New Anti-Fog Cloths!

Introducing our New Anti-Fog Cloth Solution!

Foggy lenses has been an ongoing issue for many activities such as skiing, snowboarding, being outside in cold weather, drinking hot coffee or tea, eating soup, cooking on hot stove and today’s COVID-19 pandemic having to wear a mask when meeting with people. Fortunately, we have a great solution for you to prevent your lenses from fogging. Our Anti-Fog Lens Cloth helps you keep your lenses clear of fog accumulation. Keeping your visual clarity is our highest priority, even when wearing a mask or doing all your special and fun activities.

Our A grade anti-fog cloth offers up to 8 to 10 hours of fog free lenses after each use. Our anti-fog cloths can be reused over 200 times. The anti-fog cloth is great for lenses with basic or premium anti-reflective multi-layered coatings. Please see instructions for application and tips below.

How to Use Our Anti-Fog Cloth

Watch the video below for a demonstration and how to use our anti-fog cloth.

Anti-Fog Cloth Tips & Facts

How to get your Anti-Fog Cloths?

To get your anti-fog cloths, please visit us in store at any of our several Kodak Lens Vision Centre locations in Toronto & Greater Toronto Area.

Each cloth is $12 + hst. If you purchase 3, you can get a 3 pack for $30 and you save $6!  

You can also purchase online by clicking on the link below!

Anti-Fog Cloth Benefits:

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

Q1: Will it prevent my lenses from fogging up completely?

The lens cloth will significantly reduce fogging on lenses. Various factors can influence the performance of
the cloth such as weather conditions, temperature, humidity level, fit of the frames, and position of the mask.

Q2: What is the cloth made of?

The cloth is made of the regular microfiber cleaning cloth material and is embedded with the anti-fog substance.

Q3: How long does the cloth last?

The lens cloth is good for up to 6 to 12 months and must be kept in its zipper plastic sleeve to preserve performance and efficacy.

Q4: After wiping, how long does the effect last?

The effect lasts 10 hours, unless you need to clean the glasses, then you must wipe again.

Q5: How many times can I use the cloth?

The cloth can be used for 200 activations.

Q6: When do I use the cloth?

We recommend using the cloth for when you have to wear a mask. The anti-fog cloth can also be used for swimming goggles, ski or snowboarding goggles or whenever you experience fog on lenses. 

Q7: Does it leave a greasy film on the lenses?

No, it doesn’t leave any residue.

Q8: Can I wash the Anti-Fog Lens Cloth?

No. We highly recommend not to wash the cloth as it effects the anti-fog properties/formula.

Q9. Is the Anti-Fog Lens Cloth reimbursable?

The Anti-Fog Lens Cloth is not reimbursable or refundable. Exchanges may apply if product is deemed under manufacturer defect. All Anti-Fog Cloths are considered final sale at point of purchase.

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Save $50 off with Blue Light Lenses!

Save $50 off with Blue Light Lenses!

Save $50 off with our high energy blue light filtering, Choice BluSelect, lenses upgrade! For Premium HD Single Vision, Progressives and Bifocals, when you get BluSelect upgrade, you will get our Basic AR (anti-reflective coating) for FREE or get Deluxe AR UV for 1 upgrade. For Premium HD Single Vision and Progressives, get Total Blue with Deluxe AR UV and SILK for 3 upgrades instead of 4*.

High energy blue light is everywhere and unavoidable. Nearly every source of light, whether natural or artificial emits harmful blue light. Your eyes are exposed to it all day long, both indoors and out. As the use of technology and digital devices increases, the risk to your eyes increases too. Protect yourself from harmful UV and blue light. Check our blog article to learn more about high energy blue light and what solutions we have available for you.

We hope to best assist you during this time of social distancing. Promotion is happening from August 24th to October 31st, 2020.

Known for quality and superior optical technology, Kodak Lenses is a dependable brand you know and trust. This year has been eventful and we hope to help you See The Colours of Life.

