Poor Vision Affects Child Development

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Poor Vision Affects Child Development

We’ve heard it before; an undetected vision or eye health problem can affect a child’s academic performance. However, you might not have heard it can also affect a child’s behaviour and social skills. “Most parents and guardians aren’t aware that an undiagnosed vision problem goes beyond poor academic performance,” says optometrist and member of the Ontario Association of Optometrists, Dr. Rajvinder Pabla.

In fact, poor vision can lead to reduced social interaction because of the inability to see properly. A child may shy away or be excluded from playing team sports since their vision problem is affecting their hand-eye coordination. They may also avoid watching the latest 3D movie with their friends because they have reduced depth perception that can cause discomfort or headaches and can’t enjoy the movie the way their friends can. 

“It’s unfortunate. They could be interacting with their peers and developing socially, but because they have an undetected vision problem they avoid certain social activities or are excluded from them,” says Dr. Pabla. Along with social interactions, an undetected vision problem can affect a child’s behaviour in the classroom.  Dr. Pabla explains, a child who is hyperopic (farsighted) may have problems reading and focusing on their textbooks. If their hyperopia continues to go undiagnosed, they may try avoiding their work and in the process become disruptive out of frustration. 

“Too often, some children are labelled as the ‘problem’ or ‘bad’ child when in fact their behaviour stems from an undiagnosed vision problem,” says Dr. Pabla. “Most of these kids don’t complain about their vision because they either have a hard time articulating their vision problem or think everyone sees like them.”That is why a comprehensive eye exam is critical to a child’s overall development. Eye exams conducted by an optometrist can detect, diagnose and treat eye conditions that may be the root cause of a child’s behaviour or reclusive tendencies. 

The Ontario Association of Optometrists recommends children start receiving comprehensive eye exams at 6 months, before starting kindergarten and every year thereafter. “A child’s eye health status can change yearly, so as parents and guardians, we have to make sure our children go on a yearly basis once they start school. Even if they are fine one year, with growth, their prescription can change as well as the status of their binocular vision – how the two eyes work together,” says Dr. Pabla. 

An undetected vision or eye health problem may be holding your child back socially and interfering with their behaviour.  An optometrist can help remove the vision-related barriers that may be hindering your child from living a full and enriched life. 

Is your child really ready to learn?

The back-to-school season is a great opportunity to think about how a child sees the world. With 80 per cent of classroom learning being visual, the importance of good vision can’t be overlooked. 

“School can be hard enough without adding poor vision into the mix,” said optometrist Dr. Jeffrey Guthrie. “Parents assume their child will tell them if they can’t see well, but children with poor vision don’t know what normal vision looks like. Regular comprehensive eye exams are the only way to make sure a child’s vision is where it should be.” 

OHIP covers annual eye exams for children up to 19 years old, yet only 14 per cent of Canadian children under the age of six have had a comprehensive eye exam before entering their first year of school. In Ontario, one in four children has an undetected vision problem that is affecting their ability to learn.

Research shows that children with good vision go on to perform better in the classroom and in extra-curricular activities. “In addition to affecting their grades, poor vision can impact a child’s social development and hand-eye coordination in physical activities. Yearly comprehensive eye exams will detect a vision problem before it hinders a child’s academic and social success,” said Dr. Guthrie.

The Ontario Association of Optometrists recommends that every child have their first eye exam at six months old to ensure proper eye development, again at two to three years old and every year thereafter. While notebooks and pencils are important purchases ahead of the school year, a trip to the optometrist should be at the top of the list. It’s the only way to ensure children are really ready to tackle the school year.

Seeing is Succeeding

Poor vision can seriously impact a child’s path in life. Today’s children are equipped with resources and learning materials older generations would never have fathomed such as computers and digital devices. Still, with all these tools at their disposal, some children inexplicably fall behind. The unexpected reason may be an undetected vision problem. 

 “Vision is more than seeing clearly; it’s the ability to comfortably see, ensuring the front and back of the eye is healthy and process visual information. This means vision problems can lead to inefficiencies, possibly affecting a child’s overall performance in life,” said Dr. Radhika Chawla, Board Member of the Ontario Association of Optometrists (OAO). 

