July 7, 2021 Vision Care


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Consult your optometrist today! Book an appointment with Dr. Wylie Tan at (905) 563-5333 or email us at


May 24, 2021 Vision Care

If you are looking into wearing contact lenses or need to have your prescription updated, you need to undergo a contact lens exam. By doing this exam, your optometrist will be able to determine which type of contact lenses would be best for your lifestyle and needs. Contact lens measurements are also done during this exam. It is important for you to have lenses that fit you properly.

Contact Lens Exam

A contact lens exam is a different eye exam taken by individuals who are seeking to get contact lenses. This includes tests that would be able to determine if you are fit to wear contact lenses and measurements of your eye surface to see contact lens options for your prescription.

It is important to undergo a contact lens exam as this will accurately tell you what type of contact lenses are best for you. Contact lenses will sit directly on your cornea. If your contact lenses don’t fit properly, you may put yourself at risk for infection.

If you have recently completed a comprehensive eye exam, you might be wondering if that is enough for your doctor to determine the right contact lenses for you. Unfortunately, you need to have a separate contact lens exam for that.
Comprehensive eye examinations may be able to test your visual acuity and need for corrective eyeglasses, overall ocular health, and any symptoms of eye diseases, but these are not enough to determine your contact lens prescription.

Let us walk you through the tests done in a contact lens exam:

  • Cornea size

This will help your doctor assess the size and curvature of your cornea. This will determine the appropriate size and base curve for your contact lenses as well as if you have astigmatism or irregular corneal shape. If so, a special lens called a toric lens may be recommended.

  • Pupil size

This test is done to determine the correct contact lens size by measuring the size of your pupil or iris. The measurement is done by holding a ruler or card with different pupil sizes close to your eyes to find the closest match.

  • Tear film evaluation

This test determines if you have the ability to wear contact lenses. A tear film evaluation may also be done to ensure that you have enough tears to wear contacts comfortably. If you have dry eyes you may not be able to wear contact lenses as your eyes will be irritated and itchy making it difficult to wear contact lenses. Dry eyes can be a factor for you not to wear contact lenses, as your eyes will be irritated and itchy which makes it difficult for you to wear contacts. During this test, Dr. Tan will ask you to close your eyes while a special strip of paper is placed under your lower eyelid. The doctor will assess the amount of tears you are able to produce while doing that. Your doctor will assess you on how much tears you were able to produce for the period of time.

You may also be asked about your lifestyle and preferences for your contact lenses. this can go from eye color, lenses, disposable contact lenses, and more.

It is recommended to have the same optometrist to do your comprehensive eye examinations and contact lenses exam. Having the same optometrist for both exams ensures accuracy as they already have your history and eye exams on file. This would be more cost-efficient for you as well as tests that are required by your optometrist for your lenses might have already been done by your optometrist who executed your comprehensive eye exam.

Contact Lens Fitting

After the series of tests, your doctor will let you put on trial lenses to assess comfortability and fit. You will be required to wear these for a few minutes to let the tearing of your eye stop and the lenses stabilize in your eyes. You may be asked to try several lenses to find the most appropriate lens for you. If the lenses have been determined to be a good fit, a final order for the appropriate lens will be made.


Your doctor may ask you to come back for a follow-up appointment to check if your contact lenses are fitting properly and are not causing any discomfort or damage to your eye surface. An eye drops with fluorescein dye may be used to evaluate if there is any damage caused by the lenses.

If you are experiencing dryness or discomfort, visit your eye doctor as soon as possible.

Book an appointment with Dr. Wylie Tan at (905) 563-5333 or email at to get a contact lens exam and fitting.



May 11, 2021 Eye WearVision Care

Contact lenses are thin curved lenses placed directly on the surface of your eye and help correct refractive errors. This is an alternative for wearing eyeglasses and can also be worn for cosmetic purposes. Contact lenses are medical devices regulated by the FDA and with this, all lenses require a prescription.

Contact lens exams are required for a doctor to assess the correct size and type of lens that best fits you.

Refractive errors that can be improved through contacts are:

  • Astigmatism
  • Myopia (Nearsightedness)
  • Hyperopia (Farsightedness)
  • Presbyopia

What are the types of Contact Lenses?

The appropriate type of lens is determined by the doctor after a series of tests.

Soft Contact Lens

These are the most common contact lenses worn by many people. These are comfortable soft lenses that are easy to adapt to. Below are different types of soft contact lenses:

  • Daily-wear lenses

These are lenses that are worn during the day and removed and cleaned at night. They are usually good to be used for one week and replaced, others can be good for use up to two weeks or even a month before they need to be replaced.

  • Extended-wear lenses

These are lenses that can be worn during the day and night or overnight. They can be worn up to 30 consecutive days. However, this type of lens can carry a higher risk of eye infection or damage due to the lenses not being cleaned routinely. Doctors still recommend removing them every day to be cleaned.

Hard Contact Lenses

Today, the hard contact lenses are rigid gas-permeable (RGP) contacts. These are made from a sturdy plastic material, most often silicone. RGP are more durable as compared to soft contact lenses. They hold a firm shape and allow oxygen to flow through the lens which makes it breathable.

