Sun damage to your eyes, eye sunburn, and more conditions to look out for this summer

Sun damage to your eyes, eye sunburn, and more conditions to look out for this summer

Sun damage to your eyes, eye sunburn, and more conditions to look out for this summer

As you enjoy summer, there are a few safety recommendations we’d like to share with you so that you can make the most out of this season while still being healthy and responsible. Let’s talk about sun protection. Wearing a hat (with a brim all the way around) is an easy way to shade your ears, face, and neck¹. Wearing sunscreen is also an obvious choice to keep your skin healthy and secure, but how can you protect your eyes?

While most people will remember to wear hats or apply sunscreen to protect their skin from overexposure to UV light, most overlook the fact that the eyes also require protection from UV rays.

UV rays and the eyes

According to the AAO (American Academy of Ophthalmology), you should wear proper eye protection from an early age to protect your eyes from the long-term effects of ultraviolet exposure. This is because the eye’s surface tissues, among other parts like the lens and cornea, can be damaged by natural sunlight rays².

Luckily, there is a sure way to prevent this damage. Using UV-blocking sunglasses is the best way to protect you from the commonly overlooked dangers of UV light on the eyes. You can stop by any of our Kodak Lens Vision Centres locations to find the best pair of sunglasses for you or you can also check out our Look Book to browse through our available models.

Did you know you can get a sunburn on your eyes?

It might not be as well-known, but you can definitely get an eye sunburn (photokeratitis). Sunburned eyes occur when UV rays cause inflammation and subsequently damage the eye’s surface and parts like the cornea.

Symptoms of photokeratitis (eye sunburn):

The eyes experience short-term and long-term symptoms from UV ray exposure. Short-term effects of overexposure to UV rays, like eye sunburn, are characterized by the following symptoms;

  • Pain in the eyes
  • Redness
  • Light sensitivity
  • Gritty feeling, as if you have sand in your eyes
  • Headaches
  • Watery eyes
  • Eyelid swelling or twitching
  • Tearing
  • Blurred vision
  • Seeing halos

However, eye sunburns aren’t the only problem you should be worried about. UV sunlight has other serious consequences.

8 sun damage conditions that can happen to your eyes

Here are 8 UV-related sun damage conditions you should be aware of this summer.

1. Corneal sunburn

This condition is painful and develops when the corneal epithelial cells are damaged by harmful UV light, leaving corneal nerves (underneath) damaged and exposed³.

2. Cataracts

Studies have also linked years of harmful UV exposure to an increased risk of getting cataracts – an eye condition characterized by the clouding of eye lenses and commonly linked with aging⁴.

3. Photokeratitis

This is a medical condition that manifests after being exposed to UV rays. It is distinguished by the damage inflicted on the corneal epithelial cells. The symptoms generally vary based on the degree of exposure to UV light and they can be mild to severe pain⁵.

4. AMD (Age-Related Macular Degeneration)

UV light is also linked to AMD, an eye disease that blurs the central vision. AMD occurs when UV light damages the macula (part of the light-sensitive retina tissues responsible for controlling sharp straight-ahead central vision). This makes it difficult to view faces, read, control machinery, drive, or perform other close-up tasks. In serious cases, AMD can cause loss of vision, especially among older persons⁶.

5. Growths on the Eye

 

Long-term sun damage is also linked to conditions like “pterygium” characterized by growth on the eye’s conjunctive that blurs or blocks vision⁷.

6. Sunspots in your eye

Sun damage can also cause colored freckle-like sunspots that resemble moles on your skin. The sun spots can occur around the iris, under the retina, or in the front of the eye. Although the sun spots can be harmless, there’s a risk of them becoming cancerous⁸.

7. Aging

This isn’t exactly an eye condition. However, UV rays can accelerate eye aging by triggering responses like squinting, which deepen wrinkles around the eyes in the long term. A pair of sunglasses can easily prevent UV damage-related facial aging.

8. Pinguecula and pterygia

Exposure to UV radiation can also cause “pinguecula” and “pterygium”, both of which are eye conditions characterized by growths on the clear covering of the sclera (conjunctiva) or white part of the eyes⁹.

If you have any of the above-mentioned eye conditions, we invite you to book a consultation with one of our optometrists to get your eye health checked out and make sure you are taking proper care of your vision and eyes.

What does sun damage on the eyes look like?

Sun damage on the eyes will look like the underlying eye condition. As seen above, different conditions cause different eye health concerns and conditions:

  • Corneal sunburn resembles a skin sunburn with symptoms like redness
  • Cataracts linked to sun damage make the eyes (pupils) look cloudy
  • Sun spots look like freckles on the white part of the eye

Can you prevent sun damage to your eyes?