Like many optometrists, she believes the consequences of poor vision for a child are greater than many parents may think, making annual, comprehensive eye exams crucial for children as they learn and develop. These exams go beyond the simple vision screenings performed in school or by a physician, as they can detect subtle vision and eye health problems with a variety of tools and tests.

“Since 80 per cent of learning is visual, poor vision can cause academic issues. A child may have difficulty reading books since they frequently lose their place or have a hard time focusing on numbers and letters. This limits their ability to use the information at their disposal, making it difficult to complete their work and other classroom activities,” stated Dr. Chawla.  

Children with undetected vision problems may have a hard time solving puzzles, recognizing letters and numbers and writing since their vision does not allow them to perform these visual tasks with ease. When a child cannot take advantage of the available information and resources, they may fail to learn at the rate of their peers. This may cause frustration, making them feel less capable than their classmates. 

Declining academic performance is not the only area of a child’s life that can be hit hard by a vision problem. “Sometimes poor vision affects a child’s social behaviour,” warned Dr. Chawla. “Certain vision problems can result in symptoms similar to those identified with Attention Deficient Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). When a child has trouble focusing, they may not pay close attention to details or become easily distracted, showing overlapping symptoms to ADHD.” 

Poor vision can take a toll on a child’s social skills (i.e. lack of eye contact) and interactions, since they feel unable to try new things due to limited vision. It can also affect a child’s ability to participate in physical activities, and may lead to frequent falls, trips, bumps and bruises due to their lack of coordination.

“The visual system contributes to gross and fine motor skills. A child with a vision problem may find it difficult to play on the playground, perform close work accurately and even participate in sports,” explained Dr. Chawla.  Signs and symptoms of a vision problem may include squinting, headaches, dizziness or nausea. They may also rub or touch their eyes excessively and have a strong reaction to light. Additionally, some children may exhibit lesser known symptoms, such as poor handwriting and mistaking the letters “p” for “q” and “b” for “d”. 

Since vision impacts every aspect of a child’s life, “It’s important for parents to know the importance of annual comprehensive eye exams to identify early signs of a vision problem, since children very rarely alert their parents that they are experiencing any difficulties visually. A child won’t know they have a vision problem since they assume their vision is normal,” remarked Dr. Chawla. With one in four children having a vision problem, an eye exam may be the key to unlocking a child’s full potential.

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Team Canada U24 Ultimate Frisbee Sponsor

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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

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Summer Planning Guide & Sun Protection Tips

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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! 
 
 
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Introducing Specsy: Bespoke 3D Printed Eyewear

Specsy: Bespoke 3D Printed Eyewear

We are always on top of eye care innovation at Kodak Lens | Toronto Eyecare. We would like to introduce Specsy. Together, we are offering bespoke​ ​3D​ ​printed​ ​eyewear designed & made specifically for you.

On October 6, 2017, Specsy has announced the launch of their technology driven 3D printed custom eyewear line. Offering custom frames that are designed in-store with augmented reality and crafted through 3D printing, Specsy is leading the way in frame innovation. On June 23, 2018, Specsy provided us with training and a retail ready app to design custom glasses tailored to the patient’s aesthetic preferences and technical requirements. The Specsy app uses augmented reality, allowing patients to design frames on a live image of their face. We use Specsy’s patent pending measurement tool to verify all dimensions of the patient’s custom frames, including bridge and temples.

“After extensive research and development, we are thrilled to be introducing cutting edge innovation and technology to the optical field” said Milan Madhavji, Specsy’s Head of Product Development.

Based out of Ontario, Specsy utilizes an in-house multi-colour 3D printer to craft their frames. By taking advantage of the most cutting edge technology available in 3D printing, Specsy frames achieve a durability level previously unattainable in 3D printing. Kodak Lens | Toronto Eyecare is offering a custom Specsy frame for $450 CAD. Click here to receive 10% off on your order. With a plastic resin frame forming their core collection, Specsy has their eyes set on offering a custom metal frame in the first quarter of 2018 and new innovative materials into the future. More information is available on their website specsy.com.

