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MEDIA RELEASE

VISION SOURCE LONDON RAISES AWARD-WINNING AMOUNT

FOR EYE CHARITY

 

LONDON, ON -  April1, 2016 — Local optometrist, Dr. Jason Morris and the staff members of Vision Source London, have been acknowledged by Optometry Giving Sight as Bronze award level fundraisers, thanks to their efforts during the 2015 World Sight Day Challenge.

Dr Jason Morris and staff raised funds during World Sight Day 2015 by holding a fundraiser and donating a portion of eye exam fees. This money will be used to support sustainable eye care projects in underserved communities around the world, helping people who are needlessly blind or vision impaired and in urgent need of eye care.

 “We are delighted to have received a Bronze award,” said Dr. Morris. 

 “I have supported Optometry Giving Sight for many many years and am proud to donate to such a worthwhile cause. The World Sight Day Challenge is a great way to help support the millions of people who don’t have access to the basic eye care that we can take for granted.”

 Optometry Giving Sight is committed to supporting programs that focus on training local eye care professionals so that people in need will have access to sustainable eye care from within their own community.

 Thanks to the support of the optical profession, Optometry Giving Sight allocated $1.6 million to 34 projects in 29 countries in 2015, including support to twelve optometry schools in developing countries. The support for optometry schools and educational programs over the years has helped produce qualified local people who screened an estimated 3,704,000 people in 2015.

 For more information about Optometry Giving Sight, visit www.givingsight.org

 

About Optometry Giving Sight:

Optometry Giving Sight is a joint initiative of the World Council of Optometry, the Brien Holden Vision Institute and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness.

About World Sight Day

World Sight Day is an initiative of VISION 2020: The Right to Sight and is supported by the World Health Organization (WHO); the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness and non government organizations with the shared goal of eliminating avoidable blindness by the year 2020, in order to give all people in the world the right to sight. In 2015, World Sight Day was held on Thursday, October 8. 

About the World Sight Day Challenge
The World Sight Day Challenge is a major fundraising campaign coordinated by Optometry Giving Sight which is designed to raise funds for projects that provide vision care, local training and infrastructure support for people who are blind or vision impaired due to uncorrected refractive error – simply the need for an eye exam and a pair of glasses.

 

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Let the Buyer Beware: A Closer Look at Ordering Eyeglasses Online

SOURCE: http://www.aoa.org/newsroom/let-the-buyer-beware-a-closer-look-at-ordering-eyeglasses-online

American Optometric Association strongly advises purchasing from your local optometrist

ST. LOUIS (Aug. 7, 2014)—Purchasing eyeglasses online may offer convenience to consumers, but the American Optometric Association (AOA) warns that the consequences of making an incorrect or uninformed purchase could cost patients more time and money in the long run. 

The AOA stresses that eyeglasses are an investment in your health and must be custom-fitted not only to be comfortable, but also to meet particular prescriptive needs, which only an eye doctor can determine.  

"Without visiting an eye doctor, patients run the risk of purchasing eyeglasses online with an improper fit or receiving the wrong prescription altogether," said Samuel D. Pierce, O.D., member of the AOA Board of Trustees and AOA spokesperson. "Ultimately, patients can expend more time dealing with order mistakes and making returns than had they simply visited their local optometrist in the first place." 

An AOA study published in 2011 with the Optical Laboratories Association and The Vision Council reinforces the drawbacks of online orders. The study concluded:

  • Of 200 glasses ordered online, only 154 pairs were received;
  • 44.8 percent had incorrect prescriptions or safety issues;
  • 29 percent had at least one lens fail to meet required prescription;
  • 19 percent of adult lenses failed impact resistance testing; and,
  • 25 percent of children's lenses failed impact resistance testing.

Purchasing eyeglasses from a local optometrist is the AOA's first and foremost recommendation, but if patients are still interested in making a purchase online, the AOA warns consumers to do their homework before making a final decision.

"If a consumer believes that ordering a pair of glasses online is in their best interest, it is important for the consumer to be fully informed regarding the potential pitfalls in doing so," Dr. Pierce said. "The peer-reviewed study revealed that nearly half of all glasses ordered online had either prescription errors or failed to meet minimum safety standards. Personally, I find that very scary. Patients deserve better than that."