*For single vision lenses, when you get BluSelect with Premium AR we only charge for 1 upgrade. For Premium HD Single Vision, Progressives and Bifocals, when you get BluSelect, you will be upgraded to Basic AR for FREE (or get Deluxe AR UV for 1 upgrade). For Premium HD Single Vision and Progressives, when you get Total Blue with Deluxe AR UV and SILK is reduced to 3 upgrades instead of 4. Cannot be combined with other offers, previous purchases, or non-prescription glasses and sunglasses. Valid prescription is required. Applies to original purchases. Does not cover accidental damage, scratches, breakage or theft. Purchases made under a promotion do not qualify for returns or refunds. See associate for details.

*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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Back to School Promotion! 25% off 2 pairs!

Back to School Promotions!

For kids 19 and under, receive 25% off when you buy 2 complete pairs* (frame and lenses). Eyewear packages starting at $142 for two pairs! Although back to school can be a challenge during the pandemic, we are positive families and children can get back to learning in a safe environment. We are here to support students getting back to having a productive education and continuing to see the best during their classes. 

Did you know? Eye Exams are covered by OHIP for children 19 and under with a valid health card. Also with Eye See Eye Learn, kids in JK can get a FREE pair of eyeglasses! We hope to best assist you during this time of social distancing. Promotion is happening from August 24th to October 31st, 2020. 

Known for quality and superior optical technology, Kodak Lenses is a dependable brand you know and trust. This year has been eventful and we hope to help you See The Colours of Life.

*Valid on any two complete pairs of glasses (frame and lenses). Each pair must be at least $95 to qualify. Cannot be combined with other offers, previous purchases, or non-prescription glasses and sunglasses. Valid prescription is required. Applies to original purchases. Does not cover accidental damage, scratches, breakage or theft. Purchases made under a promotion do not qualify for returns or refunds. See associate for details.

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MyDay & Clariti 1 Day Instant Savings!

MyDay & Clariti 1 Day Instant Savings!

Isn’t it time you started enjoying a higher level of contact lens comfort?

Make the healthier choice and ask us about MyDay® and Clariti 1 day contact lenses.

Receive and enjoy $50 off when you buy 4 90-packs (6 month supply).

Receive $100 off when you purchase an annual supply (8 boxes).

Visit and see us in clinic to order or ask us for more details. You can also order online by clicking the button below. We hope to best assist you during this time of social distancing. Promotion is happening from August 5th to October 31st, 2020.

Known for quality and superior optical technology, Kodak Lenses is a dependable brand you know and trust. This year has been eventful and we hope to help you See The Colours of Life.

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Everything you need to know about NEW Transitions GEN8

Everything You Need to Know about NEW Transitions Signature GEN 8 Lenses

Introducing the next generation of Transitions Signature® lenses known to be the best overall photochromic*. Light and UV protection are a universal need.

In this modern world of constantly changing light, the relationship between light and our eyes has never been more relevant. 9 out of 10* people declare they are sensitive to light, yet most patients will not openly discuss solutions how to help manage light. There is a universal need to bring Light Under Control™. Transitions® Signature® GEN 8™ lenses can meet your light sensitivity needs while providing style, comfort, and protection.

Did you know? While wearing Transitions Signature GEN 8 lenses, people noticed their eye sensitivity to light was reduced by 44%**.

Transitions Signature GEN 8 Features

Technology

Transitions Signature GEN8 is constructed with an advanced nano-composite matrix. This matrix creates zones where the dyes can move freely, without compromising on darkness and clarity. With the new generation of ultra-agile dyes, these lenses allow faster activation with significant improvement on durability—making it more stable and consistent in its performance over time.

Faster Activation and Fade Back
Transitions Signature GEN 8 lenses activate to a category 3 darkness up to 30% faster3 and are 3 minutes faster to fade back to clear4 than Transitions® Signature® VII lenses.

Even Darker
Transitions Signature GEN 8 lenses are even darker outdoors than Transitions Signature VII lenses when fully activated.

