Glaucoma Awareness – Have You Booked Your Eye Exam?

According to the Glaucoma Research Society of Canada, glaucoma affects more than 400,000 Canadians and is one of the leading causes of blindness among older Canadians. There is currently no cure – but glaucoma awareness and early detection with an annual, comprehensive eye exam can slow or prevent vision loss.

What Is It?

Glaucoma is associated with increased ocular pressure in the eye, which, if left untreated, can result in impaired vision or total loss of sight. There are several types of glaucoma, but the most prevalent is primary/chronic open-angle glaucoma. In this form of the disease, drainage canals in the eye become clogged over time. This increases pressure in the eye and damages the optic nerve. Blind spots can develop as the optic nerve is progressively damaged. Once the nerve is completely destroyed, it will result in total blindness.

Potential Risk Factors for Glaucoma

Anyone can develop glaucoma, but there are certain risk factors that tend to carry a higher rate of contracting the disease.

  • Age – People over the age of 60 have a higher risk of developing glaucoma.
  • Health – Those that suffer from diabetes and hypothyroidism have a higher risk factor.
  • Previous eye injury or eye surgery – Can contribute to developing glaucoma.
  • Family History – If members of your immediate family have the disease, you have a much higher risk of developing glaucoma.

Detection

Glaucoma is often called the silent thief of sight because of its slow progression and ability to cause irreparable harm before any symptoms emerge. Many times, people live with glaucoma year after year, symptom-free. Once symptoms finally do appear, it’s too late for treatment plans.

The only way to detect glaucoma is through a regular, comprehensive eye exam. A licensed optician typically performs two specific tests to check for glaucoma:

  • Tonometry – Checking the pressure of the inner eye.
  • Ophthalmoscopy – Checking the shape and the colour of the optic nerve.

It’s only through these tests that a diagnosis can occur, which is why it’s critical to schedule an annual eye exam to stay on top of any changes in your eyes.

Treatment

While vision loss caused by glaucoma cannot be reversed, early detection from eye exams allow for treatment options that can slow or halt complete vision loss. Options for decreasing intraocular pressure include: eye-drops, laser treatment and surgery.

Hakim Optical is dedicated to your eye health. Licensed opticians and eye doctors staff every Hakim Optical located next to an Eye Exam Centre. Our opticians are fully licensed and certified to thoroughly assess your eye health and provide recommendations to fulfill your vision needs.

Locate your closest Exam Centre and book your appointment today.

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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