Solar Eclipse Happening April 8 2024

Solar Eclipse Happening April 8 2024

How to safely watch a Solar Eclipse?

Torontonians and Canadians will get to experience a total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024. It’s important to remember the significance of protecting our vision during this unique event.

What is A Total Solar Eclipse? The moon completely covers the sun, blocking it’s entire disk. This results in a brief period of darkness known as totality, where the sun’s outer atmosphere, the corona, becomes visible. Total solar eclipses are mesmerizing celestial events, but are visible only within a narrow path on Earth. The next solar eclipse won’t happen again in Canada until 2044! We recommend to keep your eyes safe while enjoying this historic event.

This event is an exciting time in our universe, but our eye care professionals at Kodak Lens Vision Centres wants to make sure you’re taking the proper precautions to keep your eyes safe when viewing the eclipse. During this event, a brief glance at the sun can lead to eye damage, potentially causing vision loss.

What is Solar Retinopathy?

Solar or eclipse retinopathy refers to photochemical injury to the macular tissue (central retina). It’s commonly associated with sungazing or eclipse viewing. A short duration of exposure, as little as a few seconds glancing at the sun, can cause solar retinopathy.

What are symptoms with Solar Retinopathy?

  • Blurry vision
  • Vision loss in the center of your sight
  • Eye pain

If you experience any symptoms such as vision loss from viewing the solar eclipse, you should see an optometrist or eye care professional immediately.


When viewing the solar eclipse, please take the following eye health safety precautions: 

  • Protect your eyes at all times using safe solar viewing glasses or a safe handheld solar viewer that comply with the ISO 12312-2 international standard.
  • It’s important to make sure that the glasses are not torn, scratched, or otherwise damaged before use.
  • Do not look at the sun through a camera lens, telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device while wearing eclipse glasses or using a handheld solar viewer, as the concentrated solar rays will burn through the filter and can cause serious eye injury.
  • Always supervise children using solar viewers.

What to do if you get direct eye exposure from the eclipse?

Prevention is the best way to avoid vision loss. Please remember to wear protective eyewear during an eclipse. If you experience any symptoms of eye damage or vision symptoms after accidentally looking directly at the sun, seek immediate treatment from an optometrist or eye care professional.

Unfortunately, there is no known treatment for solar retinopathy, and those affected have to wait for symptoms to improve. Your eye doctor may schedule follow-up exams to monitor you for any vision loss. Most patients improve on their own over 3-6 months. Vision changes that are still present 6 months after the damage may be permanent. Some people will continue to have permanent distortions and blind spots in their central vision. Seek advice from an optometrist for any eye health or visual concerns.


Who Should Not Have Laser Eye Surgery?

Who Should Not Have Laser Eye Surgery?

Who Should Not Have Laser Eye Surgery?​

Laser eye surgery is a great alternative treatment for people with refractive errors i.e., myopia (near-sightedness), astigmatism, and farsightedness (hyperopia). If you wish to restore near-perfect sight and no longer need your glasses or contact lenses, consider booking a laser eye surgery consultation in the Greater Toronto Area.

Special services like LASIK Co-Management ensure you get assessed and understand if LASIK is the right corrective eye surgery procedure for you. The service also includes referral to a LASIK surgeon & clinic most convenient to you in the Toronto or Greater Toronto Area. What’s more, LASIK Co-Management also covers the collection and sending of patient data to the respective corrective surgery centre before treatment and routine post-operative examinations to evaluate the success and your healthy recovery.

However, laser eye surgery isn’t recommended for everyone. Let’s first understand the procedure and your eye health options to have a better sense of whether or not this is the right choice for you.  

What is LASIK?

LASIK (or Laser-assisted in situ Keratomileusis) is a type of laser eye surgery characterised by precise and controlled extraction and reshaping of corneal tissue using a special laser. The procedure aims to change the cornea’s shape and focusing power. This in turn treats vision conditions linked to refractive errors¹.

How Does the LASIK Procedure Work?

