The Perfect Pair

Buying glasses used to be simple. You got a prescription, you looked at the half dozen frame options that fit your lenses, and away you went. You might not like your glasses, but that was okay – nobody liked their glasses.

Things have sure come a long way. Walking into a store that sells glasses, you are met with a barrage of colours, sizes, and brand name options. There truly is a perfect pair for everyone. Selection and style have progressed to the point where people who don’t need corrective lenses buy glasses with clear lenses as fashion accessories!

Glasses for Special Situations

Like many products, eyeglasses are often designed to suit as many of the activities that you might undertake. They’re kind of a “Jack of all trades” appliance. Sometimes, however, you spend enough time doing a certain activity that you can justify a pair of glasses that are tailored specifically for that use. These glasses, while not useful for everyday wear, can really enhance the one activity for which you purchase them.

Safety Eyewear

If you do work where protective eyewear is a requirement, you’re surely familiar with the “take one” rack of safety glasses that’s available to you at work.
These protective lenses are effective for people who don’t wear glasses, but can be extremely cumbersome for use with glasses. In fact, if you try to wear them over your regular glasses neither is likely to fit or function correctly, and you actually risk damage to your everyday glasses.

If you take off your corrective glasses, you will be working at a visual disadvantage, a situation that hardly makes your work any safer.

Reducing Eye Strain caused by Computers

Computer screens are everywhere. No matter what kind of job you have, there’s a pretty good chance that you spend at least part of your day working with a computer. Since digital technology in the workplace is a relatively new development, we’re still learning about the health effects of spending prolonged time in front of a computer screen.

One of the most frequent complaints about computer-based work is the Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) that develops. It can be uncomfortable, and in the long run can be harmful to your vision. Here are some things you can do to minimize the impact of eyestrain caused by computer screens.

Technology Makes Eyeglasses Better

Gone are the days of unfashionable, uncomfortable, un-cool eyeglasses. Over the past couple of decades, the same technologies that have enhanced many of the products that we use everyday – including our computers, cars, and airplanes gave been put to work making our eyewear look, fit, and function better. The most striking improvements have been in lens manufacturing.

New Materials
Polycarbonate lenses are much lighter and thinner than other plastic lenses. They’re also more resistant to damage from impact, making them an obvious choice for active wearers and children. Other high-index materials can be used in special circumstances to make thinner, more effective lenses.

“Owning” Your Glasses – Making Them Part of Your Look

Glasses are, first and foremost, an appliance that enables you to see better.

That said, nobody wants to wear a pair of glasses that look like they were made by same company that made your refrigerator. Shopping for glasses can be a daunting experience, because there is such a wide selection of frames available, especially in women’s eyewear. A little forethought, however, can turn glasses shopping into a pleasant experience that leads to you feeling good about yourself and being able to see better.

Rainbows Look Different for Some People

Colour blindness, more accurately called colour vision deficiency, is a relatively common affliction.

Though it can be caused by illness or accident, most people with colour vision deficiency were born with it as a genetic condition. Most often affecting men, colour vision deficiency is rarely as simple to describe as a black and white photo. Most types of colour blindness present themselves as the inability to differentiate between two colors, commonly red and green but sometimes, in a rare variation of the condition, blue and yellow hues are hard to differentiate.

Want to be an Optometrist?

As a profession, Optometry provides exceptional opportunities to help people. As a certified Optometrist, you are an Eye Doctor – the only professional who can make visual diagnoses, prescribe corrective lenses, and fit them properly to your patients. Proper vision care can make a significant difference in a person’s life, not only by correcting their eyesight, but also through early detection of other health problems that sometimes show their first symptoms in the eye.

Are Contact Lenses for You?

Which will it be? Contact lenses or glasses?

When contact lenses were first developed, they were relatively expensive and uncomfortable, and many wearers found that their advantages were outweighed by the wearability problems that plagued them.

Today, contact users benefit from several decades of development in lens technology. Modern silicone hydrogel contact lenses are comfortable, flexible, and let more oxygen through to the eye than their predecessors did. They can be worn for longer periods than other lenses, and can be thicker without compromising safety, which allows for designs that accommodate multi-focus lens construction, and harder to fit eyes. For these, and other reasons, more people are choosing contacts than ever before. For some, the choice is aesthetic. For others it’s functional.