EYE CARE

As a student, you need to focus on studying, assignments, projects, and learning. Life brings you many challenges that involves worrying about your health, eating well, exercising and managing your finances. We know it’s tough managing everything so at Kodak Lens Vision Centres we want to make sure your eye care needs are taken care of. We have all the bells and whistles such as our online systems to book appointments and submitting your insurance claims directly, advanced eye care technology, transparent pricing and a wide range of eye care products, eyewear and services.

Our experienced and personable Optometrists, Opticians and Optometric Assistants would like to offer you a remarkable eye care experience to ensure you’re seeing the best for success! Your eye health is important to us so not only we educate you about your eyes and recommend the best visual solutions, we provide exclusive discounts to university students.

Kodak Lens | Toronto Eyecare 20/20 Student Offer:

Special Promotion: Free Retinal Photographs until December 31st, 2017*

Eyewear packages start at $95, which includes the frame, lenses and the Kodak CleAR anti-glare and anti-scratch coatings. We have a wide eyewear selection from Smart to Designer frames.

We are also part of the Student Care Network. Check out their website to see if your university or college is on the list. If your university or college is involved with Student Care then we can provide you:

  • $50 for eye exam
  • $75 off when you spend $250 or more
  • 30% off when you spend less than $250
  • Direct Insurance Billing Available

Here’s the full list of StudentCare’s universities and colleges in Ontario:

  1. University of Waterloo undergraduate students(FEDS)
  2. CCNM  Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (NSA)
  3. McMaster University (GSA)
  4. CMCC  Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College Students’ Council
  5. Sheridan College (SSU)
  6. Queen’s University (AMS)
  7. WLU  Wilfrid Laurier University Graduate Students’Association (GSA)
  8. University of Waterloo graduate students (GSA)
  9. Sault College (SCSU)
  10. Mohawk College (MSA)
  11. UWO  The University of Western Ontario Society of Graduate Students (SOGS)
  12. Carleton University Undergraduate Students(CUSA)
  13. University of Toronto Graduate Students’ Union(UTGSU)
  14. OCADU
  15. University of Toronto Students’ Union (UTSU)
  16. Conestoga Students Inc (CSI)
  17. University of Windsor Students Alliance (UWSA)

See in store for more details and let’s help you See The Colours of Life. Known for quality and superior optical technology, Kodak Lenses is a dependable brand you know and trust.

*Promotion is available at all of our Kodak Lens Vision Centres
* Retinal scan technology available at all Kodak Lens Vision Centres

As the baby boomer cohort approaches retirement age, vision loss and illness among the elderly will reach high proportions. Aging is the greatest risk factor for vision loss, and the leading cause is age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a condition that causes irreversible damage to vision.

At the back of the eye, there is a thin layer of light-sensitive tissue called the retina. Light is focused behind the retina onto a small spot called the macula. The macula then processes the details in the central part of our vision, and is responsible for humans being able to see detail, colours and to function in daylight. If the macula is unhealthy for any reason, the retina becomes like a glasses lens with a large smudge right in the middle; blurry central vision and loss of visual detail result.

There are two types of AMD. The “dry” type accounts for 90 per cent of cases, is slow-progressing, and occurs when the central part of the retina becomes pigmented, thinned or distorted. The more severe “wet” type takes place when blood vessels leak fluid and blood under the macula and into the retina. When the blood and fluid dry, a scar remains in the macula, which creates a black spot in your field of vision. Wet AMD can cause nearly complete vision loss within a period of weeks. In addition, the dry form can become wet at any time.

AMD affects nearly 2.1 million Canadians, and more than 1.6 million Americans aged 50 and over have late-stage AMD. In 2003 alone, 78,000 new cases were diagnosed in Canada. Imagine how many more there will be as the population continues to age! By age 60, one in 9 Canadians will have vision loss from AMD; by age 75, it is one in four, and by age 90, it is one in two. Despite these grim statistics, only a quarter of Canada’s population is even aware of the condition’s existence.

Although the vision loss caused by AMD is often irreparable, there are ways to slow the speed of the illness and possibly prevent it. Unfortunately, there is no known cause or agreed-upon therapy, so the following steps are solely recommendations you can take in the right direction, toward better eye health and a brighter future of vision:

  • Quit smoking. It is thought to be the primary cause of one-third of AMD cases.
  • Do not drink heavily. The risk of developing AMD is doubled if you’re a heavy drinker.
  • Eat healthy, live healthy. Don’t spend an inordinate amount of time in the sun, and eat a lot of green vegetables and carrots.

For those already diagnosed with AMD and still in the early or mid-development stage, a combination of vitamin supplements (namely vitamins C and E, beta carotene, and zinc) can slow the disease’s progression by about 25 per cent.

Other forms of treatment are more radical and complex. Sometimes ophthalmologists use thermal lasers to close up damaged blood vessels in early wet AMD. You may need to undergo a test called an intravenous “fluorescein angiogram” to see whether lasers can help. Usually done on an out-patient basis at a hospital or clinic, this diagnostic test entails injecting fluorescent dye into a vein and then taking pictures of the dye as it circulates through the tiny blood vessels in the eye.