On the day of surgery, a patient may be given medication to relax. Some numbing drops are also placed in the eye to ease discomfort. During the procedure, the eye surgeon will use a cutting laser to make a small flap away from the front of a patient’s eye. They will then fold back the flap to access the part of the cornea that needs reshaping. The reshaping also happens using a programmed laser. After reshaping, the corneal flap is laid back into position to heal²

How Long Does Laser Eye Surgery Take?

Typical LASIK surgeries take a few minutes per eye, approximately 30 minutes or less for the entire procedure³.

LASIK Eye Surgery Pros and Cons

LASIK eye surgery is a great alternative to other treatments for refractive errors. However, the treatment comes with both pros and cons:

Main Pros of LASIK Eye Surgery

  • LASIK has a very high success rate with most patients achieving great vision (20/20) after surgery
  • The procedure is also quick and painless
  • LASIK offers permanent vision correction in most cases with no need for any further correction in the future. Follow up procedures may be covered or warrantied depending on the surgery centre you choose.
  • The procedure makes it possible to get the freedom without needing the use of glasses and/or contact lenses.

Main Cons of LASIK Eye Surgery

While laser eye surgery is a great alternative treatment for refractive errors, it also has some notable cons:

  • Probable complications like dry eyes, glare, under-correction, overcorrection, flap-related complications, slow vision regression, and loss of vision (although rare).
  • Not ideal for everyone, especially people with some eye diseases or conditions i.e., dry eyes, cornea disorders like corneal ectasia, or keratoconus.
  • High cost for the procedure and service

Who Should Not Have Laser Eye Surgery?

Not everyone is a suitable candidate for laser eye surgery procedures like LASIK. Those who shouldn’t undergo laser eye surgery mainly include⁴:

  • People who have unstable vision, that is, those whose vision has changed in the last year. They shouldn’t undergo the treatment because the cornea is reshaped based on current prescription measurements. A prescription that keeps changing means the correction will be inaccurate.
  • People who have certain vision conditions such as dry eyes since laser eye surgery can disrupt tear production temporarily and make the condition worse.
  • People who have a thin or irregular cornea since the procedure involves removing some corneal tissue. A thin/irregular cornea will introduce structural integrity risks.
  • People who have an infection or ulcer in their cornea given that it will increase the risk of complications, and worsen corneal infections, or more serious complications.
  • People who are under the age of 18, since altering their eyes before they are fully developed introduces risks. A stable vision prescription is as important as ocular maturity.
  • People who have an autoimmune disease or people who have diabetes, since chronic and autoimmune diseases weaken the body’s immunity making one more susceptible to infections. The medical conditions can also trigger inflammatory responses affecting the healing process.

LASIK Eye Surgery Requirements

Before you can be a recipient of laser vision correction surgery, you need to be:

  • 18 years or older
  • Have a stable eye prescription
  • Have a condition treatable with laser eye surgery
  • Have corneas that are healthy and thick enough
  • Have generally good eye health
  • Have realistic expectations of what the treatment can do

Since there may be more requirements for treatment, we recommend you book a laser eye surgery consultation to get conclusive advice and a professional recommendation.


Besides defining LASIK and understanding who shouldn’t seek treatment, there are other important aspects of the treatment that patients are concerned about. Here are some frequently asked questions:

1. Is Laser Eye Surgery Worth It?

Absolutely! The benefits of surgery outweigh the cost. If you want an alternative to contact lenses and glasses and/or the freedom and convenience that comes with not having to wear such visual aids, the treatment is definitely worth it!

2. Can Laser Eye Surgery Correct Astigmatism?

Yes! The surgery can correct astigmatism and other eye conditions linked to refractive errors.

3. Is Laser Eye Surgery Painful?

No! The procedure is painless, meaning there’s no need for pain medicine. However, some medicines can be administered to relax a patient. Some numbing drops are also placed in the eye to ease possible discomfort during the procedure. There may be some discomfort and visual inconvenience during the healing process, but with proper care and rest, your eyes will be fine and ready to see clearly.

4. What Is the Age Limit for Laser Eye Treatment?

Ideally, one must be an adult (18 years) and above and have achieved ocular maturity as this reduces the risk of complications.

