Articles of Interest

  • A scary fact: Halloween contact lenses can lead to irreversible vision loss
    October 18, 2013 (Ottawa) - 
    While white irises or cat eye pupils might seem like a cool trick to enhance this year’s Halloween costume, it is
    no treat when serious eye damage occurs. The Canadian Association of Optometrists (CAO), the Opticians Association of Canada (OAC) and the Canadian Ophthalmological Society (COS) warn that vision loss,
    sometimes permanent, can result from improper use of cosmetic contact lenses. Decorative (plano) lenses do not correct vision but change the colour and appearance of the eye for cosmetic or theatrical effect. Complications can arise from just one night’s use! If you decide to purchase these, we urge you to consult a trained eye care
  • Eyeing Healthy Food Choices
    June 8, 2012 - Most of us are aware a healthy diet can manage weight, keep our bones healthy and stave off illnesses like diabetes, cancer and heart disease. But it turns out there are a handful of super foods that can protect our precious peepers, too.  READ MORE

  • Sunlight can damage your eyes: Protect Your Peepers From The Sun
    May 2, 2012 - While most people are aware of the dangers that UV exposure poses for the skin, very few know about the relationship between UV exposure and eye conditions. READ MORE
  • Eye health: Understanding refractive errors
    March 2, 2012 - The human eye works like an optical system where light rays reflected from objects around us pass through clear cornea, lens and other structures to form a sharp focus on the retina.

    The images from the retina are transmitted via the optic nerve to the brain, which interprets our vision. When the rays of light are not sharply focused on the retina, a blurred or hazy image is formed resulting in a condition termed as Refractive Error.
  • Eyes online: Can you get better glasses from the web?
    February 23, 2012 - Everything is supposed to be better online. But would you trust someone online with your eyesight? (
  • Focus on the Future - Half of Canadians are ignoring their eye health and may pay the price with blindness. Are you one of them? (Toronto Star, November 2011)
  • Online Orders Not Meeting Requirements of Patient's Needs or Safety

    October 28, 2011 - Safety and compliance of prescription spectacles ordered by the public via the Internet - This study investigated prescription spectacles ordered from online vendors and delivered directly to the public for compliance with the optical tolerance and impact resistance requirements for eyewear dispensed in the United States. READ THE FULL STUDY
October 2011 Winnipeg, MB - The Opticians Council of Canada (OCC) urges consumers to heed their warnings when considering cosmetic contact lenses (non-corrective coloured lenses) for their Halloween costumes. Cosmetic lenses, sold over-the-counter as costume accessories at some retail outlets and online, are used to change the colour and/or appearance of eyes. While cosmetic lenses are readily available, consumers need to make the right educated choices.   READ MORE...

Ottawa, October 5, 2011 –  It is appropriate as we approach Halloween, that legislation (Bill C-313) has been introduced in the House of Commons by MP Pat Davidson (Sarnia-Lambton) to amend the Food and Drug Act to classify cosmetic contact lenses as class II medical devices, the same as corrective lenses are now classified. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE


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