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  • I play tennis every week but I don’t like wearing glasses while playing. What’s my best option?

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    You’ll score highest with 1-day silicone hydrogel contact lenses that you can wear with your favourite sunglasses. Just put them in whenever you’re planning to do sports and throw them out at the end of the day. No need to clean them, so it’s game, set and match to Jen!

  • Are transition lenses a good option in blocking blue light in protecting my eyes from long hours in front of the computer screen?


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    Transitions® lenses in their clear state block a certain percentage of blue light emission from electronic displays. When they are activated in a (darker) state outdoors, the percentage of protection increases as they protect us from the ultraviolet rays and the blue light emission from the sun. For maximum indoor protection when using electronic devices, I recommend combining photochromic lenses such as Transitions® lenses with an anti-reflective coating which also filters out blue light.

  • Are there glasses that would help my vision when I’m driving in the evening?

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    Definitely. Anti-glare eyeglasses are specifically designed to improve vision and comfort when driving in low-light conditions, such as in the evening or in bad weather.  They reduce the glare of car headlights and streetlights at night.

    I invite you to visit an IRIS location near you to learn more about these types of lenses and to find out if they are appropriate for your visual needs.

  • How often should I replace my contact lenses?

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    I know people who wait till their eyes are all red and itchy before changing their contact lenses… and I really hope you’re not one of them, Jordan! The optometrists and opticians at IRIS will adjust your contact lenses according to your eyes’ unique needs and recommend a replacement schedule that’s right for you.

  • I recently started wearing glasses, and seeing as I have to wear bifocals, I was wondering if it is possible to wear contact lenses?

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    Multifocal contact lenses can be an option for people who have to wear bifocal glasses. This depends on your overall prescription; your optometrist will be able to advise you in greater detail. Also, if you prefer not wearing glasses, you could be a candidate for laser correction with the Laser Blended Vision technology!

    If you would like to verify that you are a good candidate for surgery, here is the IRIS Ophthalmology Clinic’s contact information: http://coi.iris.ca/

  • If I already have brand new frames, can IRIS supply just the glasses that will go with my frames?


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    I would say yes, but it is best to bring your frames to an IRIS location and to speak with an IRIS professional. They will provide you with with a selection of glasses and coatings that best suit your lifestlye and needs. There is a crazy amount of options available!

  • Can watching LED screens really mess up my sleep patterns?

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    Unfortunately, they can :-( . The blue light emitted by the majority of electronic devices can keep you awake longer and affect your sleep. My tip for avoiding this problem is to go see your IRIS optometrist, who will give you expert advice and recommend lenses designed specifically to filter blue light.

  • My daughter asked about laser eye surgery. At what age can she have this done?

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    Generally it is recommended to wait until the patient is 18 years old or older. Furthermore, a stable prescription is also an important criteria.
    A consultation with an IRIS optometrist or a pre-operative exam at the IRIS Ophthalmology Clinic (in Laval, QC) will help determine if your daughter is a good candidate for laser eye surgery.

  • During which months of the year should I wear sunglasses?

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    In a perfect world… from January to December, lol! UV rays shine down on our sensitive little eyes all year-round, even when it’s cloudy. I wear sunglasses in summer AND winter (yup – on the beach and ski slopes!) to cut down the chances of eye trouble down the road.

  • My son is always losing his sunglasses. Any suggestions?

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    Have you thought about photochromatic lenses – the ones that are clear indoors and tinted outdoors? They would protect his eyes from UV rays and also the blue light emitted by electronic devices. That’s a two-for-one! Then he would just have the one pair, and since he can wear them all the time, maybe he won’t lose them!

  • I don’t like wearing my photochromatic lenses any more. What should I do?

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    If you’ve fallen out of love with your photochromatic lenses, no need to start online dating! Simply head down to your local IRIS store where you can check out a huge range of stylish sunglasses frames and prescription lenses made just for you. Caring for your eyes is what we’re all about!

  • I’m extremely sensitive to sunlight. What kind of sunglasses should I wear?

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    Great question – and the experts at IRIS will have the right answer for your specific needs! It goes without saying that darker lenses that reduce light to a minimum would be best for you. Certain lenses selectively filter particular colours to improve your comfort level and help you see better. Finally, polarized lenses that cut out reflected light from flat surfaces like snow, a lake or the ocean will help you feel even more comfortable. So come out of the shade and have fun in the sun!

  • I spend the whole summer on golf courses. What sunglasses would you suggest I wear?

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    IRIS recommends sunglasses adjusted to your needs and comfort level for perfect drive every time you tee off! (Though we can’t guarantee any holes in one!) Certain lens tints have been specifically developed for golf. Whether it’s sunny or cloudy, you’ll be protected from UV rays and keep your handicap low!

  • At what age should my child have an eye exam?

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    Maybe it isn’t common knowledge, but IRIS optometrists are able to give eye exams to children as young as six months old. They’re experts at taking care of your little one and ensuring that all is well with their eyes!

  • My daughter has just turned 10. Is it too early for her to start wearing contact lenses?

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    Not at all! The optometrists and opticians at IRIS can safely prescribe contact lenses for kids when they’re eight years old, and in some cases even younger (as long as they’re cool with it!). Come on down!

  • Once I have my lens prescription, why can’t I just buy frames online?

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    In theory, you can… but I really don’t think you should! Here’s why: choosing frames isn’t only about style, but a bunch of other key things such as the height of the optical centres, interpupillary distance, the distance between the eye and the lens, the curvature of the frame and its angle on your face. Yup, we’re getting pretty technical here, and that’s why professionals like the experts at IRIS are your best bet for frames that are precisely adjusted to your specific needs. Badly fitted glasses can cause problems such as neck ache, headaches, eye strain and more. Getting the measurements right for your frame is as important as the choice of the frame itself.

  • Do IRIS stores offer laser surgery? Is it safe?

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    Yes, at the IRIS Ophthalmology Clinic! Once you’re ready to take the leap, the IRIS Ophthalmology Clinic offers correction for myopia, hypermetropia, astigmatism, and/or presbyopia, using a laser or intraocular lenses. Our clinic is rated one of the safest in the country, as it achieved the highest accreditation award and an exemplary standing mention from Accreditation Canada. I’m soooo impressed!