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How To Prevent Your Lenses From Scratching

If you wear glasses, then you know what a nuisance a scratched lens can be. Scratched or chipped lenses can interfere with your vision, making glasses uncomfortable to wear. Here’s what we recommend to keep your lenses scratch-free.

How to Avoid Scratching Your Lenses

Use a Protective Case

Using a sturdy eyeglass case will prolong the life of your lenses. No matter what kind of glasses you wear — standard, sunglasses, bifocal — you’ll want to protect them.

Be sure to choose a hard case with a soft inner lining and always have one on hand, either in your purse, backpack, or car.

When placing the glasses in their case, make sure the lenses are facing downwards, as this can reduce the risk of them being scratched. Additionally, avoid putting anything else in the case along with the glasses, especially sharp or metal objects.

Choose Anti-Scratch Lenses

Although no lenses are completely scratch-proof, there are certain coatings that can be added to the front and back of your lenses to make them more scratch resistant. Many lenses already come with this option, but sometimes it’s an optional addition. Anti-scratch coatings are particularly helpful for children’s glasses.

Remove Your Glasses Carefully

Handle your glasses by the temples (arms) and not the rims. This way, your fingers avoid the frame and lens area altogether, reducing the chance of inadvertently scratching them. Additionally, holding them by the temples with both hands ensures a better grip, so you’ll be less likely to drop them.

Set Them Down Properly

Never put glasses down with the lenses facing downward, unless it’s into a lens case. If you need to put them down and don’t have a case, rest them with the temples open and upside down — glasses tend to be more stable in this position.

Avoid placing them in a place where they’ll be easily knocked over or splashed on, like near a sink. Setting them down in the same place consistently will also reduce your risk of losing them.

Use the Right Lens Cleaner

It’s all too common for people to wipe their glasses with their clothing or other abrasive material. Doing so can scratch the lenses, especially if they’re dry.

Always clean your lenses with a soft microfiber cloth and specialized lens cleaning solution, items your optometrist’s office can provide.

When to Visit Your Optometrist

Unfortunately, it’s impossible to completely prevent your lenses from ever becoming scratched over their lifetime. Once they are scratched, there is little that can be done to repair the lenses. Most of the time the lenses need to be replaced.

At Corktown Eyecare, we offer a wide array of frames and lenses, so you’re sure to find a pair to suit your eyes and needs.

Call Corktown Eyecare in to schedule your eye exam or with any further questions.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions with Dr. Sanjay Vakani, O.D.

Q: Can you request lenses made from glass? Is glass still used for lenses?

  • A: Yes. Opticians still sometimes use glass for lenses. However, glass is not used very often because they aren’t as safe. If these glass lenses breaks, they can shatters into many pieces and can injure the eye. Glass lenses are much heavier than plastic lenses, so they can make your eyeglasses less comfortable to wear.

Q: Can a coating be added to eyeglasses to protect them from further scratches?

  • A: A protective coating can’t be added to a lens after it’s scratched. The coating is applied when the lens is manufactured and can’t be put on later.

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Top 5 Holiday Gifts for People Who Wear Glasses

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The holiday season is upon us. For most people, that means going online or running to the mall to shop for gifts. When buying a present for someone who wears glasses it’s good to know what’s trending today. At Corktown Eyecare we carry the latest selection of designer frames, prescription eyeglasses and eyewear accessories.

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If someone on your gift list wears glasses, below are 5 gift ideas to inspire you:

1. Gift Card

You can’t go wrong with a Corktown Eyecare gift card. Investing in a loved one’s vision goes beyond just providing clear vision. It shows them that you’re thinking of them and care about their health.

2. A Glasses Case

A quality pair of eyeglasses need to be protected. Buying a nice printed or colored eyeglass case allows people to keep their glasses protected in style.There are thousands of cases to choose from. A hard case is usually the best choice, as it delivers a higher level of protection. Consider your friend or loved one’s style preferences when shopping for the perfect case.

3. Eyeglass Repair Kit

An eyeglass repair kit may not be the most unique holiday gift, but it’s among the most useful gifts to have at home or when traveling. A repair kit usually comes with a microfibre cloth, screwdrivers, tweezers, and more. An eyeglass repair kit can be a lifesaver, especially during holidays and weekends, and for those who are often on the go.