5. Is Laser Eye Surgery Permanent?

The majority of patients enjoy long term vision correction. However, it is possible to experience other vision problems linked to age-related eye changes such as presbyopia. Ask us to learn more. 

Final thoughts

Refractive laser surgery is a good solution for treating refractive errors today. The technology is always advancing. Procedures like LASIK boast of a very high success rate and fast healing times. However, there are some people who shouldn’t have laser surgical procedures i.e., those with unstable prescriptions, autoimmune diseases, thin corneas, etc.

Since there are many other factors that dictate a person’s suitability for laser eye surgery, it is advisable to book a consultation with an Optometrist to be thoroughly informed.

If you reside in Toronto or the Greater Toronto Area, book a LASIK consultation at Kodak Lens Vision Centre and take advantage of many other services, including eye exams. Also if you still love your current vision correction solutions, you can order contact lenses online or visit us to check out our eyeglasses selection. Enjoy highly personalized eye care from experienced and trusted eye doctors.

The 3 O’s of eye care: Optometrists, Opticians and Ophthalmologists

The 3 O’s of eye care: Optometrists, Opticians and Ophthalmologists

The 3 O’s of eye care: Optometrists, Opticians and Ophthalmologists​

Choosing the right eye care professional for your particular situation doesn’t have to be complicated. If you don’t know the difference between optometrists, opticians, and ophthalmologists, don’t worry, we are here to help!

Let us explain the difference between these eye health professionals, their roles, medical scope, education requirements, and more, to help you make an informed decision. Maybe someday you, a friend, family or someone you know will also be interested in joining the amazing world of eye care. We always welcome new people!

What is an Optometrist?


Optometrists are eye care professionals who offer primary eye care services. They are licensed to do comprehensive eye exams, offer glasses and contact lens prescriptions, treat common eye conditions, find abnormalities affecting vision, refer patients, and more¹

What Does It Take to Be an Optometrist?

As per the Canadian Association of Optometrists, a person must acquire 7-8 years of post-secondary education to be a Doctor of Optometry (OD) – the professional designation for optometrists in Canada. Here’s more on the educational requirements²

Educational Requirements

  • Begin with 3 or more years of an undergraduate program (preferably in sciences). Some provinces (i.e. Quebec) allow 2 years of CEGEP (College of General and Professional Teaching).
  • Proceed with 4-5 years of an accredited university program in optometry (advanced education).
  • On completion of the accredited university program, one must meet the provincial board requirements of the province/territory they wish to practice in. This includes sitting for an exam administered by the governing optometry body (Optometry Exam Board of Canada).
  • On successful completion, a license is issued by the provincial/territorial governing body.

There are also some additional training requirements (optional)

  • Optometrists who wish for an edge take additional residency training after completing their university program.

What Does an Optometrist Do?

Optometrists can do eye exams, diagnose and treat common vision conditions, prescribe contact lenses and glasses prescriptions, fit contact lenses, find abnormalities in a patient’s vision, and refer patients who need specialized treatment.

In a nutshell, optometrists can diagnose/treat a number of vision conditions that include, but aren’t limited to:

  • Myopia or near-sightedness
  • Hyperopia or farsightedness
  • Presbyopia or age-related farsightedness
  • Diplopia or double vision
  • Colour blindness
  • Astigmatism
  • Eye inflammation
  • Eye infections

Did you know?

For services covered under our Ontario health system, OHIP, referrals take time to process by the ophthalmology clinic we are referring to. Each referral is personalized based on the needs of the patient. Depending on how busy the ophthalmology clinic is, it can take between 1 to 6 months to set up an appointment based on the urgency of each referral. 

Our team of optometric assistants and optometrists at Kodak Lens Vision Centres will closely monitor each referral to best manage the patient’s expectations and needs with the ophthalmology clinic that will serve them best. Patients can choose to wait and be covered under OHIP or private ophthalmology care for specific services and treatments. 

Is An Optometrist A Doctor?

Yes! An optometrist (Doctor of Optometry or OD) is duly licensed by a governing body (College of Optometrists) in the province or territory one wishes to practice in.