Ultimate Eye Protection
Transitions Signature GEN 8 lenses block 100% UVA and UVB rays and block at least 20% of harmful blue light indoors and over 87% of harmful blue light outdoors.5

For Transitions® Signature® GEN 8™, the nano-composite matrix and ultra-agile dye work together to improve darkness, speed, hardness, and longevity of performance.

Colour Availability

Are You Light Sensitive?

Use the checklist and quiz to help identify your symptoms of light sensitivity and talk to us about the benefits of Transitions Signature GEN 8 lenses.

Complete the light sensitivity quiz and realize how light impacts your eyes & daily life. It’s quick, easy and you will receive your results in less than a minute.

Photochromic lenses provide relief from:

    • Different types of light, both visible and unseen

    • Varying light intensity, from all right to too bright

    • Multiple light sources, indoors and out

    • Flashing lights or extreme changes in lighting

*Based on achieving the highest weighted composite score among main everyday photochromic lenses across measurements of key photochromic performance attributes weighted by their relative importance to consumers. Photochromic performance is influenced by temperature, UV exposure, and lens material. © 2019 Transitions Optical Limited.

*Transitions Optical Life360™ live wearers testing in US, France, China (IFOP 2016/2017). N=117 eyeglass wearers.
**Source: Consumer test Ifop, 2016-2017; N=428 clear lens wearers US/FR/CH.

*As compared to Transitions® Signature® VII lenses. CR607 products activate to a category 3 darkness 15% faster. Claim is based on tests across materials on grey lenses, being the most popular color, achieving 18% transmission @ 23°C.

**As compared to Transitions® Signature® VII lenses. CR607 products fade back to clear 2 minutes faster. Claim is based on tests across materials on grey lenses, being the most popular color, fading back to 70% transmission @ 23°C.

1 Source: Transitions Optical life 360 live wearers testing in US, France, China (IFOP 2016/2017) – N=117 glasses wearers

2 Source: Wearer’s test involving self-declaration of frequency of experiencing eye sensitivity to light (always/sometimes/never); consumer test 2016-2017; N=428 clear lens wearers US/FR/CH.

3 CR607 products activate to a category 3 darkness 15% faster. Claim is based on tests across materials on grey lenses, being the most popular colour, achieving 18% transmission @ 23°C.

4 CR607 products fade back to clear 2 minutes faster. Claim is based on tests across materials on grey lenses, being the most popular colour, fading back to 70% transmission @ 23°C.

5 Disclaimer: “harmful blue light” is calculated between 380 nm and 460 nm, across materials and colors.

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Feel more Eye Strain at Home?

Are you Feeling more Eye Strain at Home?

Worldwide people have been confined to their homes during the current pandemic and with that screen time for families has skyrocketed.
 
Parents and kids are attending work and classes online using Zoom or Google Hangouts. Video games have also been in high demand. These types of activities have become a necessary distraction when going outside isn’t an option.
 
While digital devices can’t permanently damage your eyes, there are still a number of related uncomfortable effects which affect people of all ages. Here are some recommendations from the Canadian and American Ophthalmology Societies to help avoid some of these effects:

Step 1: Keep them Moisturized!

  • Studies show we blink half many times when we’re reading a book or staring at a digital device. Blinking is the eye’s way of getting the moisture it needs on its surface. When the eyes dry out they can often feel irritated, itchy or like there’s something in the eye. You may also notice frequent blinking, burning or eye fatigue.
  • Use artificial tears 4-6 times per day.  We recommend brands like Hylo, BioTrue, Thealoz, I-Drop and Blink. These are available at our online store or over the counter at your local pharmacies.
  • You can also use a humidifier to add moisture to the air.
  • Try a warm compress. Place a clean towel in warm water and place it on the eyes for 5 minutes. We recommend The Eye Doctor Essential hot compress mask.

Step 2: Follow the 20-20-20 Rule

This is an easy rule to follow. Set an alarm on your phone, computer or alarm clock. After every 20 minutes, look away at something 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds. Looking at far distances help your eyes relax. Instead of focusing and converging your eyes while working, give your eyes a break every 20 minutes. Your eyes will thank you and you will experience less eye strain.