Yes. One of the best ways of preventing sun damage to your eyes is wearing UV-blocking sunglasses. Fortunately, you can look into our resources to learn more about the top sunglasses to consider for the summer of 2023. You can also find other great UV-blocking sunglasses on our Look Book, with several different UV-blocking sunglasses options to consider. Remember, good quality sunglasses can block up to 99% UVA and UVB light.

How to treat eye damage from the sun

If you already have UV-linked eye damage, all is not lost. You can take the following actions/steps to improve, manage or treat the underlying eye condition.

  • Stay in a dark room
  • Remove contact lenses (for those that wear them)
  • Switch to your eyeglasses instead
  • Place a cool, damp washcloth over your eyes
  • Use artificial tears to relieve a variety of symptoms and provide relief and comfort. You can check out our “Top eye drops we carry” blog to know more about it.
  • Avoid rubbing your eyes

Lastly, the best way to treat any eye damage from the sun is to book a consultation with one of our optometrists at Kodak Lens Vision Centres to learn the best course of action for your specific situation. Together, we can select your next pair of protective sunglasses and much more. There are also contact lenses that offer UV protection.

Feel free to visit us at any of our locations and we’ll help you get back to enjoying the summer in a safe and healthy way. In the meantime, consider wearing a hat with a wide brim and staying away from direct sunlight. Use an umbrella to provide extra shade and take breaks from the outdoors by going inside or finding a shady area if you plan to be out in the sun for a long time. If you have any questions about UV protection for your eyes or any other topic, you can click here to ask us directly and we would be happy to help.

Everything you should know about Transitions lenses

Everything you should know about Transitions lenses

Everything you should know about Transitions lenses

Your prescription eyeglasses provide you with the clearest vision possible in your daily life, but may not offer all the eye health protection you need in every environment. You can easily feel discomfort when you are out under the sun despite wearing your glasses. This is because of the constant exposure to UV rays, brightness, and glare outside. In this case, you need lenses that have sun and UV light protection. Sunglasses tend to be the obvious choice in this scenario, as long as they provide UV protection, but are they prescription sunglasses? Even if they are, is it really that convenient to be switching between your eyeglasses and sunglasses?

Transitions lenses provide a solution and give you the ability to wear the same glasses in all situations and environments. Whenever you are going back and forth between the indoors and outdoors, your Transitions lenses provide you with clear vision indoors and the protection you need under changing light conditions. At Kodak Lens Vision Centres, we provide a variety of Transitions lenses that you can choose from including Transitions Signature GEN 8, Transitions XTRActive, Transitions XTRActive Polarized, and ACUVUE Oasys contact lenses with Transitions. These innovations are a hassle-free visual solution to getting clear and comfortable vision at all times, not to mention the latest technology available for your comfort.

If Transitions lenses sound like the solution you have been waiting for, we recommend booking an eye exam to make sure your eyeglasses prescription is up to date. We can also discuss all the sun protection solutions and specifically Transitions lenses we recommend.

What are Transitions lenses?

Transitions lenses are adaptive lenses that darken when exposed to sunlight to block out harmful UVA and UVB rays. The lenses return back to clear when used indoors. These lenses adapt automatically to changing lighting conditions thereby providing the wearer with the needed level of UV protection at all times¹. Transitions Signature GEN 8 are the latest generation of Transitions lens technology.

How are Transitions lenses made?

Transitions lenses are made with a special photochromic material that gets activated by ultraviolet radiation in sunlight to darken the lenses. This material includes silver chloride, copper chloride, and chemical compounds similar to those used in the development of photographic film. Silver chloride contains molecules that gain an electron when exposed to ultraviolet light and then become a silver metal that is able to absorb visible light and turn darker in the process. Transitions lenses may also have an anti-reflective coating that helps enhance their performance².

Transitions products we offer

We dispense a variety of Transitions lenses with unique features that offer protection to your eyes at all times. Here are our top Transitions solutions and how they can provide comfort to your eyes under changing lighting conditions.

1. Transitions Signature GEN 8

This is the perfect lens for everyday life. It is also the clearest and fastest lens we carry. Transitions Signature GEN 8 darkens within seconds outdoors and returns to clear immediately when you get indoors. Check out our other blog post to learn more.

  • Transitions Signature GEN 8 blocks 100% UVA and UVB rays.
  • It also filters blue-violet light so that your eyes are comfortable whether you are indoors, outdoors or working with a screen.
  • Our Transitions Signature GEN 8 comes in seven colors including sapphire, amethyst, amber, emerald, grey, brown and graphite green.
  • Transitions Signature GEN 8 provides your eyes with a better vision experience and protection from bright lights.