What is an Optician?


Opticians are licensed eye care professionals who dispense the optimal eyeglasses and contact lenses for each individual. They’re also able to help dispense other vision correction products such as low vision aids/devices. Opticians generally are front line to each individual’s visual needs or can step in after patients see an optometrist that has been diagnosed with an eye condition and issued prescriptions for eyeglasses or contacts³

What Does It Take to Be an Optician?

As per the Opticians Association of Canada, opticians must have specific educational and certification requirements to operate as professionals. 

Educational Requirements

  • Finish an opticianry program at an accredited institution. Typical programs take 1-3 years, depending on how they are offered (part-time, full-time, online, etc.).
  • Do the NACOR exam to get the license in 9 provinces in Canada.
  • On passing the exam, one can apply for registration in their respective governing body (College of Opticians).

Additional Requirements

  • Individuals wishing to become licensed contact lens fitters may be required to take a Contact Lens Program and do a specialized training exam (NACOR exam for contact lenses). This depends on the province one resides in.
  • Opticians can also specialize in refraction and must also pass a NACOR exam

What Does an Optician Do?

Opticians will assist you in getting the right pair of prescription glasses, contact lenses, and/or other visual correction devices. They can mainly work independently or alongside optometrists and ophthalmologists. 

  • Based on your prescription and visual needs, opticians take the time to explain which ophthalmic lenses, eyewear frames, and/or contact lenses are best for you.
  • Opticians help adjust and fit eyeglass frames, edge and mount ophthalmic lenses, fit contact lenses and provide education on how to choose and care for your eyewear or contact lenses 
  • Opticians are frontline professionals with eye care knowledge and optical skills to provide you with direction for your eye care and visual needs. 

Is An Optician A Doctor?

A registered Optician (RO) isn’t a doctor of optometry (OD) or medical doctor (MD). However, they are licensed eye care professionals by their respective governing body (College of Opticians) to have a specific scope of practice.

What is an Ophthalmologist?


Ophthalmologists are doctors of medicine (MD) with specific training and experience in diagnosing and treating eye diseases. They are capable of offering advanced eye care services for critical eye conditions.

Ophthalmologists have the expertise to offer comprehensive eye care services such as surgical procedures and medical eye care⁴. They deal with a wide range of eye conditions i.e., the anatomy, physiology, and conditions of the eyes.

What Does It Take to Be an Ophthalmologist?

As per the Canadian Ophthalmological Society, individuals wishing to be ophthalmologists must meet the following requirements⁵:

Educational Requirements to be an Ophthalmologist in Canada

  • Graduate from medical school and complete ophthalmology residency (lasting at least 5 years) after getting a medical degree.
  • Have extensive surgical experience (acquired in the last 2-years of training to be an ophthalmologist).
  • Join the respective provincial licensing organization i.e. Eye Physicians & Surgeons of Ontario.

Additional Requirements (optional)

  • Many ophthalmologists receive further medical training 1-2 years in various subspecialties.

What Do Ophthalmologists Do?

Ophthalmologists are qualified to offer complete eye care, from specialty eye exams and diagnosis to medical eye care and surgical care services. This includes but isn’t limited to:

  • Diagnosing vision conditions
  • Performing medical eye exams and related eye care tests
  • Prescribing corrective ophthalmic lenses, specialty contact lenses, and medication for treating/managing eye issues
  • Performing eye surgery and related procedures to treat eye conditions
  • Referring patients to other medical professionals if there are underlying overlapping medical conditions.

Is An Ophthalmologist A Doctor?

Yes. An ophthalmologist is a medical doctor specialized in ophthalmology and licensed by the respective governing body (College of Physicians) in the province where the eye care professional resides.

