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Dr. Lucia Kim and Associates
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8763 Bayview Ave.
Richmond Hill, ON L4B 3V1

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Sunglasses for Kids

Whether they are engaged in sports, recreation or simple fun in the park, kids spend hours outdoors in the sun. Experts claim that by the time we reach 18 years of age, we’ve already absorbed half of our lifetime exposure to solar ultraviolet radiation (harmful UV rays). In light of all their time outside, wearing sunglasses is even more critical for children than it is for adults.

Super Styles for Kids

Although many children are not interested in the fashion potential of sunglasses, there are many attractive and fun styles that will convince them to add sunglasses to their wardrobe. You should have no trouble finding a suitable pair for your child’s taste.

With the addition of prescription or nonprescription lenses, almost any pair of children’s eyeglass frames can be transformed easily into sunglasses. Due to their sleek expression, scaled-down wraparound styles have a unique appeal to kids. These types also offer ultimate UV protection, with coverage for eyes and the delicate surrounding skin. Durable frames made from quality metals are another preferred version, as they stand up to tough use.

Lenses with 100% UV Protection

The most significant criterion for children’s sunglasses is their level of UV protection. The lenses should block a full 100% of the harmful rays. Damage from ultraviolet light is cumulative over our life span. Therefore by decreasing childhood exposure, the risk of future problems, such as cataracts and other adult eye conditions, may also be reduced.

Lightweight and highly resistant to impact, polycarbonate lenses boast 100% UV protection built in. An added benefit is that they can be tinted to almost any hip hue your child wants!

Kids who need vision correction will do well with photochromic polycarbonate lenses. These sunglasses darken progressively and automatically in response to UV rays – providing 100% protection. When indoors, their tint returns almost instantly to a clear state. Essentially, your child gets two pairs of glasses in one.

Accessorize!

Sunglasses for your children are an investment worth protecting. Purchase a tough, hard-shell case for them to tote around. It’s also advised to teach your kids how to care properly for eyewear, keeping them safe, clean and dry. Special cloths are available in many fun patterns.

Sunglass cords are a featured accessory item. Also called “retainers”, these cords attach to the frame temples. Your child can then remove the sunglasses and leave them hanging from their neck, with no fear of losing them.

The latest trend in kids sunglasses these days are manufacturers who not only warrantee their glasses against defects, but also against loss. Most parents with kids who wear sunglasses are quite aware of kids often losing them. Once these glasses have been registered online simply request a new pair from the manufacturer if your child happens to lose them.

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 www.saveeyecare.ca 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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