Step 3: Adjust Your Screen

  • Adjust the brightness on your screen to match the level of ambient light around you. This will keep your pupils from expanding and contracting continually which can cause some discomfort.
  • Try a matte screen filter to cut the glare and try to adjust the contrast on your screen to reduce eye strain. You may also find it useful to increase the font on the screen. Bigger letters is easier to read and requires less focusing.

Step 4: Adjust Your Posture

  • Poor posture can contribute to muscle tightness and headaches associated with eye strain.
  • Encourage your child to hold books and digital media 18-24 inches away.
  • For yourself, find better positions to improve your posture such as ergonomic products or guides.

Step 5: Pay Attention to Your Sleep Habits

Screen use close to bedtime can harm sleep quality. Avoid using screens in the evenings if possible. According to research, high energy blue light filtering technology such as filtering apps on your devices and our BluSelect and Kodak Total Blue lenses have helped improve sleep over time by affecting the melatonin in our eyes.

Step 6: Take Breaks & Enjoy Your Time at Home

Get up and moving at least every 60 minutes if possible. Enjoy your time at home.

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COVID-19 & Flu Protection Preventative Measures

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COVID-19 & Flu Protection Preventative Measures

IMPORTANT MESSAGE: COVID-19 & Flu Protection Preventative Measures

Dear Valued Patients and Customers,

As the concerns around COVID-19 continue, we want to ensure that our patients health, safety and comfort remain as our utmost priority. To ensure this, we would like to communicate our role and responsibilities on how we will navigate the situation.

  • We are keeping the standards of cleanliness and sanitization at the highest level

  • All eyewear will be cleaned before and after trying on or use

  • Shields installed on optometric and/or optical equipment
  • Our team is aware of frequent, consistent and mandated hand washing and sanitization

  • Team advised to avoid shaking hands (fist, feet or elbow bumps can be appropriate)

  • Payment devices will be cleaned appropriately between each transaction

  • High contact areas will also be cleaned thoroughly

Contact lenses can be ordered online through our website and eyeglasses can be delivered to you based on each case, urgency and request. Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact our management team at info@eyetrusteyecare.ca.

On behalf of the management and team at Kodak Lens Vision Centres, we would like to thank you for your continued support and loyalty. We always look forward to seeing you again and understand if you need to make any changes to any upcoming appointments during this time.

Best Regards,

Taylor, Customer Service Manager of Kodak Lens Vision Centres

How You Can Help Us

As you are likely aware, the COVID-19 Coronavirus strain is making its way around the world. At Kodak Lens Vision Centres, we are taking steps to help prevent the spread of the virus to help protect our patients, team and the community.

If you are scheduled for a routine eye exam and are feeling unwell with symptoms such as fever, sore throat, cough, sneezing or difficulty breathing or have been in close contact with someone with those symptoms please refrain from attending any appointments or accompanying patients to their appointment.

Please contact us to let us know if you are unable to attend your appointment.

If you are experiencing an ocular emergency AND are feeling unwell, please call us to inform of your symptoms prior to arrival at the clinic.

What We Are Doing for Our Community

We have implemented heightened cleaning regimens including the frequent disinfection of frequently touched surfaces and we have added additional hand disinfectant dispensers throughout the clinic. Our team is keeping up with updates from from Health Canada to ensure that we are taking appropriate precautions as new information becomes available.

What You Can Do If You Are Visiting Us

If you are visiting us, we ask that you help keep the environment as safe as possible for our other patients as we have a large number of elderly patients who are at an increased risk of suffering serious effects should they contract COVID-19 or even the common flu.

Upon arrival at our clinic, we ask that you disinfect your hands by washing and or by using hand sanitizer which is readily available throughout the clinic. Please repeat this process should you touch your eyes, nose or mouth. We thank you in advance for your cooperation!