Here’s a summary table with all the information you should know:

Role Optician (RO) Optometrist (OD) Ophthalmologist (OMD)
Dispense eyeglasses by providing personalized eye care measurements, fitting and adjustments YES YES, often in collaboration with Opticians YES, often in collaboration with Opticians
Dispense soft, hard & specialty contact lenses YES YES YES, often in collaboration with Optometrists or Opticians
Conduct vision assessment to determine your prescription for glasses NO, but can refer to Optometry YES YES, often in collaboration with Optometrists
Conduct comprehensive eye health exams for the assessment, treatment and diagnosis of eye conditions and diseases NO, but can refer to Optometry YES YES, often in collaboration with Optometrists
Conduct eye surgery and medical procedures within the practice scope of a medical physician NO NO, but can refer to Ophthalmology YES


How To Choose the Right Professional for You?

When To See an Optometrist: 

If you suspect you have any vision issues such as blurry vision, eye problems, infection, eye pain, or double vision, an optometrist should be the first vision professional to visit as they specialize in conducting comprehensive eye health exams to diagnose and treat common eye and visual conditions. Optometrists can prescribe eyeglasses, contact lenses or pharmaceuticals to address your concerns. If further testing or treatment is required, an Optometrist will refer you to an ophthalmologist who specializes in treating your specific condition. 

When to See an Ophthalmologist:

If you see an optometrist and they discover you need specialized eye-related medical or surgical treatment services, they’ll usually refer you to an ophthalmologist. If you do have an eye emergency, an ophthalmologist can be seen at the hospital. Private ophthalmology clinics are available, but may require a referral from an optometrist.

When to See an Optician: 

When you need help with prescription eyeglasses or sunglasses! Opticians can help select and produce eyeglasses and contact lenses based on your prescription from an optometrist or ophthalmologist. Opticians can also help with eyewear adjustments, repairs, eye care questions, optical measurements, lens ordering and optical education.

In a nutshell, optometrists should be the first initial visit because they can do vision tests, diagnose common conditions, provide treatment plans or refer you to an ophthalmologist for further care. They can also transition to an optician for any vision corrective needs such as eyeglasses.

If you reside in Toronto or the Greater Toronto Area, you can book a consultation or schedule an eye exam with experienced optometrists and opticians at Kodak Lens Vision Centre with seven locations: Toronto, Ajax, Scarborough, Riverdale, Etobicoke, North York, and Rexdale. Explore our eyeglass brands and contact lenses (including specialty contact lenses), while at it.

Experience our optometry and optical services at a Kodak Lens Vision Centre where you can get personalized eye care and ensure all your eye health needs are met. Our experienced team of Optometrists and Opticians will best assist you by providing eye care support that you can trust and feel satisfied with. Ask us to learn more.

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Support Recovery Journeys with CAMH! Every day is a chance for new beginnings and personal achievements, yet it’s also important to recognize the mental health challenges that many face. CAMH is committed to uplifting the Toronto community by honoring each milestone in a patient’s path to recovery. With special recognition gifts, they celebrate these significant moments, contributing to enhanced mental health and well-being. Join us in applauding our neighbors’ progress and supporting these impactful milestone gifts!


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Ramping Up Inclusion in Toronto

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Imagine navigating your day, one step at a time. Now, think about those who face additional hurdles – like stairs – that most of us take for granted. Enter StopGap Foundation, dedicated to transforming Toronto into an inclusive haven for all. Among their impactful projects, they’re crafting ramps for local businesses, ensuring those using mobility aids can access these spaces. Right now, they’re seeking essential building materials such as wood and nails to continue this mission. Join us in reshaping our community, removing barriers, and building a more inclusive Toronto together!


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Our Eyewear Fashion Trend Predictions For 2024

Our Eyewear Fashion Trend Predictions For 2024

Our Eyewear Fashion Trend Predictions For 2024​

2024 is here! If you are searching for some trendy eyewear to usher in the new year, we have a pretty good idea of what will stand out.

Eyewear fashion trends are here to stay and to help add to a person’s unique style and character. They allow us to show our personality and express ourselves through different details and elements that add to our overall presence as well as help keep our vision sharp and clear.

2023 was all about thin filigree frames, oversized frames, sustainable eyewear, minimalist elegant frameless eyewear, transparent frames, and more. Which of these trends will continue? What new eyewear fashion trends do we expect? Here are our eyewear fashion trend predictions for 2024.

