Newsletters

October 2020 - Solving Your Dry Eye Problems

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Welcome to the latest edition of the Uptown Eye Specialists digital newsletter! This month, we are covering the growing problem of dry eye and four of our innovative treatments to help ease the symptoms.

October is Children’s Vision Month!

Even if your child doesn’t need vision correction, regular eye exams are still important! Regular eye appointments not only encourage children to take care of their eyes properly, but they are an opportunity to address any eye diseases or vision issues early on. Please contact us today to schedule an eye appointment for your child if you haven’t already.

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Our Tips for Children’s Vision Month

Obviously, screen time for everyone has increased due to working and learning from home. However, if your child has dry eye, we recommend reducing their screen time during playtime and using the 20/20/20 rule to relieve some of their symptoms. The 20/20/20 rule is easy to follow and means every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds.

Working from home and staring at screens all day has led many people to discover they might have dry eye issues for the first time. Thankfully, innovative technologies now make dry eye a condition that can be treated by the right eye doctor. At Uptown Eye, we offer 4 advanced technologies to cater to different severities of dry eye, including iLux, the Dry Eye Laser (DEL), Platlet-Rich Plasma (PRP) and Scleral Lenses.

What Are the Signs of Dry Eye?

Before we cover treatments, it’s critical to know if you have the symptoms of dry eye. Our professionals can help assess your symptoms and develop the right treatment. Dry eye symptoms can vary, but include:

  • Gritty eyes
  • Eye fatigue
  • Light sensitivity
  • Vision changes
  • Itching or burning eyes
  • Eye pain
  • Watery eyes
  • Blurred vision
  • Corneal scarring
  • Difficulty opening eyes
  • Red eyes

The Transformative Power of iLux and DEL for Dry Eye

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What Is iLux?

iLux is an amazing device that gently and painlessly warms and compresses the meibomian gland. This encourages the gland to produce more meibum, which is the oily substance that helps stop the tear film of your eye from evaporating and becoming dry. The treatment makes it easier for your body to naturally produce and release meibum.

What Is Dry Eye Laser (DEL)?

The UltraView DEL works by treating the underlying causes behind your dry eye and not merely the symptoms. The laser is very effective and safe, and it works by optimizing the structure and operation of your meibomian gland. By repairing the issues leading to decreased meibum production, your body can naturally continue to produce the substance and, in many cases, eye drops and prescription medications can eventually be eliminated.

How Can Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Ease Your Dry Eye Problems?

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Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) can be used to treat a broad range of conditions, and one of the most surprising and effective uses is custom eye drops created with PRP. In a safe and sanitary procedure, your own plasma will be used to create customized eye drops for your use by mixing it with saline.

How Does PRP Help?

PRP drops can help with a broad range of eye problems, including dry eye, corneal damage, blurry vision and more. It is particularly powerful for dry eye issues, as PRP is packed with your own platelets and plasma. As a result, the drops are closer to your natural tears than other artificial drops. Studies have found that PRP eye drops can also help in managing conditions that coincide with dry eye, like recurrent corneal erosions. We are happy to help walk you through your dry eye treatment options.

How Can Scleral Contact Lenses Help Dry Eye?

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Scleral contact lenses can also provide noticeable relief for dry eye. These specialized contact lenses create a tear-filled vault over the cornea to keep your eyes hydrated. The lenses are comfortable to wear and, while they can be used on their own to treat dry eye, they can also be used with PRP drops or after your DEL procedure to supplement healing.

In addition to dry eye, scleral lenses can also be used for patients with limbal stem cell deficiency, ocular graft-vs.-host disease, Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS), ocular pemphigoid, and other advanced ocular conditions.

Upcoming events: Fall Classic 2020

Virtual Educational Symposium (3-COPE A pending)

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!

Please join us for our Fall Classic 2020 virtually on Sunday, November 22nd from 9am - 12pm. Registration is open until October 31st, so register today!

Uptown Eye Specialists for Your Comprehensive Eye Care Needs

Uptown Eye Specialists provides the full spectrum of eye care needs, from general health and wellness care to more advanced surgical and non-surgical treatments. To learn more about how we can help you, please visit our website or email us at info@uptowneye.ca today.

September 2020 - Are Your Eyes Changing from Remote Work and Learning?

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Welcome to the latest edition of the Uptown Eye Specialists digital newsletter! This month, we are taking a look at the signs of myopia, a growing problem for screen-dependent children and teens, and the factors you should consider when scheduling your LASIK surgery.

What Are the Signs of Myopia?

Many school districts and universities are using remote and hybrid learning models due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and screen-based instruction (on top of other screen usage) could lead to an uptick in vision problems in children and teens. Spending too much time in front of screens can lead to eye strain, fatigue, headaches and myopia.

