Zeiss Week February 29-March 5

Come Celebrate our 20th Anniversary with Zeiss Week

This week only we have special promotions on Zeiss products.

We have $100 off of Zeiss Progressive Lenses, Office Lenses and Drive Safe Lenses.

We also have up to 45% OFF of Prescription and Non-prescription Zeiss Snow Goggles.

Drop by to take advantage of these promotions.

 

4 Ways to Improve your Eye-Hand Coordination

Check out these tips on our EyeGym Canada post on how to improve your Eye-Hand Coordination.

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Improve Your Golf Game with New Adidas Sunglass Technology

If you are looking for an edge on the golf course, don’t forget about your eyes.  Take advantage of the latest technology from Adidas to improve your vision and improve your scores.  Take a couple of minutes to view the latest in this video from ScoreGolf.

Michael Nelson, Optometrist, Waverley Eye Care Centre

How to choose prescription sunglasses?

Sunglasses

Sometimes all the options available for those choosing prescription sunglasses can make the task so overwhelming that it is easier not to make the choice at all.  So to try to simplify the process let me highlight a few keys points when making your decision.

Price

As with anything, you generally get what you pay for.  A more expensive set of sunglasses will mean you get a better quality and more comfortable frame.  The lens will have better optics, more comfortable tints and better scratch coatings.  That being said you can get good quality sunglasses without breaking the budget. My Recommendation: If you want an inexpensive lens, we have some starting at $20.

Base Curve

Base curve refers to how much wrap your sunglass lens has.  Wrap is desirable because it helps eleminate sun coming in from the side or behind the lens.  Optometrists have an instrument that can measure the base curve of the frame, but sunglasses are generally either 8 Base (lots of wrap) or 6 Base.  Frames that you use as your everyday clear lenses are usually between 2-6 Base.  High Wrap sunglasses (8 Base) look great without a prescription, but when you add a prescription to them, the lens can get very thick and distorted at the edges.   This means that unless you have a very low prescription, you should avoid wrap frames for your prescription sunglasses.  My Recommendation:  For a prescription sunglass, look for a 6 base frame for a good compromise in function and optics.

Polarized

Polarization is often an overlooked option, mostly because of the price.  But once you have had a polarized lens you will never want a pair of sunglasses without it.  Polarization is the feature that eliminates horizontal glare off a wet road, water or any horizontal surface.  It makes lenses incredibly comfortable.  My Recommendation:  Splurge for the polarized lens, you won’t be disappointed.

Tint Colour

Tint colour affects the contrast of what you see.  Grey lenses will keep colours looking normal but will do little to improve contrast.  Blue or purple lenses will reduce contrast and that is why you don’t see sunglasses with this colour.  Brown or amber tints will tend to improve contrast and make things appear a little brighter.  There is not really any right or wrong with regards to tint, it is more about personal preference.  My Recommendation:  If you don’t have any preference, I would recommend an amber tint.

Anti-reflection Coating

Antireflection is a must for clear lenses but it serves a different purpose in sunglasses.  An antireflection coating on the front of the lens is not needed on sunglasses, however some high-end sun lenses will have an antireflection on the back of the lens which can eliminate reflections from sunlight that comes from behind you.  My Recommendation:  If the sunglass lenses come with a back surface antireflection coating great, but if not I don’t think you have to invest in it – invest in a polarized lens instead.

 UV Protection

UV protection is essential.  Fortunately even the least expensive sunlens will have a UV coating.  One important fact, that most are not aware of, is that UV protection has nothing to do with how dark the lens is.  The UV coating is a clear coating that blocks invisible UV light.  You can have a non-sunglass lens that blocks 100% of UV light.  My Recommendation:  UV Protection is essential to reduce the risk of earlier cataracts and macular degeneration.

Hopefully this will be enough to get you started.

Michael Nelson. OD

Yellow Polarized Sunglasses can improve Driving Response Times

6a00d8354fadbd69e2017ee9fd0f6a970d-piA recent study in the March 2013 issue of Optometry and Vision Science shows that 20 and 30 year olds that wear yellow polarized sunglasses can have a reduction of 450 ms for driving reaction times.  This can equate to a distance of 7.5 meters while driving at 60km/hr or 13.9meters while driving at 100km/hour.

Yellow sunglass lenses are available but are less common.  You may also benefit from this effect if you use brown polarized lenses.

Dr. Michael Nelson, OD

Waverley Eye Care

Tulips and Tees EyeWear Trunk Show

When you think of spring, you think of Tulips and Golf and so we are excited to host our

Spring Tulips and Tees EyeWear Trunk Show! 

Thursday April 26th from Noon – 8pm.

 This is a perfect opportunity to update your look with a new frame.

Stop by to see the entire collections of three of our most popular new eyewear lines – lots of great new men’s and women’s frames.

We have same day instore promotions that could save you 10-40% off your frame or even a free frame.  If you recieved a postcard in the mail, be sure to bring it in.  There are up to 5 different postcards – each one represents a different frame discount and there is even one that gives you a free frame.  If you did not receive a postcard, just stop by and we will give you one.

In addition we are partnering with GolfTown to host FREE golf clinics outside our office.  We are bringing in Golftown’s Golf Pro to host 2 – 30 minute pitching lessons.  These free lessons will be offered at 12:30pm and 6:00pm.  YOU MUST REGISTER FOR THE LESSONS AS SPACE IS LIMITED, PLEASE CALL OR EMAIL US FOR MORE DETAILS OR TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT.

We will have other instore give draws and FREE starbucks coffee.

We look forward to seeing you.

Visors in Hockey

Recent close call eye injuries to the Jets’ Andrew Ladd and Flyers’ Chris Pronger have brought the issue of eye protection in the NHL back into view. Vancouver Canucks player Manny Malhotra suffered an almost career ending eye injury which he has had continued surgery in the summer of 2011. NHL reports about 60% of players wear visors. While the debate rages on as to whether NHL players should wear visors, it should be a no brainer that rec-hockey players should wear one, but I am still amazed by they number that don’t.

NHL eye injury photo gallery

The age old argument that visors hinder one’s ability to perform on the ice is becoming harder to defend, considering 9 of the top 10 NHL scorers in 2011 wear a visor: Sedin, Perry, Stamkos, Iginla, Ovechkin, Selanne, Zetterberg, Datsyuk and Richards all wear them. So does Crosby, Skinner, Lidstrom and Kesler. Hard to argue with success, so I vote to put on a visor.

Michael Nelson, OD FAAO