2. Transitions XTRActive new generation

 

These lenses are designed for wearers who are very light-sensitive and those who are frequently exposed to bright light. Transitions XTRActive new generation lenses are specially designed using powerful dyes and the latest nano-composite matrix to provide the best extra darkness and the best extra light protection. 

  • Transitions XTRActive lenses block out 100% UVA and UVB, and have the best blue-violet light protection.
  • They have up to 35% faster fadeback and are clear indoors with a hint of protective tint.
  • These lenses are darkest in hot temperatures and can activate in a car despite the UV-protected windows so that you are able to use them while driving.
  • Transitions XTRActive lenses provide clarity of vision allowing the wearer to see their environment quickly and precisely.

Transitions XTRActive lenses come in three colors including grey, brown and graphite green. They come in five style mirrors including style mirrors silver, style mirrors flash gold, style mirrors blue green, style mirrors blue violet and style mirrors copper, allowing you to personalize your lenses (subject to availability and lens index material).

3. Transitions XTRActive Polarized

 

Our Transitions XTRActive Polarized lens is the only photochromic polarized lens and the best currently available. This lens is for wearers who are frequently exposed to bright light and reflective glare.

  • They provide sharper vision and larger outdoor views allowing you to see vivid colours through their dynamic polarization.
  • Transitions XTRActive Polarized lenses block out 100% of UVA and UVB rays thereby protecting your eyes from the sun.
  • They also provide the best blue-violet light protection indoors and have up to 90% polarization efficiency.

These extra dark and polarized lenses are able to activate in the car and have up to 2x faster fade back returning to clear when you are indoors. Transitions XTRActive Polarized lenses come in grey color and a variety of index lens materials such as CR39, poly, trivex and hi-index.

4. ACUVUE Oasys with Transitions

ACUVUE OASYS are unique Transitions contact lenses with superior Transitions photochromic technology that is formulated to instantly activate, thereby providing you with a revolutionary contact lens experience.

  • These lenses help your vision recover from bright light within 5 seconds.
  • They are designed to reduce the stressful impact that light can have on your eyes.
  • ACUVUE OASYS with Transitions offers the highest level of UV protection in contact lenses and filters blue-violet light to provide maximum protection to your eyes.
  • It also reduces halos and starbursts by up to 28% and provides crisp clear vision at night.
  • ACUVUE OASYS with Transitions can also be worn with non-prescription sunglasses to get complete sun protection.
  • ACUVUE OASYS with Transitions was recognized by TIME as one of their BEST Inventions of 2018³.

A first-of-its-kind contact lens that is able to adapt from clear to dark and back while balancing the amount of indoor and outdoor light entering the eyes. When you’re outdoors, the lens activation continues to change in response to light so that it’s not always at its darkest state. Check out our other blog post to learn more.

Transitions lenses have superior photochromic lens technology that offers you convenience alongside clear and comfortable vision. They remove the need to use multiple eyeglasses and protect your eyes from harmful radiation. Transitions Signature GEN 8 blocks at least 20% of harmful blue light indoors and over 87% of harmful blue light outdoors. Transitions Signature lenses style colors, on the other hand, block over 75% outdoors. These lenses are the perfect companion for all outdoor activities in which you’ll want to have the clearest vision possible. Not only Transitions lenses are useful, but can be very stylish depending on the frame, mirror or colour option you choose.

The first step to knowing whether Transition lenses are right for you is to book a consultation with us and get a comprehensive eye exam. Our Optometrist and team will help you determine which of these specialty lenses is right for you and what benefits you can receive from them, such as the extra protection against glare. Reach out to us today to begin your journey towards a more comfortable vision at all times!

Computer vision syndrome: do you need glasses?

Computer vision syndrome: do you need glasses?

Computer vision syndrome: do you need glasses?

Computer vision syndrome (CVS) refers to a set of eye conditions resulting from the prolonged use of digital screens. Computer vision syndrome isn’t a specific condition but rather an umbrella term for a wide range of eye conditions such as eye fatigue, blurry vision, some refractive errors, and more. All of these situations have a common factor: they often result from staring at electronic screens of computers, tablets, and mobile phones (or any other digital device with a screen) for extended periods. In these instances it is not only the blue light from the screens that affect our eyes, we also tend to blink considerably less when we are in front of a screen, which also contributes to eye strain.

Computer vision syndrome is sometimes referred to as digital eye strain and affects 75% to 90% of computer users. An average worker can spend up to seven hours per day on the computer5. Common symptoms that indicate you may have digital eye strain include:

  • Headaches
  • Blurred vision
  • Neck & shoulder pain
  • Double vision
  • Backaches
  • Dry eyes
  • Eye fatigue
  • Eye irritation, which includes red eyes, eye discomfort and itchy eyes.

