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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Introducing: SILK™ and Kodak Total Blue™ Lens

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Introducing NEW lens enhancement: SILK™

SILK™ is an ultra-slick enhancement to Kodak Clean&CleAR™ and Kodak Total Blue™ Lenses

Silk adds a fluorocarbon top coat to the anti-reflective layers, making cleaning lenses easier than ever. Now, dirty lenses won’t get in the way of enjoying our messy lives.

Silk
 is an ultra-slick coating that features:

• Ultra-repellant to water, dirt, dust, oils and particles
• 50% higher abrasion resistance than previous coatings*
• Minimal deterioration after 3-year wear tests
• Contact Angle of 115 degree on average

*Bayer abrasion test between Kodak Clean&CleAR Lenses with and without Silk.

Learn More:

Kodak Total Blue™ Lens

Kodak Total Blue Lens is a hybrid of lens material and AR lens coating that provides 100% direct UV protection and up to 80% filtering of HEV Blue Light* while maintaining colour vision.

The exposure to potentially Harmful Blue Light is increasing every day in every age group. With the addition of finished single vision lenses, Kodak Total Blue Lens offers HEV Blue Light filtration for every patient, at every age.

  • Eases eyestrain and eye fatigue linked to prolonged digital device usage
  • Provides exceptional colour vision
  • Progressive, digital single vision and computer lens designs to accommodate a majority of patients

Available in the following lens designs:

  • Kodak Unique™ HD Progressive Lens
  • Kodak Unique Progressive Lens
  • Kodak Precise® PB Progressive Lens
  • Kodak Precise Short PB Progressive Lens
  • Kodak Digital Single Vision Lens

Clear and polarized options are available to accommodate a wide variety of visual needs in all environments.

* Measured at 380-440nm

Learn More:

*HEALTH CANADA NOTICE: Correlation of high energy blue light and the following diseases and disorders: retinal damage/degeneration/retinal degenerative disease, macular degeneration/age related macular degeneration (AMD), increased risk of certain types of cancers, heart disease, obesity and diabetes, glaucoma, permanent damage to eyesight, cataracts, sleep disorders, eye strain, and loss/reduction of vision has not been completely scientifically proven. Since many factors can cause these conditions, consumer caution is advised. We would like to properly advise and provide our patients with the most recent optical technology advancements by offering visual solutions to improve your overall visual well being. With visual comfort and high energy blue light protection in mind, the information we provide is to help you make the best choice for your eyes.  

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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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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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The Difference between Stock, Digital and HD Lenses

The Difference between Stock, Digital and HD Lenses

Have you wondered how your lenses are made? In general, there are two types of ways to make lenses using advanced technology.

The two types are:

  1. Pre-manufactured Lenses
  2. Custom Manufactured Lenses

Pre-manufactured Lenses

These type of lenses also commonly known as “Stock” lenses undergo a cast moulding process where plastic is injected into a mold of a single particular prescription. After the mold cools, the lens is popped out and polished. These lenses are pre-manufactured with a certain base curve, prescription and blank size. The lenses are then coated with anti-glare, anti-scratch or both, and packaged for retail. Once the lens is finished, optical or optometry retailers will offer these lenses for customers based on their visual needs.

Custom Manufactured Lenses

Digital lenses aka. Surfaced lenses are made by taking a blank piece of plastic (without any prescription in it) and grinding the prescription into the plastic. These lenses are custom made from a mold that can be manufactured with a custom base curve, prescription and blank size. Digital lenses have a more advanced manufacturing process using top of line technology to enhance quality and performance. Our digital Kodak Lenses use i-SyncTM Technology to create a single vision lens that delivers greater clarity and performance at all prescription powers. This technology allows 1/100th diopter prescription lens accuracy that provides incredibly clear vision for a truly unmatched visual experience.

Free Form lenses are a special type of digital lens that gives the absolute best possible optical quality. Free Form is a revolutionary digital manufacturing process that uses computer-aided design and surfacing to create high-level, customized eyeglass lenses with your unique prescription.

Think about the first time you saw high-definition television. Remember how it made your old analog TV picture seem pixelated and blurry? High-definition makes colours brighter, shapes sharper, and brought everything keenly into focus. Now imagine having the same experience with your eyeglasses. Sure, you can probably see fine with the ones you have, just like watching analog TV was fine, but what if you could upgrade to high-definition for your eyes? If you want to experience high-definition, try Free Form single vision Persona HD or Kodak Lens progressive lenses that are made specifically for your eyes and eyewear.

