Mirror, Mirror on the iPhone…

Silhouette, the award winning manufacturer of rimless frames has come out with a virtual mirror. The virtual mirror is available online and as a free iphone app.

The iPhone app is really easy to use and very cool. You take a picture of yourself. It works best if your ears show and try to get a close picture that fills the box with good lighting on your face. You then drag the icons for your right/left eyes and your ear to the correct location on your picture. You can play with the positions to get the frame centered on you face. Then try on different shapes of lenses, frame styles and colours. You can email the photos to friends and family to get their opinions. When you have made your choice email us and we can make them up for you. Some of my personal favorites are:

Back to school time

September marks back to school time for all students little and big.

This fall we have two 4th year University of Waterloo optometry students, Eva and Reena, doing primary care internships at our office. They spent the summer in the US doing medical therapeutic optometry. This fall they join our office in Toronto focusing on primary care optometry. They will back at the University of Waterloo in the winter.

Help us welcome Eva and Reena to Toronto.

Can vision therapy help you?

Photo by netefektVision therapy is an individualized program of visual activities aimed at helping a patient improve fundamental visual skills, visual comfort and efficiency. It can also improve visual perception, how a patient processes and interprets visual information. Vision therapy is not exclusive to any age group, however, most therapies aim to improve reading and learning skills, making it most valuable to children. All children should have their first comprehensive eye exam at about age 3 and then every year during school. Fortunately, children in Ontario are covered for an eye exam once a year until they are 19 years old.

Do you or your children experience:

  • Frequent headaches or eyestrain
  • Avoidance of close work
  • Poor judgment of depth
  • Double vision
  • Squints one or both eyes
  • Poor eye-hand coordination
  • Tendency to cover or close one eye
  • Poor reading comprehension
  • Loss of place, repetition, and/or omission of words while reading
  • Poor handwriting
  • Uses finger as a guide while reading
  • Letter and word reversals
  • Been diagnosed with a learning disability

If you do, the first step is to “schedule a comprehensive eye exam”:/schedule with Dr. Wilkinson or Dr. Heeney to determine any areas of weakness in the visual system, the most appropriate treatment and realistic expectations of what vision therapy can do to strengthen the visual weakness. At our office we are pleased to offer individualized vision therapy programs that include a variety of free-space and computer-based activities. The home based computer programs allow us to use the internet to monitor patient progress and adjust the program depending on progress. Patient compliance is critical to the success of any vision therapy program, if you don’t do the exercises you will not see improvement. We find if patients are able to do the activities at home on their own schedule compliance is greatly improved.

A recent study, Convergence Insufficiency Treatment Trial, looked at the most common disorder of binocular vision. Convergence insufficiency is when your ability to focus both eyes together at a close distance is decreased for your age and causing symptoms. The study confirmed two important points. Firstly, that convergence insufficiency can be effectively treated by vision therapy. And secondly, that the most successful therapy included a combination of in-office, and at-home exercises.

There are many disorders of binocular vision and visual processing that can benefit from different types of vision therapy. We look forward to examining your eyes and discussing your best course of action.

CN Tower Climb

On October 21, 2006, Dr. Heeney and Karla are participating in the the Enbridge CN Tower Climb for the United Way. That’s right we’re climbing the stairs up the CN Town. It’s *1,776* stairs to the top.

The money raised from the Climb will help support United Way’s network of over 200 health and social service agencies, and help make Toronto a better city for us all. It is something Dr. Heeney always thought would be an interesting challenge to do and fun. Find out more about the United Way CN Tower Climb at “http://www.unitedwaytoronto.com/”:http://www.unitedwaytoronto.com/.

Sponsorship Appreciated

If you would like to sponsor Karla and Dr. Heeney it would be greatly appreciated.

Shades of Jackie Onassis

Allyn Scura offers authentic vintage and antique eyewear online (these are not reproductions but never-worn old stock!). All prices are in US dollars and they ship anywhere in the world using US Postal Global Priority and Express. RetroSpecs is a UK-based site that ships to the US (and it appears that they are willing to ship internationally). Designboom also offers one-of-a-kind vintage Alain Mikli shades.

Buying vintage glasses requires some care. Plastic frames can become brittle with age. There is a risk that frames could be broken when putting in new prescription lenses (most reputable dealers offer a warranty, though you might choose to not risk your _one-of-a-kind_ pieces). Plastic and rubber nose pads can become discoloured with exposure to skin oils and to sunlight. Vintage frames aren’t for everybody, but they shure look great.

Threat Number 4: Canadian Optometrists are Terrorists

Ahhh the humour of it. On Monday, Kristin appeared on The Hour with George Strombouloupolous to answer questions about Ontario optometrists being terrorists. Last week Ontario Minister of Health and Long-Term Care George Smitherman called Ontario optometrists "a bunch of terrorists, and I don’t negotiate with terrorists." He apologized on Monday, November 7, but national and international news (and pseudo-news) media have picked up on the story.

The Colbert Report Threat Down identified Optometrists as the fourth biggest threat to national security.

  1. Bears
  2. NASCAR Romance Novels
  3. Professional Musicians specially those at Radio City Music Hall
  4. Canadian Optometrists
  5. Pirates

Watch The Colbert Report clip QuickTime 5.5Mb