People will experience more discomfort when they spend more time in front of digital screens. A study on office workers with CVS found a positive correlation between hours of computer exposure and the severity of dry eye symptoms6. If you relate to any of these symptoms, keep reading to learn how you can deal with them and regain your visual health.

7 Computer Vision Syndrome Causes

  1. Uncorrected Vision Problems
  2. Improper Viewing Distance and Angle
  3. Screen Glare
  4. Poor Lighting
  5. High Energy Blue Light Exposure
  6. Poor Posture
  7. Not Enough Blinking

Risk Factors for CVS

  • Spending three hours or more per day looking at a digital screen
  • Having vision problems that aren’t corrected with eyeglasses or contact lenses
  • Wearing corrective lenses that aren’t suitable for the viewing distance of your computer
  • Viewing your computer screen or digital device at the wrong angle
  • Not taking frequent short breaks after spending 1 to 2 hours in front of the computer
  • Positioning your screen, tablet or mobile device too close to your eyes
  • Sitting or standing with poor posture

Correcting Computer Vision Syndrome

You’ll be glad to know digital eye strain symptoms are not permanent. Your blurred vision, headache, or dry eyes should go away after a good break from digital screens. However, stepping away from the screens and limiting our screen time is not the best solution, it definitely is not a permanent one and, more importantly, is not really a realistic scenario in today’s technology-driven world. Booking an appointment with a professional optometrist should be the first step on your vision journey as it is the safest way to help you reduce the risk of experiencing those symptoms again.

Once you book an appointment, our optometrist will examine your eyes for dryness, fatigue, eye strain and any relevant concerns, after which they may prescribe computer glasses to reduce your risk of digital eye strain. Keep in mind, these are slightly different from eyeglasses or contact lenses prescribed to see far away. Computer glasses are specifically designed for seeing distances at arms length like how you view your computer or laptop. Computer glasses’ purpose is to increase comfort during intermediate vision and protect you from digital screens that lead to computer vision syndrome. We highly recommend choosing lenses that filter high energy blue light and applying a premium anti-reflective (AR) coating to reduce glare and reflections from reaching your eyes1

Computer glasses lower the amount of work the eye muscles have to do as we stare at digital screens2. When choosing advanced lens upgrades like BluSelect or KODAK Clean ‘N’ CleAR, this reduces the risk of digital eye strain caused by the bright lights from screens, making computer glasses an effective solution to computer vision syndrome.

Computer Vision Syndrome and Red Eyes

Having red eyes after being in front of a screen for a certain amount of time is one of the easiest ways to know you might have computer vision syndrome. Your eyes turning red is actually a fairly common condition known as “bloodshot eyes” in which the blood vessels that are located on the surface of your eyes rupture, are irritated, or inflamed, causing the whites of your eye to turn red or pink. However, bloodshot eyes can also result from several other causes such as rubbing the eyes or sleep deprivation, which can result from an underlying eye condition3. Consulting an optometrist should be the necessary first step to truly determine any condition you might have and the root of your eyes’ discomfort.

Computer Vision Syndrome Eye Drops

Eye drops can also be used to ease recovery from digital eye strain. For example, eye drops like the BioTrue Eyedrop can provide relief for dry eyes. Computer vision syndrome eye drops or artificial tears function similarly to natural tears: they provide instant relief from dryness and eye irritation. They can also be used for cleaning the eyes, thus aiding vision.

Here are a few drops you can choose from to ease digital eye strain and irritation.

 

 

Improves tear film, protects the eye surface, and relieves dry eyes.

Protects against moderate dry eyes and digital strain.

Relieves redness and makes your eyes whiter and brighter.

Computer Vision Syndrome Prevention

Computer vision syndrome can be prevented by a set of practices that aim at reducing the degree of digital eye strain. Visiting an optometrist and acquiring a prescribed pair of computer glasses is an excellent way of preventing digital eye strain from becoming a more serious issue. Even if you do not require other prescription glasses for your daily activities, you can still benefit from computer glasses, which can come in non-prescription.

Computer vision syndrome can further be prevented by how your screen is held, the position of the screen, your seating position, and regular breaks. Adjust your digital screen to what makes you feel comfortable. For computer screens, this should be about 15 – 20 degrees below your eye level. Controlling the light sources that are close to you is another helpful tip. You can use blinds to block glare and reflection from windows to customize the level of light in your room and minimize visual fatigue4. You can also include a screen glare filter to lower the glare of your screen. Lastly, ensure you blink regularly and take occasional breaks from screens. These are simple recommendations you can include in your daily routine but having a check-up appointment with your optometrist is a better way to maintain your eye health and ensure you are aware of any possible conditions. Make this a yearly appointment and your eyes will thank you for it! 

