Optical Prism July 2019 - Page 29

On the Cover The key to children’s vision is the perfect lens. Optical companies have designed lenses that not only can correct and improve a child’s eyesight, but also protect their eyes from potentially harmful ultra-violet or blue light and guard the lenses against scratches and impact. “On top of our regular work, we’re part of the Eye See...Eye Learn program where we provide free lenses to any junior kindergarten child in the province,” he said. The best lenses for children, according to Faibish, is a polycarbonate lens with UV 420 protection. At Hoya Vision Care Canada, the Eye-M-Growing Kids program uses Hoya’s state-of-the-art Phoenix lenses, which are 60 times more impact-resistant than standard plastic. The lenses are extra thin and ultra-lightweight. “We have a huge inventory of both finished and semi-finished product that eliminates blue light up to 420 nanometres with virtually no residual colour. In my opinion, that’s what all children should be wearing,” he said. “We proudly support children’s eye health and safety awareness,” says Teresa Schiavone, sales strategy and marketing supervisor at Hoya. Polycarbonate lenses are highly impact resistant, which Faibish said ensures a child’s eyes remain safe. “The program offers a substitute pair of lenses within 16 months of the original order for any reason. This enables you to accommodate your young patient’s changing visual demands, when they occur.” The Eye-M-Growing Kids program is available to children 16 years of age or younger. Made with premium lens material, the lenses available through the program are highly impact resistant, extremely strong and protect sensitive young eyes from the sun. Toronto-based Plastic Plus also manufactures a lot of lenses for children, according to president Paul Faibish. Essilor has also created lenses to both protect a child’s eyes and correct their vision, so they can grow into their full potential. Airwear polycarbonate is the material of choice for children, as it resists impact up to 12 times more than a regular plastic lens, is very lightweight and protects from UV rays, says Martine Ahier, senior marketing manager at Essilor Canada. By adding one of the Crizal coatings, UV protection is increased and clarity of vision maximized. Also, the choice of any lens from the Essilor Blue collection will provide the protection and relief that children need from harmful blue light to which they are being overexposed, both indoors and outdoors. “We have a specific range of products for children that simplifies the selection process for parents and ensures the best protection for kids,” says Ahier. “The crystalline lens of a child lets through six times more harmful radiation than that of an adult, and they are particularly vulnerable to the harmful effects of UV radiation and blue-violet light. Providing children with the best visual solutions is an investment in their future.” Also from Essilor, Eyezen + First lenses respond to the needs of today’s connected child with W.A.V.E. Technology that provides better sharpness and contrast, while integrating protection against harmful blue light. These features alleviate screen-related eye fatigue. Meanwhile, Myopilux lenses correct and stabilize children’s myopia. There are two designs: Myopilux Plus for wearers with esophoria that has been shown to reduce myopia evolution by up to 38 per cent; and Myopilux Max for those with exophoria, proven to reduce myopia evolution by up to 62 per cent. Essilor also offers Essilor Junior for wearers up to 15 years old. It combines Airwear lenses in clear or Transitions, Crizal, and blue light Optical Prism | July 2019 27