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Kid’s Photo Contest is now closed

And the winner is Ashleigh Brush! Ashleigh submitted a photo of her daugher, Leah, the first day of wearing her new glasses. She wins a $100 gift certificate for product at our office. Thanks to all who particpated with fun photos of their children looking great in their glasses. Congratulations Ashleigh and Leah!

Successful food drive

A Great Big “Thank You” to all of our patients who brought in over 400 lbs. of food for the Forest Food Bank during the month of November. Your generosity is amazing! Optometric assistant, Cheryl Vacek, spearheaded the drive with the support of the entire office.

Pictured below with the donated items are staff members Cheryl Vacek, Lisa Harrower, Dorothy VanRiel and Katie Wilton.

Forest Food Bank

Help us stock the shelves of the Forest Food Bank and receive a chance to win a prize. The Forest Food Bank is run by over 20 volunteers and has been a registered charity since 1988. During the month of November we’re inviting people to bring a non-perishable food item for the Food Bank when they visit our office. Anyone who particpates has a chance to win one of four giftbags of great eyewear accessories. We’ll be giving one away each week!

Movember – You’re kidding, right?

I (Dr. Ralph) briefly sported a mustache in my early twenties. I figured it would never happen again. Well, the last 2 years I’ve managed to come up with an excuse not to participate despite my son’s invitation. This year my conscience is winning over good common sense and, with much hesitation, I’ve signed up.

Movember is an organization which supports men’s health. In their own words “During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces, in Canada and around the world. With their “Mo’s”, these men raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and male mental health initiatives.”

If you wish to support me and men’s health in this adventure, you can visit my Movember home page. And don’t forget to support those close to me who have to see me every day because November is not likely to be very pretty!

Kids Photo Contest

So let’s admit it. Glasses can be a lot of fun. A child’s expression enhanced by a cool pair of glasses is worth a picture.

If you have one of those classic pictures of your child wearing their glasses purchased from our office, share it with us and enter a draw to win a $100 gift certificate for office product.

Check out the contest rules and submit your photo by clicking on the image below. Don’t be surprised if you win!

Summer Student

Welcome our summer student, Liam Teeple…

You may see Liam in the pretest area of the office. On other days, he will be working with Barbara in the downstairs edging lab.  Liam is studying BioMed at the University of Waterloo. He has worked a previous summer in our lab but now enjoys working directly with our patients.

Eye See Eye Learn

Eye See…Eye Learn provides comprehensive eye exams by local optometrists (or eye doctors) to junior kindergarten students in participating school regions. The eye exams are covered under provincial health insurance (or OHIP) when you show your child’s health card. This means that there is no out-of-pocket cost for the eye exam. If the child requires a pair of glasses, they will receive them FREE of charge courtesy of our participating sponsors.

The Eye See…Eye Learn program was developed to raise awareness among parents of the importance of having their children’s eyes checked upon starting school. Children, who cannot see the board, focus on a picture or follow words in a book may struggle to achieve their full learning potential. Vision problems can also impact their hand-eye coordination for physical activities and even impact their social development. In fact, 80 percent of learning comes directly through vision.

The Ontario Association of Optometrists recognizes the important link between eye health and learning, and recommends comprehensive eye examinations for all children entering kindergarten. The Eye See…Eye Learn program will help make sure our kindergarten students get the best start to learning. Check out this ESEL video.

Call our office today or click here to set up an appointment.

A Great Day at the Run for Retina!

Thirteen members of our staff and families ran or walked 5 km in the Run for Retina in London yesterday. Despite the rain, close to 2,000 people participated in distances from 2.5 km to 1/2 marathon along the senic Thames River. Together, our team received $1,635 in donations! Funds raised will support retina research locally in London, Ontario. Thank you for your support!

Before the race

After the race

Eyefoods

Dr. Laurie Capogna and Dr. Barbara Pelletier have done just that, two Canadian optometrists who, together, have over twenty-five years of optometric experience.

Eyefoods, A Food Plan for Healthy Eyes is a must-have informative book that gives you the necessary knowledge to make the food and lifestyle choices that will help preserve your eye health and fight eye disease.  Based on current scientific research, filled with tips and photos in an easy to read, pleasant format, it is a great book to keep handy and browse through frequently. You will learn something new each time you pick it up. You can purchase a copy at our office. Also, check out their website.

Run for Retina 2012

Support the doctors and staff as we particpate in the Run for Retina, April 15, 2012. Dr. Ralph has run the 5 km race for past 4 years and now it is an entire office event!

Run for Retina is an event developed to raise funds for research at the Ivey Eye Institute in London Ontario. Thousands in our community and beyond suffer from genetic retina eye disorders such as Retinitis Pigmentosis, Best’s Disease, Usher Syndrome, Coat’s Disease, Age Related Macular Degeneration and Stargardt’s Disease, a juvenile form of Macular Degeneration.

You can give an donation here.

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