A more modern and often more useful form of therapy is photodynamic therapy (PDT). This method involves injecting a special dye just prior to treatment of the damaged and diseased macula. Next, an infrared laser is shone on the macula. The reaction between the dye and the light seals and dries up the abnormal blood vessels, resulting in better visual results.

For those with dry AMD, a unique process known as rheopheresis blood filtration (RHEO) is presently being performed in certain clinics. Generally, excess amounts of large proteins and fatty particles associated with certain diseases are filtered out so possibly harmful contaminants can be expelled. Studies suggest that RHEO-filtered blood flows more easily through eye capillaries, therefore slowing vision loss progression.

Newer drugs that shrink abnormal blood vessels are also currently being developed.

PLEASE NOTE: Before consuming any form of supplement or vitamin, it is imperative that you speak with our Optometrist.

Biofinity Energys

Biofinity Energys™  contact lenses help you find your comfort zone.

Biofinity Energys contact lenses are the only contact lenses with Digital Zone Optics™ lens design. Their unique optics design and material are made specifically for how you live in today’s digital world.

AT A GLANCE

  • Digital Zone Optics™ lens design
  • Aquaform® Technology
  • Monthly Replacement

When there’s no time for tired eyes…

Biofinity Energys™ contact lenses are designed for all-day wear, helping people’s eyes better adapt so they can seamlessly and continuously shift focus between digital devices and offline activities.

Aquaform® Technology

A combination of material technologies resulting in a uniquely comfortable and high-performance contact lens.

Biofinity Multifocal

Biofinity Multifocal

Meet your premium multifocal contact lenses.

Focus Up Close, Far Away and In-Between

Once we reach age 40 to 45, our eyes lose the ability to focus on objects that are up close—especially in low-light situations, such as reading a menu in a restaurant. This condition is called “presbyopia” and it affects everyone.

With Balanced Progressive Technology, CooperVision Biofinity®multifocal contacts allow you to see near and far objects, along with everything in-between—all with the clarity and comfort you deserve. And you’re free to wear these lenses for up to 7 days in a row.

AT A GLANCE

  • Monthly replacement
  • Focus close up, far away and in-between
  • Lenses stay moist and comfortable
  • Naturally wettable so you’re less likely to need additional wetting drops

A Healthier Lens-Wearing Experience

Thanks to our exclusive Aquaform® Technology, Biofinity multifocal lenses allow plenty of oxygen to pass through to your eyes. And their natural wettability won’t rinse off. You’ll enjoy excellent vision with a soft, comfortable lens that’s healthier for your eyes.

If you’re over 40, why pull out eyeglass readers or let traditional bifocal contact lenses slow you down? Biofinity multifocal contacts offer a clear (and comforting) advantage. Ask your eye care professional about Biofinity (pronounced “Bi-OH-fin-itee”).

Balanced Progressive® Technology

An advanced design containing multiple zones of vision correction in both lenses, allowing for clear vision up close, at middle distances, and far away.

Protect yourself from harmful blue and ultra-violet light. It’s just not the sun we need to be worried about, but the digital devices and artificial lighting we use every day.

Click here to learn about new BluSelect, Kodak Total Blue and premium anti-glare with UV protection lens technology

Buy one complete eyeglasses, frame and Digital Free Form High Definition BluSelect lenses and get a free premium anti-glare coating, ULTRA UV. This coating adds an extra layer of UV protection. Complete eyewear packages with BluSelect starting at $185. Take advantage of your insurance vision coverage before the end of the year. We can do direct billing and accept most insurance companies. Ask us for more details.

See in store for more details. Known for quality and superior optical technology, Kodak Lenses is a dependable brand you know and trust. Promotion is happening from September 1st to November 30th, 2017.

Click Here to Learn About Blue Light and UV Protection

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

Invisible UV light contributes to the formation of cataracts and HEV light can cause damage to the retina, the most vulnerable tissue of the eye, accelerating the development of Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD).

The ideal pair for work, school or leisure

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

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

What is Blue Light?

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

Negative Effects of HEV light

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

Beneficial Effects of LEV light

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

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

The Importance of Blocking HEV Light

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

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

Learn The Facts

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

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

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When televisions were created, and when computer monitors were created, we were constantly warned not to sit too near as it is bad for our eyes. However with the creation of mobile devices like smartphones, it’s as if we’re carrying a television and computer in our pockets all the time, meaning that day or night, our eyes are glued to it.

We guess it’s safe to assume that this has led to more eye problems being developed over the years, but it seems that it might run deeper than that. According to a report from WIRED UK, it seems that our obsession with our smartphones could actually be changing the shape of our eyes.

This is according to ophthalmologist Andrew Bastawrous who was quoted as saying, “Many more people are becoming shortsighted than they were a decade ago. The implications of this are not just that there are more people needing glasses, but that their condition is pathological.” While Bastawrous doesn’t explicitly say our mobile devices are to blame, he doesn’t see how else this could be happening.

