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!

Our Social Impact Commitment

Our Social Impact Commitment

Social Impact Kodak Lens Vision Centres

Social Impact at Kodak Lens Vision Centres

Community engagement has always been an important part of what we do. We want to share with you our social impact initiative at Kodak Lens Vision Centres and ask for your help in fulfilling a local need. This year and in the future, we want to do even more to support the communities where we operate and we want to give YOU the opportunity to tell us how!

Our commitment is to engage with our team, customers and fans each month from March to August and tell you about a few needs in a local community where we operate. All we ask is for you to click, read about each of the needs, and then cast your VOTE for where our charitable contribution of $1000 will be allocated. The vote will close on the 15th of each month and we’ll reach out shortly after that to let you know which need was fulfilled. Please see below our past contributions. Together, we can make a difference and help everyone See The Colours of Life!

August’s Social Impact:

Need: Supporting Nutricious Meals for Neighbours
Neighbourhood: Mississauga
Date: August 2023

Dear Kodak Lens Woodbine Eyecare team,

On behalf of the youth and families, I personally want to thank Kodak Lens Eyecare for their generous donation. Lots of our families are facing hard times. With this kind donation, you have put a big smile on the youth and families faces. Thank you again for bringing a smile to our families!

Your’s Truly,

Bindi Sathivelu, Program Manager

BGC Peel


July’s Social Impact:

Need: Supporting Breast Cancer Patients’ Nutritional Needs
Neighbourhood: Scarborough
Date: July 2023

Dear Kodak Lens Parkway Eyecare team,

We are a national charity with the mission to reduce the financial burden of breast cancer patients during the time they are in treatment. I want to thank the Kodak Lens Parkway Eyecare employees who made such a generous donation to us. You’ve enabled us to provide grocery gift card for breast cancer patients who are facing a financial crisis during the time they are in treatment. Your support is very appreciated, so thank you very much!

Your’s Truly,

Donna Sheehan Executive Director, Founder, breast cancer survivor

Breast Cancer Support Fund


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June’s Social Impact:

Need: Food Support for Survivors
Neighbourhood: Mississauga/Etobicoke
Date: June 2023

Dear Kodak Lens Cloverdale Eyecare team,

We at Armagh House would like to express our gratitude to the team at Kodak Lens Cloverdale Eyecare for the generous donation of gift cards to our families at Armagh. Women and children access the supportive housing program at Armagh after fleeing violence. During their 2 year stay, women and children are provided access to Armagh’s resources including case management, skills-building programs and workshops, art therapy, psychotherapy, and more. By the end of their stay, women have often entered the workforce, completed their education, improved on their financial literacy, and began their healing journeys to build and live lives free from violence for themselves and their children. The families who access Armagh’s services are typically financially vulnerable, and as such, donations in the way of gift cards and other monetary support have a truly positive and significant impact on the lives of our families. It gifts moms the autonomy to purchase their culturally specific grocery needs, or treat their children to a fun summer activity; a privilege they do not usually have access to. Armagh would like to recognize the support from your team and again thank you kindly for your generosity.

Your’s Truly.

Samiya Kebir, Program Supervisor

Armagh House


May’s Social Impact:

Need: Slippers for Women and Children
Neighbourhood: Durham/Ajax
Date: May 2023

Dear Kodak Lens Harwood Eyecare team,

We are thrilled to extend our deepest appreciation and gratitude to Kodak Lens Vision Centres and Kodak Lens Harwood Eyecare for their incredibly generous donation of 96 cozy slippers for adults and 24 adorable slippers for children to our shelter. Your act of kindness has brought warmth and comfort to the lives of women and children who have faced gender-based violence and abuse. Your thoughtful contribution has not only provided physical comfort but also served as a reminder that they are cared for and valued.

Your’s Truly.

Heila P., Outreach Services Manager

Bethesda House


April’s Social Impact:

Need: Tech for a Single Mom
Neighbourhood: North York
Date: Apr 2023

Dear Kodak Lens Centerpoint Eyecare team,

Thank you so much for the laptop. My kids now have the opportunity to go on Google classroom, use learning websites like raz kids, and prodigy. They are very happy 😊. Thank you so much!

Your’s Truly.


Lumenus Community Services
Reboot Canada


March’s Social Impact:

Need: Diaper Duty
Neighbourhood: Toronto
Date: Mar 2023

Dear Kodak Lens Toronto Eyecare team,

Many of the families we help are struggling to make ends meet right now. Your donation of diapers will help a few of these families get by for another few days without worry. Your donation and kindness is extra special to us and a huge help to the families we support throughout the year. We can’t say it enough, THANK YOU for your generosity!

Your’s Truly.

Neide M., Program Coordinator
Birth Mark

Why am I seeing this?

Because you’re a part of the Kodak Lens family of customers or fans! We want you to have a say in where our charitable contribution is allocated.

How do you pick the needs?

We partner with Troop, a social enterprise in Toronto to select the local needs we share with you. Troop is on a mission to build communities where basic needs don’t go unmet and we’re joining the mission.

Can I share a need for a local charity?