This type of contact lens provides clear vision for people with vision problems. RGP are helpful for people with astigmatism and keratoconus.

Book an appointment with Dr. Wylie Tan at (905) 563-5333 or email at and get the right contact lenses for you.


May 4, 2021 Vision Care

Eye See Eye Learn Program – Complimentary Corrective Eyeglasses for Junior Kindergarten Students

The Eye See… Eye Learn® (ESEL) program is designed to detect, diagnose and treat children with vision problems when they begin junior kindergarten, so that every child can see and learn to the best of his/her ability. This program encourages junior kindergarten students to get a comprehensive OHIP-covered eye exam, and receive a complimentary pair of corrective eyeglasses, if a prescription is required.

The program is coordinated by the Ontario Association of Optometrists (OAO) and made possible by participating Optometrists and sponsored by our industry partners, Plastic Plus and Modern Optical, to provide a free pair of prescription eyeglasses (value approx. $250) if glasses are prescribed.

Many parents think their children will tell them if they are not seeing well; however, many children are unaware of their own vision problems as they have nothing to compare to and may think that what they see is normal, even if this is a blurred image. The Eye See…Eye Learn® program raises parent awareness about the importance of identifying and treating vision problems early.

According to studies, 80% of a child’s learning is acquired through visual input and vision is considered the most important sense for learning. Having children undergo full eye examinations is an effective way to detect and treat vision problems that might hinder children from learning. The Eye See… Eye Learn® program aims to eliminate the barriers surrounding a child’s eye care by providing free eyeglasses, as uncorrected eye problems may negatively impact the child’s development, education, and quality of life.

The ESEL program begins July 1st and goes through to June 30 of the school year. If your child is entering or currently in junior kindergarten, then your child should be eligible. Children not eligible for the ESEL program are still encouraged to get their eyes checked. Annual eye examinations are covered by OHIP for children up to and including 19 years of age in Ontario.

Dr. Wylie Tan is happy to be a participating Optometrist in the ESEL program. To book an appointment, please contact us by phone at (905) 563-5333 or email at because your child’s eyes are worth it!

80% of Learning is Visual | Eye See…Eye Learn Animated Infographic from OAO on Vimeo.


April 18, 2021 Vision Care

Get a Laser Vision Correction Referral

For those wanting to have their vision issues corrected with laser vision correction, we refer patients to Dr. Machat for corrective eye surgery. Dr. Wylie Tan feels Dr. Machat is experienced, extensively trained, and always working towards achieving the best possible results for our eye care patients. Dr. Timothy Hennig trusts Dr. Jeff Machat with your eyes and his own; in 1998, Dr. Machat performed a Lasik procedure on Dr. Hennig. Dr. Machat has authored two textbooks on laser vision correction and has performed over 55,000 procedures. His enthusiasm in helping patients see clearly, without spectacles or contact lenses, still exists with each procedure he performs.

Dr. Machat uses Custom Lasik, a technique that utilizes wavefront technology to create a high-resolution, 3D graph of the eye surface. This allows for a more precise correction, especially for patients with uniquely shaped corneas. Custom Lasik and bladeless Lasik procedures are increasingly popular, as they can help patients find benefits such as:

  • 20/20 Vision
  • Better Night Vision
  • Less Incidence of “Halos”
  • Reduced Glare

What is “Bladeless” Lasik Vision Correction?

In bladeless procedures, the surgeon uses a computer-guided laser to form the corneal flap. Along with improved vision, this less invasive procedure comes with many benefits, such as reduced dry eye symptoms, faster recovery, and availability to more patients.


April 18, 2021 Vision Care

Put Your World in a Beautiful Frame

At the optometry clinic of Dr. Timothy Hennig in Beamsville, we offer a full selection of designer frames and screen-friendly, anti-glare eyewear. One thing you may notice about our clinic is the care that comes along with each service. The focus of our staff has always been in helping patients get the most out of their gift of vision. We won’t try to sell you on the latest trend or most expensive frame, but we will discuss your best eyewear options. Dr. Hennig will recommend the type of lens, bifocal, or frame design to help you in this very visual world in which we live.

Because we truly care about your ocular health and visual comfort, if you ever experience an issue with your eyeglasses, we will help you find a solution that works best for you. Our staff always works to exceed your expectations.

It doesn’t end when you pick up your new glasses; we are always there for adjustments and repairs. Our two-year warranty for frames and lenses — at no extra charge — is our way of keeping you protected.

Let us help you find the eyeglasses that suit you best — call or visit Dr. Timothy Hennig in Beamsville today!

We carry a large variety of top designer frames for both eyeglasses and sunglasses,

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April 18, 2021 Vision Care

At the optometry clinic of Dr. Timothy Hennig and Dr. Wylie Tan in Beamsville, we can help you find a pair of contact lenses that will correct your vision irregularities and provide you with the most comfort. To discuss contact lenses for yourself or your child, please call Dr. Hennig and Dr. Tan to schedule an appointment.


