Welcome to our Spring Newsletter! In this newsletter, we would like to share with you some staff news, important information from the Minister of Health and some spring fashion trends!
Deanna, our newest optometric assistant, joined our office in June of 2017 and brings with her over 10 years of customer service experience. She will often be one of the first people to greet you with a warm smile when you arrive at our Richmond Hill office and will also be helping out occasionally in Bolton. Deanna is very enthusiastic about the optometric field and loves assisting our patients pick out great sets of lenses and frames that best suit their personality and lifestyle. This fall, Deanna will be enrolling in Canadian Certified Optometric Assistant Program. She is very excited to further her education in the optical field and to be able to better assist our patients.
Some of you may have already met Donna, our newest member of the vision therapy team. We are happy to have Donna onboard and can now offer even more availability to our awesome vision therapy patients!
Many of you have had the pleasure of having their exams with Dr. Lindsay Gallowitz, our newest doctor. Dr. Gallowitz was born and raised in Richmond Hill. She completed her Doctor of Optometry with honors at the University Of Waterloo School Of Optometry. Dr. Gallowitz received training in ocular disease management and therapeutics from the Lebanon Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Pennsylvania, as well as completed clinical rotations in contact lenses, binocular vision and pediatric care. She has also travelled on mission trips to Peru and Honduras, where she provided eye examinations and glasses to patients with limited access to eye care. Dr. Gallowitz likes to spend her free time with family, reading a good book, or hitting the ski slopes in the winter. She looks forward to keeping your eyes healthy and seeing their best! We have received very positive comments about Dr. Gallowitz from patients about her warm and thorough approach.
Vision Health month takes place in May and the Government of Canada website has issued an announcement through our Minister of Health on the matter:
May is Vision Health Month, an opportunity to remind ourselves of the importance of reminding all Canadians to take action to prevent avoidable sight loss, including getting our eyes checked regularly. Good vision is a critical building block in child health. For children, vision loss can have a negative impact on their development and learning. For other Canadians, including seniors, vision loss can make it more difficult and costly to live independently. 75% of vision loss can be prevented through simple measures. A comprehensive eye exam does more than test your vision; it can also detect symptoms of severe diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, brain tumours, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and cancer. The Canadian Association of Optometrists recommends that adults under 65 have an eye exam every two years while people over 65 should have their eyes examined every year. As for children, they should have their first eye exam between 6 and 9 months and school-aged children should have an eye exam annually.
This Vision Health Month, I encourage Canadians to learn more about how they can protect their eyesight.
The Honourable Jane Philpott, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Health
We couldn’t agree more with the Honourable Jane Philpott and encourage all of our patients to remind friends and family of the importance of having their eyes examined regularly.
Spring Fashion! A headline we will see a lot in the coming months. But spring fashion doesn’t stop at shoes and clothes, sunglasses and glasses have become big accessories lately for people with and without prescriptions, and that is where we come in. Glasses in every shape are in style this season; round, aviator, cat eye, square, very small, very large- you name it! The trend seems to be statement pieces with dramatic defined looks. If you have been looking at glasses lately you may have noticed some of the top designers have gone very unique and bold with their frame styles with very vintage looks that have an edgy twist. We invite you to keep an eye on our social media pages where you will often find samples of our newest looks available at the office. We invite you to come in and try some on, take pictures and compare which ones you like best. Bringing a decisive friend or family member that knows you well can be very helpful and fun! Our assistants are always available to guide you to make a great choice that not only looks great but that suits your lifestyle and vision care needs, taking all factors into consideration.
In conclusion we thank all of our patients that enjoy reading our quarterly newsletters. We hope you have enjoyed this season’s content and have learned something new! Our next newsletter will go out in early July. Have an excellent start to your spring season and we wish you all happiness, good health and good vision!
Dr. Rayman and staff