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Best wishes Dr. Mark Teeple!

Teeple Optometry wishes to congratulate Dr. Mark Teeple on his retirement from practice. Dr. Mark launched the Arkona practice in 1979 following graduation from the University of Waterloo School of Optometry. He relocated the clinic to its current location in 1985. Dr. Mark brought the values of clinical excellence and continued learning to the practice. He earned his Fellowship in the American Academy of Optometry and was a clinical supervisor and lecturer at the School of Optometry. He gave back to the profession by serving on various committees and the executive board of the College of Optometrists of Ontario where he went on to serve a term as president. He also served on the board of the Canadian Examiners in Optometry. From the beginning of his career, Dr. Mark placed a high value on the interests of the local community and his patients.

Mark’s brother, Dr. Ralph Teeple, joined Dr. Mark’s growing practice in 1988. Dr. Tina Morowat joined the practice in 2016 and recently became a practice owner in 2019.   Just this year, Dr. Liam Teeple has joined as an associate. Teeple Optometry’s vision is to continue to share Dr. Mark’s values of clinical excellence, education, community involvement and care for our patients.

Dr. Mark will be missed by his fellow doctors, the team and patients of Teeple Optometry. We wish him the very best as he transitions into this next stage of life!

Welcome Liam Teeple!

We’re so excited to welcome Liam to our practice!

Liam Teeple completed both his Bachelor of Biomedical Science degree and Doctor of Optometry degree at the University of Waterloo, graduating in 2020. He completed practical internships in Alberta and Kitchener, gaining clinical experience in the management of ocular disease and primary eye care. He will be completing the second part of the Optometry Qualifying Exam, which was delayed because of COVID-19, later this year. Until that time, he will be working under the supervision of the other doctors.

Liam is the son of Dr. Ralph, and you may recognize him from his several summers spent working in the frame gallery or pretesting area at Teeple Optometry.

In his free time, Liam enjoys creating and listening to music, taking photos, exercising, playing hockey, and hiking with his fiancée Nasim.

Ontario’s Eye Care Crisis: Visible for All to See

Optometrists are the front-line workers of the vision care system, and their services are at the heart of screening and diagnostic services in Ontario.

At Teeple Optometry we are passionate and proud to deliver high quality, accessible eye care, to this beautiful community encompassing eastern Lambton and western Middlesex counties.

Unfortunately, for more than 30 years, successive governments have failed to invest in eye care. As a result, OHIP now only covers half the cost of an eye examination. We subsidize the remainder. Coupled with the devastating impact of COVID-19 on optometrists’ ability to see patients, eye care in Ontario is now at risk.

The pandemic has strained health professionals and decimated small businesses.  Teeple Optometry is not immune to the pressure, COVID-19 has only more openly exposed the failing OHIP funding system.

This situation is unfair and is unsustainable.

Going to work every day knowing you will be operating at a loss is challenging enough. But even more debilitating is seeing what you devoted your entire career to – improving people’s quality of life – being dismissed as unessential.

We absolutely love what we do, not only because we can help improve your eyesight, but we also have the ability, through comprehensive eye exams, to detect the early stages of potentially life-threatening diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and potential strokes. It is incredibly rewarding to help people lead healthier, happier lives.

But it’s time for Ontario’s elected officials to open their eyes to a crisis that’s about to become painfully visible for all to see. Our message to government is not one of confrontation but of collaboration. Because it doesn’t have to be this way.

With policy changes or assistance, we can avoid further straining an already overstretched healthcare system.

With statistics showing that 1 in 3 Ontarians will have some form of vision-threatening eye disease by the age of 65, finding a sustainable solution is more pressing than ever.

We owe it to our parents and grandparents, our children and grandchildren, to find a better way forward.

To learn more and to add your voice to the growing number of Ontarians calling on government to work with optometrists, visit www.saveeyecare.ca.

We’re open! Here’s what you need to know.

We are resuming regular office hours and scheduling non-urgent appointments effective June 1. We have been working diligently to create a safe environment for our staff and patients and we look forward to serving our patients once again. There are several new and important considerations to review before calling and visiting our office.

  • We will be scheduling patients based on several priorities including urgency and risk. Please be patient as our staff work to schedule a large number of previously canceled and priority appointments.
  • Routine eye examinations for those without vision or eye problems in extreme COVID risk populations, such as the elderly, those with chronic disease, and small children may be deferred. Contact lens fittings for new wearers are not being scheduled at this time.
  • If you have an eye emergency, don’t hesitate to call the office.
  • You must disclose to us if you have a fever, sore throat, cough, conjunctivitis, feel generally unwell, have a reduced sense of taste and smell, have had contact with someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days or have traveled outside of Canada in the last 14 days. (For a self assessment tool –  click here )
  • Entry to our office is by appointment only. No walk-ins are allowed.
  • You must wear a well fitted mask and sanitize your hands upon arrival and departure. You must not bring extra, unnecessary items with you.
  • You must enter the office by yourself, unless a care taker is required. Multiple members of a family may not enter together.
  • To minimize time in the office, we will attempt to update your demographic information and vision and medical history by phone the day before your visit.
  • We may advise scheduling a teleoptometry appointment, rather than office visit in certain situations.
  • Some repairs and pickups can be arranged without office entry.
  • You can contact our office by calling 519-828-3858 or by using the contact form on this web page. We have suspended our online booking service for the time being.

Please continue to check this page for the latest updates.

 

Congratulations Karen!

Karen’s hard work over the past year to achieve her Canadian Certified Optometric Assistant designation has come to fruition! We’re so proud of Karen and her accomplishment!