The AOA advises patients to consider the following factors before making a purchase online:

The fit and material of the eyeglasses

How the eyeglasses fit is critically important - if the fit is incorrect, not only can a patient experience discomfort, such as pinching and headaches, but can also cause additional vision problems. Consumers also need to consider the various options available for the lenses, and what is best for their particular prescription and lifestyle.

Lenses come in various materials, such as traditional plastic, as well as thinner, lighter materials. Other considerations are the different coatings and treatments available such as non-glare coatings and photochromic lenses. 

The accuracy of the prescription

Just because the eyeglasses "look right" on a person's face doesn't mean the measurements are correct, the AOA warns. Pupil distance (PD) determines where to place the center of each lens in your frames to customize the optics to your eyes. This measurement is necessary to ensure the eyeglasses serve your vision needs properly.  

Consumers need an optometrist to provide the PD and ensure precise measurements. However, the PD is not part of your prescription and not normally provided unless you ask for it. Your optometrist or optician can even legitimately charge for the service of providing your PD. The measurements needed for multifocals can only be accurately made once the frame is selected and properly fitted to your face, so typically this measurement is simply estimated for eyeglasses available online.

The retailer's policies on purchases

  • Returns: What is the website's return policy if you are not satisfied with your purchase? How will the website deal with issues of prescription inaccuracies or other mistakes (wrong lenses coatings, wrong color, etc)? 
  • Warrantees: Does the online retailer offers protection against lens scratching, how long this may be covered and what needs to be done to replace scratched lenses. How long is the frame warranty? What about children's frames?
  • Shipping: The cost and timeliness of shipments varies. Who pays for shipping returns?
  • Pricing: Are protective eyeglass cases and cleaning cloths included, or are they "extras" added to the cost? Insurance: Some websites do not accept vision insurance. If you have a Flexible Spending Account (FSA), check to see what's required to accept this as payment.
  • Maintenance: Some websites provide a contact for this and may offer online tips for minor adjustments, but it might mean shipping your glasses away and being without them until the service is completed and they are returned.

For more in-depth detail about factors to consider before purchasing eyeglasses online, click here to read a brochure offered by the AOA. 

As the leaders of primary eye care in the United States, doctors of optometry are crucial in helping patients achieve optimum eye health and vision, and are the best resource to offer the highest quality eyeglasses. To learn more about eye care and find an eye doctor near you, visit www.aoa.org

About the American Optometric Association (AOA):

The American Optometric Association, a federation of state, student and armed forces optometric associations, was founded in 1898. Today, the AOA is proud to represent the profession of optometry, America's family eye doctors, who take a leading role in an individual's overall eye and vision care, health and well-being. Doctors of optometry (ODs) are the independent primary health care professionals for the eye and have extensive, ongoing training to examine, diagnose, treat and manage disorders, diseases and injuries that affect the eye and visual system, providing two-thirds of primary eye care in the U.S. For information on a variety of eye health and vision topics, and to find an optometrist near you, visit www.aoa.org.

We have never sold such a popular eye drop! Hyabak® has far exceeded patient expectations to help their dry eyes and contact lens related irritation. We often hear "This is the best eye drop that I have ever tried" when they return to purchase more.  Hyabak® is preservative-free because of its unique bottle design and lasts three months after opening (vs. a standard bottle which should be discarded in 1 month).

Vision Source London now offers a bulk option for Hyabak®


A 3 bottle Hyabak® purchase is discounted to $21 per bottle both ONLINE and IN-OFFICE
Our everyday and online price is $23.50 per bottle

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Optometry Snowman Gifts

If you looking for a different holiday gift this year... think eyes!


Here are the top three gifts we see purchased this time of year...

MOM and GRANDMA - "The make-over".   Mom's like to try on and compare so gift certificates and the fun experience of an eye glass makeover are a popular choice!

TEENS - Contact Lenses.    An annual supply or a new fit and teach for contacts is a great gift that lasts all year long!  If your teen is new-to-contacts then a gift certificate works best and if for some reason contacts are not for them... funds can be used for glasses.

DAD - Sunglasses.  Ditch the old small frame shapes or goofy flip-up's.... A great pair of sunglasses for driving those wet winter roads will be appreciated for style and safety!


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See you soon and Happy Holidays,
Jason, Wendy, Patti and John