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                                     Our View

                                         JoAnne Sommers                                        4660, Montée Saint-Hubert,
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                A          ll of the time we’ve spent staring at computer screens during the pandemic
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                           has not been kind to our eyes.
                           There is growing evidence that working, studying and recreating from
                                                                                                  JoAnne Sommers
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                           home during COVID, combined with reduced outdoor activity, are
                           linked to worsening eyesight for people of all ages.
                                                                                                  SENIOR EDITOR
                           Myopia has become a growing concern  in the past 20 months,
                                                                                                   Paddy Kamen
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               especially among children. A study published early this year in JAMA Ophthalmology,
               using data from Feincheng, China, reported that myopia in children 6-13 increased
                                                                                                 ASSOCIATE EDITOR
               by up to three times in 2020 compared with the period from 2015-2019. On average,   Shirley Ha, B. Sc (Hons), O.D.
               children were more short-sighted by -0.3 diopters. The study found that the youngest
               school-aged children had the highest increase in nearsightedness.            SPECIAL ADVISOR, CONTACT LENSES
                                                                                            Joshua Josephson, B. Sc, OD, FAAO, FACLP
               Adults have been impacted, too. The College of Optometrists in the U.K. reported in   MEDIA COORDINATOR / COPY EDITOR /
               June that its research found 31 per cent of Brits say their eyesight has worsened during   RESEARCHER
                                                                                                   Omar Chraïbi
               the pandemic — up from 22 per cent in June 2020.                      
               In many cases, the evidence is anecdotal. Optometrists, for instance, report that     WEB COORDINATOR
                                                                                                  Vanessa Pelletier
               patients who didn’t realize they were farsighted are now having issues seeing up close.
               And many report headaches and shoulder and back pain associated with spending   SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION
               long periods of time staring at a computer without taking breaks.     
               Fortunately, constant improvements to lens designs are helping to keep pace. And   GRAPHIC DESIGN
                                                                                                   Marco Gagnon
               thanks to innovative manufacturing techniques, lens designers can target specific
               weaknesses based on each patient’s circumstances. 
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               “Task-specific computer lenses are the most significant lens development in recent
               years,” says Paul Faibish, president of Plastic Plus. “With the increased use of digital    1 888 462-2112
               devices, office lenses can be life-changing for clients who struggle with traditional    Tel.: 450 629-6005
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               multifocal designs. And a new market has emerged: young people struggling with
               eyestrain, because digital devices are not just affecting presbyopes but also millennials.”  CIRCULATION / CLASSIFIED ADVERTISING
                                                                                                  Vanessa Pelletier
               Doctors and dispensing staff need to understand and communicate to patients how the
               special features of new lenses can help them see more clearly and comfortably while   Miromedia
               at work and play, says Martin Bell, national sales and marketing manager, Shamir.
               “Staying abreast of the latest advancements in lens designs is essential to delivering the   Published six times a year
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               about Diego Kim, the “accidental” designer, and Shirley Ha’s piece on how to keep   Printed in Canada
               contact lens patients coming back. We hope you enjoy it..       n                    Please recycle

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