Pre-manufactured Lenses

Advantages:

  • Great for Single Vision Prescriptions (SPH: +3.75 to -6.00 & CYL: 0.00 to -2.00)
  • Faster Turnaround Times (convenience)
  • Affordable (Least Expensive)

Disadvantages:

  • Limited prescription and blank sizes
  • Average optical quality due to increased internal stress in the lens
  • As the mold cools, different parts of the lens harden at an unequal rate creating internal stress which leads to minor visual distortions. Noticeable for certain prescriptions and eye sensitivity.
  • Does not factor in frame point of wear measurements such as OC/seg height, pantoscopic tilt, wrap angle, back vertex distance

Custom Manufactured Lenses

Advantages:

  • Can create almost any prescription this way (high SPH, CYL, ADD and Prism)
  • Lack internal stress, so have better optical quality than stock lenses
  • Customized prescription with base curve and OC/seg height specification
  • Can fit any frame shape and accommodate wrap for less distortion (blank can be made in any size)

Disadvantages:

  • More cost, as these are custom made lenses, but definitely worth it

Free Form Persona HD Lenses

Advantages:

  • Exceptional night/low light vision: Free-form lenses can reduce glare and halo effects caused by light sources at night, such as car headlights
  • Exceptional contrast perception: Free-form lenses can sharpen vision
  • Exceptional colour vision: Free-form lenses can maximize the optics built into your lenses, providing brighter and more intense colours
  • Can create almost any prescription this way (high SPH, CYL, ADD and Prism)
  • Lack internal stress, so have better optical quality than stock lenses
  • Customized prescription with base curve and OC/seg height specification
  • Customized prescription with eyewear point of wear measurements such as pantoscopic tilt, wrap and back vertex distance
  • Can fit any frame shape and accommodate wrap for less distortion (blank can be made in any size)

Disadvantages:

  • More cost, as these are custom made and high definition lenses, but definitely worth it

Stock lenses are like buying a one-size-fits-all suit, a digital/surfaced lens is buying a suit in your size off-the-rack, and freeform lenses are like getting a tailor-made suit

We offer all these visual solution lenses to our customers and would like to educate you about all the different lenses available.

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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ALL ABOUT BLUE LIGHT AND UV PROTECTION

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ALL ABOUT BLUE LIGHT AND UV PROTECTION

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Every day, we are exposed to Ultraviolet (UV) and high energy visible (HEV) blue light from multiple sources: the sun, indoor lighting and electronic devices such as smartphones and computer screens.

Invisible UV light contributes to the formation of cataracts and HEV light can cause harm to the retina, the most vulnerable tissue of the eye, accelerating the risk and development of Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD)*. There has been multiple studies and no proven scientific research data on humans, but any over exposure can affect our bodies over our life time. The information provided is for your knowledge to allow you to make the best decisions that will improve your quality of life.

If you don’t feel the need to protect yourself from UV and HEV blue light, please see tips below.

Tips from the American Academy of Ophthalmology to help with eye fatigue, dryness and eye strain:

  1. Sit about 63 centimetres (arm’s length) from the computer screen. Position the screen so you are gazing slightly downward.

  2. Reduce screen glare by using a matte screen filter if needed.

  3. Take regular breaks using the “20-20-20” rule: every 20 minutes, shift your eyes to look at an object at least 20 feet (six metres) away for at least 20 seconds.

  4. When your eyes feel dry, use artificial tears to refresh them.

  5. Adjust room lighting and try increasing the screen contrast to reduce eye strain.

  6. If you wear contact lenses, give your eyes a break by wearing glasses.

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If you do feel the need to fully protect yourself: The ideal pair for work, school or leisure to protect your eyes from UV & HEV light

Whether working on a computer or tablet, reading a book or an e-reader, performing the everyday tasks that make up your day, under LED lights or outdoors, CHOICE BluSelect lenses block 100% of UV light and filter HEV blue light to protect your eyes from the harmful effects of the blue-violet light spectrum. How? The lens material feature works on a principle of absorption and has embedded protection that is built into the lens to reduce harmful blue light exposure.