1. Thin Metal Frame Glasses

Thin-frame glasses are not going anywhere. In 2024, we are likely to see increased interest in thin metal frame glasses, likely on the black to gold colour preferences, perfect for a variety of skin tones.


For an everyday look, you can grab a pair of affordable, but high-quality unisex metal frames from a leading Korean eyewear brand, Matsujaki. Looks similar to the most famous wizard’s eyeglasses, Harry Potter. Don’t worry, you can copy his magical style.

ii. Christian Lacroix CX3089

For a more luxurious option, consider the CX3089 Christian Lacroix frames featuring an antique gold coat. The round-to-oval frames are perfect for women.

iii. Christian Lacroix CX3073 

For a trendy unisex option, there are the CX3073 Christian Lacroix frames available in Gold and Black Gold.

2. Bold Colours 

The bold colour trend is set to continue on every fashion front, including eyewear. We predict bold individual colour trends to colour blends. Some notable bold colourful frames in this regard include:

i. Christian Lacroix CX1126 RED

These bold frames are the epitome of flamboyant intrepidity. The reddish-acetate frames are perfect for women keen on making a fashion statement in 2024.

ii. Christian Lacroix CX1118 BLUE

For that bold, trendy look, you can settle for the blue colour option inspired by Maison Christian Lacroix’s Haute Couture accessories collection.

iii. Onnix ESS P3921

Onnix has a bold pink trendy, but affordable feminine option in their ESS P3921. The eyewear offers smart savings without compromising on design, material, elegance, and timeless classic craftsmanship.

3. Colour Gradient Eyeglasses

Colour gradient eyeglasses experienced a slight dip in popularity in the 2020s. However, there is renewed interest in the trend, with the focus shifting to subtle gradients coupled with minimalist to retro-inspired frames that showcase a contemporary twist on classic style eyewear.

i. Onnix ESS P3921

Check out these blue cream gradient frames that are perfect for that classic contemporary unisex look.

ii. K+ RO27

Kodak Lens Vision Centre’s very own in-house eyewear brand has affordable, high-quality, fashionable, and comfortable colour gradient eyeglasses in blue/black.

iii. ROOTS RTV 1007

For that premium round colour gradient eyeglass look (tortoise colour), consider the ROOTS RTV 1007 featuring thin metal frames. Check out the blush colour.

iv. VUE V1063

Those who love Brown blue gradients can consider VUE’s V1063 pair of glasses (unisex) made of acetate.

4. Clear Frame Glasses 

2024 will also likely see a continuation of the clear-frame glasses trend that began in the 2020s. We predict this trend will come alongside experimentation with a spectrum of styles and colours.

i. Onnix ESS P3921

Onnix’s crystal frame glasses are a great example of timeless unisex craftsmanship bound to stand the test of time.

ii. VJOM542 by Jones New York

For clear frames infused with a spectrum of styles, consider Jones New York’s VJOM542 glasses.

5. Geometric Frames (Hexagonal Frames)

Geometric or angular frames featuring a variety of geometric shapes have been a popular trend for a while. We expect this trend to continue, with less popular geometric shapes gaining more traction. Hexagonal frames, for example, are likely to trend this year, given their suitability for all face shapes and their ability to give out a modern, stylish, but professional look.

i. Alfred Sung AS 5331

These designer hexagonal frames offer the perfect mix of classic style and contemporary unisex glasses going into 2024.

ii. Christian Lacroix CX3077

For more luxurious hexagonal frames, consider Christian Lacroix’s black gold frames or rose frames made from metal.

6. Round Frames 

We also expect circular frames to continue trending due to their timeless and classic charm. They are also versatile, given their suitability with a variety of facial features and shapes. The current revival of vintage eyewear styles and continued celebrity appeal will likely push the round eyewear trend into 2024.

i. Champion CU1001H & Champion CU2027

Champion eyewear has some stylish and comfortable rounded frames in matt gun and tort brown/gold colours. These unisex frames also stand out for their durability.

ii. Christian Lacroix CX1118

Check out Christian Lacroix’s luxurious black or tortoise frames for that creative and luxurious round frame design and colour detail unique to the eyewear brand.

