Choosing New Glasses, Don't get Overwhelmed

By Dr. Stephen Taylor, Optometrist

Question: I find the process of choosing new glasses quite overwhelming, can you make this process easier?

Answer: Excellent question! Although options for lenses and frames allow for customization like never before, it can also make the process daunting. Our dispensers have years of experience and are up to date on all the latest technologies to ease the process.

While most people think of “frames” when they think about glasses, there are three aspects which are all important: lens design, frame, and fitting. The type of lens that best matches your visual requirements will come from a discussion with your doctor. After the type of lens is recommended, there are specific designs to further personalize them to your individual needs and budget. Lens coatings will also likely be discussed to further improve your vision and eye comfort. Afterwards, it’s time to pick out a frame that looks great! The dispenser will help pick out a frame that highlights facial features and matches your style. Finally, they will ensure that your frame is adjusted and fitting right. Even the best prescription and lens design won’t work if the frame isn’t correctly fit and adjusted properly. After the lens and frames are selected, the dispenser will put the order in and a new personalized pair of glasses will be ready before you know it!


I'm having headaches and difficulty focusing.

By Dr. Stephen Taylor

Question: I transitioned to working from home in the past year and have started having headaches and difficulty focusing. Is there any way to improve this?

Answer: : As more people have spent more time in front of the computer we have seen a marked increase in patients experiencing digital eye strain, or computer vision syndrome. People commonly experience symptoms such as eyestrain, watering eyes, blurred vision, dry eyes, headaches, and redness. These are often due to a combination of uncorrected prescriptions, poor lighting, glare, improper viewing distance, and poor posture.

The first step in minimizing eye strain is a comprehensive eye examination to determine the exact causes so they can be addressed. If appropriate, glasses will be recommended to correct any refractive error (prescription) as the first step. There are even glasses that are specifically designed for computer use and those can be matched to your personal workstation. Lenses can be further customized with specialized coatings to further improve your vision or aid in your visual comfort.

Additionally, there may be recommendations for the improvement of your eye health, including different options for the management of dry eye, which is often associated with eye strain. Finally, there are environmental adjustments that can be made such as screen settings, workspace set up, lighting, and general ergonomics.

Your Optometrist will be happy to review all of these topics as part of your examination.


Questions about glaucoma

By Dr. Stephen Taylor, Optometrist

Question: My mother was just diagnosed with glaucoma and I am worried I could develop it too. Is there anything I can do to prevent this?

Answer: Glaucoma involves damage to the optic nerve,
which can lead to vision loss and blindness if left untreated. Unfortunately, once the nerve has been damaged it cannot be repaired. Fortunately, with early detection, we are now very good at preventing damage in the first place. Glaucoma has been called “The Silent Thief of Sight” because there can be no other symptoms, and by the time someone notices vision loss, there is already significant damage to the nerve. The first step in preventing any impact from glaucoma is early detection. At a routine eye examination, your eye doctor can assess many risk factors. These factors include things such as family history, eye pressure, thickness of the front of the eye, and nerve structure, among many others. If glaucoma is suspected, or if enough risk factors are found to determine nerve damage might occur without intervention, then treatment or referral will be recommended. There are many treatment options to lower the risk of nerve damage, although most work by lowering the pressure inside the eye. Early detection is key to minimizing damage and having a routine comprehensive eye examination is the best way to ensure your eyes stay healthy.


Annual Retreat | Packed with Education and Fun

We work hard to make our annual retreat a packed, educational, and fun-filled experience for our team. We made some major adjustments in 2020 by containing our activities to be predominantly held within the clinic, and this year was no different. The retreat theme was “80’s, BEAT IT”, and the office decor and staff costumes did not disappoint! We started our morning with coffee (of course) and baked goods from Patisserie Danielle. The majority of our day was filled with a wonderful interactive presentation by Theresa Ito of Blue Mountain Solutions, with a focus on our internal experiences throughout the pandemic, and how it translated into our business. This was a great time for our team to express their trials, concerns as well as successes over the past year. We learned a lot, and these exercises brought a positive effect to our communication and ideas for the business moving forward.