4. NerdWax

Any eyeglass wearer will tell you how annoying it is to have to frequently push up their glasses from the bridge of their nose, or how frustrating those red marks on their nose can be because of their frames.

Nerdwax is a tube of wax that enables glasses to stay in place, all while stopping them from irritating the nose. This simple gift can bring increased comfort to the eyeglasses-wearer, enhancing their quality of life.

5. Cleaning Kit

Because eyeglasses require daily cleaning, an eyeglass cleaning kit is a great gift for those who regularly wear specs. Clean glasses not only offer clearer vision, but they help prevent glare, which enhances safety, particularly while driving. Using a proper cleaning kit also prevents the lenses from scratching and incurring permanent damage. A proper cleaning kit should include lens cleaning solution and at least one microfiber lens cloth.

With the assistance of our team, your gift recipient can choose from a wide selection of eye care products. Contact Corktown Eyecare to find out what a gift card can be used towards this holiday season.

How To Prevent “Mask Fog” on Your Glasses

If you wear glasses and a face mask, you’ve probably struggled with “mask fog.” Your lenses get all misty, requiring you to wipe your eyewear throughout the day. Below are a few strategies to help you prevent your eyeglasses from fogging up when wearing a mask.

But First, Why Do Glasses Fog Up?

Quite simply, condensation forms whenever moist warm air hits a cool surface. Your specs fog up when the mask directs your warm breath upward instead of in front of you — which is great for preventing virus transmission but bad for anyone with less-than-stellar eyesight.

Is Your Mask Well Fitted?

The mask should fit securely over your nose. Ideally, you’ll want to wear a mask with a nose bridge or one that can be shaped or molded to your face. When the mask fits properly, hopefully most of your breath will go through it, not out the top or sides.

Use Your Glasses To Seal the Top of Your Mask

This method works best with large, thick eyewear frames. By pulling your mask up higher on your nose and placing the lower part of your eyeglasses on the mask, you can get a snug fit that blocks your warm breath from escaping upward toward your eyewear.

Tape Your Mask to Your Face

You can always use tape to secure your mask across the bridge of your nose and the top of your cheeks. Use easy-to-remove tape, including adhesive, medical, or athletic. Just be sure to stay away from duct tape.

Soap and Water Help Prevent Fogging

This trick is one that healthcare professionals regularly turn to. All you need for this hack is soapy water (dish soap works best) and a microfiber cloth. Stay away from soaps with lotions in them as they can leave a thick residue, making it even harder to see.

Simply rub both sides of your lenses with a drop of soap, then buff the lenses with a soft microfiber cloth. This effective trick helps prevent your lenses from fogging up as a transparent, thin film of soap acts as a barrier.

Anti-Fog Wipes and Sprays

Another option is to purchase wipes and sprays designed to tackle foggy lenses. Read the fine print, as certain anti-fog solutions may not work as well, or may even damage lenses with coatings that minimize glare and fingerprint smudges, for example.

 

To learn more about ways to keep your glasses from fogging while wearing a mask, contact Corktown Eyecare in Toronto today.

 

6 Signs You May Need Glasses

Many people don’t realize they have a vision problem. Perhaps they’ve gone years without glasses and haven’t noticed the gradual change in their vision. Or they’ve noticed a change, but put off a visit to an eye doctor. Regardless of whether you’re experiencing problems, make an appointment with Dr. Vakani to maintain your eye health. 

 

There are many clues that your eyesight needs correcting, such as struggling to read up close, or having trouble seeing street signs, or barely deciphering faces while watching a film. If you’re still not sure you need glasses, consider these 6 questions. 

 

Are You Frequently Squinting and/or Experiencing Headaches? 

 

Unless it’s unusually bright, there’s no reason to be squinting if your vision is clear. Although squinting may briefly enhance your eyes’ ability to focus, if done for too long it can tax your  eyes and surrounding muscles, which can result in frequent headaches. 

 

If you have to squint while working on your computer or using digital devices, you may be experiencing not only headaches but also digital eye strain or computer vision syndrome. The cure is often a pair of computer glasses, or blue light glasses, which are designed to block out or filter blue light. This can reduce headaches and squinting when using your digital devices. 

 

Are You Struggling to See Up Close? 

