Optical Prism March 2019 OP_march2019_online2 - Page 8

From the editor Longchamp LO631 by Marchon Lenses not only help people see better, they can also protect the eyes from potentially harmful light. Exposure to blue light from the sun and digital devices can cause a range of problems for the eyes, from eye strain to cataracts and, potentially, permanent vision loss, according to the Canadian Association of Optometrists. Children’s eyes are most at risk of experiencing issues since their crystal- line lenses are more transparent to blue light. And since the effect of exposure is cumulative, it’s imperative that people take steps to protect their eyes from blue light as early as possible. In the issue, we talk to several lens companies, including Essilor, Transitions, Centennial and HOYA, about their latest products to “fight these blues.” We also find out about some of the new options to protect the eyes from the potentially damaging ultra-violet rays from the sun. They include Transitions lenses, which now boast new colours and mirrored options, as well as the revolutionary new Acuvue Oasys contact lenses with Transitions Light Intelligent Technology. Our feature article this month is on the latest in lens technologies, which are constantly evolving and improving, helping consumers to see the world more clearly and better address vision issues. Optical Prism was also in Orlando, Florida, for Transitions Academy, which in- troduced eye care professionals to the new Transitions Signature Gen 8 lenses. Also in this issue, we have included plenty of information on new frames for spring/summer 2019 and the latest industry news. Please be sure to follow Optical Prism at opticalprism.ca and on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest headlines in the optical industry. Denis Langlois, Editor. 6 OPTICAL PRISM | March 2019