Beach tips perfect for contact lens wearers

Beach tips perfect for contact lens wearers

Beach Tips Perfect for Contact Lens Wearers

A random day at the beach will require a little more caution from a contact lens wearer, as you’ll be exposed to quite a lot of elements that could be harmful to your eyes. But don’t let that slow you down! Here are a few tips to ensure that you enjoy your visit to the beach.

If you go swimming make sure to use goggles

It would be quite ridiculous to recommend not swimming when at the beach, but doing so could help you avoid ruining your contact lenses or harming your eyes. Water is said to have bacteria that aren’t safe for contact lenses regardless of the source. This is because the bacteria can contaminate the contact lens or even get stuck between the lens and your eyes. This situation could be very harmful to your eyes. In extreme cases, the damage can be as severe as vision loss. But don’t worry, if swimming without your lenses is not an option for you, you can always use tight, waterproof swimming goggles, which is the only way to prevent water from getting to them and affecting your vision or eye health. So don’t forget to pack your goggles before heading out to the beach!

Keep lens solution and eye drops nearby

There is a chance that your contact lens will be irritated by the beach water, so it’s important to pack some hydrating eye drops and solution with you.  The multi-purpose contact lens solution will come in handy if you intend to take off your contacts to swim or for any other reason. You can simply store or rinse the contacts with some multi-purpose solution after you take them off and before you put them back on. Remember to bring your contact lens case for safe storage. 

You will need the eye drops to rinse your eyes if you feel that some sand got into them. Don’t make the mistake of using beach water to rinse your contacts, let alone your eyes, in such situations. Saltwater can cause serious eye irritations and extended eye-opening underwater can cause damage. Eye drops can also help you hydrate your eyes if they feel a bit dried out from all the wind blowing on the beach. A few drops should help you feel less irritated or itchy.

Make use of hand sanitizers
Considering the amount of sand and people at the beach, you cannot guarantee that your hands are clean enough. And because rinsing your hands with beach water is not a safe idea if you will be touching your eyes or contacts next, hand sanitizer solution is your best option for sterilization of any bacteria. To avoid contaminating your eyes, sanitize your hands before you take off your contacts and before you put them back on.

Make sure that your contact lenses have UV filters
Because the beach is most likely going to be very sunny, you should wear contact lenses with UV filters. UV filters will help protect your eyes from the sun as excessive sun exposure can develop eye conditions such as photokeratitis. A good sun hat, a pair of sunglasses and UV protection contact lenses such as Acuvue will also be your allies for safe and fun activities in the sun. 

Stay hydrated
Due to the harsh weather you might experience at the beach, hydration is important. This is because excessive sun or wind exposure can cause dehydration thereby potentially reducing the natural tears your eyes produce for hydration and comfort. Without these important tears, your eyes might feel dry and itchy. So make sure to drink enough water, consume juicy fruits, and reduce your intake of alcoholic drinks. You’ll be quite thirsty if you consume a lot of alcohol. 

Make use of daily disposable contact lenses
Let’s imagine you have reached the end of your sun-filed beach day. Your skin is glowing, you feel rested and your contact lenses have been through a lot, but it was all worth it! As soon as your day is officially over, it could be a safe idea to get rid of your contact lenses. After all the water, sand, wind, eye drops and more, throwing them away can help reduce the risk of getting your eyes infected. This is why you are better off using disposable contact lenses. This way you don’t have to waste long-term reusable contact lenses and you get to really enjoy your trip without fear of ruining your contact lenses. So have fun, just remember to take care of your contact lenses if you plan to keep using them throughout the day. These contact lens tips can make it a lot easier for you.

Avoid taking naps while wearing your contact lenses
The hot beach sun may be perfect for taking a nap, but before indulging in that simple pleasure, remember to remove your contact lenses. Generally, it is not advised to sleep with your contact lenses on and this is no different while you’re on the beach. Before taking that nap, take out your lenses and keep them safe in your contact lens case. Shield your eyes from the sun with a hat and enjoy the nice weather.

 

Make sure to be careful while you’re at the beach and see an eye doctor if you experience any contact lens concerns, problems or prolonged irritation afterward. Choosing your contact lens carefully can also help make your beach trip a lot easier, we have a wide range of quality contact lenses at Kodak Lens Vision Centres for you. Contact us or check out our website for more information and professional eye care tips for all your visual and eye health needs! 