7. Oversized Glasses

Oversized frames date back decades. The current modern resurgence was sparked by celebrities like Paris Hilton in the early 2000s. Since then, the trend has seen expansion, with designers experimenting with different frame shapes, materials, and colour combinations. Celebrities like Kendall Jenner have also been linked to this trend.

We predict a continuation of the larger frames trend into 2024 and beyond, with a focus on minimalist and retro styles. The 70s oversized rectangular frames and square frames, featuring modern updates, are highly likely to take over this year.

i. Christian Lacroix CX3071

To get ahead of this 2024 trend, consider Christian Lacroix’s CX3017 luxurious oversized square glasses that come in a light gold colour.

8. Blue Light Eyewear

Lastly, we expect blue light eyewear to trend going forward. This type of eyewear isn’t restricted by shape, frame type, size, etc. Blue light eyewear is simply glasses that feature ophthalmic lenses designed to block blue light.

Constant exposure to blue light over a prolonged time has been linked to mild symptoms like eyestrain and fatigue to serious eye health concerns like retinal cell damage and vision conditions like age-related macular degeneration, eye cancer, cataracts, and more¹. The importance of getting eyewear that offers protection from blue light can’t therefore be overlooked. 

Luckily, you can get blue light filtering lenses in Toronto (BluSelect) from Kodak Lens Vision Centre. It’s also possible to upgrade your current lenses to be blue-light blocking. Select a frame to add blue light-blocking lenses. Alternatively, you can bring your own frame. You can click here to find out more about blue light and its effects. You can also click here to ask us a question about Kodak Lens blue light lenses and eyewear.

Wrapping Up…

We hope you find eyewear that matches your personal style in our 2024 eyewear trend predictions. Feel free to grab one or more of these options and start 2024 in a trendy style.

All the eyewear fashion trend predictions for 2024 listed above can be explored on the Kodak Lens online Lookbook with a wide variety of frames based on price, category, gender, bridge type, product shape, product material, polarization, and more. Browse through and find the trendy eyewear and sunglasses you want and like.

If you need an experienced optician or optometrist in Toronto or the Greater Toronto Area, Kodak Lens has you covered. You can click here to book a consultation online. Alternatively, you can visit any of the 7 Kodak Lens Vision Centres for all your eye care needs, including expert help on finding the perfect pair of trendy prescription/non-prescription sunglasses with hexagonal shapes, made for sports, oversized for protection, made with gradient or polarized lenses and much more options you can choose from.

Snow Blindness: What It Is and How to Treat It

Snow Blindness: What It Is and How to Treat It

Snow Blindness: What It Is and How to Treat It​

Introduction to Snow Blindness

Winter is here. While you may be prepared for the cold and the fun outdoor activities that come with it, most overlook protective eyewear. For many people, the focus is on cold weather gear that makes winter activities safe.

If you are guilty of overlooking protective eyewear during winter, you may be at risk of suffering from snow blindness (or photokeratitis). During winter, the dry air coupled with cold wind and temperatures wreak havoc on the eyes. For instance, your eyes may become drier than usual.

If you reside in the Greater Toronto Area and want effective proactive eye care during this winter season, consider contacting optometrists at Kodak Lens Vision Centres to discuss how you can get maximum protection from snow blindness and related conditions. You can also book an eye exam to determine if the discomfort you are feeling is in fact snow blindness or dry eyes and learn the next steps you should take to ensure your recovery. 

What is Snow Blindness?

In the simplest terms, snow blindness or photokeratitis is the equivalent of a sunburn, but on your eyes. Snow blindness tends to affect two main parts of the eye i.e., the conjunctiva (the thin and clear membrane covering the white part of the eyes and inside the eyelids) and the cornea (the outer clear layer of the eyes) responsible for focusing light and enabling clear vision¹.

While the eyes (like the skin) have their own protective mechanisms against harmful UV rays, these measurements can be compromised by prolonged/intense exposure to UV rays, resulting in inflammation, discomfort and/or irritation.

Contrary to the term, snow blindness doesn’t actually cause blindness. However, the symptoms can be very severe.

