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What are the warning signs that a child might need glasses?

Knowing whether your child needs glasses is tough. They may not realize that they are having issues with their vision, I certainly didn't until a routine pediatrician exam showed that I had likely needed them for quite some time. Common signs that a kid has a vision problems that requires prescription glasses can include:

  • Consistently sitting too close to the TV or holding a book too close
  • Losing his or her place while reading
  • Using a finger to follow along while reading
  • Squinting
  • Tilting the head to see better
  • Frequent eye rubbing
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Excessive tearing
  • Closing one eye to read, watch TV or see better
  • Avoiding activities that require near vision, such as reading or homework, or distance vision, such as participating in sports or other recreational activities
  • Complaining of headaches or tired eyes
  • Receiving lower grades than usual

A combination of these can indicate an issue, which would be found earlier with routine annual trips to the optometrist. Then you can get them seeing better and have the help of a professional looking after their eyecare, which can be a huge part of preventative medical care as they not only check their vision but also for signs of other health issues that show symptoms through the various parts of their eyes. 

Then, you can get them some amazing trendy glasses to ensure they wear them when they need them!

How to Choose the Best Prescription Glasses Style for you

Many people have a fear of choosing and purchasing their prescription glasses online. If you’re anything like me, when you go to physical stores, you try on 100’s of pairs before finding one you like. But there are tricks that I, and many others, have used successfully to choose great glasses online.

There are three main points of consider:

  1. The glasses should enhance your best facial features, such as eye shape or facial structure, like cheekbones.
  2. The frame shape should contrast with your face shape.
  3. The frame size should be in scale with your face size, although there can be exceptions to this one with some trends towards larger frames.

Your face shape does have a big role in determining the best frames for your face, check out the chart below to find your face shape and corresponding ideal glasses shape.

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The next step is determining the colors that will suit you best. To do this easily, determine your skins undertones, either warm or cool. See this article for a more detailed description on how to do that.

Then consider your eye and hair color, these can help determine the best colors for you, they are also generally classified as warm and cool: Strawberry blond, platinum, blue-black, white, auburn, salt-and-pepper and ash brown are cool. Warm hair colours include golden blond, brownish black, brown-gold, "carrot" and "dirty" gray.

Examples of frame colors ideal for warm tones are: camel, khaki, gold, copper, peach, orange, coral, off-white, fire-engine red, warm blue and blond tortoise.

For cool coloring, the best eyeglass frame colors are black, silver, rose-brown, blue-gray, plum, magenta, pink, jade, blue and demi-amber (darker) tortoise.

The next thing to consider is whether you want a fashionable frame for your prescription glasses or a more classic feel to ensure your look is timeless. Browse each section to see what appeals to you the best!

So what are you waiting for? Get your most flattering glasses now.

Exercises for you eyes: Keeping your eyes fit for long term Health

While the benefits of keeping your body fit are all over the place now, one thing that is less talked about is keeping your eyes healthy through exercises that you can do anywhere, at any time (as long as you don’t mind looking a little silly while doing them!)

 

The following eye exercises are designed to strengthen and improve the elasticity of your eye muscles, which will also improve your ability to focus, eye movements and stimulate the vision center of your brain. These will al help with reducing eye fatigue and might even help improve your vision.

 

Now before you start, you need to prepare your eyes, just like a warmup at the gym, but if you have any eye health issues please consult your optometrist before starting this exercise regime to ensure it will not aggravate your existing condition. Next, place your palms over your eyes, warming them up and allowing them to relax. This will also evenly distribute tear film over your eyes. Make sure that you see no light, and continue for about three minutes.

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You can also massage your eyes gently, with a warm damp cloth or a cold compress wrapped in a towel. This is great for improving blood circulation around your eyes and face, which as the added bonus of improving skin tone and texture!

 

Now the Exercises!

 

  1.      Start by sitting or standing and shifting your focus from a near point to a far point. This is  great exercise for muscle strength.
  2.      Practice zooming with your eyes. Hold your thumb up in front of you and follow it back and forth.
  3.      Make a figure eight with your eyes. This is great to keep muscle tone for controlling your eyes movements.
  4.      Do directional eye exercises: move side to side, up and down and then mix them up!
  5.      End your exercising with the palming we talked about at the beginning of the article.

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Keeping up with these exercises 3x a week can drastically improve your eye health, which can prevent issues down the road. Now for those of us that still need prescription glasses, these exercises help with keep up with our health.

 

Want to learn more about eye health? Check out our article about how to drastically reduce the effects of blue light on your eyes and sleep patterns.

The benefits of Blue Block Lenses

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Ever experience that eye fatigue, redness and headaches at the end of a long day at work staring at screens? Blue light, of HEV rays, may be the cause and there are ways you can protect your eyes, starting with your prescription glasses lenses.

HEV or blue light is a short wavelength, high every ray, that is actually responsible for making the sky look blue. While the sun emit far more blue light than our screens, doctors are concerned with the long term health effects of having the light enter our retinas for such long period and so close to our eyes.

This is because the eye is not very good at blocking blue light, so it passes right through our cornea and lenses and enters the retina, which causes damage to our light sensitive cells in the retina itself. This can lead to worse health issues such as macular degeneration.

Because blue light scatters more than other types of light, it isn’t as easily focused. When you're looking at computer screens and other digital devices that emit significant amounts of blue light, this unfocused visual "noise" reduces contrast and can contribute to digital eye strain.

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So what can you to do prevent digital eye strain and all the other bad side effects fo blue light?

One way is the have blue blocking lenses in your prescription glasses. These lenses reflect blue light and prevent it from entering your retinas, therefore reducing the risk of long term effects drastically. 

Since purchasing blue block lenses, I have personally seen a significant reduction in eye strain, dryness and headaches. This means that my long days in front of screens are more efficient, and more importantly, much more comfortable. With them I can ease my worries of my job affecting my health long term.

So what are you waiting for? Go check out our large collection of frames and get your blue block lenses now! Your eyes will thank you.

 

I’m Running a Half Marathon Next Month. What Sunglasses Should I Wear?

I’m Running a Half Marathon Next Month. What Sunglasses Should I Wear?

Hey, did you know your favourite blogger is running the Toronto Waterfront Half Marathon next month? Yeah, I’m pretty terrified right now, but it’ll be an amazing experience! For fun, I ran the 10km Terry Fox run last Sunday, and to my horror – realized that I don’t have the greatest sunglasses for running. Due to this, I ran without any eye protection. Boo.

It’s very important to keep your eyes safe during sport, especially when it’s over a long time span. Besides this obvious fact, having shades that will sit securely on your face while you’re doing your thing can play a big part in how you perform. Your everyday aviator shades may be great during shopping trips or a day on the beach, but this is a whole other ball park!

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But seriously… these shades are sweet, sweet, sweeeeet! Did I mention they’re sweet? Our Wiley Black Crystal sunnies are polarized with built-in grips, and will make you look like a serious contender before you even hit the road. I love their black crystal-blue mirror colour and the fact that they’re only $119. Where can you get performance shades like this for such an incredible price? Only Swift Eyewear. If you’re planning on joining me next month, you have four weeks to get your order in and keep training!

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Set a goal this year and meet it. The possibilities are endless!

Written by: Kaitlin Cartwright