High Oxygen Contact Lenses

As contact lenses have evolved quite a bit over the past several years, you may be interested in high oxygen contact lenses. Many patients find these contacts to be less irritating and more comfortable. These contact lenses are also healthier for your eyes, as they allow more oxygen to reach the cornea.


Some of the newest contact lenses have UV protection and a “wetting agent” to prevent dryness. Now available is the “ultimate” in contact lenses – daily disposable high oxygen lenses.


Kids & Contacts

By the age of 9 or 10, most children can safely insert and wear contact lenses. One of the prime motivating factors for children to choose contacts over eyeglasses is the convenience they provide during play or sports activities. Although complications are rare, it is advised that you monitor any signs of an allergic reaction, irritation, or improper use. For young children, we most commonly prescribe daily disposable lenses as they provide a new, sterile lens each day, which require no cleaning and fewer care requirements.


April 18, 2021 Vision Care

As your optometrist, Dr. Timothy Hennig and Dr. Wylie Tan offer eye exams and ocular disease screenings to patients of all ages. Retinal laser imaging and modern exam technologies allow for earlier detection of many ocular diseases. Early detection can be a great help in slowing the progress of the disease and in reducing the severity of the disease.

Schedule a health examination today!

Are You at Risk of Ocular Disease?

As vision-related diseases and disorders can be passed on from generation to generation, it’s important to know if you are at risk for developing an ocular disease. You may be at risk of an ocular disease if you have:

  • A Family History of Eye Disease (Macular Degeneration, Glaucoma, etc.)
  • Taken Pharmaceuticals that can Affect Vision
  • High Blood Pressure or Diabetes
  • Previous Eye Injuries or Surgeries


April 18, 2021 Vision Care

Today, eye exams are increasingly important, as they not only detect eyesight problems, but diseases of the eye, including cataracts, glaucoma, and macular degeneration. We are also able to detect systemic diseases, such as high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, and diabetes. Almost the entirety of the back of your eyes can be imaged. Our OCT (Optical Coherence Tomography) instrument allows us to definitively determine the presence of macular degeneration and if there is optic nerve damage due to glaucoma.


For those between the ages of one and 19, you should be seen every year. Between the ages of 20 to 44 years, it is recommended to have an eye exam every two years. For those over the age of 45, an eye exam should be scheduled annually. Patients who regularly wear contact lenses should also be seen annually to ensure their contacts are not having a negative impact on the cornea.


Scheduling Your Toddler’s First Eye Exam

Did you know that in the first years of a child’s life 80% of learned information is processed visually? Additionally, 5 to 10% of preschool-aged children are significantly affected by vision problems. In our experience, the earlier a child’s vision issues are detected, the more receptive they will be towards the treatment process. It’s recommended to schedule your child’s first eye exam by the age of one.


Catching issues such as a turned eye or a lazy eye at an early stage ensures they will not be hampered by a visual impairment when they begin a more focused academic life.


To schedule an eye exam in Beamsville, call Dr. Wylie Tan.


April 18, 2021 COVID
The Government of Ontario has deemed Optometrists are essential health care workers and we are open to serve our patients and their vision needs.  Our optometry clinic has enhanced safety measures, so that we can provide non-urgent care in these ‘new normal’ times.

You can trust Dr. Wylie Tan and our staff to continue working diligently to accommodate your needs and appointment requests. We look forward to welcoming you to our clinic in the safest way possible. To this end, we have instituted a series of procedures and revisions in our operational processes, which involve both your and our active participation.

To keep our staff and patients safe we are taking many precautions which include:

  • All staff members have their body temperature taken daily.
  • All staff are wearing a surgical mask as well as a cloth mask, face shield, and scrubs.
  • Sanitizing all instruments after each patient.
  • Sanitizing our hands before and after each patient.
  • Sanitizing the reception area and dispensary between patients.
  • Limiting the number of patients in the office.
  • Sanitizing all frames that have been tried on by a patient.
  • Keeping records of who and what time patients enter the office.
  • Partitions at the front desk and in the dispensary.

To keep our staff and patients safe you need to:

  • Be prompt for your appointment and only come one to two minutes before the actual appointment time.
  • Sanitize your hands upon entry into the foyer.
  • Upon entry review the COVID screening questionnaire on the wall.
  • Have a digital thermometer reading of your temperature at the front desk upon arrival.
  • Wear a mask while in the office.  This is mandatory.
  • Come alone to your appointment if possible to limit the number of people in the office.
  • Have an appointment in order to enter the office for exams, pick-ups, adjustments, and purchases.
  • Social distance and stay 2 meters apart.
  • Enjoy your visit – we are happy to see you again!

We will continue to evolve our process as and when required and in adherence to our regulatory obligations. We will keep you informed on any such updates or deviations in our operations.

*If you have glasses or contact lenses at the office that need to be picked up, please call the office to schedule an appointment.

Stay Safe, Healthy, & Informed

Dr. Wylie Tan and Team

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