Karen has been part of the Teeple Optometry team since 2018 working as an Optometric Assistant. Karen brightens the office with her welcoming personality, sense of humor and thoughtful approach to patient care. When not at work, she enjoys being active outdoors doing activities like baseball, gardening and geocaching. Karen also enjoys reading and spending time with family.

Important changes to our services and schedule during the COVID-19 outbreak

We are responding to recommendations from the College of Optometrists of Ontario to limit our services to urgent care only until the restrictions are eased. Here’s what this means for you.

  • We will be deferring routine and non-urgent eyecare for the time being.
  • Urgent eye care situations include symptoms of loss of vision in either eye, a sudden change in vision, an eye injury or infection, new eye pain, breakage or loss of critical eyewear. If you are unsure whether your symptoms are urgent, you may contact our office.
  • If you have an appointment already scheduled that is not urgent, we will be contacting you to reschedule it to a later date.
  • If you have glasses or contact lenses in process, we will do our best to dispense these to you in a safe manner. If you require more contact lenses and are due for an examination, we are able to provide you a supply and ship to your home where possible.
  • If you have broken a critical pair of glasses, we will attempt to repair these for you.
  • Please do not come to our office without an appointment or contacting us first. Please do not bring accompanying family members or drivers with you into the office. We will limit the number of people in our office at any one time.
  • We are limiting the hours we are open.
  • You can contact our office by calling 519-828-3858, emailing teepleoptometry@execulink.com or by using the contact form on this web page. We will  be responding to messages as able inside of normal business hours.
  • If you have a fever, recent cough, feel unwell or have traveled outside Canada in the last 14 days or have had exposure to another person infected with the cornavirus, do not come to the office.

Our temporary office hours are:

  • Mondays             9:00 – 12:00
  • Tuesdays             Closed
  • Wednesdays       1:00 – 4:00
  • Thursdays           Closed
  • Fridays               9:00 – 12:00

Please continue to check this page for the latest updates.

 

What it means to be a Fellow

At Teeple Optometry we are all really excited to have a new “Fellow” in the office.  Dr. Tina Morowat recently received the credential, Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry.  Since 1922, the American Academy of Optometry has been committed to promoting the art and science of vision care through lifelong learning. The letters “FAAO” (Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry) after an optometrist, scientist or other qualified person’s name signify to colleagues and patients that rigorous qualifications for Fellowship have been met, and that the member is committed to life-long learning.

You can learn more about our team at Teeple Optometry here.  You can learn more about the process to become a Fellow of the Academy here.

 

 

Can I protect my child from becoming so nearsighted?

My previous “Why am I Nearsighted?” blog explains what myopia (nearsightedness) is and discusses what we know and don’t know about the causes of myopia and the reasons for its progression through childhood and adult life.

Although we still don’t know the answer to the question: “Is it preventable?”, some recent research gets us a little closer to discovering an answer.

There is important ongoing research into myopia prevention and we’re beginning to learn about some forms of treatment that may help slow the rate of worsening myopia in childhood, and ultimately reduce the total amount of myopia. Unfortunately, so far, we have not learned how to prevent it altogether.

Studies are showing that the rate of myopia progression can be reduced in young children treated with special peripheral defocus contact lenses or glasses. The rate myopia increases year after year can be slowed up to 59% using special contact lenses, such as MISight daily disposable contact lenses. Special glasses, although not as effective as contact lenses, may reduce progression about 10-20%.

Atropine eye drops have also been shown to slow the rate of progression by approximately 60% with some individual variability. Atropine drops may have some side effects, such as light sensitivity and reduced near vision. The severity of the side effects can be reduced by using a low dose of the drop.

Orthokeratology is the use of gas permeable rigid contact lens, worn at nighttime, to reshape the cornea. This treatment also slows the progression of myopia by approximately 50%.

As stated in my previous blog, ensuring our children have plenty of time outdoors, also appears to help slow myopia progression.

If you have questions concerning your child’s nearsightness and whether treatment may be beneficial for them, please schedule an appointment for your child and we would be happy to discuss it further.

Introducing the newest members of our team!

We would like to introduce you to the three newest members of the Teeple Optometry team!

Karen has taken on the role of managing our onsite finishing lab as an optometric lab technician. She will ensure that your custom eyewear is edged and assembled accurately, efficiently and with aesthetic precision. You may also see her assisting with eyewear selection and fittings in our gallery.

Radika has stepped into the role of optometric assistant. Her previous extensive medical training has equipped her to work as an assistant to the doctors.  Her thoughtful approach will help you choose comfortable and fashionable eyewear while managing expectations and adaptation.

Alex is the newest team member working primarily in the frame gallery. Choosing eyewear can seem like a daunting task but Alex is more than able to help you choose eyewear that matches your style in a relaxed manner while respecting your preferences.

We’re very proud of our entire team and hope you are able to meet Karen, Radika and Alex at your next visit.

Arkona Health Practitioners celebrate the past and look to the future.

Arkona has attracted excellent health care practitioners over the years – most recently Drs. Kristina and Connor Rice the new physicians at the Arkona Medical Center.  To welcome and celebrate, all the practitioners with spouses recently gathered for dinner.  Dr. John Lovell provided opening remarks and welcomed the newest doctors:  Dr. Tina Morowat, optometrist; Dr. Jeremy McCallum, dentist; as well as the new physicians.  Dr. Mark Teeple presented a short history of health care in Arkona.  The health care team in Arkona now comprises physicians, dentists, chiropodist, hearing instrument specialist, optometrists and many supporting staff.  Everyone expressed how wonderful it is to work in and with this community, and that the future of health care in Arkona looks great!

Seated: Kristina Rice, Jeremy McCallum.    Back Row left to right:  Mark Teeple, Glen Teeple, Ross Teeple, Tina Morowat, Ralph Teeple, Connor Rice, John Lovell

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