CHOICE BluSelect and Kodak Total Blue lenses are available in a wide range of prescription and non-prescription lens options, including single vision, office and progressive lenses. They are also available in regular plastic and high impact lens materials, and in thinner high index lenses, to suit your individual prescription, frame choices and lifestyle requirements.

What is Blue Light?

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High Energy Visible (HEV) light is the portion of the visible light spectrum between 380 and 500 nm. The shorter wavelengths are the highest energy, which are most harmful part of the spectrum. As wavelengths, get longer, the light decreases in intensity, and the Lower Energy Visible (LEV) light provides essential benefits.

Negative Effects of HEV light

  • Digital eye strain
  • Melatonin Suppression / sleeping disorders*
  • Increased risk of heart disease, obesity, diabetes and certain types of cancer*
  • Increased risk of retinal damage and AMD*

Beneficial Effects of LEV light

  • Improved memory and cognitive functions
  • Helps regulate circadian rhythm
  • Elevates moods and boosts alertness

The latest research has shown that blocking UV and HEV light is critical for protecting eyes against cataracts and age-related macular generation.*

The Importance of Blocking HEV Light

Shorter wavelength light of 380 to 420 nm is especially harmful for young people under 20 years old, because they have lower amounts of protective pigment in their eyes. The risk is also much greater for patients that have had cataract removal surgery.

CHOICE BluSelect lenses block the high energy and most harmful HEV blue-violet light, while allowing beneficial LEV light transmission. These lenses are virtually clear, with blue light filtering molecules embedded in the lens material providing effective protection while avoiding the high reflectance, a common problem with blue light coatings.

Learn The Facts

  1. Blue light can harm eyes. Digital eye strain causes blurry vision, difficulty focusing, dry and irritated eyes, headaches, neck and back pain.
  2. Blue light penetrates deeper into the eye than other light. This can contribute to age-related macular degeneration, which can lead to vision loss*.
  3. Over-exposure to blue light at night time can disrupt natural sleep rhythm. Blue light can inhibit the release of the sleep-promoting hormone melatonin. Blue light coming from the sun during day-time promotes the awake cycle.*
  4. Kids are at higher risk. Unlike adults who have fully developed eyes, kids have less natural protection. Kids have larger pupils which permit more light to enter the eye. They also have shorter arms and hold devices closer, which causes greater exposure.
  5. 9 out of 10 people use digital devices for two or more hours each day.
  6. 65% of people experience digital eye strain.
  7. 1 in 3 people who are aware of the potential damage don’t do anything to limit their exposure to blue light.
  8. 65% of parents report that their children (under the age of 18) spend 2 or more hours on digital devices on a daily basis.
  9. More than 3 out of 4 parents are somewhat or very concerned about the impact of digital devices on children’s developing eyes.

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Premium Anti-Reflective Coatings with UV protection

Our premium Anti-Reflective Coatings, Kodak Clean ‘N’ Clear and Ultra UV, have features that provide enhanced UV protection. The anti-glare coatings offer 25x more UV protection than going without eyewear. This premium coating is placed on the front and back of the lens to give you that extra protection your eyes need. UV exposure to the eyes can be damaging and having extra protection will help your over eye health over time. Click Here to learn more about E-SPF

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*HEALTH CANADA NOTICE: Correlation of high energy blue light and the following diseases and disorders: retinal damage/degeneration/retinal degenerative disease, macular degeneration/age related macular degeneration (AMD), increased risk of certain types of cancers, heart disease, obesity and diabetes, glaucoma, permanent damage to eyesight, cataracts, sleep disorders, eye strain, and loss/reduction of vision has not been completely scientifically proven. Since many factors can cause these conditions, consumer caution is advised. We would like to properly advise and provide our patients with the most recent optical technology advancements by offering visual solutions to improve your overall visual well being. With visual comfort and high energy blue light protection in mind, the information we provide is to help you make the best choice for your eyes.

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ALL ABOUT TRANSITIONS ADAPTIVE LENSES

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ALL ABOUT TRANSITIONS ADAPTIVE LENSES

Photochromic solutions that fit your lifestyle and visual needs:

Have you left without your sunglasses and wish you had your pair of sunnies to protect you from the sun? Live the Good Light with Transitions® lenses. These lenses can be used as regular indoor glasses and automatically change to outdoor sunglasses. When Transitions®lenses are exposed to UV light, trillions of photochromic molecules in the lens begin to change structure.  This reaction is what causes the lenses to darken.

