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Why buy a 2nd pair of eyeglasses?

Our optical store has a fantastic collection of frames for all your visual needs!

A second pair of eyeglasses is not a luxury, it’s a true to life accessory! Besides the problem that you always forget where you put them, there’s a variety of reasons that make a strong case for buying extra frames. No matter why you need more glasses, check out our stylish optical collection at Corktown Eyecare.

To help you select the perfect 2nd pair of eyeglasses, knowing your personal reasons for buying them is key to buying the right frames and lenses for your needs. Look through this list to identify your needs:

Reading glasses and computer glasses

If you’re over 40, you’re probably used to holding fine print far from your face to see it. Reading glasses are an easier, more efficient solution than constantly stretching your arm. And if you spend hours per day at the computer, we recommend buying a pair of customized computer glasses. They’ll protect your eyes from blue light, and relax your eye muscles with an enhanced view of the screen.

Match your look

Do you wear the same clothes every day? So why wear the same pair of frames every day? The bold, serious look you want to broadcast at work may not be the same fun and flirty look you want to show off after hours. If you love splashy colored frames, consider buying the same glasses in two colors to avoid clashing with your clothes. Pick a 2nd pair of eyeglasses to match your changing optic mood and wardrobe.

Stay safe with a second pair of glasses

If you need prescription glasses to see and they break, you don’t want to be left wandering around in a blurry world. The strain of focusing will lead to a migraine and eye fatigue, and you risk injury from bumping into unseen objects and/or tripping. A spare second pair of eyeglasses will ensure that you always have sharp, safe vision.

Sun protection and polarized lenses

Indoor glasses fulfill indoor tasks, but when you go outdoors – you need outdoor glasses. Sunglasses will protect your eyes from dangerous UV rays, as well as enhance your vision instead of being blinded by bright light. Make sunglasses your 2nd pair and keep them handy at all times. If you spend a lot of time behind the wheel of your car or boat, it’s wise to invest in a pair of polarized sunglasses for ultimate protection against glare. Polarized sunglasses block reflections from the sun that bounce off your windshield or the water.

See? Even if you don’t forget where you put your eyeglasses all the time, there are plenty of reasons to buy a second pair of glasses from our optical collection at Corktown Eyecare.

At Corktown Eyecare, we put your family’s needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 647-694-7600 or book an appointment online to see one of our Toronto eye doctors.

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Computer Glasses: Relief from Computer Vision Syndrome


Computer glasses differ from regular eyeglasses in that they optimize your eyesight when viewing your computer screen.

According to recent studies, 60% of people spend as much as 6 hours a day in front of a computer screen whether it is a computer, tablet, smartphone or other gadgets. Without computer eyeglasses, many digital device users end up with blurred vision, eye strain, and headaches.

Device screens emit "blue light" or high-energy visible (HEV) light, which is a known cause of computer vision syndrome, sleep disruptions and other potential dangers to the eyes. Blue light radiation is naturally emitted from the sun, but also artificially from television screens, electronic devices, and fluorescent and LED lighting.

Computer glasses have 60% the magnifying power of reading glasses. Optimal magnification depends on how far you prefer to sit from your computer screen and how close you like to hold your digital devices.

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What is Blue Light?


Emitted from the sun, blue light is naturally occurring in the world around us. On the spectrum of visible light (light that humans can see), blue light has the highest energy and the shortest wavelength.

It is also sometimes known as blue-violet or violet light, which is where ultraviolet (UV) light rays that are just beyond our perception get their name. Much like ultraviolet light, blue light has both dangers and benefits to our health, particularly to our eyes.

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Finding The Right Pair


There lots of options for computer glasses, even some that are designed for device users without a prescription or to wear with contact lenses.

When shopping for computer glasses we want to be sure you find the right pair. Ask us about your options! Here are some of the options available.

While all of these are good options for protecting your eyes, the 20/20/20 rule still applies, Every 20 minutes of near vision tasks, look at something beyond 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds.