 

If the texts on your phone or restaurant menu look blurry, you may be farsighted. While reading glasses are a great option for near tasks, you’ll need to take them off for other activities.  Consider getting progressive lenses, which change gradually from point to point on the lens, providing the exact lens power needed for seeing objects clearly at any distance. Progressive lenses help you comfortably see near, far, and in-between all day long. 

 

Do You Struggle to See Things at a Distance?  

 

If you’re having difficulty seeing objects at a distance, you may be myopic (nearsighted).  Myopia is the most common cause of impaired vision in children and young adults. Consider a pair of glasses with high-index lenses, which are thinner and lighter than other lenses, along with anti-reflective coating. 

 

Do You Have Blurred Vision at Night?  

 

Are objects or signs more blurry at night? Do you experience halos or glare around lights while driving at night? These may be symptoms of a vision issue, such as myopia — though they can also be attributed to more serious ocular conditions, such as cataracts and glaucoma. To know the cause, get your eyes properly evaluated by Dr. Vakani. 

 

If determined that it is indeed myopia, consider getting prescription glasses with anti-glare or anti-reflective (AR) coating, as they allow more light in and also cut down on glare. This can dramatically improve night vision and help you see more clearly when driving at night. 

 

Are You Experiencing Double Vision?

 

If you’ve been experiencing double vision, contact Dr. Vakani, who will get to the root of the problem and provide you with a diagnosis. Double vision may be due to crossed eyes (strabismus), or a corneal irregularity, such as keratoconus, or another medical condition.

 

If you are diagnosed with any of these, you’ll likely need a pair of glasses with a prism correction that helps correct alignment issues. Special lenses prevent you from seeing double by combining two images into a single one.

 

However, note that if you experience sudden double vision, it may be a medical emergency that should be checked by an eye doctor immediately.

 

Are You Losing Your Place or Using Your Finger When Reading? 

 

If you’re frequently losing your spot or skipping lines when reading, you may have a vision problem. This could be due to strabismus, lazy eye, or astigmatism. 

 

The Importance of Regular Eye Exams

 

If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, it is essential to have a highly qualified optometrist examine your eyes to assess your vision and check for any eye diseases — and to do so as soon as possible. This is the only way to determine whether you need glasses or if something else is causing the problem. 

 

Even if you’re not experiencing any symptoms, it’s important to routinely get your eyes checked. Many eye diseases can be effectively treated before you notice major problems, so regular eye exams are important to maintain eye health. Contact Corktown Eyecare in Toronto to make an appointment with Dr. Vakani. The sooner you get your vision checked, the faster you’ll be able to see clearly and enjoy a higher quality of life. 

How to Disinfect Glasses to Help Prevent COVID-19

Coronavirus and Your Eyeglasses

Did you know that our glasses (this includes the lenses and the frame) can potentially transfer viruses, such as COVID-19, to our eyes, nose, and mouth? This is because viruses — as well as bacteria — are easily transferred from our surroundings to our hands and then from our hands to our glasses.

In fact, research has shown that coronavirus can remain on glass surfaces for as long as 9 days. If we’re not careful, we can easily touch our glasses then touch our eyes, nose, or mouth, thus continuing the contagion cycle.

The danger is even higher for people with presbyopia, age-related farsightedness that generally affects those aged 40 and above. Presbyopes who wear reading glasses tend to put them on and take them off several times throughout the day. What’s more worrisome is that this age group is at higher risk for more serious complications from COVID-19.

The good news is that disinfecting your glasses is easy! Let’s delve into ways you should and should not disinfect your lenses at home.

What NOT to Use to Cleanse Your Glasses

Many of us may have rubbing-alcohol at home, and although it may seem like a perfectly good idea to use it to disinfect your specs, we discourage you from doing so. It may be too harsh for your eyeglasses, especially if you have any special coatings on your lenses.

Other products you should stay away from include ammonia, bleach, or anything with high concentrations of acid, such as lemon juice or vinegar, which can damage lens coatings and some eyewear materials.

How to Safely Disinfect Your Glasses

Now that we’ve eliminated the substances and chemicals that should not be used on your lenses, let’s see what is safe to use to clean eyewear.

Dish Soap and Water

The absolute easiest and most efficient way to disinfect and clean your lenses is to use lukewarm water with a gentle dish soap. Massage the soap onto each lens, rinse, and dry using a microfiber cloth (not paper towels, as the fibers can easily scratch lenses). While you’re at it, don’t forget to include your frame’s nose pads and earpieces.

