Glasses for Kids

Glasses for Kids

Glasses for Kids​

CDC statistics indicate that approximately 3% of kids aged between 2 and 5 years wear glasses, and the percentage keeps rising with age: approximately 20% – 26% between ages 6 and 11 years and approximately 35% – 48% between ages 12 and 17 years¹. This makes it crucial for parents to learn about children’s visual health to stay on top of their development. We can help you understand that! Let’s talk about our recommended eyeglasses for kids, symptoms of eye conditions in kids, early detection, and more.

The Importance of Early Detection

It’s possible to detect eye conditions early before they require eyeglasses, among other interventions. The key is to know the most common vision conditions among infants and how to detect them. As per the National Institute of Health², they include:

  1. Delayed visual development: This is characterised by poor vision levels detectable by an inability to follow brightly coloured targets or objects at about six months old. This is when a child’s contrast sensitivity, colour vision, and ability to focus has decreased rapidly.
  2. Watery and/or sticky eyes: As the name suggests, this vision condition can be detected by excessive watery and sticky eyes that causes discomfort.
  3. Squinting: This sign is usually common between ages 1 and 3 years when a child squints and can’t see clearly when focusing on a new object.
  4. Swollen eyes and/or lump around the eye(s): This is depicted as eyelid swelling that affects both eyes rapidly. The condition has many underlying causes.

Common Symptoms of Eye Conditions in Kids

The above vision conditions have common symptoms to look out for. They include;

  • Rubbing eyes excessively
  • Eye strain when reading/holding reading material/books too close to the face
  • Trouble doing “close-up” tasks
  • Crossed eyes
  • Red eyes and/or swollen eyes
  • Headaches
  • Watery eyes
  • Squinting
  • Blurred/double vision
  • Tilting head to see
  • Eye sensitivity to light

Kids Eye Exam

Kids are subjected to different eye exams when they visit a pediatric optometrist. These exams are the best way for our professional optometrist to determine whether or not your child has any visual conditions we need to take care of. You can book a consultation with us to get your child an eye exam that can help prevent or manage any possible conditions. Keep in mind that you can have a covered eye exam for kids thanks to OHIP!

Some of the most common eye tests for kids include:

  1. Depth perception test: This aims to test if a patient has trouble perceiving distance.
  2. Worth’s Four Dot test: This test assesses for binocular vision (double vision).
  3. Visual acuity test: This test assesses their vision level and normal visual responses depending on age i.e., blinking and reaction to light.
  4. Extraocular motility test: This tests for eye muscle function by observing eye movement in specific directions³.

 

Eyeglasses For Kids: How To Choose the Right Pair of Glasses?

Let’s assume your kid already has a prescription that requires eyeglasses. The next step will be to find the right pair of glasses for them, and we’re here to give you some guidance. First off, allow us to provide a professional tip: we recommend you allow your child to be part of the eyewear selection process. This will help them feel involved in the decision and make the process easier and comfortable for them. Ask them about their favourite colour, what they think looks the best, and have them just try many different eyewear to create a fun experience.

After that, we can focus on the following aspects:

Style, Comfort, And Types of Lenses

It’s important to consider the lens and frame style that best fits your child. Depending on factors like the shape of your kid’s face, some frame shapes will look better on them than others. For instance, a round face works well with rectangular or square frame shapes. A square face will work well with oval or round frame shapes.

Comfort is another important consideration. For your child to truly enjoy the benefits of eyeglasses, they should be able to wear them most of the time, which means they must be comfortable. To ensure this, look into the nose pads and flexible/fitting frames, have them do a few movements to see how well they stay on their face, etc. Confirming the recommended lens type and lens upgrades your kid needs is also crucial, otherwise, their visual experience will not be great and the child will not want to wear the eyeglasses. Comfort and using the best prescription are key for a child to understand how important eyeglasses are for them.

The Child’s Opinion Matters

Involving your child in the decision process also means asking them relevant questions to get their opinion on the matter. To select functional, but cool glasses for your kid, we recommend you do the following:

  • Ask what colour/s they like
  • Ask what activities they like to do, to ensure the glasses fit their lifestyle
  • Find glasses frames that fit them perfectly to ensure they are comfortable and less likely to take them off during the day. Look for the right size and temple length so that it is comfortable on the nose and behind the ear.

