on a cone shape, which gives the appearance of a bulging eye. This condition results in vision problems that may start out as nearsightedness and not be diagnosed at first. The cause is not known, but it generally shows itself during adolescence. There are a few situations in which you should look into keratoconic exams.

The first indication is a blurring of vision that doesn’t seem to be able to be corrected with glasses. Another situation is when your nearsightedness worsens or you notice halos, glare and other night vision difficulties.

Another time when you should look into keratoconic exams is if you are considering LASIK surgery. It is important to test for keratoconus prior to having LASIK because the surgery cannot be performed even if you have only borderline keratoconus.

Lastly, if you have this eye disease, your children should have keratoconic exams starting when they reach ten years of age and continuing through their adolescent years.

Not all optometrists are familiar with doing keratoconic exams. There is nothing wrong with having this exam done even if you are not an at-risk youth or experiencing problems. It can be part of your routine eye exam if you desire.

If you would like to know more about keratoconic exams or have questions about keratoconus, give us a call at Dr. Miller & Dr. Tilis Family Optometry. We treat your Newmarket, ON family like our family!

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LASIK: Is it Right for You?

Anyone who wears eyeglasses or contact lenses has probably heard about and wondered about LASIK surgery as an alternative. While the thought of never having to change your contacts or deal with fogged-up glasses is attractive, it is important to understand that LASIK is not right for everyone. It does have a pretty good track record, and those who have had LASIK are generally happy with the results, but it is not without risks. Below are some of the things to consider if you are thinking about having your vision corrected with LASIK.

78481521-LASIKIf you have only a moderate degree of myopia, hyperopia and/or astigmatism, LASIK could reduce or eliminate your need for other corrective lenses. If your condition is more severe, it will either eliminate you as a candidate, or your results will be less than satisfactory, and you’ll still need to wear some sort of corrective lens.

Age can be a factor to consider because although LASIK may give you improved distance vision, it can make reading even more difficult than it was previously if you have reached the point in your life that you are experiencing presbyopia (difficulty reading small print).

You should be sure to discuss all the potential risks involved with LASIK before you go through with the procedure. Although most problems are quite rare, you should be prepared for the possibility. Risks such as undercorrection, overcorrection, vision disturbances such as glare, halos and double vision, dry eyes and infections due to flap problems have been known to occur. The important thing is to have a quality LASIK pre-op exam to be fully and professionally assessed as a candidate.

If you live in the Newmarket, ON area and would like to know more about LASIK and would like to schedule a pre-op exam and assessment, give us a call at Dr. Miller & Dr. Tilis Optometry.

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How You Could Benefit from Various Optical Services

There is something that nearly all of us do every single day without putting much thought about what it would be like to not be able to do it: See.

How You Could Benefit from Various Optical Services

The alarm goes off in the morning, and we open our eyes to another day of millions of things to see. We don’t stop to think about it, or consider how difficult many of the tasks we perform each day would be without sight. If you do think about it for a minute, you’ll probably come to the conclusion that protecting your vision through optical services such as routine eye exams is the smart thing to do.

There are two main benefits of optical services – protecting vision and improving vision. At Dr. Miller & Dr. Tilis Family Optometry, we endeavour to provide you with various optical services for both of these benefits.

  • Eye Exams – We offer eye exams for all ages – pediatric, children, adult and senior eye exams all have benefits.
  • Plaquenil Retinal Exams – If you are taking Plaquenil, you should have regular retinal exams, including a baseline exam at the beginning of your treatment. Always let us know any medications you are taking, as many can cause problems with your eyes with long term use.
  • Ocular Emergencies – We are equipped to handle any emergency regarding your eyes. Don’t hesitate to call us if you are experiencing any pain or discomfort, or if you have sustained an eye injury.
  • Optical ServicesContact Lens Fitting – If you are considering contact lenses, let us know when you schedule your eye exam, as there is more involved when it comes to contact lens fitting than there is with frame & spectacle lens fitting.
  • LASIK Pre & Post OP Exams – We offer optical services related to LASIK, including determining if you are a candidate and following up after the procedure.

