How Diabetes Can Affect Your Vision

One of the leading causes of blindness in Canadian adults is diabetes due to a lack of proper care and regular eye exams. Diabetes can affect your vision in a number of ways that range in severity but all require a visit to your eye doctor and proper treatment.

The Canadian Diabetes Association states that “people with diabetes are more likely to develop cataracts at a younger age and are twice as likely to develop glaucoma, but diabetes’ effect on the retina is the main threat to vision.”

Essentially, diabetics can most commonly be affected by retinopathy, which is a disease of the retina that causes loss of vision. It is a manifestation of diabetes in the eye that tends to have no early indicators, but puts all individuals suffering from Type I and Type II Diabetes at risk.

Retinopathy refers to the changes the retina experiences if affected by diabetes. A macular edema is a type of change that can occur when the macula (a part of the retina that helps you see colour) swells and potentially leads to blindness. Another form of retinopathy is in the form of a growth of weak blood vessels within the eye that eventually break. They can block the retina so it cannot project images properly to your brain and results in loss of sight.

Diabetes can also change the way the tiny blood vessels that nourish the retina function. These vessels can begin to leak and cause small hemorrhages that can lead to swelling and poor, blurry vision. According to the Canadian Diabetes Association, about 1 in 4 people with diabetes experience this with their eyesight.

If you suffer from diabetes, make sure you take special, preventative care for your eyes. Schedule regular appointments with your eye care professional and take a sudden onset of blurred vision, flashes of light, vision loss or the appearance of spots in your vision seriously.

Hakim Optical cares about your eye health and maintaining good vision. We have Eye Exam Centres in many of our locations across the country where you can schedule an appointment for a comprehensive eye exam with an optometrist. To learn more about how diabetes can affect your vision, click here.

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Source: Canadian Diabetes Association http://www.diabetes.ca/diabetes-and-you/complications/eye-damage-diabetic-retinopathy

Popular Autumn Frames 

At Hakim Optical, our goal is to help Canadian shoppers find fun, stylish–and even flirty– glasses for every occasion. When Autumn comes around, we’re eager to help our customers find beautiful, functional, and affordable frames to express their own personal style while meeting the timeless essence of the fall. For our 2022 Hakim fall style guide, we want to share a few of our fall frame favourites!

BLING 

Regardless of your gender, complexion, hair colour, or face shape, these gorgeous BLING frames should be on your go-to fall frames list. Oversized, round, and statement-making screams autumn personality! These gorgeous gold, rounded frames with delicate sparkling arms remind us of the golds and the elegance of autumn. Dress these frames up with a more extravagant outfit for a night on the town, or dress them down with a pair of leggings and boots. Wherever you choose to wear them, you’ll find you’re bringing the beauty of fall into your style.

IVORY

Bring back the beauty of the autumns of yesteryear with these gorgeous vintage-inspired IVORY frames. These warm-toned, half-gold and half-clear frames aren’t just beautiful and eye-catching, they’re classics! Just like watching a spooky movie or carving pumpkins, these glasses scream “autumn”! We recommend these frames for those who have a vintage aesthetic that they’d like to match, or for those who are ready to set a modern-meets-classic trend. Find your own unique style this fall with these gorgeous IVORY frames or a pair just like them at Hakim Optical!

Fashion and Style Inspiration

Looking for some real-world inspiration on how to style your Hakim Optical frames? Look no further than this section of our 2022 Hakim Fall Style Guide! Some of our friends online are showing us how they chose to style their new glasses, and we must say: they look amazing! Find your fall inspiration here!

@/KassandraKondo

Here you can see our friend and brand ambassador Kassandra wearing some of our gorgeous simple rounded gold frames. This look paired with a warm sweater and a cup of tea really bring the fall style together. Kassandra’s styling proves that you can make even the most simple and classic frames an autumn statement piece, especially when you choose warm, soft colours that bring the beauty of the season forward.

@/JustinWalls 

Our friend and brand ambassador Justin Walls always knows how to show up looking great! Justin is wearing all neutrals with a pair of traditional thin-framed glasses. With dark frames and large lenses, these glasses are not subtle but they don’t take focus away from his face or his style. In this picture, Justin is showing how to dress in a masculine and stylish way that shows us all how the basics will always be timeless, especially in a fashion-forward season like Autumn!

Sunglasses are for all Year Long!

Just because summer is over doesn’t mean that you should retire the sunglasses! On the contrary, with summer coming to an end, you should invest in a pair of stylish and affordable autumn sunglasses! As harmful UV rays are always present–even through autumn and winter–finding your sunglasses style now is very important. Just ask our friend Kiki (@/KiKiKhosa), who has truly shown the beauty of sunglasses and autumn attire!

Take Advantage of the Newest Fall Sale!

At Hakim Optical, we love a good deal! What’s even better than a good deal, however, is being able to pass on good deals to our loyal Canadian customers. Every season we come up with a way to save our customers money, and with the 2022 Hakim Fall Style Guide in full swing now is a great time to remind our customers what we have to offer!

Save when you buy 4 90-packs of Acuvue Moist Contacts

Contact Lens Sale 

Whether you wear glasses, contact lenses, or a mix of both, Hakim has got you covered with ongoing contact lens sales and promotions! Currently, when you buy 4 90-packs of Acuvue contact lenses, you will instantly save $50. Plus, take advantage of a mail-in rebate for another $40 back!

Looking for the perfect pair of glasses for the fall?
Find your nearest Hakim Optical Store today! 

Hakim Optical has provided Canadians with quality corrective lenses at a value that can’t be beat for over 55 years. Our knowledgeable staff and optometrists are here to help you find an eyewear solution tailored specifically to you. 

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