Sunlight and Snow

To understand snow blindness in-depth, it’s important to discuss the relationship between sunlight and snow. When the sun strikes snow, the snow reflects both visible light and UV radiation, which can be damaging to the skin and eyes.

Fresh snow can reflect 50-88% of UV rays back towards you. This is way above the reflection by other natural surfaces like white sand (at 15 to 18%)². What’s more, uneven surfaces make the problem worse by causing multiple UV ray reflections, which increase overall UV exposure.

This explains why the UV glow in the snow is usually intense. Generally, a quick glance at the snow with your naked eyes won’t harm you, just like glancing at the sun for a millisecond won’t cause serious, long-term damage. However, your naked eyes are likely to water immediately from the resulting sensation.

Unless you are wearing a pair of shades that offer protection from UV light, you are bound to develop snow blindness even during overcast days.

What Causes Snow Blindness?

Snow blindness can be traced to a specific type of ultraviolet ray: UVA rays. The most harmful UV rays i.e., UVC rays, are filtered out naturally by the atmosphere. UVA and UVB rays penetrate, but most are absorbed by the atmosphere.

When exposed (depending on altitude, latitude, season, etc.), both types of rays are harmful to the skin and eyes. While UVB rays are largely responsible for sunburns, UVA rays are responsible for eye-related damage³. When they penetrate the eyes, they are known to cause burns on the conjunctiva and cornea, leading to photokeratitis or snow blindness.

Sunglasses offering over 99% UVA protection will significantly reduce snow blindness-related eye damage.

Snowblind Symptoms

So, what does snow blindness feel like? How is the eye condition exhibited? Here are the most common symptoms of snow blindness:

  • Eye pain
  • Watering eyes
  • Eye swelling
  • A headache
  • Seeing halos around lights
  • A gritty feeling in your eyes
  • Redness in your eyeballs and eyelids
  • Eyelid twitching
  • Pain or light sensitivity when seeing bright lights
  • Rarely, vision loss
  • Blurred vision

Eye Damage Due to Sunlight

Overexposure to sunlight (ultraviolet radiation) can damage various parts of the eye. For instance, it can damage the Cornea and Conjunctiva, causing photokeratitis or snow blindness.

UV rays can damage parts of the eyes like the lens, causing eye conditions like cataracts⁴. Staring directly at the sun will damage the retina, causing permanent vision loss (solar retinopathy). UV overexposure on the eyelids can cause basal cell carcinoma, among other skin cancers of the eyelids⁶

You can protect your eyes from the above damage by wearing sunglasses that block UV radiation.

Is Snow Blindness Permanent?

No! Snow blindness, like typical sunburns, is generally temporary and heals on its own over several days. It won’t cause permanent damage. However, it can be worsened by actions like rubbing the eyes. Such movements can scratch or infect parts of the eye, resulting in long-term damage.

Risks of Snow Blindness

As mentioned, snow blindness will go away on its own. However, prolonged exposure to harmful UV rays outdoors without protective eyewear can eventually cause:

  • Cataracts
  • Growths on the eyelid
  • Loss of vision
  • Farsightedness

Snow Blindness Treatment

If you already have the condition, don’t worry! You can do the following:

  • If you currently have contact lenses, take them out if you notice any symptoms of snow blindness and avoid wearing them for a while.
  • Get indoors, in the shade, or generally away from the sun.
  • You can use artificial tears (eye drops for lubricating dry eyes) to ease symptoms like eye dryness caused by snow blindness. A cold compress will ease symptoms like discomfort.
  • Book a consultation with an optometrist to evaluate and provide better care.

Luckily, if you reside in Toronto or the Greater Toronto Area, you can head over to any one of seven Kodak Lens Vision Centre locations; Ajax, North York, Etobicoke, Riverdale, Rexdale, Scarborough, or Toronto and get proper care for snow blindness or dry eyes. 

Book an appointment with any of Kodak Lens Vision Centre’s experienced optometrists and discover more about snow blindness. You can also explore photochromic lenses, sports goggles, high-quality sunglasses and other eyewear capable of eliminating exposure to UV light.