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Computer vision syndrome: How it can impact productivity and performance at workplace or while working from home. By Dr. M Jafferji

It is hardly a debate that computer technology is the backbone of most businesses, and the corresponding use of desktops and laptops is on an upward trend.  As a society we are also becoming increasingly connected to technology and are surrounded by the widespread use of internet-based applications and programs...

How important is shut eye? A case of a young boy! By Dr. M Jafferji

It is no mystery that sleep is one of the most important aspects of a healthy lifestyle. Most experts can agree that adults need 7-8 hours of sleep every night, whilst children and teenagers need over 8-9 hours of shut eye. Many of us are aware that our bodies heal...

Reality of Digital Eye Strain By Dr. M Jafferji

We all can agree that the use of smart phones, tablets, laptop computers and the like are on a rise especially during this pandemic.  As more and more of us are going virtual, at work or in our social lives,  staring at screens for longer hours have become the norm. ...

Marketplace Frustrations for Eye Care Services and Products By Dr. M Jafferji and Mohamed Pardhan

With a plethora of optometrists and opticians, both chain stores and independents, in the GTA (and outside), shopping for eye care and eyeglasses should be easy and fun. However, this is not the case and it is very frustrating.  Some of these frustrations include: TRUST Not being able to trust...

The Advent of Anti-Fatigue Lenses and its Off-Label Application in Golf By Dr. M Jafferji

The game of golf has been an intriguing one for me. As a child and a teenager, I was never exposed to this game the way I was when my family migrated to this country over two and half decades ago.  Once I started playing, I was almost instantly hooked....

Rules and boundaries to screen use in children By Dr. M Jafferji

As a parent, you find yourself struggling with screen use with you kids? Well, don’t sweat it too much. During my 13 years of practice one of the most common complaints I get from parents is to do with their child’s screen addiction especially in boys. As an eye doctor...

Snooker Glasses for presbyopes – An optician’s challenge. By Mohamed Pardhan

Definition: Presbyopes – generally the over 40s in age, who struggle with up close vision. They may have perfect distance vision or may be either near sighted or far sighted as well. During my younger days in England, I used to frequent a couple of well known snooker clubs where...

Face Masks and Foggy Glasses By Dr. M. Jafferji

Since the COVID-19 crisis began, wearing face masks is becoming more and more common. Individuals that wear prescription eyeglasses or protective goggle will undoubtedly have faced the annoyance of it getting fogged up while wearing a face mask. The science behind why our glasses fog when we wear a mask...

A Letter to our Neighbours! By Dr. M. Jafferji

Dear Neighbours, April 14, 2020 Just over a month ago everything seemed normal but then COVID-19 happened and turned many of our lives, upside down. Like myself I’m sure many of you have a new or renewed perspective on life. My purpose in writing to you, as an eye doctor...

Airline pilots and sunglasses By Mohamed Pardhan

Well, Tom Cruise looked great in his aviators in Top Gun, no ifs and buts about that. Just cool or do sunglasses really serve a purpose for pilots? Pilots form an integral part of the economy, transporting people and goods all over the world. In uniform, smart and ready to...

A New Revolutionary Thermal Pulsating Treatment For Dry Eye Disease. By Dr. M. Jafferji

Although dry eyes sounds rudimentary, it has significant impact on sufferers. It brings about lot of discomfort and pain to many individuals with this disease. Dry eyes can become a disease state when the ocular surface is compromised due to its physiology, an individual’s lifestyle and the environment.  The symptoms...

Myths Of Lasik Procedure By Dr. M. Jafferji

LASIK is the most common vision corrective procedure to date. It is whereby a thin corneal flap is created and lifted. A precision laser is then used to reshape the deeper cornea based on patient’s eyeglasses prescription. For individuals that are considering laser corrective procedure then below are some dispelled...

Children’s eye exams and why are they important By Dr. M. Jafferji

Learning is how children grow.  We learn using all our 5 senses: touch, sight, hearing, smell and taste.  By far, sight is one of the most important senses when it comes to learning and growth.  Proper functioning of a child’s visual system is critical in optimal learning. We always advise...

10 Rules and Tips for Avid Screen Users By Dr. M. Jafferji

There is no denying that inevitably technology is carving a path where screen use is on an uptrend.  The future may be even more advanced with holography and virtual reality, but screens are here to stay. From computers to tablets to smartphones, screen use has become a practical necessity in...