These are just a few of the optical services we offer. We will customize your eye care to your situation and overall health concerns. We treat your family like our family!

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For Great Vision Services, Visit Our Eye Clinic

At Dr. Miller & Dr. Tilis Family Optometry in Newmarket, Ontario, we treat your family like our family. The primary focus of our practice is on providing friendly, personalized care in a comfortable environment. To ensure great vision for today and tomorrow, we strive to stay on top of the latest in technology and will always provide you with a wide selection of glasses and contact lenses from multiple brands. Even if it’s after business hours, we’re still dedicated to your vision. We schedule weekend appointments and also offer an emergency clinic if you ever run into unforeseen vision complications. To schedule an appointment, contact us at Dr. Miller & Dr. Tilis Family Optometry today.

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Why Senior Eye Exams are so Important

Having a routine eye exam is quite important at all ages from 6 months and up, but senior eye exams are among the most critical of all in terms of early detection of serious issues. At Dr. Miller & Dr. Tilis Family Optometry, we understand the unique challenges that our senior patients in the Newmarket, ON area face. These issues may include:

Why Senior Eye Exams are so Important

  • Glaucoma – This condition has literally no pain or even early symptoms to let you know that you are headed for a loss of peripheral vision or even a complete loss of vision caused by a buildup of fluid that puts pressure on the optic nerve. Senior eye exams are designed to catch glaucoma in the initial stages so it can be treated properly.
  • Diabetic Retinopathy – You also won’t notice any early warning signs of this disease, which is why it is a leading cause of blindness in the elderly. Senior eye exams that include dilation can identify this disease before it develops fully.
  • Cataracts – Senior eye exams also check for the progression of cataracts, which, unlike other problems, do have noticeable symptoms. If your vision is becoming blurry or foggy, or you notice an increased sensitivity to light, you may have cataracts forming. It is a routine surgery to remove cataracts, and this can be done at whatever point you are ready for improved vision.
  • Senior Eye ExamsAgeRelated Macular Degeneration – This is a condition that can be hereditary or caused by environmental factors, such as UV light and cigarette smoke. Early detection of macular pigment changes goes a long way to preserve vision with vitamin supplementation, dietary, and lifestyle changes, as well as many new medical treatments.

As a senior, there are other things about your health that you should keep on top of in order to preserve your vision. One such disease is hypertension. If this goes untreated, it can damage the blood vessels in your eye and lead to damage to the retina. Senior eye exams can alert us that you have hypertensive retinopathy before it becomes a critical problem. We recommend our senior eye exams be done at least once a year. Give us a call to schedule yours!

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Are You a Candidate for LASIK?

If you have been wearing corrective lenses for vision problems, you may wonder if you could eliminate the need for them with LASIK surgery. While many people do find success with this procedure, it is not recommended for everyone. To determine if you would be a candidate for LASIK, the best thing to do is give us a call at Dr. Miller & Dr. Tilis Family Optometry, so we can assess your situation.

LASIK

There are a few things that will be a part of the decision, including:

  • Age – LASIK surgery can only be performed on those 18 years of age or older.
  • Health – You must be in good health, as certain health conditions, such as immune problems, uncontrolled diabetes, and collagen vascular disease, will rule you out of being a candidate for LASIK.
  • Vision – You must have experienced stable vision for at least one year before LASIK can be performed.
  • Current Issues – Various issues with your eyes could rule you out, such as chronic dry eye, eye injury, eye infection and other eye issues.
  • Pregnancy/Nursing – If you are pregnant or nursing, you must wait at least three months after nursing has discontinued before undergoing LASIK, due to hormonal issues.
  • Corneal Thickness – You will need a full eye exam as part of your assessment to measure the thickness of your cornea.