Our Recommendations for Eyeglasses for Kids

If you are ready to begin looking for a pair of kids glasses, but don’t know where to start, we can give you suggestions! Here are our professional brand recommendations: NanoVista and Tomato Glasses.

a. Nano Vista

Nano Vista is a leading eyeglasses brand for kids that prides itself in making indestructible eyeglasses. The glasses come with a 3-year manufacturer defect warranty. Durability aside, Nano Vista glasses have also been made by true vision health experts specialised in children and adolescents. The brand uses environmentally friendly and safe materials to make their products (BPA-free).

Our top Nano Vista eyeglasses for kids include:

I. Replay

These bestseller kids’ glasses are available in 8 colours. They can also double up as glasses for boys and girls. Notable features include superior durability, flexibility, and comfort. They also come with an elastic band, as many of the Nano glasses do.

II. Twitch

There are four colour options to choose from and various sizes. Nano Vista Twitch goggles have notable features like ultra resistance, lightweight, and super flexible material.

b. Tomato Glasses

Tomato Glasses is a leading Canadian and Asian eyeglasses brand for kids renowned for offering perfectly fitting glasses for every child. The glasses feature adjustable temples & nose pads. They are unmatched in comfort, have a unique design and come with a free spare parts kit, just in case. They also offer customizable non-slip glasses perfect for active kids.

There are three main frame types by age: baby frames, kids frames, and junior frames to choose from. Our top 3 tomato glasses for kids include:

I. Kids Rectangular Frame (Pink)

These eyeglasses are popular among 2 to 8 year-olds. They come with notable features like non-slip, comfortable, lightweight, and well-fitting frames.

II. Kids Oval Frame (Crystal Blue featuring cars)

These glasses are popular for kids aged 1 to 7 years old. Notable features include an intelligent shape/design, unique nose pads, adjustable ear tips, and comfortable non-slip frames.

III. Kids Wayfarer Frame (Crystal Clear with Blue Sparkles)

These glasses are perfect for kids aged 1 to 6 years who prefer clear frames, among other trendy features.

Kodak Lens: Back-to-school Eyeglasses Sale

If you want more information or are looking for the best eyewear for your kids to go back to school you can check out our promotion for kids 19 and under, which runs up until September 30, 2023.

Sunglasses For Kids: Our Top Choices

Kids also need UV protection for their eyes, especially active ones who enjoy the outdoors. When selecting sunglasses for kids, consider fit, comfort, and sturdiness (frame and lens). Once again, we recommend you involve your child in the selection process.

Ready to buy sunglasses for your kids? Consider our top picks from Nano Vista.

Nano Vista has three main categories, namely prescription sunglasses, non-prescription sunglasses, and sunglasses for babies under 4 years. Here are our recommendations in each category:

I. Sunglasses for Babies: Nanito

These sunglasses come in a wide range of colours (11 colours). Other notable features include a high-quality lens with blue block treatment. The lenses are also anti-reflective. Frames are durable and lightweight without metal parts.

II. Prescription Sunglasses for Kids: Flicker SC

These sunglasses come in four colours. Notable features include their indestructibility and super flexibility. The Flicker SC are also light glasses with a magnetic sun clip that offers protection from UV light in one “clip”.

III. Non-prescription Sunglasses for Kids: Boing

These sunglasses for kids come in six colours. They also stand out for their resistant and lightweight nature, flexible temples, and anti-reflective/anti-scratch lenses.

And speaking of kids’ glasses and vision health…

Did You Know There Is a Myopia Epidemic Among Kids?

Myopia or near-sightedness is a vision condition where one has difficulty seeing faraway objects clearly. The average myopia prevalence globally is approximately 22.9%. By 2060, it is estimated that 69% of preschool children will be myopic, representing a 26% increase⁴.

Decreased exposure to the outdoors and excessive screen time (from digital devices like phones, computers, and tablets) are largely to blame⁵ and are rapidly becoming the leading cause of myopia in children.

How Can You Help Control Myopia in Kids?

If your child already has myopia, don’t worry! This condition can be managed using myopia control lenses. This technology is not always available at every optical store, but luckily we do carry it here at Kodak Lens Vision Centre. Innovative ophthalmic lenses for myopia slow down progression and increase the quality of life. You can learn more about why you should get myopia control lenses for your kid right here in our other educational post.

Contact Lenses for Kids: A Great Alternative for Active Children

Finally, let’s assume typical prescription glasses aren’t ideal for your child because they are too active, are there any other options? Definitely! You can get contact lenses for kids.