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What Is Myopia?

Myopia is also known as nearsightedness, and it can start to impact your vision at any point throughout your life. People who are nearsighted have blurry vision when looking at objects that are far away and can clearly see things close by, which is why it is known as nearsightedness.

The Signs of Myopia

  • Blurred vision when looking at objects far away
  • Needing to squint or close your eyes halfway to see clearly
  • Headaches
  • Blinking excessively
  • Wanting to sit close to the television or leaning in close to the computer to see better
  • Rubbing your eyes frequently

What Should You Do?

If you are concerned that you or one of your children is dealing with myopia, click here to learn more and make an appointment at Uptown Eye Specialists. We have a number of myopia control methods that can help vision improve and limit lasting damage.

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How to Schedule Your LASIK Surgery

When preparing for LASIK surgery, many patients are concerned about how soon they will be able to return to work and normal activities. Because the surgery is customized to each patient, the answer might be slightly different for you, but we can provide you with a generalized overview of what to expect.

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The Day of Surgery

When you return home, it is normal for the vision to be blurry and the eyes are light sensitive, so you should plan on resting for the remainder of the day. Avoid reading, watching TV or reading on your phone.

 The Day After Surgery

In most cases, the day after your LASIK surgery your vision is about 90% more clear and patients can return to their daily routine. However, you will need to avoid any strain and be very careful around your eyes.

Three Days After Surgery

Three days after your procedure your vision will continue to improve and it is safe to engage in light exercise, office work and outdoor activities. Professions that carry risk of injury or exposure to harsh chemicals, may require further time off work. When you visit our practice before your surgery, we will be able to give you individualized guidance pertaining to the health of your eyes and when it is safe to return to your specific job.

Learn more and book a consultation today!

Upcoming events: Fall Classic 2020

Virtual Educational Symposium (COPE A credits pending)

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Uptown Eye Specialists for Your Comprehensive Eye Care Needs

Uptown Eye Specialists provides the full spectrum of eye care needs, from general health and wellness care to more advanced surgical and non-surgical treatments. To learn more about how we can help you, please visit our website or email us at info@uptowneye.ca today.

August 2020 - UltraView LASIK and Refractive Lens Exchange

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Welcome to the latest edition of the Uptown Eye Specialists digital newsletter! This month, we compare UltraView LASIK and Refractive Lens Exchange vision correction procedures and discuss the advantages of each. We also discuss Blepharoplasty, a cosmetic procedure used to reduce extra tissue around the eye.

UltraView LASIK vs Refractive Lens Exchange

LASIK is one of the most popular types of laser eye surgery. Unfortunately, many patients think it is the only choice available. In cases where a patient doesn’t meet the requirements for LASIK, Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE) may be a better fit for their needs. What is the difference between these two surgical procedures?

UltraView LASIK

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UltraView LASIK is an innovative surgical vision correction procedure that uses advanced technologies to provide a custom correction for each patient.  Some of the technologies include:

  • iDesign Advanced WaveScan: We use this to scan and eval uate each patient's eye and create a personalized profile.
  • IntraLase method: This method involves tiny, ultra-precise laser light pulses to create the corneal flap.
  • STAR S4 IR Laser: The laser precisely reshapes the cornea based on the patient’s iDesign profile.

The end result is a customized vision correction that treats nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism without using a blade.

Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE) or Laser Lens Exchange (LLE)

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If patients have a refractive error that is beyond the scope of UltraView LASIK, they might be a better candidate for Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE) or Laser Lens Exchange (LLE).  Although the procedural steps are very similar to cataract surgery, RLE/LLE is very different, as the functionally clear natural lens of the eye is carefully removed and replaced with a new intraocular lens designed to correct specific types of refractive errors. Because the natural lens is removed, lens exchange also eliminates the need for cataract surgery down the road!

There are cases in which either LASIK or lens exchange can be the ideal corrective vision solution. Both procedures are highly reliable, effective, and safe. If you’re wondering which procedure is the best fit for your needs, you can discuss your options with our team of surgical educators before embarking on your journey to get rid of glasses or contact lenses.

A Look into Blepharoplasty

In addition to cutting-edge laser eye surgeries, we are also proud to offer plastic surgery options to refresh the appearance of your eyes and remove any excess skin that may interfere with your field of vision.

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Blepharoplasty is a delicate cosmetic procedure in which excess skin and the fat beneath the skin are removed from the upper and lower eyelids. This excess tissue around the eyes can cause vision problems like peripheral vision reduction, sagging eyebrows, droopy eyelids and bags under the eyes.

