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Kniaziew Optometry


Comprehensive Eye Health Care For Essex-County, Chatham-Kent, and Sarnia-Lambton

Great job by the Ontario Association of Optometrists for putting together this excellent article that appeared in @The Globe and Mail , @National Post , & @Toronto Star !

Ontario’s healthcare system, strained in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, has left many grappling with long wait times and the daunting challenge of self-management. But amidst these challenges, Ontario’s optometrists are an invaluable resource, offering prompt and essential eye care.

Ontario Association of Optometrists President, Dr. Josephine Pepe, encapsulates the sentiment: “Think of us as the first responders for your eye health. Optometrists have the expertise, specialized training, and necessary equipment to address various eye conditions, which helps manage the healthcare backlog while ensuring patients’ needs are met without delay. Whether you have an eye infection or risk factors for glaucoma, early detection and treatment from an optometrist is critical. Often walk-in clinics, pharmacies, and emergency rooms simply do not have the proper equipment or extensive eye health training needed to effectively assist with patient needs.”

Eye health is something that many may take for granted, but these four real-life stories show just how vital a role these medical professionals play in our healthcare system.

Paddy’s story
Paddy was no stranger to regular check-ups, but a series of new symptoms set her on a path that underscores why an optometrist is invaluable to preventing vision loss.

Born in Trinidad and now living in Mississauga with her husband and two daughters, Paddy takes her eye care seriously. Recently, she started experiencing unusual symptoms, including flashes of light and a unique pattern of floaters that looked like a “rectangular curtain.”

Her optometrist had her come in immediately, and he discovered a detached retina that required immediate attention. His knowledge of the signs of her condition meant that within hours, Paddy was properly triaged and on her way to a retina repair surgeon, avoiding long wait times in an emergency room. Retinal holes, tears and detachments can cause permanent blindness if left untreated. Sudden symptoms of flashes, floaters, a shadow forming in the vision, or loss of vision should never be ignored. Because Paddy called her optometrist as soon as she had symptoms, her vision was preserved, and a dire outcome was averted.

Today, Paddy has much-improved vision thanks to her relationship and trust in her optometrist.

Specialist Skills and Tools
Ontario’s optometrists aren’t just a fast-track solution during emergencies; they’re armed with specialized skills and equipment to deliver efficient and effective treatment.

Melanie, a government worker in the Greater Toronto Area, had always considered her eyes to be relatively normal, but an unexpected flare-up in April proved otherwise. Melanie began to experience symptoms that felt like allergies: eye redness, puffiness, and sensitivity to light. “I noticed my eyes were feeling really tired,” Melanie recounted, “and every morning, they were a little bit puffy, almost like I had been crying the night before. It was bizarre.”

A visit to a walk-in clinic led to a diagnosis of pinkeye. When the prescribed drops failed to alleviate the symptoms, Melanie knew something wasn’t right. “The light sensitivity was still there, very irritated, very sore, very tired eyes,” she said.

That’s when she decided to visit her optometrist. Much like dentists, optometrists have specialized tools that help them examine, diagnose, treat, and prevent diseases and disorders affecting the visual system. Melanie’s optometrist examined her eyes with a specialized tool called a slit lamp. The diagnosis? Not pinkeye, but uveitis, a condition that causes red eyes that she had never heard of before.

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Canada is in for a treat with two exceptional solar eclipses approaching. On October 14, 2023, a partial solar eclipse will be visible in most of Southern Canada. And on April 8, 2024, a total eclipse will grace the skies, spanning from Southern Ontario to Newfoundland and Labrador while the rest of Canada will experience a partial eclipse. While these events are truly mesmerizing, it's crucial to be aware of potential risks to eyesight and take necessary precautions. As optometrists, the wellbeing of our patients' eyes is of utmost importance, especially during these exceptional occurrences.

Why are solar eclipses potentially dangerous? During a solar eclipse, the moon passes between the Sun and the Earth, partially or completely blocking the Sun's rays. However, even during a partial eclipse, the Sun's powerful radiation can cause significant damage to the eyes. Directly looking at the Sun during an eclipse can lead to solar retinopathy, permanently damaging the retina's light-sensitive cells.

Protect your eyes from potential harm by using solar filters that have been specifically designed for this purpose. Eclipse glasses or handheld solar viewers, which meet the ISO 12312-2 safety standard and effectively block out harmful ultraviolet and infrared radiation, as well as intense visible light, are recommended. Remember to only purchase filters from trustworthy sources to guarantee their authenticity, and always check for any signs of damage before using them.

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