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If you are going to be putting anything in your eye, you should be prepared to put extra care into cleaning and hygiene. Failure to maintain, clean, wear and store your lenses can have direct negative effects on your vision, exterior eye area and germs penetrating your eye.

If you ever had any doubts, questions or unsure, here is the CDC recommendations for proper maintenance and wearing:

  • Do not sleep with contact lenses- Unless they are extended wear contact lenses or
    Specifically told by your eye care professional, sleeping in contact can cause up to 8x greater chance of an eye infection.
  • Be Prepared- While wearing lenses, you never know when they can pop out or another random mishap. That is why its always best to keep your eyeglasses nearby.
  • Wash Hands- Before handling your contact lenses, always wash your hands with soap, and dry them.
  • Do not mix contacts & water- Water has bacteria that can enter the body when you insert your contact lenses. That is why the previous point of washing and drying your hands is vital. Never wash, or store your lenses in water.
  • Clean your lenses appropriately: Using the recommended contact lens cleaning solution, add a couple drops on you palm, then add one contact on top, followed by a couple more drops of solution. Then, using your fingertips, not nails, give your lenses a light circular motion rub. This will help remove dirt and debris, before storing. After each use, store the case upside down with the caps off. Importantly, you should replace your contact lens case at least once every three months.

The following general guidelines will help you stay safe, see better and make the most of your lenses. Always follow the wearing schedule of your contacts. If they are bi weekly, they should only be worn for 14 days from first wear. For any other questions, reach out to an eye care professional to best practices.

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Are you reading this article with your phone or screen moved far from your eyes? If its easier for you to read smaller fonts at a farther distance, that may be a sign you’re hitting the bi focal stage in life. You used to be able to read the ingredients at the grocery store easily, and now you find yourself squinting and holding the product at arms reach. This is what is known as presbyopia. Part of aging is your eye muscles aren’t as strong as they used to, and can no longer squint to sharpen text the way they once used to.

Not to worry, there has been a solution to this for hundreds of years, but over the last few years new technology has made lenses crisper and more comfortable for a new bi focal wearer.
If you have been procrastinating on wearing reading glasses or no line progressive lenses, you may be doing more harm to your eyes. At this point, finding a perfect fitting frame, with the right lenses will give you a better public appearance then constantly squinting and struggling in public.

Before you can purchase a pair of multi focal lenses you must get a prescription. At MezmerEyes, its free eye exam with complete pair. Meaning when you purchase a frame and lenses, your eye exam is included at no charge. This way the doctor can prescribe the most up to date feedback you are feeling in the form of a prescription. There will be a portion on your prescription for distance and an ADD section for your near/ reading prescription. The doctor will also check the health of the eye. Symptom’s and signs of dry eye, glaucoma and diabetes can all be viewed with a full eye check up.

Once you have completed your eye exam, you will then have a good idea of what kind of frame is most suitable for you and your prescription. The Registered Optician can help guide you to the frames that would best frame your face. That is ensuring the right size on your face, making sure its not tight behind your ears and that it’s a frame you are comfortable wearing all day.

Lastly, would be lens selection. With progressive lenses there are conventional and digital lenses. Mezmereyes optical progressive lenses all consist of digital lenses as they are newer technology at the same price!

Digital lenses offer bigger/ wider reading zone as well as enhanced lens sharpness from new production technology. If your prescription is above a +/- 3.00, you may want to think of a thin and light lens. If you spend majority of your day outside, transition or prescription sunglasses may be good option for you to have. Lastly, if you spend multiple hours in front of a screen, then blue blocker lenses will help reduce any ocular muscle tension as well as dryness, etc.

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Getting used to the new norm, doesn’t mean you have to have foggy vision for the next few years!

Many wearers may have instantly noticed that their glasses get cloudy and foggy when wearing a mask. Luckily, lenses at MezmerEyes optical will help you say goodbye to foggy vision.

The reason lens fogging occurs is because the temperature of your exhale directed upwards from your mask opening, hits the colder lens causing fogging. In the past the general way a lens would fog is when you come inside from a winters day and your cold lenses would instantly fog.

There are a couple solutions that can help for a short while, but only one permanent solution.

One temporary solution is placing your glasses on top of your mask. The goal of this is your glasses are placing weight on the opening of your mask, reducing the amount of moisture rising up to your glasses.

The other solution which is the permanent solution is equipping your lenses with Anti-Fog coating. This is offered on lenses by Crizal or Nikon which have an anti fog layer on your lenses and every few weeks, the patient cleans the lenses with this special cloth, once again re invigorating the anti fog coating.

For patients in the Toronto Area, having a constant problem with fog distorting your lenses, MezmerEyes has both Essilor and Nikon lenses that can be coated with Anti- Fog, Blue Blocker or Transition lenses.