Lens Cleaning Wipes

Pre-moistened lens wipes are excellent for cleaning your glasses, as well as your phone, tablet and computer screen. They remove bacteria, dust, dirt and germs from your glasses and the formula restores shine to glass surfaces without leaving any streaks or residue. The durable material is tough enough to remove stains, while being gentle enough not to scratch your screens or lenses. Contact Corktown Eyecare to find out how you can access these.

So, In Summary:

  • Do not use rubbing alcohol to disinfect your glasses.
  • Avoid using household cleaners or products with high concentrations of acid.
  • Clean your glasses with a gentle dish soap and lukewarm water, or lens wipes.
  • Dry your glasses with a microfiber cloth to prevent smudging and scratching.

Disinfecting your glasses shouldn’t be stressful or worrisome. Just follow the easy steps above to protect your lenses and your health.

On behalf of everyone at Corktown Eyecare in Toronto, Ontario , we sincerely hope you and your loved ones stay healthy and safe during this uncertain time.

Why Own More Than One Pair of Eyeglasses

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How many pairs of shoes do you own? While that answer largely depends on your particular lifestyle, chances are you own at least 5 pairs of shoes. You wouldn’t wear dressy shoes to the gym or your running shoes for an elegant event. The same could be said for eyewear. Having at least two pairs of glasses should not be considered a luxury, as each pair has its place and purpose that surpasses style. Aside from the obvious — having a backup pair in case the first pair gets lost or damaged — there are many other reasons why a second or third pair of glasses is necessary. Below we list a few of them:

Sports Eyewear Is a Game-Changer

Wearing your everyday glasses while exercising or playing sports can hinder your performance due to concerns that your glasses may fall or get damaged. Investing in a quality set of sports eyewear will enable you to fully concentrate on the game while achieving clear and comfortable vision. There are several varieties of sports glasses that cater to each sport, all of which offer more protection and safety than traditional everyday glasses. Speak with the staff at Corktown Eyecare, who will be happy to help you find the right eyewear for all your sporting needs.

Prescription Sunglasses Are a Must

Everybody needs a good pair of sunglasses to block the sun’s harmful UV rays. For those with a refractive error, prescription sunglasses offer optimal protection and perfect vision outdoors. Prescription sunglasses are also an excellent option for people who typically wear contact lenses with non-prescription sunglasses.

For extra protection and comfort, add your desired coatings and tints to suit your lifestyle needs. Most importantly, be sure to purchase lenses that block 100% of UVA and UVB radiation.

Style Matters, Too

Lastly, an additional pair of glasses can be an excellent accessory that provides stylistic versatility and enhances any outfit you wear. Just as you wouldn’t pair the same shoes with every ensemble, so should your glasses add a little zest to your outfit and express your personal style.

Give yourself the chance to experience perfect vision in every moment of your day with a second or third pair of glasses. Contact Corktown Eyecare at Toronto to discuss the best options for your lifestyle.

* Make sure to contact us by the end of the month to make use of your 2019 vision insurance benefits.

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Why Makeup & Eyeglasses Look Gorgeous Together

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Even with their surge in popularity over the past few years, wearing glasses can get a little tricky when it comes to figuring out how to put on makeup.

Makeup that generally would look great on someone not wearing glasses can become practically imperceptible under specs. Furthermore, the eyes can appear bigger or smaller— all depending on the prescription.

Tips & Tricks To Improve How EyeGlasses Look With Makeup

Whether you’re aiming for a natural or bold look, there are many ways to wear your makeup.

  • Lipstick, bold colors in particular, can look great on those who wear glasses with thick or dark frames.
  • Eye Liners should not be the same shade as your frames, at it will cause your eyes to blend in, not stand out. Try to wear a liner that’s at least a shade or two lighter than your eyeglass frames.
  • Concealer does its magic by literally hiding the dark circle shadows under your eyes that your frames may cast. Concealers with peachy or yellow undertones are ideally suited to eliminate any dark-blue and purple shadows.
  • Primer works wonders in keeping your glasses from slipping down your nose. Just dab some on each side of the bridge of your nose before slipping on your specs.
  • Eyeshadow is an excellent eye enhancer. However, we recommend you stay away from bold colors. When worn with glasses, it can create an overwhelmingly busy effect. Simple and bright eyeshadow will give you the beautiful, natural-looking enhancement that will make your eyes pop.
  • Mascara looks great under glasses. Just make sure to apply it to the roots of the lashes rather than the tips in order to prevent it from smudging all over your lenses. Curl your lashes if needed in order to avoid them from sticking straight towards the lenses.