As expert optometrists, we understand the effect of computer vision syndrome on your eye health and productivity. If you think these symptoms are relevant to what you are experiencing, we recommend you start by booking an eye health exam with us to get the proper care that is needed in these types of situations. This consultation will help us determine the perfect solution for you, and the next steps we should take to make your vision as healthy as possible. Click here to contact us and book a consultation today to discover how we can help you prevent computer eye syndrome. You can also click here to ask us any further questions you might have. Our team of experts will be glad to help you in any way we can!

Why should you see an Optometrist for a contact lens fitting?

Why should you see an Optometrist for a contact lens fitting?

Why should you see an Optometrist for a contact lens fitting?​

Having a clear vision enables us to experience the world around us in authentic ways. Good eyesight is essential for numerous reasons ranging from an improved quality of life to the ability to complete everyday tasks. We have to take proper care of our eyes to maintain our vision and enjoy optimal eye health. As our needs change, the ways in which we care for our eyes can also vary. Although wearing glasses and contact lenses are some of the best methods of vision correction available, they differ in their functionality.

Unlike eyeglasses, wearing contact lenses can be practical for people who have an active life given that you don’t have to worry about them getting dirty or steaming up. Since they sit directly on the eye, they do not have the tendency to fall off while you are going about your daily activities. Contact lenses are great, but you have to make sure you are wearing the right ones for you. Your unique contact lens prescription enables you to use contact lenses that fit properly and can result in the best vision correction method for you. To get this particular prescription, we recommend you book a contact lens fitting appointment with one of our optometrists, they will ensure the process is done correctly and will keep your overall vision health as their top priority.

 

What is an Optometrist?

 

 

An optometrist is a healthcare professional who specializes in primary care of the eyes. They are licensed to practice optometry, which includes examining the eyes, diagnosing and treating any disorders or diseases affecting vision. They can also provide prescriptions and treatment necessary for vision correction. Although they are not medical doctors (MD), they have a doctor of optometry degree (OD), which means they are highly qualified for this and a range of multiple other eye-health-related procedures1

What does an optometrist do?

Optometrists carry out a number of functions including:

  • Providing comprehensive eye health exams through various testing
  • Prescribing contact lens and eyeglasses prescriptions for each specific visual need
  • Assessing, monitoring, and treating eye conditions, diseases and abnormalities
  • Prescribing eye medications and offering vision correction aids and therapy.2
  • Recommending eye health advice and a full suite of eye care services

What is a Contact Lens Fitting?

 

A contact lens fitting is another specific process that an optometrist can assist you with. It involves assessing your eye health to determine if you’re a good contact lens candidate. The fitting will also help accurately determine and finalize your contact lens prescription through eye health and visual testing. You will undergo a contact lens exam that measures and assesses your pupil, cornea, and tear film.

During this process, the optometrist will check for any changes in vision or eye conditions that can affect your contact lens-wearing experience. Our optometrist will help determine the exact contact lens power and size that you require for clear vision and comfort. A contact lens prescription requires a different refraction compared to eyeglasses because contact lenses rest directly on your cornea whereas eyeglasses fit on your nose and are slightly away from your eyes. This slight distance (approximately 12 – 15 mm) can impact your overall vision. Using an eyeglass prescription for contact lenses may not lead to the best visual experience you’re looking for and that is why we recommend seeing an optometrist for a comprehensive contact lens fitting.

 

Why Should You See an Optometrist for a Contact Lens Fitting?

 

Some people might think their eyeglasses prescription is the same as the contact lens prescription, but that’s not true. This is why the process of getting contact lenses might not be as easy as simply choosing a brand and hoping that it meets your vision correction needs. It is not enough to select the pair that says “astigmatism” and input prescription numbers that you think are correct, there are a few more steps involved to make sure you’re buying quality contact lenses that will provide you with the necessary vision correction and comfort.

That is where our experienced optometrist comes in. Our optometrist will help you choose the best contact lens suitable for your lifestyle and eye health needs. The contact lens fitting process covers different testing and steps that are all focused on maintaining your overall vision, eye health and finalizing the perfect contact lenses for you. At each step of the way, the optometrist will gather the necessary information to make a recommendation while checking for any eye conditions or complications that could interfere with wearing contact lenses. Wearing contact lenses with the incorrect size can lead to discomfort and cause eye strain, infections, injury, and eye health issues3. An optometrist will ensure that you get fitted without compromising on your comfort so you can receive a great visual experience.

 

Benefits of Booking a Contact Lens Fitting

 

Contact lenses can help correct many refractive errors and lead to clearer vision. Without the right fit, they can lead to discomfort and contact lens complications such as red eyes, irritation and possibly infection. A contact lens fitting can help you determine your contact lens prescription and brand so that it meets your lifestyle and visual needs.