  • Prescription contact lenses help children who are active in sports perform at the highest levels while staying safe.
  • They are also a good option for kids who don’t want to wear glasses due to their appearance, they can always opt for contacts instead.
  • Contacts can offer better vision compared to glasses, especially for children with extreme myopia and look around a lot.
  • There are contact lenses for myopia control and management

If you are wondering what myopia control contact lens brand to consider for your child, look into Acuvue Abiliti contact lenses. They have a proven record of efficacy, offer ringboost technology, and have pediatric-inspired lens design. However, our optometrist can recommend many other contact lens brands that fit your child’s visual needs and comfort.

We hope this guide can help you make the right choices when it comes to your kids’ visual health. We’ll be glad to assist you at every step of the way, from checking their eye health with an eye exam especially tailored to their needs, to finding the right pair of eyewear for them and their lifestyle. Remember, you can book a free eye exam for kids thanks to OHIP coverage! As members of the Ontario Association of Optometrists, our doctors participate in the Eye See Eye Learn program, providing FREE eye examinations and FREE eyeglasses to children in junior kindergarten. We also offer our great Back to School promotions annually. Visit any of our locations to know more and get your child’s vision on track.

 

 

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!

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.

How to know which protective eyewear/prescription safety glasses are right for your workplace

How to know which protective eyewear/prescription safety glasses are right for your workplace

How to know which protective eyewear/prescription safety glasses are right for your workplace

Work-related injuries are a serious matter, but sadly one that is no longer new or surprising. The statistics show that there are an average of 27.32 fatal occupational injuries out of 100,000 workers, in Canada. This number does not only indicate how common injuries might be, they also show that we could do better in terms of safety measures being taken in the workplace. A series of safety precautions and protective wear has been developed in order to keep employers safe at all times, with the most common example being safety helmets or hard hats. Although protective eyewear has been able to prevent up to 90% of workplace injuries, there are still 700,000 emergency cases of eye injuries at work each year, cases that would have been entirely preventable had the workers been using protective eyewear.

It’s clear that not all jobs will require you to have protective eyewear at all times, but there are a few industries where this is a must, such as manufacturing, construction, production, installation, maintenance and repair, to name a few. In these types of professions, no one would think twice before buying a good and sturdy safety helmet because everyone understands the need to protect themselves. Eyewear must have the same value, which means investing in a solid pair of protective safety glasses should be at the top of the list when it comes to keeping yourself safe while at work. However, how do you know what standards make a pair of protective eyewear good for your workplace? What should you look for? How can you know if it is dependable?

With workplace eye injuries remaining prevalent, you should put your eye safety first. The following tips will help you choose the right safety glasses for your workplace.

Choosing protective eyewear that works for you

According to the CDC, more than 2000 job-related eye injuries occur every day3, with 40% of these injuries occurring in the construction, mining, and manufacturing industries.4 Healthcare workers also report a high number of eye injuries occurring on the job. The majority of eye injuries occurring in the workplace are a result of particles or small objects hitting the eyes, such as dust, wood chips, and metal, and if it’s windy, these objects can easily strike, scrape or enter the eyes.

Regardless of your area of expertise, it seems more and more jobs are benefiting from using the right type of protection, but the specific type that will most benefit you will largely depend on the nature of your job. There may be many materials you will be exposed to as well as other dangers (i.e. moving objects) depending on your industry.

When choosing your protective eyewear, here are the steps we recommend you follow:

1. Know what to expect

The first step to choosing the right protective eyewear is to understand the types of hazards you can expect. From impact to high energy radiation (i.e. UV, extreme heat etc.), the exact kind of hazard you will be exposed to is greatly determined by the nature of your work.

Individuals in the manufacturing and construction industry are prone to impact from particle dirt, large chips, and fragments. Welders are prone to heat hazards, molten metals, and hot sparks. Lab technicians, on the other hand, are exposed to chemicals and dangerous substances.

If you are new in your field and are unsure of what type of hazards you can expect to be exposed to, ask the experienced professionals around you, and once you are aware of your situation then we can help you be prepared for what your job will entail.

2. Know the types of lenses in different safety glasses

Know the types of lenses in different safety glasses

Once you are clear on the risks and hazards associated with your profession, we can move on to choosing the exact pair of eyewear that will best withstand those conditions.