Thin With Thick

Thick frames call for thick eyeliner, just as thin frames look best with thin eyeliner. In other words, your frames affect which makeup options work best for you. Frameless glasses allow you to wear heavier makeup, while dark frames tend to match best with a more neutral makeup look.

Size Matters

In terms of size, however, the bigger frames offer you more space to experiment as they don’t cover your eyes much. Smaller frames, however, allow for more eyebrow makeup. At times we emphasize what’s happening behind the frames and forget the brows. Remember to regularly brush through and tweeze your eyebrows, which frame your frames.

Prescription Lenses and Makeup

Your prescription lenses can enlarge or decrease the apparent size of your eyes, and makeup can do a lot to minimize these effects.

If you have myopia (nearsightedness) and you feel that your glasses make your eyes appear smaller, go for bold eye makeup, such as a bronze smokey eye. You can always use an eyelash curler which typically allows more light to reach your eyes, making them appear larger. Don’t forget to add mascara for the finishing touch.

If you’re presbyopic, or far-sighted, your glasses will have the opposite effect by making your eyes appear bigger. In this case, ensure that your eye make-up is as natural and light as possible by using soft mascara and neutral eye shadow tones.

In Need of New Frames? We’ve Got You Covered!

Come by Corktown Eyecare in Toronto to check out our vast selection of designer glasses to rock with your makeup. You may just find the perfect new frames for your new style!

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Ready to Find the Right Frames for Your Face Shape?

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Whether you wear eyeglasses on a daily basis, reach for them on occasion, or simply throw on a pair for a little extra fun, the frames you choose ultimately dictate how the world sees you — and more crucially, how you see yourself.

When choosing a pair of eyeglasses, frame shape, color, and style all come into play. So if you’re interested in altering your look, it’s helpful to know your face shape. That way you’ll have a clearer notion of what you’re seeking— which will simplify the shopping process.

But first, a few basic guidelines:

  • The top of your glasses frame should follow the line of your eyebrows. Avoid having too much eyebrow above or below the frames. Sunglasses, however, should always cover your eyebrows.
  • Your eyes should be situated at the center of each frame.
  • Keep in mind that the facial shape is one of many factors that determine which frame looks best on you. When picking a design, take your hairstyle and color, dressing style, eye color, and skin color into account, as they all play an important role.

So without further ado, let’s delve into the absolute best fit for your face!

You likely have one of the following face shapes: oval, round, square, heart, or diamond. Simply look at a mirror, and assess which shape matches yours!

Which eyeglass frames suit OVAL faces?

Those with oval faces are in luck and can pull off almost any style. Since their faces are perfectly proportional (they have higher and slightly wider cheekbones that typically narrow towards the forehead) they can enjoy countless frame possibilities! So go bold with playful color, texture or shape! No matter the optical design – square, wayfarer, tortoise, or rectangular – rest assured that they will flatter your face and bring your best features into frame.

Make sure to look for designs that are as wide as (or wider than) the broadest part of the face, and avoid designs that are overly large and cover up more than half your face, as they will throw your features off-balance.

Which eyeglass frames suit SQUARE faces?

Square faces are all about the angular features, which are typically characterized by a prominent jawline and wider forehead. If you’d like to draw focus to your strongest attributes, select frames that are thin, curved and circular. Consider rimless and semi-rimless frames, as the round design will soften and add contrast to your square shape. A classic cat-eye frame can also look great, with the strong geometry of a square face complemented by the thick framing on the upper half of the glasses.

Which eyeglass frames best suit ROUND faces?

Round face shapes have curved lines, no angles, and are proportionally similar in length and width. Many optical designs look great on those with round shapes, particularly rectangular frames, as they elongate your face, adding balance to the round features. Stay away from rimless, small and circular frames, as they may make your round face look even rounder.

Which eyeglass frames best suit HEART-shaped faces?

