Welcome to 360 Eyecare. Our clinic and optical store offers extensive services and products for best one-stop-shop eyecare and vision solutions. From comprehensive eye exams to Emergency Eye clinic, LASIK vision correction management to contact lens examination and fitting, our team of professionals is at your service. Our optometric office at 360 Eyecare is equipped with cutting edge technology to provide pediatric and diabetic eye care as well. Here is a brief description of some of the main eye care services we offer:
1. Comprehensive eye exams for all ages
Regular Eye exams are an important part of the overall well being. Eye Exams at 360 Eyecare are carried out using various machines and equipment. One of the many different equipment used in an eye exam is a bio microscope which assist in examining for cataracts, glaucoma, dry eyes, ocular allergies, macular degeneration, blood vessels and retinal problems to mention a few. Other tests carried out during a thorough eye exam include ocular muscle vengeance fusion, color vision assessment, corneal thickness pachymetry and depth perception. Digital retinal imaging is used to establish a baseline and to ensure an accurate and detailed comparison from one test to another.
2. Pediatric Eyecare by Optometrists with Advanced Training.
Children often experience quick changes to their bodies as they grow, they may not realize their vision is deteriorating as they grow up. A pediatric eye doctor can detect minor irregularities in kids’ vision and eyes early on and discuss treatment options. We recommend a clinical assessment of your child’s eyes at 6 months of age, at age 3 and then just before starting school. An eye exam at an early age is particularly important if your child has a lazy eye, crossed eyes, was born prematurely or if there is a family history of eye disease.
Once your child reaches the age of three, annual eye check ups should be done, as almost 80 percent of learning is through vision. Eye problems detected early on are more responsive to treatment. At 360 Eyecare we have children friendly examination room and equipment to ensure all our pediatric patients are at ease.
3. Diabetic Eye Exams
Diabetes affects many areas of the human body including your eyes and is one of the top causes of blindness among people between the ages of 20 to 74. Diabetic Retinopathy is one of the major concerns in diabetic patients. If you are suffering from diabetes, it’s absolutely important for you to get your eyes examined annually or more frequently if recommended by your eye doctor.
The early stages of diabetic retinopathy typically do not cause any changes in vision and you might not experience any symptoms. Only an eye exam performed by an experienced optometrist can detect the problem. Diabetic retinopathy develops when the blood vessels and retina in the back of the eyes are damaged. If left untreated the affected person may start losing their vision. In most cases these conditions are treatable, but if not caught early on they can have vision threatening permanent damage.
Even if your diabetes doctor performs eye screening regularly, you need to get a dilated eye exam by an optometrist. With a dilated fundus exam, your optometrist can give you an accurate assessment of the status of your retina. It is recommended that diabetic patients get an eye exam at least annually or more frequently when dictated by the findings of the initial ocular assessment.
4. Contact Lens Examinations and Fitting
Contact Lenses have changed the way many tackle eye care problems. They are small, can change the color of your eye and are relatively inexpensive. But many are still unaware of how contact lenses are useful, how many different types there are and which eye problems can be taken care of using contact lenses.
Contact lenses as we all know are thin plastic lenses placed directly on the eye to correct refractive errors. They can be worn by most patients now that contact lenses come in all sizes and shapes. Are you looking to switch to contact lenses? Here is how you can go about it:
Switching from prescription glasses to contact lenses starts with an eye exam followed by a lens fitting session, which helps find the contact lens parameters that best fit your eyes and preferred modality. During the eye exam, the eye doctor will also check for any eye problems that may occur by wearing contact lenses. After evaluating the ocular structure the next step is contact lens fitting which helps in choosing the right kind of contact lens for you. While taking measurements of your eye, the doctor will check your corneal curvature; this helps the doctor to prescribe the best base curve and diameter for your eye.
In some cases your doctor might want to perform corneal topography to better map you eye structure. Trial lenses are initially used to check if the lenses are appropriate for you in terms of position, centration, rotation and comfort. Your vision with these lenses will also be checked to ensure optimized eye care outcome. Based on your comprehensive eye and contact lens exam, the doctor may prescribe different types of contact lenses like soft dailies (Daily disposable lenses), hard contact lenses, bifocal lenses or multifocal lenses.
Daily soft contact lenses
Daily soft contact lenses are the most popular choice for almost everyone as they are comfortable and have a very low adaptation period. These contact lenses allow oxygen to pass through and are less likely to have protein built on them over time as they are replaced on a daily basis. Soft contact lenses are made of soft plastic lenses or silicone hydrogel.
Hard Contact Lenses or RGP lenses
Hard Contact Lenses are designed in a way that allows oxygen to reach the ocular surface. These lenses are hard and smaller than soft contact lenses. They provide better visual outcome than soft lenses for patients with irregular corneal surface such as keratoconus patients. They generally can be worn for longer periods of time but need to be cleaned regularly.
Hybrid lenses have a central optic zone which is made of Gas Permeable materials and the rest is made of soft material. They typically provide better eye care comfort than hard lenses due to integration of the soft lens component.
Bifocal contact lenses work just like bifocal glasses offering clear vision at different distances. Bifocal or multifocal lenses are used to correct astigmatism as well.
Multifocal lenses are similar to progressive lenses in glasses. They have more than one power to correct vision at different distances to provide clear vision at all times.
Keratoconus is a condition in which the cornea loses its natural round shape and starts bulging, thinning and is associated with reduced vision. It results in irregular astigmatism. At 360 Eyecare, our optometrists utilize labs that specialize in RGP keratoconus lenses for optimum results.
We also offer Orthokeratology (ortho-k) lens treatment: it is an overnight vision correction, which can help reshape your cornea to reduce refractive errors, temporarily. It involves the fitting of specially designed gas permeable contact lenses, which you can wear overnight. While you are asleep, the lenses gently reshape the front surface of your eye (cornea) so that you can see clearly the following day after you remove the lenses. For best results, it is suggested that you wear the lenses every night.
For the right candidate, Orthokeratology lenses can be prescribed to:
– Correct refractive errors, primarily mild to moderate levels of Myopia. However some mild astigmatism, hyperopia and in some cases, presbyopia can also be corrected.
– To slow the progression of childhood myopia.
The type and amount of refractive error that can be effectively managed with orthokeratology differ for each case. A comprehensive eye exam should help determine a specific plan to manage vision correction in each case. At 360 Eyecare our optometrists will discuss available lens options for your specific needs and prognosis for each at the time of your consult.
5. LASIK (Laser vision correction) assessment and management
If you’ve been wearing corrective glasses or contact lenses your entire life you might have heard or even considered having LASIK surgery as an option. While not everyone is a candidate for Lasik, there are usually other surgical procedures that can be considered as alternatives.
At 360 Eyecare we have a team of highly trained optometrists to assess and manage LASIK, PRK, clear lens exchange and implantable contact lenses.
6. Emergency Eye Care Clinic
Our 360 Eyecare emergency clinics are located in three convenient locations across Toronto and are open 6 days a week. All optometrists at 360 Eyecare are therapeutically certified and licensed to diagnose and treat ocular conditions. During office hours our clinic accepts walk ins. Symptoms that can potentially present as emergency include:
Flashes of light
Acute vision loss
Acute red eye
Foreign body injuries
If you are experiencing any of those symptoms visit our clinic for immediate care. If symptoms present outside of office hours go to the emergency room at your nearest hospital.