Eye exams are important to test your focusing ability, and to ensure that both eyes are working and focusing at the same place. Many people do not have the same prescription in each eye.

Good candidates for computer glasses is anyone working at a computer for more than two hours per day, call center employees, graphic artists, secretaries and accountants. When it’s time for a coffee break or to drive home, simply switch to your distance glasses or progressives. Having the correct glasses for your computer work can make the difference between being exhausted at the end of the day versus staying refreshed and ready to enjoy your time off.

What Are Your Options?


Single Vision Computer Glasses

Provide the optimum lens power and field of view for viewing your computer screen without straining or leaning in to reduce symptoms of CVS.

These are ideal for when the computer is at a fixed working distance and work well if the user needs to view multiple screens at the same working distance.

Office Lenses or Progressive Lenses

No-line multifocal eyewear that can be made to correct near, intermediate and some distance vision with a larger intermediate zone for computer vision if indicated.

Perfect for those with presbyopia which is the gradual loss of focusing ability that occurs naturally with age. Office lenses work like progressive lenses but provide a wider field of view for intermediate (1-3 m) viewing distance and near working distance (about 40 cm).

Blue-Blocking Lenses

Definitely recommended for this electronic age, blue-blocking lenses block blue light emitted from computer screens that are associated with glare, eye strain, and possible sleep disturbances.

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How Do Computer Glasses Work?

As people move from their computer to their tablet to their phone, more and more of these symptoms are seen, and in younger and younger people. Computer glasses offer a solution to reduce the strain on your eyes and your exposure to blue light radiation. If you experience any pain or discomfort call Corktown Eyecare at 647-694-7600.

Computer glasses reduce eye strain by adjusting the focus slightly so that your eyes feel like they are focusing on something further away. They also have a tint to remove the glare and block blue light from entering into your eyes.

They specialized glasses designed to emphasize comfortable intermediate viewing, helping your eyes more easily focus on the computer screen with less effort and making computer viewing over an extended period of time noticeably more comfortable.

The lenses are equipped with special coatings or lenses that are made to filter the harmful blue light waves. By filtering out harmful HEV rays they make extended computer use more comfortable while reduces the risk of developing macular degeneration in the future and other vision health issues.

The Effects of Digital Eye Strain


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Nearly 70 percent of U.S. adults experience digital eye strain as a result of the growing use of computers and digital devices. Adults aged 18 to 34 report feeling eye strain at a higher rate (45%) than their older counterparts.

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New research also suggests that overexposure to blue light, also referred to as high-energy visible or HEV light, may contribute to vision problems such as cataracts and age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

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Implications are just now being studied, but the short-term impact of digital eye strain affects individuals on a daily basis. Eye care providers are noting a steady rise in the incidence of myopia as well, which research suggests could be correlated to the increase of screen time and near focusing.

ZEISS DuraVision BlueProtect

The ZEISS DuraVision BlueProtect lenses filter out wavelengths of blue-violet that are shorter than 440nm — the range of light which is considered by eye doctors to be the most dangerous.

By blocking only these very high energy wavelengths, the ZEISS DuraVision BlueProtect coating protects your eyes from retinal cell damage, phototoxicity, and disruptions to your sleep cycle while allowing beneficial frequencies of blue light through. You will be protected with clear and true-color vision while still enjoying the benefits of blue light.

Shamir Blue Zero

Shamir uses a unique polymer formula to produce these high-tech lenses. The Shamir Blue Zero High Index 1.67 and Trivex lenses block up to 98% of high energy blue light in the 415-435 nm range. The Shamir Blue Zero Polycarbonate lenses block up to 50%.

This allows you to enjoy significant protection from blue light while still enjoying crisp, clear, and true-color vision. On average, Shamir Blue Zero blocks about three times the amount of harmful blue light as compared to standard clear lenses.

Hoya BlueControl

These lenses from Hoya provides blue light protection along with excellent contrast and reduced glare for clear and comfortable viewing of digital devices in a way which reduces eye strain and improves color perception.

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