Heart-shaped faces are characterized by high cheekbones, sharply tapered jawline, a long chin, and a wider forehead. Luckily, many frames flatter the heart-shaped visages — particularly those that balance the width of the forehead with the narrowness of the chin.

Aim to draw attention to the top of the face and add balance to the width of your face by looking for frames that are slightly wider than your forehead. To look your very best, choose round or oval-shaped frames that are thin and lightly shaded.

Another excellent design that flatters heart faces is cat-eye glasses, as they “sweep up the face” by highlighting prominent cheekbones yet balancing out the rest of the face. Just make sure to avoid frame styles or colors that draw attention to the forehead, such as frames with decorative temples or embellished tops.

Which frames best suit DIAMOND-shaped faces?

Diamond-shaped faces, characterized by their full cheeks, narrow forehead and jawline, are the least common face shapes. The most flattering look for the diamond-shaped face is a rimless, oval or cat-shaped design, which will accentuate your cheekbones and delicate features.

Make sure to avoid frames that are rectangular or narrow, as they draw attention to your narrow features rather than enhancing them.

Every style has different options — so it’s simply a matter of trying out the design and shape you like. If you absolutely love aviator or cat-eye frames but are afraid they won’t sit well on your face, try different pairs of the same style. Some are larger, smaller, rounder, more angular — there’s virtually a match for every face! Come to Corktown Eyecare in Toronto and our friendly staff will be happy to help you find the best design for your unique attributes.

What is vision insurance and how much does it cost?

Vision insurance typically describes all health plans that are made to lower your out-of-pocket expenses for routine, preventive eye care services (i.e. eye exams) and prescription eyeglasses and contact lenses. Some vision insurance plans also offer substantial discounts on elective procedures, such as LASIK laser eye surgery and PRK.

Our staff at Corktown Eyecare is knowledgeable about how vision insurance works and we can help you make the most of your benefits. Visit our Toronto, Ontario , anytime for more information.

Vision insurance vs. Medical insurance

In general, vision insurance plans are designed as discount plans or packages that give very specific benefits for an annual premium. In contrast, most major medical insurance policies offer unlimited benefits after co-pays and deductibles are met.

In some respects, vision insurance is like a gift card that can be used to cover a large part of the cost of routine eye exams and eyewear. Or you can use it to purchase premium designer eyeglasses or specialty products, such as progressive lenses, photochromic lenses, and anti-reflective coating at a more affordable price. When it comes to how to apply vision insurance, the choice is yours.

Every vision insurance plan is different – read the fine print

It’s smart to look through and fully understand the costs and benefits of your vision insurance plan. If you receive coverage through a plan from your employment, take the time to find out what’s being offered.

When you visit our Toronto, Ontario , optical store, we invite you to consult with our staff about what your vision insurance covers before your eye exam and eyeglasses purchase, so you don’t experience any surprises afterwards.

Where to get vision insurance

Vision insurance is commonly offered by companies and associations, or by government programs such as Medicaid and Medicare. However, if you are self-employed, most providers of vision insurance also offer policies that you can buy independently.

Vision insurance is also offered frequently as a value-added benefit linked to HMOs, PPOs, and indemnity health insurance (traditional insurance that enables policyholders to choose their own medical providers), that contracted with vision care networks to offer basic eye care services.

Basic benefits of vision insurance

If you have a vision benefits package, you will usually receive free eye care services, prescription eyeglasses, and contact lenses within fixed costs – in exchange for an annual membership fee or premium. Generally, there is also a small co-pay (a fixed price) every time you access a vision service. Sometimes, a vision benefits package may also include a deductible, which is a fixed price you’ll need to pay your eye care provider out-of-pocket before your insurance benefits kick in.

If you have a discount vision plan, you will receive eye care, prescription eyeglasses, and contact lenses at a reduced rate – after you pay a yearly premium or membership fee.

Benefits include:

  • Access to a network of eye care providers, including ophthalmologists, optometrists, eyewear stores, LASIK surgeons, and optical laboratories
  • Annual eye exams and routine eye care services
  • Eyeglasses frames
  • Eyeglasses lenses
  • Contact lenses
  • Discounted rates for refractive laser eye surgery, such as LASIK and PRK

Cost of vision insurance

When selecting your vision insurance provider, our Toronto, Ontario , eye care team recommends shopping around, when possible, to make sure you get the best value for the benefits you want.