Bastawrous said, “The initial theory for this is that people are doing more near-plane reading activity with smartphones which is encouraging the eye to become myopic to meet that environmental need. There’s also evidence that suggests this is happening too quickly for it to be purely an environmental or genetic response.”

Some friendly tips that can help protect your precious eyes:

  1. Give yourself a break!  Follow the 20/20/20 rule. Give yourself a 20 second break, every 20 minutes and look 20 feet away. You might notice something that can brighten your day.
  2. Block the bad blue light! Use a blue light filtering app on your phone/device or ask your eye care professional about high energy blue and UV light blocking lenses. These specialty lenses block the bad high energy blue and UV light, but also let the beneficial blue light in. Proven to reduce eye strain and improve sleep.

Click Here to Learn More About Blue Light and the Affects to Your Eyes

Source: http://www.ubergizmo.com/2017/06/smartphones-change-shape-of-our-eyes/

Transitions Adaptive Lenses Kodak Lens

Photochromic solutions that fit your lifestyle and visual needs:

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

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

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

Chromea7 technology

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

More reactive to indirect light

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

More responsive in hotter climates

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

Just the right shade, just the right colour

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

Revolutionary testing for a revolutionary product

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

Transitions Lenses help protect against harmful blue light

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

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

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

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

Kodak Lens Transitions Visual Photochromic Solutions


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Summer is here, are you prepared? Spread the joy with our Free Transitions Lens Option promotion.

From June 5 to August 31, 2017, buy one complete eyeglasses, frame and any Kodak lenses with anti-glare coating and get one free optional Transitions lens option with your new eyewear. Experience and live the good light with Transitions Adaptive lenses. These lenses have special technology to automatically adjust from clear to dark and every shade in between.

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Take advantage of your insurance vision coverage before the end of the year. We can do direct billing and accept most insurance companies. Ask us for more details.

See in store for more details. Known for quality and superior optical technology, Kodak Lenses is a dependable brand you know and trust. Transitions promotion is happening from June 5 to August 31st, 2017.

Presbyopia

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

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

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

Presbyopic Symptoms and Signs

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

What causes Presbyopia?

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

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

Source: http://www.allaboutvision.com/conditions/presbyopia.htm

Multifocal contact lenses are designed to provide clear vision at all distances for people experiencing a decline in near vision called presbyopia.

Presbyopia is an age related condition that usually becomes noticeable in our 40s or 50s. Presbyopia affects our accommodation in our eyes, which causes us to not see clearly when reading menus, newspapers, books, smart phones, tablets and other reading materials.

Multifocal contact lenses come in both soft and hard (rigid gas permeable, GP) materials. They are also available as hybrid contact lenses, a combination of a hard and soft contact lens. Some can be worn on a disposable bases, which means you can wear them for a specific time (i.e. two weeks or a month) or even every day. You should always replace your contact lenses with a fresh and new lens to ensure optimal eye health. Ask your eye care professional how to wear and take care of your contact lenses.

How Multifocal Contact Lenses Work

Multifocal contact lenses work in several different ways, depending on the design of the lens. There are two main designs of a multifocal contact lens:

  1. “Alternating vision” (translating) lenses allow your pupil to alternate between the two powers, as your gaze shifts upward and downward.
  2. “Simultaneous vision” lenses require your to be looking through both distance and near powers at the same time. With this design, your eyes are able to select the correct power choice within the lens depending on how close or far you’re trying to see. All multifocal lenses take time to adapt to.Simultaneous vision lenses come in two types: concentric ring designs and aspheric designs.Concentric designs have the distance prescription in the center and is surrounded by rings of near and far power. Near-center versions are also available.Aspheric designs have the near and distance prescriptions in front of the pupil.

    Translating design have the near power on the bottom and distance on the top. The bottom edge is flattened to keep the lens from rotating on your eye when you blink.

Concentric Ring Designs:

This design features a prescription in the center and one or more rings of power surrounding it. If there are multiple rings, they alternate between the near and distance prescription. Typically, at least two within your pupil area, but this varies as your pupil expands and contracts due to varying light.

Aspheric Designs:

These multifocal contact lens designs work more like progressive eyeglass lenses, where the different prescriptive powers are blended across the lens. Your visual system must learn to select the proper prescription for the moment because these contact lenses have simultaneous vision. Aspheric designs are most popular and best described as “progressive”.

Are Multifocal Contact Lenses Good for Me?

Multifocal contact lenses gives you the convenience of not having to wear progressive eyeglasses and see comfortably at all distances. New technology has produced more successful and advanced designs. Your Optometrist or eye care professional will determine which design is best for you and have you try on different multifocal contact lenses to ensure you achieve the most optimal vision.

Your eye care professional will consider your pupil size and near prescription to determine which multifocal contact lens is right for you. Your vision can be complicated and depending on your prescription, your eye care professional will conduct techniques such as monovision to achieve the best possible vision.

Visit us to see if your a good candidate for multifocal contact lenses. We will do a comprehensive contact lens fitting and provide free trial lenses to make sure your visual needs are addressed and identify the best multifocal contact lens for you.

Source: http://www.allaboutvision.com/contacts/bifocals.htm#work