There are three things in life I’ll NEVER do.
1) Seek out the tallest and fastest roller coaster – and then ride it. (Gravol please/afraid of heights/Leviathan who?)
2) Cheat on my husband. (I actually have zero interest in having sole custody of my boys.)
3) Purchase glasses off the Internet. (Explanation ensues…)
I happen to LOVE my eyes. I honestly don’t think there’s another pair of peepers that have been so well taken care of. Between wearing glasses since the age of 12, having a strong family history of glaucoma, being diagnosed with pinguecula in both eyes on the temporal side, and experiencing migraines with aura that affect my vision… you can say that I have a vested interest in keeping my sight for as long as possible.
(I mean, who wants to tamper with their eye health? That would be like biting the hand that feeds. Or poking the eye that sees. #badjoke #yougetmydrift)
And so due to my grab bag of eye issues and hereditary time bombs, I’ve had to see an ophthalmologist twice a year, every year… for the past 15 years. In fact, I recently conquered a hurdle of sorts; at my last appointment, my eye doctor was so pleased with my test results and examination, that he actually said I didn’t need to come back for – gasp – one year.
However, having to wear glasses for so long, I’ve developed a healthy respect for the entire process – visiting an optometrist to check on your eye health/sight, and if you’re
unlucky enough to need glasses, filling your prescription at a Licensed Optician.
Rant: Did you know that people buy their glasses over the Internet? HOW is this possible?
1. Licensed Opticians do more than just stick lenses in your frames.
Buying prescription eyewear is not like shopping for books or clothes. In Canada, Licensed Opticians are regulated and guaranteed to be highly trained, follow a standard of care, ethical and accountable. Only registered contact lens fitters are legally permitted to fit contact lenses and automated refracting opticians are legally permitted to assess visual acuity.
2. Glasses and contact lenses are a medical device… not an “online deal” to be had.
Prescription eyewear is not “one size fits all”. Opticians are trained to take proper anatomical measurements, make appropriate initial and ongoing adjustments to eyewear, and to perform thorough pre- and post-assessment of contact lenses to ensure vision health and safety, comfort, peak performance and clear accurate vision.
3. Ill-fitting glasses can be detrimental to your eye health.
Improperly fitted eyeglasses and contact lenses can cause headaches, dizziness, and nausea. These side effects can also prove dangerous if you are in a situation such as driving, carrying glass or hot beverages, handling machinery and so on. I can’t stress this enough: eyeglasses and contact lenses need to be fitted to each individual patient based on measurements of the eye and face. This cannot be done over the Internet.
(Source: Opticians Council of Canada)
Okay, it’s pretty obvious that I’m pro-Licensed Opticians. Having seen them for the last two decades, I know that they take the health of my eyes seriously – much more than a BOGO deal to be found online, filled by a no-name dude working out of a no-name warehouse, who honestly has little or no accountability to you at all. #scary
And so I’m happy to help spread the word about their latest campaign:
Visitors at Yorkdale Shopping Centre were treated to the Licensed Optician’s interactive display on August 24th, and learned about vision health in a fun way. They received tips from Licensed Opticians, had a chance to star in a short film, and even walked away with a care package – including a $100 coupon off glasses at a participating optician (score!).
Personally, I’m liking the “Life’s Too Short Not to Have Fun” bundle –
Simply vote for your favourite prize pack, enter your deets and you’ll have the chance to win the whole kit and kaboodle! The contest ends on September 30th, so you have lots of time to vote for your fave and spread the word to your visually-challenged friends (over 60% of Canadians – eek!).
This post is sponsored by the Opticians Council of Canada. I Love My Eyes and encourage everyone to regularly stay on top of their eye health.