Are your ortho-K contact lenses or RGP lenses are starting to get irritating and uncomfortable? Ever feel like there is a foggy blur over your vision? Looking for an easy and effective way to deep clean your lenses? Here at Eyelab, one of our staff’s favourite products is the Progent Lens Cleaner.

How does it work?

Progent cleans lenses by loosening and removing protein deposits that build up on our contact lens over time. It effectively removes surface proteins on all ortho-K contact lenses and RGP lenses without the need for manual rubbing, which may damage the lenses. This product not only improves the comfort of lens-wear, it also helps maintain eye health and prolongs the life of your lenses. Progent deep cleans lenses much more effectively than daily cleaning products.

It comes with two solutions: Progent A (sodium hypochlorite) and Progent B (potassium bromide), which work together in an oxidation-reduction reaction to deep clean surface coatings without the abrasives or mechanical rubbing used in typical cleaning. In just thirty minutes, it effectively disinfects against all organisms that are likely to contaminate lenses, including yeast, mold, bacteria, and viruses.


At this point, you may be wondering how many complicated steps come with this cleaner? The easy answer is, just mix the A and B solutions, shake, and wait! Simply soak your lenses for 30 minutes – no rubbing required. By using this cleaner every 3 months (or more frequently if needed), your contact lenses can stay polished and well-maintained to better serve your vision.

When ensuring optimal health for your child, it is crucial to include eye exams as a routine component. As a parent, it may be unclear what to expect. Fear not! Here we outline all the information you must know before your toddler’s eye exam.

Why should my toddler’s eyes be checked?

A vision examination is a very important step in preparing children for their first day of school. As toddlers increasingly engage with their surroundings, they require the use of their eyes to focus on objects near and far, coordinate body movements, and of course to read and learn. Any vision problems need to be detected and treated before they lead to a learning and/or behaviour problem.

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It is important to have annual check-ups to monitor the overall health of your child’s eyes and determine if glasses are needed to see. In addition, how well the eyes move when reading, how well they work together, as well as how easily and quickly they can change focus from looking at a book to looking at the board.

What to expect in a toddler/preschool eye exam

This exam will likely involve more subjective questions and answers compared to infant exams, as your child may be mature enough to describe pictures, letters and their surroundings. The exam may end up being longer as we are able to do more testing.

In a typical eye exam for toddler/preschoolers, one can expect:

  • The child to either sit on a parent/guardian’s lap, or on their own in the exam chair
  • Identify different shapes, pictures, words, or letters
  • Following and looking at different objects or lights
  • Lights shone into the child’s eyes

What are the optometrists looking for during the eye exam?

  • Prescription
    • Are they farsighted or nearsighted? How much?
    • Is there a large difference between the two eyes?
      • For example, your child may have large amounts of far-sightedness in one eye but none in the other
      • It is important to note, children are unlikely to complain about this phenomenon because they cannot tell the difference
      • Large prescription differences between both eyes may require an optometrist to put in eye drops to get a more accurate assessment
  • Binocular vision
    • How well the eyes focus and team together
    • How well the eyes track when reading and follow a moving object
    • Is their eye straight? Turned in? Turned out?

What to look for as a parent

It is important to observe your child’s eyes in order to determine any concerns worth bringing up.

Symptoms to look for and consult an eye doctor if observed:

  • Excessive rubbing of eyes
  • Eye redness, watery, discharge
  • Eye turns – either in or out
  • Closing an eye
  • Clumsy – bumping into objects in their surroundings
  • Developmental delays can be a sign of vision issues
    • Delayed walking
    • Poor coordination

What can parents do to help ensure their toddler learns to see well?

  • 12 – 18 months
    • Language is developing quickly: use names for actions and objects
    • Engage in water and sand play with containers, cups, pails, plastic bottles
    • Provide crayons and large sheets of paper for creative scribbling
  • 18 – 24 months
    • Build towers and structures
    • Provide toys to put together/take apart
    • Challenge child to with obstacle courses of furniture and pillows
  • 2 years – 3 years
    • Running, tumbling, climbing
    • Encourage drawing and creating
    • Assist as beginning to classify objects, colours, shapes
  • 3 years – 4 years
    • Challenge child to dodge, throw, stop/go, turn sharp corners
    • Encourage manipulatives, puzzles, hidden pictures, sames/differences
    • Give time for drawing, colouring, activities with clay and play-dough
    • Read lots of books and stories together

Interested in bringing your child in for an eye exam at Eyelab? Book an appointment today!