The procedure has always yielded fantastic results and advanced modern tools have only made them better. Dr. Raj Maini, one of our experts on the procedure, put it best:

"Blepharoplasties are no longer about skin removal and tightening, but rather a tailored, bespoke form of rejuvenation for each individual."

If excess tissue around your eyes is impacting your vision or you’d like to refresh your appearance, let us help. Please reach out to us to discuss your options

Uptown Eye Specialists for Your Comprehensive Eye Care Needs

Uptown Eye Specialists provides the full spectrum of eye care needs, from general health and wellness care to more advanced surgical and non-surgical treatments. To learn more about how we can help you, please visit our website or email us at info@uptowneye.ca today.

July 2020 - COVID Update & Cataract Procedures

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Welcome to the latest edition of the Uptown Eye Specialists digital newsletter! This month, we reveal the benefits of UltraView ReLACS cataract surgery, an innovative and highly effective procedure that was pioneered by the specialists at Uptown Eye. We also explain the strategies adopted by our team to protect patients and the community from the spread of COVID-19.

 COVID-19 Update

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When the COVID-19 pandemic became an international crisis in March, we immediately took measures designed to protect our patients, staff, and the community from infection.

One of them was a weekly COVID-19 task force meeting that ensured regular communication between our offices and patients. Jenna, our Operations Manager, agreed that the results exceeded expectations.“During a time of uncertainty, our teams showed amazing resilience and creativity to ensure that our urgent patients were well-informed and kept safe,” she said.

Other steps included:

  • Providing proper PPE (personal protective equipment) for patients, doctors, and staff
  • Placing clear physical barriers to facilitate social distancing
  • Having extra staff on hand to maintain daily operations and offer extra patient support

These measures enable our doctors and team members to deliver care in a safe environment as we welcome new patients and continue to serve existing ones.

Cataract Procedures: Traditional vs ReLACS

With traditional cataract surgery, small incisions are made on the edge of the cornea, followed by an opening in the capsule containing the cataract. After the cataract is broken apart by ultrasound and suctioned away, an intraocular lens is injected through the corneal incision and positioned in the empty capsule behind the iris.

While this traditional procedure is safe and continues to yield positive results, Uptown Eye Specialists is a pioneer in UltraView ReLACS (Refractive Laser Assisted Cataract Surgery), a revolutionary treatment that uses a precise femtosecond laser to make the incisions and remove cataracts.

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ReLACS has three major advantages as a cataract treatment:

  • Precision: With ReLACS, a laser is used in conjunction with an image-guided computer program, creating more precise results. The capsulotomy incision is perfectly round, which aids in centering the intraocular lens implant.
  • Gentle and Safe: The laser gently softens the hard cataract lens, making it easier to remove. It also minimizes the amount of ultrasound energy needed to break up the cataract, reducing swelling and decreasing healing time. The incisions are self-sealing, which lowers the risk of infection.
  • Customizable for Your Eye: All incisions made by the ReLACS laser are pre-programmed for a specific location, length, and depth. Your surgeon can customize the procedure to meet your eye’s unique characteristics.

We have state-of-the-art operating locations in Scarborough and Vaughan, which allows us to maintain reasonable wait times for surgeries.

Identifying the Right Intraocular Lens for You

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After cataracts are removed, an artificial intraocular lens implant must be inserted to replace the eye’s natural lens. These days, there is a wide variety of intraocular lens options available to patients.

They include:

  • Monofocal: A common lens solution with a fixed focus for one distance. Most monofocal lens recipients elect for long-range focus and use glasses for their close-range vision needs.
  • Monofocal Astigmatic (Toric): Designed to correct astigmatism. Reading glasses are still required.
  • Multifocal/Expanded Range of Focus (ERF): – Contains multiple focal zones for focus at varying distances. Depending on your lifestyle needs and preferred focus zones, intraocular lenses in this category can reduce your dependence on glasses for far, intermediate and/or near vision.

Selecting the right intraocular lens implant for your vision goals is important. That’s why we have a team of pre-counsellors available to educate you before your surgery consultation and help you make an informed decision about the best intraocular lens for your lifestyle needs.

Uptown Eye Specialists for Your Comprehensive Eye Care Needs

Uptown Eye Specialists provides the full spectrum of eye care needs, from general health and wellness care to more advanced surgical and non-surgical treatments. To learn more about how we can help you, please visit our website or email us at info@uptowneye.ca today.

Please reschedule your appointment if within the last 14 days you or a household member has travelled outside of Canada, have experienced flu-like symptoms, been in contact with a suspected, probable or confirmed case of COVID-19, been diagnosed with COVID-19 or waiting for a lab test for COVID-19.
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