There may also be other requirements, depending on the type of LASIK to be performed. If you are currently a contact lens wearer, we will tell you how long you must go without wearing them prior to your procedure. This is necessary to ensure corneal stability and to determine the precise LASIK assessment. While LASIK will most likely improve your vision, it is not guaranteed to give you 20/20 results, as no two people respond the same way.

Feel free to give us a call to arrange an appointment to discuss whether you are a good candidate for LASIK. We can also answer any questions you may have about this procedure.

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7 Ocular Conditions That Can Be Diagnosed During Eye Exams

There are a number of eye diseases and ocular conditions that have no early symptoms, but are far more treatable when found before they become advanced. This is why having routine eye exams is so important. At Dr. Miller & Dr. Tilis Family Optometry, we want to give you the best chance at optical health, so we perform a comprehensive eye exam designed to find any ocular conditions that may be present.

Eye Exams

Here are a few of the things we watch for during eye exams:

  1. Macular Degeneration – This is an age-related ocular condition in which there is a physical disturbance in the macula, which is the centre of the retina.
  2. Cataracts – This is an ocular condition in which the lens of your eye becomes opaque, thereby affecting your vision. While it is most commonly found in the aged, it can also happen in rare cases in infants, young children and young adults.
  3. Retinitis & Iritis– People with immune disorders sometimes get this serious inflammation of the retina or iris that must be treated quickly to prevent ocular tissue damage. Some immune disorders that can cause this are rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, sjogrens, and ankylosing spondylitis.
  4. Strabismus – This is the term for crossed eyes, which is an alignment issue that can be caused by a muscular imbalance or high refractive error.
  5. Floaters – Patients can usually tell when they have this particular ocular condition because they experience small bits of cloudiness, strands or spots in their vision that are not related to something actually being in the eye.
  6. Glaucoma – This is a serious problem, as it is a build-up of fluid that, over time, will damage the optic nerve (due to the pressure created) and cause tunnel vision.
  7. Amblyopia – This is a condition commonly known as “lazy eye” in which one eye is not doing the work that it should. This is usually found in children, but if untreated it can carry over into adulthood. If detected early in childhood, this would be prevented.

We strive to treat our Newmarket, ON patients with the best eye exams possible to diagnose and treat ocular conditions at the earliest stage possible. Routine eye exams are the key to doing this, so please call today to make an appointment for everyone in your family.

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Benefits of Today’s Specialty Contact Lenses

Contact lenses have definitely come a long way since what Leonardo da Vinci envisioned in the early 1500s. They were first constructed out of glass in the late 1800s, and plastic contact lenses made their first appearance in the late 1930s. It wasn’t until the 1970s, however, that soft contact lenses were developed. New developments did not end at that point, however, as each year, we are seeing specialty contact lenses being developed that enable even more people to enjoy the benefits of wearing contact lenses.

Specialty Contact Lenses

For years, contact lenses could only be worn by those who needed correction for either nearsightedness or farsightedness, but not for both.  We can now offer specialty contact lenses that are similar to bifocal eyeglasses, in that they improve sight for both reading and distance vision at the same time. With multifocal or bifocal specialty contact lenses, you can put away those reading glasses!

At Dr. Miller & Dr. Tilis Family Optometry, we offer our Newmarket, ON area patients great versatility when it comes to specialty contact lenses. We enjoy being able to offer contact lenses to people who may not have been able to wear them in the past. There are options if you have eye issues, such as astigmatism, dry eye syndrome, or corneal scarring. We offer soft lenses, astigmatism contacts, bifocal contacts, specialty contact lenses, rigid gas permeable lenses and other types.

Specialty contact lenses are not just for unique eye situations– they can also be fun. A very popular option for patients these days is coloured contact lenses that change the colour of your eyes. Perhaps you weren’t born with the eye colour you want, or you just want to try something new. These lenses are available with no vision correction if you just want the colour-changing ability, but do not need vision correction.

Give us a call if you would like to be assessed for wearing contact lenses, even if you’ve been told in the past that you couldn’t wear them. Times and technology are ever-changing, and we keep up on each new change, so we can offer you the very best in eye care.

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