In a previous post, I talked about my experience with laser eye surgery in 2014. Now, eight years later, I am extremely happy about my decision to undergo the surgery. My vision is still stable at 20/20 however I still experience dry eye from time to time.

One of the biggest pros of the surgery is being able to wake up in the morning and immediately see clearly. This surgery allowed me to tend to my twin daughters better in the middle of the night without having to find my glasses first. I also no longer have to worry about getting my contacts or glasses coming out when playing ultimate frisbee or during other physical activities. A smaller change in my life that I started to appreciate after the surgery was that I longer need to carry around microfiber cloths to clean my glasses.

However, now that I am reaching the age in which the effects of presbyopia (the gradual loss of your eyes’ ability to focus on nearby objects) becomes more prominent, I may need to use reading glasses. Overall, I am very glad I decided to get PRK and I have no regrets about it!

Book an appointment at Eyelab to learn more about whether you’re a candidate for laser eye surgery, and to discuss any questions or concerns you may have!

This January, our clinic welcomed the New Year with a brand new “toy” — MYAH from Topcon, making us at Eyelab one of the first optometry clinic in Vancouver to measure and chart eye axial length. You may be wondering…what is so great about axial length measurements? Why do we care about how long the eyeball is?

As the eye increases in length, not only does our lens prescription increase, there’s a greater risk of ocular diseases (e.g. glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration). In fact, rapid progression of myopia in children is due to excessive elongation of the eye. Therefore, to monitor the effectiveness of myopia management treatments, axial length measurements are charted at each follow up visit, which serve as the standard of care for our myopia management program. For Ortho-k lens patients, axial length is one the primary measure used to evaluate myopia progression.

MYAH can help us advance our myopia management care in further ways as well as diagnosis and management of dry eye disease.

Dry Eye Assessment

Noninvasive tear break-up time (NIBUT) measurement

At Eyelab, we can evaluate the stability of your tear film by accurately measuring the tear break-up time non-invasively. Typically, tear break-up time is around 10 seconds — with shorter tear break-up time, especially below 5 seconds being indicative of dry eye disease.

Meibomian gland imaging

The meibomian glands are oil glands that are embedded in our eyelids which produce the lipid layer of the tear film and are expressed when we blink. Imaging glands allows doctors to analyze their shape and structure. Healthy glands will appear long and continuous in the image, assisting the production of oil in the eye for lubrication. Contrastingly, unhealthy glands will appear much shorter due to degradation and inspissated, thus producing oil of a “toothpaste” consistency, or be entirely clogged and unable to secrete oil.

Contact Lens Fitting

MYAH Topcon also allows our doctors to simulate fluorescent imaging to observe the Ortho-K and RGP contact lens fit. This noninvasive method is efficient and accurate at evaluating whether the lens will sit comfortably around the eye and provide effective treatment.

After learning about the cool features of the new machine at our clinic, are you curious to try out one of its services for yourself? Don’t hesitate – book an appointment with us today!

One of the most common eye conditions in the world is myopia, which is the inability to clearly see distant objects. A concern with myopia progression, especially in growing children, is the increase in axial length of the eyeball which has shown to increase the risk of developing eye diseases such as glaucoma, cataract, retinal detachment and many more.

It is estimated that half of the global population could be affected by myopia by 2050. Research suggests that a greater amount of time spent on near-work activities, such as computer work, is linked to an increased likelihood of myopia. Fortunately, there is a unique and innovative solution available: HOYA’s MiyoSmart lenses! They are a non-invasive, effective option for managing myopia progression.

Source: HOYA Vision

How do they work?

MiyoSmart lenses are corrective lenses that use Defocus Incorporated Multiple Segments (DIMS) technology. The center of the lens corrects refractive error to improve distance vision, and the peripheral honeycomb-pattern maintains constant myopic defocus.

Source: HOYA Vision

Providing clear vision simultaneously with constant myopic defocus has been clinically demonstrated to inhibit eyeball elongation and slow down myopia progression. In fact, one study found that participants wearing MiyoSmart lenses with DIMS technology had, on average, a 59% reduction in myopia progression. They are made of impact-resistant materials and offer 100% UV protection, perfect for anybody with an active lifestyle!

If you have any questions about MiyoSmart lenses, please don’t hesitate to contact us! Our doctors would be happy to discuss the benefits of MiyoSmart lenses with you.