We had a delicious lunch from local food truck Cup-A-Roni, took team photos, and listened to some awesome 80’s hits! Later on in the afternoon, we headed to Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre for dinner and a Royals game! Awards were given for best costume, participation, and more, with trophies and Poppies floral bouquets. Dr. Taylor tracked down a polaroid camera for the occasion, lots of photos were taken, lots of snacks were eaten, and lots of fun was had! Thank you to our patients for supporting our closure for the day, and to our staff for making it so enjoyable!


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At Mayfair Optometric Clinic, we believe everyone deserves to live their lives with Happy Eyes. We will not stop until you are entirely satisfied with the lenses, the frames, the fit, the comfort, the improved vision, the service and the follow up. Mayfair Optometric Clinic will not stop until your eyes are happy!

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Eye Exams After Laser Surgery

By Dr. Stephen Taylor

Question: I had laser surgery a few months ago. Do I still need to get my eyes checked regularly?

Answer: Yes! This is a very common question after having laser vision correction.

Refractive surgery is very effective at minimizing your dependence upon glasses however there are many good reasons to still get your eyes checked regularly.

Think of your eye as a camera. Laser vision correction helps with the focus, but to get a good picture you still need to ensure all of the parts are working. The challenge is that there are a number of eye health conditions that have nothing to do with glasses that if left undiagnosed can result in permanent vision loss. That’s where a comprehensive eye examination comes in -it makes sure all of the parts are working and healthy. This includes checking the complete ocular health for conditions such as glaucoma, cataracts and macular degeneration. Additionally, there are many conditions of the body

(like diabetes) that show in the eyes themselves, and a routine examination can screen for them as well.

Patients often assume that they will no longer need glasses after laser surgery, which is not always the case. Glasses may still be needed for specific tasks, such as reading, computer use, or night driving. Post-operative visits are a perfect time to discuss any specific visual demands you have, as well as any further questions you have.

At Mayfair Optometric Clinic we provide a welcoming environment for patients to receive eye exams and pick out the perfect eyewear that works for each individual. Please give us a call to book your appointment with Dr. Peddle, Dr. Genereux, or myself.


Live Life with Happy Eyes

By: Dr. Stephen Taylor, Optometrist

Question: My child wants to get colored contact lenses to go with their Halloween costume this year. Are these safe for their eyes?

Answer: Cosmetic contact lenses can be a very exciting way to change a look or complete a costume.  However, there are many reasons that a contact lens is considered a medical device.  A contact lens that is not fitted or used correctly puts the eye at risk for many potentially serious complications.  There are many ways to minimize this risk, including using a material that is safe for the eye, having a contact lens that fits properly, as well as proper use and handling of the contact.  A contact made of a quality material will readily allow the front of the eye to breathe.  Next, a contact must be fit properly to ensure that it isn’t too tight or loose on the eye.  Finally, proper handling is required to minimize the risk of trauma or eye infections.  The safest option if you wish to wear decorative contact lenses for Halloween is speaking with your Optometrist.  A visit to the Optometrist can help pick out a healthy lens (including coloured options), and ensure the best fit on your eye.  Remember to book an appointment early as sometimes it can take multiple attempts for a child to be able to comfortably insert and remove a contact if they’ve never worn one before.


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Vitalux® Advanced Chewable

When it comes to eye health, we never speculate. Vitalux® Advanced Chewable is scientifically formulated according to the latest AMD research, the AREDS2 study, to help delay progression of AMD and maintain healthy vision.

Vitalux® Advanced Chewable is a tasty berry flavoured tablet that contains:

  • Vitamin C and E, Zinc and Copper
  • 10 mg of Lutein and 2 mg of Zeaxanthin
  • No Beta-Carotene

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When it comes to eye health, we never speculate. Vitalux® Advanced is scientifically formulated to help delay progression of AMD and maintain healthy vision.

Vitalux® Advanced contains:

  • Vitamin C and E, Zinc and Copper
  • 10 mg of Lutein and 2 mg of Zeaxanthin
  • With no Beta-Carotene