Benefits of a contact lens fitting include:

  • Getting the exact measurements for your cornea so that your contact lenses are comfortable and fit naturally on the front surface of your eyes.
  • Being able to update your contact lens prescription as it can change over time. When your contact lens prescription changes, you can start experiencing symptoms like eye strain, squinting, or eye fatigue.
  • Learn proper contact lens care and be trained to insert or remove them carefully to prevent any eye problems like an eye infection.
  • Have the opportunity to trial all types of contact lenses and technology to best match your eyes and visual needs
  • Aside from finding the correct contact lens size, ensuring you have the right type will also be important. There are many kinds of contact lenses to choose from, such as soft contacts, hard (RGP – Rigid Gas Permeable) lenses, multifocal lenses, toric lenses for astigmatism, disposable daily lenses, monthly lenses and much more. Our optometrist will be glad to help you make the right decision for you.
  • Click here to see everything included in a contact lens fitting

Our optometrists are highly experienced professionals who are ready to help you maintain your eye health and achieve long-lasting comfort with your contact lenses. If you are looking to book a contact lens fitting, our team of optometrists at Kodak Lens Vision Centres will be glad to help you. We provide premium eye care and contact lens solutions that start with experienced fitting services. Our team will attend to you with the care that your eyes deserve so that you receive the right prescription and maximum comfort from your contact lens.

Still interested in trying contact lenses? We recommend booking a consultation with us. Our eye care professionals will help assess and address your visual, eye health and contact lens candidacy so that you can finally experience all the great benefits of contact lenses.

Top 6 eye drops we carry

Top 6 eye drops we carry

Top 6 eye drops we carry​

Are you experiencing dry eyes or redness and not sure what you can do about it? We always recommend booking an eye examination appointment to make sure there isn’t a bigger issue behind your discomfort. In addition to that, we have a wide variety of eye drops that can provide immediate relief and comfort. If you don’t have time to browse through our online webstore, don’t worry! Follow this guide and check out the best options we have available right now. We discuss our favorite Optometrist approved eye drops and how each product can provide you with a solution for short-term and long-lasting relief. Read on to discover which eye drops will be best for your eyes! If you have any eye care questions, please reach out and we would be happy to help.

Relieves redness? Preservative Free? Can be used with Contact Lenses? Good to use for __ months after opening
Lumify x 3
Hylo x x 6
BioTrue
Preservative
Free Multidose
x x 6
Thealoz Duo x x 6
I DROP x x 12

 

Lumify

Lumify is currently in a category of its own as our main eye-enhancing drop. It significantly reduces redness, helping your eyes look whiter and brighter. Lumify reduces the risks of rebound redness and does not limit the flow of oxygen to your eyes as other redness-relieving eye drops do. This is thanks to its low-dose OTC brimonidine, which is a topical vasoconstrictor that has been proven to alleviate ocular redness1.

Lumify is the number one eye doctor-recommended drops for relieving redness and has an FDA-approved clinically tested formulation2. With the astonishing results and wide acceptance of Lumify, it had to top our list of the best eye drops we carry.

Hylo

The Hylo eye drops were developed to provide comfort for dry eyes and we are proud to have a wide range of options available. Hylo has created a line of products to help with varying eye conditions. Depending on the severity of the dry eye condition, you may need a different type of Hylo drops like the Hylo Dual or Hylo Gel. Hylo Dual has a specific focus on those with allergies while Hylo Gel addresses more severe dryness. Hylo eye drops are all housed in a patented bottle that delivers the perfect drop size every time with the click of a button. This bottle also keeps each drop sterile which allows for all Hylo products to be preservative-free. The product is made with the sodium salt of hyaluronic acid that’s naturally found in the eyes3. It works by forming a lubricating film on the eye surface, relieving burning and foreign body sensations in the eye.

BioTrue Preservative-Free Multidose

BioTrue eye drops make our list as our most affordable preservative-free lubricating eye drop. Biotrue eye drops can be used with both soft and hard lenses and can last up to six months after opening. BioTrue is also suitable for post-Lasik surgery and offers refreshing relief for dry, tired, teary, or burning eyes. Thanks to its preservative-free formulation it has high tolerability for the eyes, thereby providing instant soothing and natural hydration. This clear eye drop solution also works through a multi-dose system that is safe to use, and it has hyaluronic acid (sodium hyaluronate) as one of its components, which is designed to maintain the eye’s ideal lubrication3, making this a comprehensive and highly useful eye drop for dry eye relief.