 

Myopia in Children

Myopia in Children

Myopia in Children

What you need to know about nearsightedness also known as myopia?

Nearsightedness, or myopia, is a condition that has become one of the three leading causes of legal blindness in the world. Commonly beginning in childhood and progressing throughout our adult lives, myopia affects an estimated 30% of the Canadian population.

In myopia, the shape of the eye is abnormally long or the cornea is too curved.  Rather than light being focused directly and precisely into the retina, the eye or retina shape causes light to converge and focus in front of the retina, blurring faraway objects.

In children, onset is now being observed earlier than ever before, with symptoms beginning at around 6-7 years and increasing drastically from grades 1-8 during the eye’s rapid growth years. It is now estimated that 1/3 of these cases are left undiagnosed and untreated. That is because most children do not complain. If they do, they may only comment on difficulty seeing farther away, eye rubbing, headaches or may position themselves more closely to see things.

Even in lower amounts, myopia is associated with increased risk of serious eye disorders including macular degeneration, retinal detachment, cataracts, and glaucoma. In childhood, it can create difficulties in school and learning.

While myopia is on the rise globally – particularly in children- researchers cannot point to a clear cause or mechanism. There is evidence between an increased risk of myopia and time spent indoors, performing closeup tasks such as using computers, phones and reading. Children are also more likely to develop myopia if their parents are nearsighted.

Treatment and Prevention

As reversal of myopia is not possible at a young age, treatment focuses on slowing its progression, which is known as myopia control. Treatment can protect children’s eye health in the long run from serious complications, though they must continue to wear speciality eyeglasses or contact lenses to reduce myopia progression.

Low-Dose Atropine Drops: 

Atropine eye drops, the very same ones used to dilate your pupils during an eye exam, may slow progression down between ages 5 to 18 years old. Daily nighttime administration is standard

Glasses or Contact Lenses: 

The most popular way of correcting myopia are eyeglasses or contact lenses. Depending on the degree of impact, children may either need to wear these daily or only when distance vision is required such as reading chalkboards, playing ball or watching movies. If your child prefers contact lenses, they are also a good option for active children, but they do require good hygiene practices and care. We can teach children how to insert, remove and care for contact lenses or have the parents help out when needed until they practice enough and learn to do it themselves.

Ortho-K (Orthokeratology) Contact Lenses: 

Some children with mild myopia could benefit from Ortho-K lenses, which are worn overnight to temporarily flatten the cornea and correct vision. During the day, the reshaped cornea will correctly converge light and improve vision without the need for eyeglasses or normal soft contact lenses. Ortho-K is 30-100% effective according to current research. Ortho-K is a specialty process and treatment plan that takes time to fit to achieve certain results. The lenses use a hard contact lens material, which requires more training and practice for insertion and removal. We recommend consulting with an Optometrist to help explain Orthokeratology and determine if your child is a good candidate.

Outdoor Time: 

Time outdoors is specifically important for kids with myopia as it allows the eye muscles an opportunity to relax and prevent eye strain. Research has shown that children who spend at least 90 minutes in natural sunlight each day have slower rates of myopia progression. Always make sure to wear hats, sunglasses, and sunscreen to protect your eyes from the sun’s harmful UV light.

Regular Checkups

Typically, children should have eye examinations at 3 to 6 months and every year since the Ontario government covers children 19 and under for an annual eye health exam with a valid OHIP (Ontario Health Insurance Plan) card. If you have a family history of nearsightedness or other conditions, it is especially important to get regular check ups. Children with a high degree of myopia require more frequent checkups if interested in a treatment plan for myopia control and to ensure their eyes remain healthy.

Learn more about myopia in children from the American Academy of Pediatrics: https://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/eyes/Pages/Myopia-Nearsightedness.aspx

Read about myopia from the Canadian Association of Optometrists here: https://opto.ca/sites/default/files/resources/documents/myopia_position_statement_with_references_october_23_2018_0.pdf

Team Canada U24 Ultimate Frisbee Sponsor

Team Canada U24 Ultimate Frisbee Sponsor

Team Canada U24 Ultimate 2018 Teams

We Sponsored Team Canada U24 Ultimate Frisbee!

 

Kodak Lens Vision Centres and Ultimate Canada is excited to announce that we are the program sponsor for the new 2019 U24 National Teams.