About​ ​Specsy

Based out of Toronto, Specsy was started with the belief that glasses are one of the most intimate items you share with the world. So why, in a land full of curated coffees, personalized playlists, and customizable everythings, are we still mass producing glasses? Using our expertise for 3D printing in the field of healthcare, we decided that it was time for a shift. Our goal is simple: craft 3D printed, one-of-a kind glasses that are the perfect fit for your style and shape. Specsy uses cutting edge, multi-colour, 3D printers to create a foundation. After the 8 hour printing process, the one-of-a-kind frames spend 3 days going through a multi-step finishing procedure while being assembled and inspected by hand.

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Shoppers Drug Mart Discount

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Shoppers Drug Mart Discount

Dear Shoppers Drug Mart Employee,

Kodak Lens | Toronto Eyecare, Kodak Lens | Harwood Eyecare, and Kodak Lens | Centerpoint Eyecare is pleased to partner with Shoppers Drug Mart to offer you an exclusive eye care benefit. All employees can receive the benefits below.

Benefits:

  • $75 for a Comprehensive Eye Health Exam
  • Save 10% off any eyewear package. Discount is applicable for any complete prescription eyeglasses (frame and lenses). Purchases must be $145 or more.

To receive these benefits, visit or call us and let us know you’re a Shoppers Drug Mart employee when booking an eye health exam appointment or ordering new prescription eyewear.

The following Shoppers Drug Mart locations are eligible for this discount:

  1. 279 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M5B 1N8 (Store Number: 1402)
  2. 333 Bay St, Toronto ON M5H 2R2 (Store Number: 1441)
  3. 220 Yonge St, Toronto ON M5B 2H1 (Store Number: 824 – Inside Eaton Centre)
  4. 314 Harwood Avenue South, Ajax ON L1S 2J1 (Store Number: 967)
  5. 6428 Yonge St, North York, ON M2M 3X4 (Store Number: 872 – Inside Centerpoint Mall)

Known for quality and superior optical technology, Kodak Lenses is a dependable brand you know and trust.

Disclaimer: Eye care benefits offered to the selected Shoppers Drug Mart stores can be subjected to change without notice.

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10% OFF FOR NEW PATIENTS

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10% off for New Patients

Thanks for choosing us. If you’re a new patient or customer, you can save 10% off any eyewear package purchase.

How?

Step 1: Subscribe to our e-mail list to download coupon to your mobile device or computer by clicking on the “Get Coupon Now” button at the top. A full page pop up should show to subscribe. Refresh and clear cookies and cache if pop does not show. Once full name and e-mail is entered, press submit. Your browser will automatically download coupon directly on your device. Print it if you would like.

Step 2: Visit any of our locations. Show us the printed coupon or on your mobile device.

Step 3: We will honour 10% off your first complete eyewear purchase with us.

Please note: Discount is applicable for any new customer’s first order of complete prescription eyewear (frame and prescription lenses). Purchases must be $100 or more. Only one promo can be used during purchase. If purchasing multiple pairs, take advantage of our Buy One Get One 20% off promo. See in store for full details.

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Northern Financial Group Wellness Discount

Northern Financial Group Wellness Discount

Dear Member,

Kodak Lens Vision Centres is pleased to partner with Northern Financial Group Wellness to offer you an exclusive eye care benefit. All members can receive the benefits below. To receive these benefits, visit or call us and let us know you’re a Northern Financial Group Wellness member when booking an eye health exam appointment or ordering new prescription eyewear.

Benefits:

  • $75 for a Comprehensive Eye Health Exam
  • Save 10% off any eyewear package. Discount is applicable for any complete prescription eyeglasses (frame and lenses). Purchases must be $145 or more.

Known for quality and superior optical technology, Kodak Lenses is a dependable brand you know and trust.