At MezmerEyes Optical we pride ourselves on serving the best lenses with the newest technologies, to help you see sharper, easier. Whether its for single vision lenses or progressive lenses, for computer or for driving, there is a specific lens available to make your life easier!

To clear our any confusion, depending on the lens manufacturer, they may use the term “Digital”, “Free Form”, “Non- Conventional” & “High Definition” which all essentially represent the same idea for the newest methods of making a lens.

As our Registered Optician graduated in 2009, he has minimum interest in using conventional lenses made using methods from his childhood. Instead there is a wide variety of High Definition lenses for patients to choose from in which there is great familiarity with these newer lenses, cleaner coatings at a price that makes older conventional lenses overpriced.

Hearing your coworkers, or family members talk about their new glasses you may be wondering about some of the terms or features they are mentioning such as Crizal, Varilux, SeeCoat or Nikon W.

We will take a closer look at what 30 years of lens progress has gotten us.

Conventional:

The process of making a conventional lens is a very hands-on routine. The lab technicians spend a great amount of time and skill to precisely apply your prescription to the correct lens material.

Lab technicians are in charge of making sure the materials they select for your lenses  are the most suitable to match your prescription. The lenses have to be laid out, placed with a tracer and then cut, marked, and blocked all before they can be processed. If all goes right, these tools get the Rx within 1/10 of a diopter of the actual prescription.  Then the lenses are placed in an anti molecule chamber to have scratch-resistant and anti glare added to them.

Digitally Surfaced Lenses

What a difference 30 years of research and development makes!

New digital lenses are created… digitally. Meaning the computer sets the markings, prescription and cutting electronically using a diamond point cutter creating a much clearer and more precise lens. With high-definition lenses, the prescription is placed in the back of the lens. High-definition lenses are semi custom made, due to the fact that they can be customized with the patients viewing distance, seg heights and specialty tasks. Because of this technological breakthrough, prescription lenses are now up to 10 more precise then conventional lenses.

As you now learned, its not the best to see your future, if you can’t see clearly!

If you have your eye makeup made, why would  you want to cover it with glasses? Big gratitude to modern-day technology, which has gifted us with one of the tiny yet substantial inventions of contact lenses. Contact lenses are the most adequate solution for you if you don’t want to wear glasses 24×7.

There is a wide range of assortment of contact lens selections at Mezmereyes Scarborough. The variations in contact lenses differ contemplating the equipment they are made of,

  • Hydrogel Lenses Silicone type: Each part of your body needs a favorable amount of oxygen and so does your eyes and their respective parts. Oxygen is essential for the smooth functioning of all our body parts. Silicone hydrogel lenses are specially formulated in such a way that oxygen can penetrate through them and reach out to your cornea. Excessive comfort and hydration are persuaded through these lenses, which make them prominent for daily wear purposes.
  • Hydrogel Lenses (Soft Lenses): A thin gel-based plastic substance that can ensure hydration due to the containment of moisture is commonly known as hydrogel. This constitutes a major component of soft lenses. These flexible plastics are liable to stick to the surface of your eye. These lenses are susceptible to adjust and stay settled at a place. Mezmereyes has Scarborough’s best selection of daily, bi weekly and monthly contact lenses
  • Rigid Gas Permeable Lenses: GP lenses or RGP lenses prevail in the use of reliable plastic material. These lenses allow the progression of several gases through them. Hence, these are prominent to use as they endorse the supply of oxygen to our eyes. These lenses are used as a corrective measure to retain eye shape and refractive errors in the defects such as astigmatism and keratoconus. The cornea is observed to change their respective shape, and these lenses help to prevent further deformation in them. These have a smaller radius pertained to soft lenses. It’s arduous to adapt these lenses at first, but after a few trials, comfort is attained by the user.
  • Hybrid Contact Lenses: As the name suggests, these lenses are the fusion of Rigid Gas Permeable lenses, and soft hydrogel lenses. The center of these lenses is made up of rigid plastic, and the outskirts are made of hydrogel or silicone hydrogel. Subsisting a combination of two, these lenses give you the benefits of both the lenses. The soft stringent center furnishes you with a crystal-clear vision and soft silicon ensures flexible handling of the lenses.
  • Polymethyl Methacrylate Lenses: Before curtain-raiser of soft contact lenses hard contact lenses were in practice. These were made up of polymethyl methacrylate which is well known as acrylic glass. PMMA possesses terrific optical properties and is developed as a lightweight alternative for glass. This doesn’t ensure a prominent supply of oxygen, which is a basic provision to keep your stares active.

With these numerous types of alternatives, you may select the one that suits you the most with the assistance of your Ophthalmologist, and Optometrist. You are accessible to the most promising Optometry services in Scarborough at Mesmer eye optical.