 

Evolve Daily Intensive

Evolve Daily Intensive soothing drops make our list because of their unique blink-adaptive viscosity feature, which helps the product stay longer in your eye, providing a long-lasting solution to dry eyes. They protect corneal epithelial cells and are ideal for everyday use. These eye drops are perfect for mild to moderate dry eyes. You can use the Evolve Daily Intensive with contact lenses and they are preservative and phosphate free, making them extra gentle on the eyes. The drops also come in patented easy-to-squeeze bottles and have a secure antimicrobial twist cap. This is clearly a product that has its consumers in mind and strives to make life easier for them, so it is no wonder we have to praise it as one of our best eye drops.

 

Thealoz Duo

Thealoz Duo is another preservative-free option that helps with relief from dry eye symptoms. This eye drop focuses on hydrating and protecting the eye for moderate to severe dry eyes. Thealoz Duo contains two proven dry eye therapies in one bottle. The first is a natural substance called Trehalose present in many plants and animals that survive in extremely dry conditions. The second is Hyaluronic acid, a gentle solution that lubricates with long-lasting relief. With these two proven dry eye therapies, Thealoz Duo provides hydration, bioprotection, and regeneration of the eye’s surface. The eye drop has no preservatives or phosphates and can be used with contact lenses. Thealoz Duo also helps increase tear film thickness, which reduces dry eye symptoms and damage to the eye’s surface.

I-DROP PUR

There is no question about it, I-DROP PUR and its sister products (I-DROP MGD, I-DROP PUR GEL, I-DEFENCE, I-RELIEF, I-LID-N-LASH, and I-LID-N-LASH PLUS) are a must on our list. This is because it is the only contact lens-compatible, visco-adaptive, preservative-free eye drops available. Their patented bottle can continue to be used even 12 months after opening while still maintaining sterile eye drops for each application. These are premium eye drops that effectively and quickly help to relieve dry eye symptoms. They are specifically made to bring immediate relief, provide guaranteed comfort, and they’re non-blurring upon application. Their formulation is what truly sets them apart: the drops are viscoadaptive and contain a mixture of 0.18% HA and glycerin, which makes it possible for the drops to move back and forth across the surface of the eyes as the user blinks. They offer a longer residence time, higher hydration capability, and stability of the lipid layer of the tear film. If you want superior comfort for your eyes, go for the I-DROP PUR drops for a relieving experience.

Now that you know the best drops we carry, you’re ready to make an informed decision! Give them a try and find the product that best suits your needs. Remember, If you buy any three nutraceutical products from us, you will get 10% off! You can visit our website to place your order or contact us for an eye examination prior to choosing a product if you’d like us to provide further guidance to help you make the best decision for your eye care needs.

Advice on How to Adapt to your New Eyeglasses

Advice on How to Adapt to your New Eyeglasses

Why you should Always Adapt to your New Eyeglasses

Did you know? Vision may take time to fully accept.

When picking out eyeglasses and being recommend the best lenses for your prescription, we look for comfort, style and fashion to suit our personality and appearance. The goal for eyeglasses is to be able to wear them comfortably every day while being able to see the best. Any change in our lives can sometimes be difficult and a change in prescription eyeglasses can be a challenge. At Kodak Lens Vision Centres, our experienced team, Opticians and Optometrists would like to help confidently guide you through the process of any changes in your visual prescription. Vision is a complex system in our body and if you ever feel strange or can not see well with your new eyeglasses, don’t worry, it’s normal and we would always like to address your concerns.

First Time Wearers

Your visual prescription is customized specifically for you based on your feedback given during your eye health exam with the Optometrist. When first trying on the newly made eyeglasses with your prescription, you may experience sharp vision. Eyes are very unique and for most people, new changes in vision can be easily adapted to. However, your brain and some eyeglass factors determine if you will see comfortably. If you experience any subtle dizziness, eye strain or a bit of discomfort, please don’t worry as these feelings can be experienced by people wearing their first pair of prescription eyeglasses.

Vision is directly linked to the brain, which can be impacted by new visual conditions and factors such as eyewear shape, weight, measurements, astigmatism and progressive prescriptions. Wearing new eyeglasses is like new shoes and it is always recommended to break in your shoes so they can take the shape of your feet. The more you wear your shoes and eyeglasses, your brain and eyes will gradually adapt with this newly experienced vision. The adaption period can last from two to fifteen days, depending on each individual person. We highly recommend trying the new eyeglasses for at least 2 weeks and address any concerns to us after experiencing the new eyeglasses.

To reduce any worries, we offer a 3 month (90 days) guarantee for your prescription from our Optometrist, a 30 day satisfaction guarantee, and a 31 days to 1 year warranty for any eyeglass concerns. We’ll do whatever it takes to ensure you have the best experience with your new eyeglasses and make it right. Click here to learn more.