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EXCLUSIVE UNIVERSITY, COLLEGE & POST SECONDARY STUDENT DISCOUNTS

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EXCLUSIVE UNIVERSITY, COLLEGE, & POST SECONDARY STUDENT DISCOUNTS

As a student, you need to focus on studying, assignments, projects, and learning. Life brings you many challenges that involves worrying about your health, eating well, exercising and managing your finances. We know it’s tough managing everything so at Kodak Lens Vision Centres we want to make sure your eye care needs are taken care of. We have all the bells and whistles such as our online systems to book appointments and submitting your insurance claims directly, advanced eye care technology, transparent pricing and a wide range of eye care products, eyewear and services.

Our experienced and personable Optometrists, Opticians and Optometric Assistants would like to offer you a remarkable eye care experience to ensure you’re seeing the best for success! Your eye health is important to us so not only we educate you about your eyes and recommend the best visual solutions, we provide exclusive discounts to university, college and post secondary students.

Kodak Lens | Toronto Eyecare 20/20 Student Offer:

We have partnered with Ryerson University Student Union (RSU) to offer the following savings to Ryerson students. RSU student plans do provide vision benefits coverage, click here to view your coverage.

Eyewear packages start at $95, which includes the frame, lenses and the Kodak CleAR anti-glare and anti-scratch coatings. We have a wide eyewear selection from Smart to Designer frames.

*Offer to Ryerson Students only available at our Kodak Lens | Toronto Eyecare location at 364 Yonge Street (across from the Ryerson Student Learning Centre). Note: please bring your myBenefits card to show us when you visit us.

Student Care Network Offer:

All of our locations are also part of the Student Care Network. Check out their website to see if your university or college is on the list. If your university or college is involved with Student Care then we can provide you:

  • $75 for eye exam
  • 30% off purchase of frame and lenses up to a max of $75 (Purchase must be $100 or more)
  • Direct Insurance Billing Available

Here’s the full list of StudentCare’s universities and colleges in Ontario:

  1. University of Waterloo undergraduate students(FEDS)
  2. CCNM  Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (NSA)
  3. McMaster University (GSA)
  4. CMCC  Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College Students’ Council
  5. Sheridan College (SSU)
  6. Queen’s University (AMS)
  7. WLU  Wilfrid Laurier University Graduate Students’Association (GSA)
  8. University of Waterloo graduate students (GSA)
  9. Sault College (SCSU)
  10. Mohawk College (MSA)
  11. UWO  The University of Western Ontario Society of Graduate Students (SOGS)
  12. Carleton University Undergraduate Students(CUSA)
  13. University of Toronto Graduate Students’ Union(UTGSU)
  14. OCADU
  15. University of Toronto Students’ Union (UTSU)
  16. Conestoga Students Inc (CSI)
  17. University of Windsor Students Alliance (UWSA)
Spencer Health Network / We Speak Student Offer:
 

All of our locations are also part of the We Speak Student. Check out their website to see if your university or college is on the list. If your university or college is involved with Spencer Health Network / We Speak Student then we can provide you:

  • $75 for eye exam
  • 15% off when you purchase a complete pair (frame and lenses)
    – Complete pair must amount to $100 or more

Here’s the full list of We Speak Student’s universities and colleges in Ontario:

  1. Algonquin College
  2. Ambrose University
  3. Burman University
  4. Cambrian College
  5. Canadore College
  6. Centennial College
  7. Confederation College
  8. Crandall University
  9. Durham College
  10. Fanshawe College
  11. Fleming College
  12. George Brown College
  13. Humber and Guelph-Humber
  14. Lakehead University
  15. Lakeland College
  16. Lambton College
  17. Loyalist College
  18. McMaster University
  19. Michener Institute 
  20. Niagara College
  21. Nipissing University
  22. Northern College
  23. Seneca College
  24. St. Clair College
  25. St. Lawrence College
  26. The Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences
  27. Trent University – Oshawa
  28. King’s University College
  29. UNB Fredericton
  30. UNB Saint John
  31. York University (Grad students only)

See in store for more details and let’s help you See The Colours of Life. Known for quality and superior optical technology, Kodak Lenses is a dependable brand you know and trust.

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