All lenses that adapt to light use photochromic molecules; the superiority of Transitions brand technology lies in our exclusive, patented formulas.  Each formula is integrated into the surface of the lens.  These molecules constantly and smoothly recalibrate so the optimal amount of light reaches your eyes whether you’re in bright sunlight, under cloud cover or indoors.

Only Transitions® Signature lenses use exclusive Chromea7 technology, an advanced formulation that allows the lenses to be more responsive than ever before.

Chromea7 technology

This exclusive, patented formulation consists of unique dyes that are integrated into the surface of the lens. The dyes are made up of molecules that constantly and smoothly recalibrate as the light around you changes. They darken and lighten to just the right degree so the optimal amount of light reaches your eyes.

More reactive to indirect light

Chromea7 technology was designed to be even more reactive to indirect light. Indirect light can come from many sources such as light bouncing off buildings, cars, or other surfaces or light filtering through trees or clouds. The lenses can sense this light, even when you’re facing away from it, and adjust to the appropriate shade for your situation.

More responsive in hotter climates

Temperature influences the molecules in photochromic lenses; they don’t get as dark in hot climates as they would in colder weather because of how heat interacts with the molecules. The molecules in Chromea7 technology were structured to be more independent of temperature, which means they get darker in hotter climates.

Just the right shade, just the right colour

In other photochromic lenses, wearers have noticed colour variations as the lenses tint and react to different types of light. The dyes in Transitions® lenses and in Chromea7 technology work together to provide an even colour at all levels of tint, in both grey and brown options.

Revolutionary testing for a revolutionary product

People wear their lenses all day, every day, in a variety of locations, temperatures and weather conditions. They experience sunny conditions, cloudy conditions and everything in between. Their position in relation to the sun also changes quite a bit. We took all of these factors into account when we tested Chromea7 technology in over 200 real life conditions representing over 1,000 scenarios that wearers experience around the world. We call it Life360.

Transitions Lenses help protect against harmful blue light

Transitions adaptive lenses help protect against harmful blue light both indoors and out, with style to spare.

Indoors, Transitions® Signature® lenses filter 1.4x more harmful blue light than a basic clear lens. Outdoors, they reduce exposure to the sun’s harsh glare, and filter more than 8x more harmful blue light than clear lenses.

Indoors, Transitions® XTRActive® Lenses filter at least 2x more harmful blue light than clear lenses, and 8x more harmful blue light outdoors. And Transitions® Vantage® Lenses filter at least 2x more harmful blue light indoors than clear lenses, and over 6x outdoors.

You’ll enjoy the beauty of light knowing Transitions lenses help protect your eyes – anywhere you go.

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PRESBYOPIA

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PRESBYOPIA

Presbyopia usually occurs beginning at around age 40, when people start having trouble reading small print or seeing their computer screens and smartphones clearly.

Presbyopia cannot be avoided, even if you’ve never had a vision problem before. Presbyopia affects nearly 1.7 billion people worldwide, and that number is expected to grow to 2.1 billion by the year of 2020.

Though presbyopia is a normal change in our eyes as we age, it often is a significant and emotional event because it’s a sign of aging that’s impossible to ignore and difficult to hide.

Presbyopic Symptoms and Signs

When you become presbyopic, you will have trouble reading materials such as books, magazines, menus, labels, and digital devices. Even though you will have some vision up close, presbyopia can cause headaches, eye strain and visual fatigue that makes reading and other near vision tasks less comfortable and more tiring.

What causes Presbyopia?

An age-related process causes presbyopia. It occurs when the natural lens inside your eye gradually thickens and loses its flexibility. These age-related changes occur within the proteins in the lens, making the lens harder and less elastic over time. Age-related changes also take place in the muscle fibers surrounding the lens. With less elasticity, the eye has a harder time focusing up close.

Presbyopia can be treated with eyeglasses, contact lenses or even surgery. Visit or ask us about presbyopia and we can provide the best visual solution that solves your needs.

Source: allaboutvision.com/conditions/presbyopia.htm

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