There are three major types of lenses available: glass, plastic, and polycarbonate.

  1. Although they do exist and can be bought in certain stores, protective eyewear with glass lenses is not very common and is used in very specific situations. Glass lenses are prone to scratches and can shatter if dropped, which is why we don’t find them to be the best option but they could potentially work depending on the type of job you have.
  2. Plastic lenses, on the other hand, are durable and they do not break easily. They are lightweight and easy to wear, which makes them a common choice, but we must add that these types of lenses are prone to scratches which, depending on your line of work, could be an issue.
  3. Polycarbonate lenses are a better option because of their increased protection, strength and durability. These lenses are lightweight and can be coated for further protection against ultraviolet rays. Overall, this might be the safest choice in the market and we believe they could withstand a wide range of activities.

Now that you know your available options for protective eyewear, think about the hazard you will face in your job and make an informed decision about the level of protection you might need. The more danger or risk of injury you might face, the higher the protection level you will need.

3. Go for an eye test

Go for an eye test

Our tips so far have been assuming that you are aware of the status of your vision and that your eyesight is healthy, but this might not always be the case. If you currently need eyeglasses and need to also get protective eyewear, we have you covered. Your eye health will always be our top priority, and as such we have great news: there is no need for you to use your protective eyewear on top of your regular eyeglasses. Although it is technically possible, we don’t want you to take any chances with your health. Having two sets of glasses on is uncomfortable and might leave room for small particles to enter your eyes and that is a risk we do not want you to take. That is why we can custom make a wide range of prescription safety glasses for your specific needs. Contact lenses can also be a great option if you prefer not to have prescription safety glasses and use non-prescription safety glasses when wearing contact lenses. With this in mind, we recommend that you make an appointment for an eye test before setting out and buying a pair of safety glasses. This will help you determine which type of prescription you will require for your protective eyewear.

If you don’t currently wear eyeglasses, we still believe this to be an important step. If your job will require you to face some risks and potentially dangerous situations then it’s only natural to make sure your eyesight is as healthy and sharp as possible. You can visit our website to book an appointment for a simple eye test, you can even browse our selection of safety glasses while you are there and leave with the perfect pair that meets both your safety and vision needs.

4. Make sure your safety glasses are up to standard

Finally, regardless of whether you opt for prescription safety glasses or non-prescription protective eyewear, your safety remains our top priority. As such, we adhere to the Canadian government’s standard for these types of glasses, and recommend that you ensure your safety glasses meet the following criteria:

  • Be light and comfortable
  • Your field of vision has no obstructions
  • Block harmful radiation, should that be something you need in your line of work
  • Be scratch resistant
  • Lenses engraved with ANSI/CSA Safety Standard marking based on workplace and WSIB regulations. Ask us to learn more.

Eye safety should be a priority at all times.

Your general eye health will always be our main priority, and that includes the safety of your eyes at all times, especially in your working environment. After you are certain of the type of risks and hazards you will be exposed to, selecting the best safety glasses for you should be at the top of your list and we hope our tips have made it easier for you to get started on that process. Our guide is bound to help you purchase the perfect eyewear for your situation. We promise you, this will be an investment you will not regret as you only have one pair of eyes for the gift of sight. Protect it at all costs.

If you need professional help in selecting your safety glasses, you can also contact us and allow our team of experts to advise you. Our broad range of protective eyewear is sure to be a good starting point for you and we will be glad to answer any questions you might have. Call us at 647-952-1099 or find the location that is closest to you and let’s make sure you are ready for any type of job without compromising your eye health and safety.

Seven reasons why you should get an annual eye exam

Seven reasons why you should get an annual eye exam

Seven reasons why you should get an annual eye exam

If you have never had any visual issues or discomfort in your eyes, then chances are you’ve never had them examined by an optometrist. In such cases, an annual eye exam may seem like something unnecessary, why get an exam if you think you’re fine? We get it, if your vision is not affecting you then why visit an Optometrist? However, with a delicate organ like the eye, a regular examination is not an exaggeration, it can catch serious eye conditions early on and educate you about your visual needs and eye health. Visual and eye health testing is the best way to determine any changes in your eyes. It is very possible to have an eye condition without any physical symptoms, and you might not find out about it until it’s too late. Preserve your gift of sight to ensure every year you have the best quality of life. We know firsthand how important it is to have great vision, as well as healthy and functioning eyes, so read on to find out seven reasons why an annual eye exam is important.