Preventative Tips You Should Know

The Toronto Public Health (TPH) and the Minister of Health have made recommendations that business and organizations do their part to help mitigate and slow the spread of this virulent disease.

While TPH and Public Health Ontario (PHO) both report that there is no Community Spread of the virus in Toronto, Kodak Lens Vision Centres is taking a proactive and preventative approach to keeping our patients, customers and team safe.

As a reminder, please take a moment and read through these everyday actions that will help you remain healthy:

  • We encourage everyone to wash their hands thoroughly and often with soap and water or an alcohol-based sanitizer.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are ill.

  • If you are feeling unwell, stay home.

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue (immediately throw the tissue in the garbage and wash your hands).

  • If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your sleeve or arm.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects.

We have also provided some links below to resources from Toronto Public Health, the Public Health Ontario and WHO (their advice to the public) with the latest information:

TPH Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19): https://www.toronto.ca/…/diseases-medications-…/coronavirus/

WHO Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Outbreak: https://www.who.int/emergen…/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

PHO Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): https://www.publichealthontario.ca/…/resp…/novel-coronavirus

Government of Canada (COVID-19): https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html

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Point of Wear Measurements

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Point of Wear Measurements

If you want to experience a higher level of differentiation in your eye care needs then you need to trust the expertise of an eye care professional. You will recognize the in store difference and experience when an eye care professional will help customize and personalize your eyeglasses by considering point of wear measurements for your visual needs. As lens technology advances, customized measurements is important to deliver the full potential of ophthalmic lenses that will enhance your visual performance and vision correction experience. Only through the use of accurate and precise position of wear measurements and values will you be able to enjoy the fullest visual benefit of your Optometrist’s prescription (Rx).

With the advancement of free form manufacturing, it is now possible for real time lens design optimization that considers every aspect of how an individual’s lenses are positioned in front of their eyes. In order for your lenses to be optimized to enhance your comfort requires your eye care professional to provide the most fitting parameters when completing your eyeglasses.

What is Position of Wear?

Position of wear (POW) describes how your fitted eyewear has repositioned the lenses compared to the lenses used to test your vision in the exam room.

Position of wear is not all about adjusting your eyewear or sunglasses to make them fit as comfortable as possible. Occasionally, some of us may feel if our frames are fitted in a specific way, we see better. A good adjustment can be a solution, but for best visual satisfaction requires analyzing the position of wear and measuring the points of wear.

Benefits of Position of Wear

There has been significant increases in patient satisfaction when eye care professionals employ point of wear measurements. Optometrists have seen a significantly lower non-adapt rate when progressives are optimized with point of wear measurements. Since Opticians are noticing a variety of modern frame designs, shapes and styles, they can tell if visual performance will be affected if the lens selection and recommendations are not properly discussed. If you choose a frame with high wrap or a lot of pantascopic tilt, eye care professionals recommend that optimized lenses with proper measurements is essential to enhance visual performance and quality.

Types of Point of Wear Measurements and what to Expect

There are two ways to take point of wear measurements: manually and/or digitally. Before conducting the measurements, eye care professionals will make sure the frame style selected is properly fitted to the wearer’s preferred position. Once frame adjustments are made and the wearer is happy with the frame’s position, measurements can be taken.

Pupillary Distance (PD) – is the length between your eyes from your right to left corneal reflex when your eyes are fixated at a certain distance. There are generally two types:

  1. Distance PD or Far PD is measured when your eyes are fixated straight ahead and not converged.
  2. Near PD is measured when your eyes are converged at a single near point. Near PD can be measured at working distances of 25 cm, 33.3 cm or 40 cm. Working distances depend on the visual task such as reading or using the computer. Consult with your eye care professional to learn more.

    Your PD can be taken by your eye care professional with a pen light and ruler, digital pupilometer, or advanced POW software and equipment. Multiple measurements will be taken to ensure accuracy.

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Vertex Distance – is the length of the back of the lens to the tip of your cornea. How far or close a frame sits away from your eyes can affect your visual performance. This measurement is important for high power, free form, and/or high definition digital lenses.