Why sponsor Team Canada U24 Ultimate?

For a long time, Dr. Linda Tse has been making sure Reve Chan, U24 mixed athlete, and her family’s eyes are healthy and have excellent vision. Reve and her mom reached out to Dr. Linda Tse for support to aid Reve’s journey to compete at the WFDF 2019 World Under-24 Ultimate Championships. Instead of a personal donation, Dr. Linda Tse and her son, Taylor who is also an avid ultimate player and manager at Kodak Lens Vision Centres decided to sponsor Team Canada U24. As an ultimate player and eye care professional, Taylor understands the importance of vision on the field and would like to encourage Team Canada U24 Ultimate to further spread the message of taking care of your gift of sight. With Taylor’s ultimate background and experience sponsoring other Ultimate programs through the eyeTrust Network in 2015 and knowing some players on Team Canada, we feel it was right to support this community. Together, we can make a difference by providing Ultimate players, friends and their families visual solutions to ensure they’re seeing the best for success.

How can you further support Team Canada’s U24 Teams?

On top of the sponsorship, Kodak Lens Vision Centres is offering an exclusive promotion and fundraising initiative. Show your support by using or sharing promo code U24 with family and friends to get a discount on your eye care needs. Visit any of our 7 Kodak Lens Vision Centres in Toronto and GTA from June 10 to August 31st, 2019, to receive $15 off eye exams, complete prescription eyewear (new frame and lenses), non-prescription sunglasses and/or 6 month supply or more of contact lenses. For every purchase, $5 will be donated to support Team Canada’s U24 teams’ journey to gold to compete in the WFDF 2019 World Under-24 Ultimate Championships in Germany from July 13-20, 2019. Your support will help raise funds for each Canadian athlete to represent Canada in this world tournament. Help these athletes fulfil their dreams to compete on a world level and strive for a championship. Your support will be greatly appreciated!

Not in Toronto or GTA, but still want to support Team Canada U24 Ultimate?

Orders such as contact lenses can be made online here: Online Contact Lens Ordering. We offer competitive pricing, price matching, free shipping, professional advice and a great warranty.

About Us:

With seven locations within the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), and over 30 years of experience, Kodak Lens and Kodak Lens Vision Centres is a brand you know and trust. Every day enjoy rich, crisp, and vibrant colour vision with Kodak Lenses. Our vision centres have a wide frame selection and Doctors of Optometry on site 6 to 7 days a week. We have a mission to provide excellence in vision care and remarkable patient experiences. We are dedicated to preserving and enhancing your vision to the highest level possible; using the most advanced technology and customizing to your personal needs.

How are we different than other eye care providers?

  • Doctors of Optometry providing trusted, reliable eye care
  • Visible, easy to understand pricing
  • Options for every budget
  • Package pricing of frames and lenses starting at $95!
  • Great selection from smart to designer frames
  • Offering KODAK Lenses – a brand you know and trust
  • Help people see the colours of life with KODAK Lenses
  • Support the community through our KODAK Lens values and brand personality:Family: Create a sense of belonging by embracing others and sharing moments.

Optimism: Be positive and inspire positivity in what we do.

Trusted: By being humane and having integrity. We build upon the heritage of a ‘trusted’ brand that spans the decades.

Click here for full sponsorship announcement from Ultimate Canada

Summer Planning Guide & Sun Protection Tips

Summer Planning Guide & Sun Protection Tips

Summer Planning Guide & Sun Protection Tips

100 Days of Summer!

In the Northern Hemisphere, summer begins from June to September. That only leaves us with certain amount of days to really enjoy it. Summer in Canada means one thing: a whole lot of fun! We’ve all been waiting for the sun and trying to plan exhilarating summer activities can be stressful. Here’s some recommendations and tips that will make an awesome and memorable summer in Toronto or wherever you are.

Summer Recommendations:

  1. Adventure in Canada’s amazing local and national parks to enjoy a picnic. It can be near water, a beach, in the forest, community park or wherever your heart desires. Invite your friends and family to enjoy a delicious meal and drinks with a sunny and beautiful summer scenery.
  2. Grab your friends and take a stroll in Canada’s many monuments. Take the time to discover (or re-discover) your city’s most vibrant and diverse neighbourhoods or attractions. You might find some hidden gems or a brand new experience that you will never forget.
  3. Keep it homey by enjoying the great outdoors with some great company in your backyard or nearby park by hosting a barbeque. All it takes is some good food and drinks to bring all your favourite people together. Picture yourself just having fun with friends and enjoying the sun with clear blue skies.
  4. Gather a group, find a pool and have a summer pool party. Summer may not be super long, but being near water and having a blast seems like time is on your side.
  5. Go for a hike, run or walk. With Canada’s beautiful terrain there is many places to explore. Be free!