Group vision insurance is generally paid for through payroll deductions or flexible spending accounts (FSAs). Your FSA allows you to use pre-tax dollars to buy selected health benefits, such as vision insurance. If you’re self-employed and buying an individual vision insurance plan, you’ll be billed annually or monthly.

The price of vision insurance varies based on what state you live in, as well as on how the plan is designed. Vision Service Plan (VSP) is the largest vision plan provider in the US, and their costs are approximately as follows:

  • Annual premium for VSP plan (employees only) – $90
  • Eye exam – $10 co-pay
  • Eyeglasses frames with single vision lenses – $25 co-pay
  • Polycarbonate lenses – $31
  • Photochromic lenses – $70
  • Anti-reflective coating – $69

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If you have any questions about your vision insurance plan – exactly what it gives you and how much you need to pay – please stop by Corktown Eyecare to consult with our knowledgeable team!


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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How to Keep Glasses from Getting Foggy

Whether you live in a cold climate or have visited one in the winter, you have probably seen someone who just walked in from the cold outdoors sporting glasses that are no longer transparent, or perhaps you’ve experienced it yourself.

Why Do Glasses Fog Up?

There are several factors that cause your glasses to fog up — one of which is ambient heat, in other words, the actual temperature in your surrounding environment. Eyelashes that touch the lens can cause fogging, as well as tight-fitting frames that touch the cheeks (many plastic frames cause this problem), which impede proper airflow. Lastly, high humidity and the sweat and moisture that accompany overexertion/ exercise can also trigger foggy lenses. 

Ultimately, glasses cloud over due to moisture in the air condensing on the cold surface of your lenses. 

Now that you know the most common reasons why your glasses fog up, it’s time to read about some possible solutions. Below are a few tips to help keep your lenses clear year-round.

6 Tips to Steer Clear of Cloudy Specs 

1. Invest in Anti-Fog Coating

Anti-fog coating blocks out moisture that would normally stick to your lenses, by creating a surface layer that repels water and mist. An optician applies the treatment to both sides of the lens in order to prevent fogging so you can see clearly in any climate or environment.

Ask us about our proven anti-fog treatment for your glasses and be on your way to clearer vision, all the time.

2. Use Anti-Fog Wipes, Sprays, or Creams

Commercial anti-fog products are an alternative to lens coatings. These products, typically sold in either gel or spray form, are specially designed to prevent condensation and moisture from building up on your lenses. Apply the product as directed on the packaging and remove it with the supplied cloth, wipe or towelette. If a cloth wasn’t included in the box, use a scratch-free cloth.

Aside from the gel or spray, you can use anti-fog wipes. These pre-treated napkins are perfect for those who are on the go. 

3. Move Your Glasses Further Away from Your Face

Eyeglasses tend to trap moisture and heat, particularly if they are positioned close to your eyes or face, which increases the buildup of fog on your lenses. Consider adjusting the position of your eyewear by pushing your glasses slightly further down your nose. It will stimulate proper air circulation, thereby reducing fog accumulation.

4. Wear Your Seasonal Accessories Wisely

If the weather cools down, try not to wear too many layers, to prevent overheating and producing sweat, which can make your glasses to fog up more. Wear only the necessary amount of clothing to stay warm. If you’re wearing a scarf, consider one with an open weave or a more breathable material to let the air pass through. 

5. Avoid Abrupt Temperature Changes

Allow your eyewear to acclimate to changes in temperature. If you are moving from an environment that is cold into one which is warm and humid, try to let your glasses adjust accordingly. 

For instance: 

  • As you enter a building, stand in the doorway for a minute or two as the temperature slowly transitions from cool to warm. 
  • When in the car, gradually adjust the heat, particularly when your hands aren’t free to simply remove your glasses and wipe off the fog.

Fogged up glasses are not only irritating but can also be dangerous, especially for those who drive, ski, or operate machinery. So make sure to take the necessary precautions, especially as the weather changes. 

6. Swap Glasses for Contact Lenses

If contacts are an option for you, you might want to wear them on those cold days, to avoid foggy glasses syndrome (yeah, that’s a made-up term).

 

Want to keep your glasses from fogging up? Speak with Dr. Vakani. At Corktown Eyecare in Toronto, we can advise you about a variety of contact lenses, anti-fog treatment and other solutions to help you see clearly— any day.