1. Eye health changes with time

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2. Regular vision checks can help detect glaucoma

Now let’s move on to an actual issue you could have such as glaucoma, which is one of the most common eye diseases. In spite of that, it remains one of the most difficult to detect all by yourself. However, a regular eye exam can help detect it in no time.Glaucoma erodes the optic nerve which results in vision loss, but as significant as that might sound, sometimes this eye disease can be painless. The only way you can confirm you have it is through a professional opinion, and regular eye exams can help you detect it at an early stage.

3. Eye exams can help detect other issues

It’s normal to think eye exams detect just eye problems. But, contrary to popular belief, there are many other health issues an optometrist can detect with an eye exam that may or may not be related to your eyes. It might sound unlikely, but it is possible to detect diabetes, cancer, high levels of cholesterol, and more during routine eye checks. This is because blood vessels in your retina are checked during the examination, which gives information not just about blood in your retina but other parts of your body. It doesn’t sound so unnecessary now, eh?

4. Regular checks keep you up-to-date with prescriptions

If you already have a prescription for any eye visual correction and rely on glasses or contact lenses, then you shouldn’t be negotiating with yourself if you should do regular visits to the optometrist. In addition to detecting any other eye defects, a regular eye exam will ensure you are up-to-date with your eye prescription and know what ophthalmic lenses are recommended for you. As already established, our bodies are constantly changing and that includes our vision. A prescription lens that was perfect some months ago may no longer suit you as well as it did a while back, but it could take some time for you to realize it. With a comprehensive eye exam, you won’t need to worry about that.

5. Dry eyes and digital eye strain

Symptoms of dry eyes are one reason why many people end up in an optometrist’s eye clinic. With dry eyes, your vision can become blurry and experience a burning and/or irritation sensation that can affect your entire eye health and comfort. On top of that, leaving it unattended can result in damage to your cornea. It’s not really as simple as just feeling some discomfort in your eyes.

There is no secret that digital eye strain causes dry eye symptoms and that is because nowadays everything we do involves digital screens. From reading with an e-reader to checking your smartwatch, not to mention the countless hours spent in front of phones and TVs. After all, what are you using to read this? We are constantly bombarded by technology and our eyes are the most affected ones. Did you know we blink way less when staring at these devices? Our expert optometrists could help educate you about this seemingly simple and common issue before it escalates and turns into something bigger.

6. Vision tests do not substitute an actual eye exam

So you passed your vision test and had your driver’s license renewed. Sadly, your vision test does not mean all is well with your eye. It only means you can see properly, at least for now. The same applies to children who seem to have passed their school’s vision test. Vision tests only detect serious visual problems that already affect the eyes’ ability to interpret images correctly (i.e. myopia, nearsightedness, or hyperopia, farsightedness). To detect underlying eye health conditions which could affect the ability to see (if left untreated), an actual eye examination is required. Opting for a routine eye exam can help you stop a defect in its early stages. Children 19 and under are covered for an annual eye health exam with a valid Ontario health card.

7. Myopia is on the rise

It has also been estimated that by 2050, 4758 million people will be myopic. This condition is occurring earlier in young children and at a fast rate. Myopia is a condition where objects that are near can be seen, but things at a distance prove more challenging to see. A regular eye examination is important, especially for kids, to spot the onset of this condition. With new myopia control solutions, our Optometrist can explain to you the many treatment options. Keep in mind that while it may occur at an earlier age, it is still very possible for it to occur as we age. You could beat the odds simply by staying one step ahead of them!

By now it should be clear how many benefits can come from having an annual eye exam. Checking up on our general health is a good rule of thumb: making sure our heart is okay, our blood levels are normal, our teeth are well taken care of, etc. Making sure our eyes are part of that checklist is very important and can be the cherry on top. We usually are not aware of how important our eye health is until there is an issue, but by that time it might be too late. Eye care is all about preventative care and resolving conditions early on can drastically improve a person’s quality of life and livelihood.

Annual eye exams help us be one step ahead by detecting and preventing eye conditions and some other bigger issues. Contact us if you would like to book an appointment, you could also call us at 647-952-1099 or click here to ask us a question. Our team of experts will be glad to help you in any way we can. Our top priority will always be your overall well-being and eye health, so give us a call and let’s take care of your eyes together.