Visual Conditions and eyewear factors:

  1. Lighting: When trying on your new eyeglasses during pick up, make sure there is ample lighting to test your vision and see your surroundings
  2. Be Awake: Try to be awake when trying your new eyeglasses during pick up as any tiredness or fatigue can affect your vision
  3. Eyewear Shape and Weight: When you first select eyewear, you’re trying them on without any custom prescription lenses. After the prescription lenses are made into the eyewear frame you choose, it can be a slight difference to your vision and overall aesthetic look. Fully be aware of the frame you choose to ensure you like the look, the eyewear shape for the lenses, and how comfortable it sits on your face. The added weight of the prescription lenses can affect your experience as well as your awareness of the frame front and temples when looking all around. Overall, our team will try their best to ensure you select the right frame and lens recommendations for your exact prescription and style.
  4. Eyewear Measurements: Custom eyewear is our expertise and our team makes eyeglasses to be as accurate as possible. Our team takes pupillary distance (PD) and optical center (OC) height measurements so that your new eyeglasses are exactly aligned with your eyes. These important optical measurements will ensure you see accurately and comfortably. If we notice anything that looks off, we will perform adjustments to improve the comfort and how you like to wear your eyeglasses (i.e. tightly fitted, higher or lower, a bit loose etc.). If you have any concerns with your new eyeglasses, please let us know so we can do a complete troubleshooting to address and resolve your feedback.
  5.  Astigmatism: With some visual prescriptions, your Optometrist may prescribe astigmatism also known as cylinder that is written on your prescription. Correcting astigmatism for your vision greatly helps with how detailed and sharp you see. If you’re new to wearing eyeglasses and being prescribed cylinder correction then it will take some time to get used to. You may experience slight dizziness or nausea and we highly recommend to wear the eyeglasses for a full two weeks as much as you can to adapt to this new prescription. Depending on the amount of cylinder correction prescribed will determine your overall experience. Most people can adapt, but sometimes it may feel intolerable to wear the eyeglasses and then we will recommend a prescription re-check with the Optometrist to resolve any concerns.
  6. Progressives: As you may know, progressive lenses offer vision for distance, intermediate and near. Wearing progressives for the first time requires some learning and adaption to the lenses. We recommend to try and learn how to use progressive eyeglasses for full two weeks to adapt to the new prescription. Here are some tips for progressive lens wearers:
    1. Turn your head in the direction you want to look
    2. Move eyes up and down to see distance and near
    3. Use distance area when walking down stairs
    4. Use intermediate area when using the computer
    5. Requires a 2 week adaption period for new prescription and wearers
    6. Ask or visit us for any questions you have

Here are some steps to take to help with new prescription and eyeglasses adaption:

  1. Clean eyeglasses regularly. An obvious habit, but when we are not used to wearing eyeglasses, the slightest smudge or dirt can cause a visual distraction and increase the feeling of discomfort.
  2. Wear your eyeglasses as often as possible. Remember not to push yourself and overdo it because ongoing strain can definitely increase the chances of headaches. Always give yourself a break from your glasses if you feel anything off. Especially when we are glued to digital devices that increases eye strain, use the 20/20 rule and always take a break for 20 seconds every 20 minutes when staring at a screen, reading, working etc. By wearing them every day, you will get used to them and your brain will accept the new prescription change.
  3. Visit us for frame adjustments. Shoes can get bent out of shape through normal wear and tear. As we put on and take off our eyeglasses often, sometimes we require frame adjustments to make sure our new eyeglasses are comfortably fitted. If you feel uncomfortable pressure on your eyeglass temples or nose bridge, visit us or your Optical or Optometrist to relieve the pressure. Your glasses may be too tight and an adjustment will help improve your wearing experience. Our skilled professional team can do many adjustments such as ensuring the eyeglasses do not easily slide down over your nose, hold well behind your ears, are straight on your face, are custom aligned for assymetrical faces, are well maintained (i.e. screws, nose pads etc.), and much more. We recommend to please visit us every 3 or 6 months for eyewear frame adjustments and maintenance.

Don’t hesitate to visit a Kodak Lens Vision Centre where our eye care professionals and team can adjust the eyewear frame according to your preferred comfort and look. We strive to offer a personable approach and customer satisfaction to ensure you love your new prescription eyeglasses.

At Kodak Lens Vision Centres, remember you can benefit from our satisfaction guarantee and eyewear services. We offer Unlimited Free Cleanings and Frame Adjustments for eyeglasses purchased from us. We will keep your prescription eyeglasses and/or sunglasses you purchased from us clean and fitted properly at no charge for as long as you own them.

Although our technicians are careful and highly skilled, if a frame is discontinued, more than a year old, or was not purchased from our store, cleanings and adjustments are at the patient’s own risk. Our clinics are not responsible for any accidental damage or breakage that may occur in these conditions. Click here for more details about our optical services.