Pupil Height or Ocular Center (OC) Height – is the distance of your corneal reflex to the bottom of the frame. Wearer’s posture and position of the frame is important to ensure accuracy. OC is essential with large frame shapes and when your eyes are not completely centered in the frame.

Seg Height – is a measurement commonly used for progressives and bifocal/trifocal to determine the vertical length from the beginning of the progressive addition to the lowest bottom of the lens in your frames. 

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Pantoscopic Tilt – is the amount of vertical angle between a wearer’s primary gaze and the intersection of the same with the plane of the lenses. It can also be explained as the rotation of lens bottom towards the cheeks. Pantoscopic angle is the angle of the frame front to the temple. The most important aspect is to make sure the wearer’s facial plane is as vertical as possible before the measurement is made. If Pantoscopic tilt is not accounted for, it can cause significant visual distress and discomfort.

Frame Wrap Angle (also known as face form and panoramic angle) – is the measurement to determine amount of wrap angle of the frame. An important aspect of wrap fitting is eyelash clearance. Having lenses that do not account for frame wrap can cause distortions, lens mounting and cosmetic concerns.

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Base Curve – is the measurement to determine the amount of curvature of a lens in dioptric power. This is important to match the frame for proper lens mounting and to optimize lens performance based on your eye’s visual needs.

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Frame Measurements – we also double check and provide all frame measurements to the lab to ensure proper lens manufacturing and fabrication of the lenses to securely fit into your frame. 

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How does Point of Wear Optimize your Prescription (Rx)?

The main benefit of point of wear optimization is to deliver the best representation of the prescription determined in the exam room. Compare the fitting values of the lenses used in an exam room versus how eyewear is fitted:

Exam Room:

  1. Vertex Distance – typically averages 13 to 14mm.
  2. Pantoscopic Tilt – phoroptor lenses or trial frame are straight up and down, i.e., zero pantoscopic tilt.
  3. Frame Wrap Angle—Lenses are held in an absolutely flat plane, i.e., zero face form angle.
  4. Pupillary Alignment—Particularly with phoroptors, they accommodate PD in a binocular manner, and therefore cannot make allowances for monocular eye separation differences.
  5. Pupillary Height—The patient’s eye is typically aligned with the geometric (optical) center of the phoroptor’s test lenses and does not account for frame shape which can be larger or smaller.

Fitted Eyewear:

  1. Vertex Distance – Fitted values can range from as close as 8mm to as far as 20mm.
  2. Pantoscopic Tilt- Fitted values range from 0 to 15mm; typically 6 to 8mm.
  3. Frame Wrap Angle – Also known as face form, fitted values range from 0 to 10 degrees. Wrap angle for sunglasses can range from 12 to as much as 25 degrees.
  4. Pupillary Alignment – Ideal measurements for an individual are monocular values. Differences between the eyes may range up to 4mm.
  5. Pupillary Height – Fitted values often find the pupil placed in most lens shapes between 3 and 7mm above the geometric and in some cases below the optical center of the frame and lenses.

By doing point of wear compensation takes the differences between exam room and fitted eyewear into account. These additional measurements allow the lens manufacturer to recalculate the prescription and make adjustments to optimize the lens quality and performance. 

Both single vision and progressive lenses can benefit from point of wear optimization. Especially for stronger prescriptions, greater cylinder power and fitting situations where the wearer’s pupil is significantly above the mechanical center of the frame can greatly benefit from POW optimization. For progressive lenses, the reading zone is most improved with POW optimization.

Why Visit Us for a Personalized Experience?

Visit us to get the full experience of custom and personalized eyewear designed for you by our eye care professionals. Based on your visual and eyewear needs, we will provide top service such as customized prescriptions for any specific or all visual tasks, point of wear measurements, lens and frame recommendations based on your unique lifestyle, frame adjustments, frame repairs and much more. Buying online can never offer such detailed service to ensure your satisfaction and quality of the eyewear you receive. Visit or call us if you have any questions and we would love to help.

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

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