Yes! If you work with a charity or non-profit and you think they would benefit from sharing their needs with local businesses and customers, you can email the Troop team here: [email protected].


Other Community Initiatives:

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 support 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 (Toronto Rush, AUDL ultimate frisbee team) 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.

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

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

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

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

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


What is an Optometrist?



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

What does an optometrist do?

Optometrists carry out a number of functions including:

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

What is a Contact Lens Fitting?


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

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


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


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

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


Benefits of Booking a Contact Lens Fitting


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

Benefits of a contact lens fitting include:

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

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

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

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.

5 Eye Care Bedtime Tips for Contact Lens Users

5 Eye Care Bedtime Tips for Contact Lens Users

5 Eye Care Bedtime Tips for Contact Lens Users

5 Eye Care Bedtime Tips for Contact Lens Users

Contact lens wearers will agree that their lenses provide them with more convenience than other forms of vision correction. Although a pair of glasses are also very effective, some wearers agree that they come with certain distractions. With contact lenses, you will not have to worry about them steaming up, getting dirty, or generally falling off, as it commonly happens with eyeglasses. We know there are many benefits associated with using contact lenses, and what a convenient option they are.

There are a few recommendations you should keep in mind in order to properly take care of your contact lenses and ensure they remain a viable option for you. In particular, let’s take a look at how to best care for your contact lenses, and your eyes, around bedtime.

Can you sleep with contact lenses?

Sorry, the answer is always no. If you would like to sleep while wearing your contact lenses, the first thing you need to know is that you can’t do this with just any type of contact lenses: you must use extended-wear or specially designed day and night contact lenses1. These are designed to allow a significant amount of oxygen to pass through the contact lenses directly to your cornea. They are usually made with thinner materials (silicone hydrogel) compared to daily disposable lenses or reusable contact lenses.

Sleeping with regular contact lenses, on the other hand, can predispose your eyes to infections or ulcers. If you happen to fall asleep by accident, you should remove them carefully. Your contact lens will be drier and tighter in this scenario, causing you discomfort and increasing the risk of damage to your cornea when removing it. The longer you use the dried out contact lens increases the risk of your eye health. For safer handling, use your contact lens rewetting drops to hydrate the lens, which will allow you to remove them carefully. Once the lenses are out, you can use your prescribed eye drops once again to make sure your eyes are properly hydrated.

Sleeping with regular contact lenses

Eye care bedtime tips for contact lens users

If you don’t use extended-wear lenses we recommend you have a proper nighttime routine after a long day of wearing your contact lenses. For women, remember these tips should come before your skincare routine. More precisely: be sure to take out your contact lenses before removing your makeup2.

Here are some tips for caring for your eyes and protecting your vision:

1. Give your eyes a break

Regardless of how comfortable your lenses might be, if they are not specifically made to be worn for extended periods of time then you must remove your lenses every night. This is because after you have been wearing them for a while, your contact lenses create a seal over your eyes3. Depending on the material of the lenses, your eyes won’t always receive the necessary amount of oxygen. A lack of oxygen can cause several issues to your eyes, such as hypoxia, hazy vision, acute red eye, and some eye infections4. The easiest way to avoid this is by simply removing your lenses each night, allowing your eyes to rest and receive the much-needed levels of oxygen.

2. Begin by washing your hands and towel them dry.

Ensure that you wash your hands before touching your contact lens regardless of the time of day. You can use tap water and mild soap and rinse thoroughly, then dry with a clean, lint-free towel. Washing your hands before you touch your contact lenses can prevent particles and harmful bacteria from entering your eyes, thereby lowering the risk of eye infections. Remember to be extra careful about your lenses never coming into contact with tap water5.

3. Clean your contact lens and case

Clean your contact lens and case

Start by cleaning your contact lens storage case using a sterile solution or hot water, then allow it to air dry. You can then remove your contacts, and clean them properly by rubbing them with your now clean fingers and rinsing them with the solution recommended by your Optometrist6. The lifetime of a contact lens case is approximately 3 months and after that time, you should replace the case with a new one. A clean contact lens case will help avoid any unwanted bacteria that can impact your contact lenses and eyes.

4. Use eye drops and contact lens solution

After you remove your contact lenses, you can use eye drops to hydrate your eyes. To safely store your lenses overnight, remember to thoroughly coat the inside of their case with contact lens solution and allow the lenses to soak while you sleep. The solution will rehydrate the lenses as well as help in the cleaning process7, so you can wake up to a fresher pair of lenses in the morning. Monthly contact lenses need to be cleaned every night in a contact lens case for 8 hours or more with multi-purpose contact lens solution. Ask our Optometrist what contact lens solution is best for your eyes.

5. Stay away from screens

Allow your eyes to rest once you take out your contacts. Instead of straining them with the blue light from your screen, keep your devices away for an hour before bed. You can take this opportunity to read a book or go to bed early, your eyes will thank you for it.

Stay away from screens

These tips will help you take proper care of your contact lens and your eyes, especially around bedtime. Stay in touch with your Optometrist to ensure that you are treating your eyes and your contact lenses right. Check out our range of contact lenses and other eye care products or book a consultation with one of our eye doctors to get you on the right track to caring for your eyes.

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.