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Prescription Sunglasses

Prescription sunglasses are an absolute must for anyone who currently wears eyeglasses for vision correction. Whether you are nearsighted, farsighted or have astigmatism, a pair of prescription sunglasses will provide sharp and comfortable vision outdoors. Squinting strains your eyes, reduces vision quality, and is not the perfect solution for driving or walking on a sunny day!

If you generally wear contact lenses and a pair of nonprescription (plano) sunglasses, there will always be times when lenses are unsuitable. Think about a day at the beach – when the wind is blowing, sand is flying into your face, the sun is blazing and the waves are spraying salt-water. Contact lenses will not help you battle these elements, and you’ll suffer from discomfort if they dry out or become gritty. Prescription sunglasses will allow you to enjoy (and see!) your time outdoors, hassle-free.

Convenient for Driving

Everyone who drives knows that traveling into the glare of the sun can be uncomfortable and impossible for keeping a clear watch on the roadway. If you wear prescription eyeglasses, there are a few options for how to cope with this problem.

Clip-on sunglasses, or more modern versions with a magnetic attachment, are one solution. Yet it can often be challenging to put these on without removing your eyeglasses, which can place you in a dangerous predicament. Clip-ons also need to fit your frame just right or they run the risk of scratching your lenses.

A pair of photochromic prescription eyeglasses is an alternative option. These lenses darken progressively in response to outdoor light. However, because some of the sun’s UV rays are blocked by your vehicle’s windshield, photochromic lenses do not always function properly inside a car or truck.

Prescription sunglasses are the ideal solution for crystal-clear vision in bright sunlight. For ultimate convenience, keep a pair in your car or boat so they’re always on hand when needed.

Your Choice of Styles

The shapes, styles and fashions of prescription sunglasses are virtually unlimited. With the exception of extreme wraparound styles, prescription sunglasses can be crafted in just as many versions as nonprescription sunglasses.

An extensive array of lens materials and designs are available on the contemporary market. Progressive (no-line bifocals) lenses and high index plastic lenses are popular features. Polarized lenses grant optimal glare protection from light that reflects off the surface of water or roads. If you use power tools or engage in sports and recreational activities that could cause eye injuries, a good choice for you would be lightweight lenses constructed from polycarbonate or Trivex. Sunglasses made from these materials are much more impact-resistant than plastic or glass lenses.

Dear Patients:

I am writing a letter to you about an eye care crisis in the province of Ontario after 30 years of neglect by the government of Ontario.

Since 1989, optometrists are getting the same reimbursements for the OHIP-covered eye exam-$45.

Remember-in 1989, the minimum wage was $5 an hour and now 32 years later, the minimum wage is $15 an hour. A chocolate bar in 1989 was 40 cents and now it is about $1.25. Most goods and services have increased by at least 3-fold.

The Ontario government has not adjusted our fees to inflation for 30 years but our expenses (rent, utilities, wages, etc.) have gone up 3-fold.

Can you understand our frustration?

This is not sustainable. Ultimately, patient care will suffer. With the expected ongoing restrictions due to COVID 19, many practices will be forced to shut down because we cannot cover the costs of running our practices.

Therefore, optometrists have voted to withdraw all OHIP services on September 1, 2021 to protest 30 years of Ontario government neglect and disrespect.

This job action will force the government to start negotiating fairly with us. If you support our action, please:

  1. Go to and sign the online petition.
  2. Contact the Minister of Health, the Hon. Christine Elliott 416-327-4100.

Thank you and I hope I can count on your support.

Sincerely, Lucia Kim Optometrist


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