Summer Tips:

  1. With Canada’s UV Index ranging from 6 (high) to 9 (very high), we recommend to cover up, wear a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen when spending a lot of time outdoors and protecting yourself from the sun’s strong ultraviolet light.
  2. Drink lots of water or beverages that will help you stay hydrated and cool.
  3. Most importantly, experience life to the fullest and see the colours of life! Make sure your vision is in tip top condition to continuously see well and the amazing things this world holds. Book an eye exam with us and we will make sure you’re seeing the best for success.

Summer Promotion:

Purchase an annual supply of Biotrue Daily Disposable lenses and receive a 100 DAYS OF SUMMER redemption ticket with your purchase. This ticket is valid within 30 days from your invoice date. When redeeming this ticket, you can get $100 off your non-prescription sunglasses. Also, if you purchase an annual supply of ANY contact lens then you can receive $50 off non-rx sunglasses which you can claim within 30 days of invoice date!

Summary:

Annual Supply of BIOTRUE Daily Disposables = $100 off Plano Sunnies!
Annual Supply of all other contact lenses = $50 off Plano Sunnies!
Must claim within 30 days of annual supply invoice date!

Do You Struggle With Bright Light?

Do You Struggle With Bright Light?

 DO YOU STRUGGLE WITH BRIGHT LIGHT?

At Kodak Lens Vision Centres, we are one of the very first to offer the new ACUVUE® OASYS with Transitions™ Light Intelligent Technology™. We strive to bring new eye care innovations that will help improve your quality of life. Experience this new technology today! Book a contact lens fitting at our Kodak Lens Vision Centre locations to get a free trial Acuvue Oasys with Transitions contact lenses today or see below for more details and current promotion.

ACUVUE OASYS WITH TRANSITIONS IS THE FIRST-OF-ITS-KIND CONTACT LENS THAT SEAMLESSLY ADAPTS TO CHANGING LIGHT.

Distinguished as TIME Magazine’s best invention of 2018, this new innovative contact lens can help you:

  1. Reduce bothersome light at any points throughout the day or night
  2. Always have indoor and outdoor light protection when wearing the contact lens
  3. Have all day soothing vision during daytime and nighttime

How does it work?

Just like eyeglass Transition lenses, this contact lens is activated by UV and HEV light. The contact lens darkens based on factors such as exposure to UV and HEV light, ocular temperature, and UV index. Click button below to see the true performance of the contact lens at ocular surface temperature.

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We are thrilled to announce that Kodak Lens Vision Centres is one of the first accounts in North America to receive the newest technology in contact lens innovation. Introducing, ACUVUE Oasys with Transitions! The most popular lens in the world now comes with Transition Lens Technology. One of TIME MAGAZINE’s best inventions of 2018. Book an appointment at any of our Kodak Lens Vision Centre locations today to try this lens out! 7 locations in Toronto & GTA.

Misight® 1 Day: Myopia Control Contact Lenses

Misight® 1 Day: Myopia Control Contact Lenses

MiSight® 1 day: Myopia Control Contact Lenses

Do you have myopia (nearsightedness)? In a typical eye, light focuses on the retina for a sharp and clear image. In a myopic eye, the eyeball grows too long. This means light focuses in front of the retina making distance vision blurry. As your child grows, their eyes continue to grow meaning their myopia is likely to worsen. This can have significant impact on their everyday life and possibly lead to future eye health problems.

What you should know about nearsightedness:

Myopia usually starts around 8-12 years old and continues to get progressively worse until the child stops growing. The younger a child is when they first become nearsighted, the worse their prescription is likely to become. Most children who become nearsighted at a young age are often totally reliant on glasses to see by the time they have stopped growing.

Being reliant on glasses to see well leads to greater challenges in many aspects of everyday life – especially when growing up. Later in life, nearsightedness can lead to eye heath and vision issues; the more nearsighted you are, the greater these risks become.1 It’s really important to look at solutions to slow down the speed at which nearsightedness progresses.

