EYE CARE

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.

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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:

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 color 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.

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Kodak Lens Transitions Visual Photochromic Solutions

Summer is here, are you prepared? Spread the joy with our Buy One Get One 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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From June to July 31, 2017, we are having a summer special for Costa Sunglasses. We only offer this promotion during the Toronto International Boat Show, but because it is Canada’s 150 anniversary, we are offering a special discount for all plano and prescription Costa Sunglasses.

For non-prescription Costa Sunglasses, receive 15% off. Receive 20% off if you buy two or more non-prescription Costa Sunglasses. For prescription Costa Sunglasses, receive 15% off (no tax on prescription eyewear and eligible to be covered under insurance through your vision benefits).

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.

Costa Sunglasses Sale June to July 2017

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. Costa Sunglasses promotion is happening from June to July 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