When it comes to equipping your lenses with blocker, all you need to do is notify your optician at time of purchasing. Blue Blocker Coating is generally an option on your lenses, as not everyone spends over 5 hours a day in front of screens. Blue blocker coating can be applied to most single vision lenses, most Bi focal & progressive lenses and of course put onto computer lenses. It is best to let the optician know, you spend a lot of time in front of the computer so he or she can then recommend blue blocker as a treatment for your visual health. Keep in mind the only time blue blocker cannot be added to a lens, is if the lens has the transition option on it. At that point, you must decide if outdoor sun protection from the transition is more of a priority, or if you spend more time infront of screens. When done right, your lenses will then be equipped with anti scratch, anti static, UV and blue blocker coating.

What makes it better for those who don’t have a prescription but need blue blocker coating is the design and feel glasses have now. They are not heavy, or ugly like they used to be. Produced with carbon fibre, or titanium or from Gucci and Tom Ford with there Italian plastic and 18K gold infused frames, blue blocker glasses can help with your vision and your overall look!

Once your child has finished their eye exam, the next step is finding a pair of glasses that catches their eye but is still durable, well priced and practical.

If it is their first pair, you may want to get some advice from the optician or optometrist as a starting point. The Registered Optician will have the experience to tell what initial shape and size would be recommended to try on first.

The two most common materials for glasses are metal and plastic. Both materials have their own pro’s and con’s.

Plastic frames, especially acetate, come in plenty of color combinations and bolder styles which is what is the current style, but may sometimes weight more then a metal frame.

On the other hand, a metal frame has nose pads which helps custom size the nose size to your kids tailored size. At the same time some patients find that nose pads leave marks on the nose due to the weight of the lens and frames being concentrated through the nose pads.

Generally speaking, between everyday priced frames and frames such as RayBan’s, there is a quality difference in the strength of the plastic and metals that they use.

The plastic tends to be stronger and lighter than a similar style frame in an unbranded version. The metal frames have a sturdier set up, so it has less tendency to become loose and fall.

A small but key component is also the screws that are used. The screws and screw lining on unbranded frames tend to be the main issue with them. That chance of the screw coming out is greatly reduced with any branded frame, as the way they are manufactured comes with a much superior screw system leaving the overall experience stress free.

Destroy Covid-19, not your frames

In order not to damage eyewear AVOID cleaning with:
  • Acid based chemicals
  • Solutions and wipes with high alcohol content
In today’s world where hygiene and precautions are taken in every aspect of our life, we must take a minute to make sure our spectacles are also bacteria free. Covid- 19 has a lipid or greasy membrane. This means most ready to use disinfecting cleaners will do a great job on surfaces to destroy any lipid membranes. However, these cleaners with there alcohol level can have a high chance of destroying your frames by causing discolouring on metal or plastic frames and or lenses.

A great alternative to the ready to use cleaners is to prepare a hydrogen peroxide 0.5% solution:
  • A bottle of hydrogen peroxide (3.6% peroxide or 3.0% peroxide)
  • Put on PPE (safety goggles & nitrile gloves)
  • Dilute 1 part 3.6% hydrogen peroxide with 6 parts of tap water, or if using 3.0% hydrogen peroxide dilute 1 part with 5 parts of tap water
  • Carefully pour dilution into opaque spray bottle (to prevent light passing through bottle, light will reduce the concentration of hydrogen peroxide)
  • Label spray bottle “hydrogen Peroxide 0.5%”

It is recommended to produce a full bottle amount on a weekly basis to keep solution effective.

As a starting point, all new glasses purchases from MezmerEyes, comes complimentary with a cleaning spray, to help maintain a clean set of lenses and frames.

Ever wonder why all the newest magazine’s have their models in round glasses but hardly see anyone in the real world with round glasses?

That’s because the shape of your face can determine which shaped glasses suit you best.

To begin with, you need to know what shape your face is.

Standing in front of the mirror, hold your hair back and take a few seconds to see whether you see a rounder or squarer facial shape. Take into context the areas
around your chin, cheekbone and forehead to help distinguish your facial shape
Here is a guide to make it easier for you next time you step into Mezmereyes.

Oval Face Shape
An oval facial shape is considered “the best” for a spec wearer as it has a proportioned shape top to bottom. A rectangular shape frame is the most suitable for an oval shape. Make sure it’s a couple millimeters out of your cheekbone but not to narrow from top to bottom to ensure a proportionately fitting eyeglass. Also a rectangle shaped eyeglass or sunglass with its edged corners will also offset a oval face nicely.

Square Face Shape
A square facial shape will have a more defined angle around the chin and forehead, while the width and length of the face have roughly the same proportions. Finding the right frame for a square face involves finding a sunglass or eyeglass with softer corners & where the length of the lens from top to bottom is not more then the width of the sunglass.

Long Face Shape
A slim/ long face shape is longer than it is wide and has a long, straight cheek line. To make an oblong face appear shorter and more balanced, try frames that have more depth than width. With todays larger sized frames this gives plenty of selection. Frames with detailed sides also add width to the face.

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