Do you know the impact myopia has on the world?

More than 50% of the global population will develop myopia by 20502

What you can do about nearsightedness (Myopia):

Catching and treating myopia early can slow its progression, reducing the severity of myopia and in turn reducing the associated risk of developing these more serious eye conditions.2,3 Our Optometrists understand the importance of keeping myopia under control. There are many current treatment options available:

  1. Multifocal Spectacles
  2. Orthokeratology (ortho-K)
  3. Soft Multifocal Contact Lenses
  4. Atropine

Slowing myopia progression can significantly reduce the risk of myopia-related complications and vision loss later in life.

  • High levels of myopia can lead to substantial vision loss due to axial elongaton3
  • Myopia significantly increases the risk of retinal detachment and myopic maculopathy3
  • Even low myopia levels are associated with an increased prevalence of glaucoma and cataracts3
Millions of children across Canada are poised to benefit from a breakthrough therapy that addresses the fast-growing issue of myopia (nearsightedness), which is projected to negatively affect more than 50 percent of the world’s population by 20502.

CooperVision MiSight® 1 day contact lenses are now available for fitting by our Eye Care Professionals. It is the world’s first one-day soft contact lens clinically proven to substantially slow the progression of myopia in children. They look and feel like ordinary one day soft contact lenses, but they have a very different optical design called ActivControl™ Technology. Our Optometrists have been trained and educated to offer this unique contact lens solution.

MiSight 1 day contact lenses were studied over three years in children as young as age eight

MiSight® 1 day has been shown to reduce myopia progression by more than half versus a single-vision one-day lens1,4. Over three years, children wearing MiSight® 1 day had 59 percent less myopia progression and 52 percent less axial elongation on average than those wearing a single-vision one-day lens1. The innovative contact lens is designed for children who have a myopia prescription from -0.25 to -6.00. Its ActivControl® Technology addresses both axial elongation and refractive error4.

MiSight 1 day contact lenses are child-friendly and fit their active lifestyles

The lens is designed for children’s ease of use and parental peace of mind. In a multi-center study, 100 percent of children who had never worn contact lenses before found MiSight® 1 day easy to remove after one month of wear4. After a single month of wear, 85 percent of children said the lenses were easy to insert4. Children were found to have not changed their daily activities, and their wearing experiences were similar to those of children wearing a single-vision lens1. Children as young as age eight and new to contact lenses reported ease of handling‡. 90% of children said they preferred wearing their MiSight 1 day contact lenses over wearing their spectacles.* ≥ 98% reported seeing well while playing outdoors.* 90% of children reported seeing well while doing schoolwork, reading, watching TV, and playing video games.‡

Children agreed that MiSight 1 day gave them clear vision at a variety of distances during everyday activites. Parents in the same study also had a highly positive response, noting their children could mostly manage their lens wear independently. Prior to dispensing contact lenses, less than half of the parents were extremely at ease with their child wearing contact lenses, but this increased significantly to 79 percent after just one month and remained high through the two-year mark4. After their children had worn MiSight® 1 day contact lenses for three years, 100 percent of parents rated their children “happy” with the overall experience1,5

References: 1. Chamberlain P, back A, Lazon P, et al. 3 year effectiveness of a dual-focus 1 day soft contact lens for myopia control. Presented at the 40th British Contact Lens Association Clinical Conference and Exhibition; 10 June 2017; Liverpool, United Kingdom. 2.Holden BA, Fricke TR, Wilson DA, et al. Global prevalence of myopia and high myopia and temporal trends from 2000 through 2050. Ophthalmology. 2016;123(5):1036-1042. 3. Flitcroft DI. The complex interactions of retinal, optical and environmental factors in myopia aetiology. Prof Retin Eye Res. 2012;31(6):622-660. 4. Data on file, Coopervision. 5. Tiderman JW, Snabel MC, Tedja MS, et al. Assocation of axial length with risk of uncorrectable visual impairment for Europeans with myopia. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2016;134(12):1355-1363.

*Over a three-year period of studying MiSight® 1 day contact lenses in children 8-15 years; 1 week through 3 year visits. †As reported by parents. After 1 month of wear 100% of the children found the lens easy to remove and 85% of who have never worn contact lenses before find the lenses easy to insert. ‡ From one-week through three-year visits.