About 3/4 of Canadians require some type of vision correction. These days poor vision is usually corrected after a trip to the eye doctor and a new eyeglass prescription; however, eyeglasses have not always been available. Trace the history of eyewear – from reading stones to lightweight lenses and plastic frames that we enjoy today. Continue Reading
Your eyes could have a lot to do with the headaches you’re experiencing. Whether they result from eye strain, vision problems or even eye disease, these headaches are unpleasant and can seriously affect your lifestyle and comfort. Continue Reading
A natural part of the aging process is presbyopia — farsightedness resulting from a loss of elasticity in the eye lens. Eventually, eye muscles tire out and cannot expand and contract as easily as they used to. The result: the inability to clearly focus on close objects. Things like reading menus, pill bottles or books becomes increasingly difficult. Continue Reading
Hakim Optical Marks the Beginning of its 50th Anniversary by Pledging to Donate over 100,000 pairs of Glasses in 2017
50,000 pairs of recycled and new eye glasses were donated to the Lions Clubs
30,000 pairs of sunglasses were donated to the Belize Council for the Visually Impaired
TORONTO –To see the world clearly and effortlessly is one of life’s greatest pleasures. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 285 million people around the world are estimated to be visually impaired with 90% of them living in low-income settings.
Today, Hakim Optical, the leading Canadian independent optical retailer, announced it will donate 100,000 pairs of frames, reading glasses and sunglasses to those in need. In conjunction with its golden jubilee year, the Canadian retailer is working in partnership with the Canadian Lions Eyeglass Recycling Centre (CLERC), and has already donated over 50,000 pairs of new glasses to the organization.
“I have seen how Hakim Optical transform in the past 50 years and I know we wouldn’t be able to be here today if it wasn’t for the people. We want to give back to the people in need when possible,” said Karim Hakimi, Founder of Hakim Optical.
Hakim Optical will work with CLERC all year round to collect used eyewear of all types which will be recycled and distributed throughout the year to developing countries across Africa, the Philippines, and the Caribbean. With over 160 locations across the country accepting donations, Hakim Optical will be helping with CLERC’s mission to raise awareness and foster understanding among people for humanitarian needs by providing voluntary services through community involvement and international cooperation.
“We are extremely thankful for Hakim Optical’s support in helping us achieve our goal of raising awareness and helping the visually impaired and I look forward to many years of partnership. I would also like to take this opportunity on behalf of Lions Clubs across Canada to wish Mr. Hakimi and his wonderful team of dedicated employees the best of luck in the next 50 years,” said James Lee, Chairman of CLERC.
In addition to the 50,000 pairs of glasses, Hakim Optical also recently donated 30,000 pairs of eyewear to the Belize Council for the Visually Impaired. Founder, Karim Hakimi was affected by the plight of the people of Belize when he visited that he wanted to help change and better the community.
Mr. Hakimi touches the lives of all including his employees who are like family, as many have been with the company since the beginning. As the sole owner of the privately held optical operation, he has devoted the last 50 years to creating one of Canada’s best-known corporate brands with a simple goal of improving the vision and the ability of people to see better. The series of donation marks the beginning of Hakim Optical’s 50th anniversary celebration in Canada.
About Hakim Optical
Established in 1967, Hakim Optical is one of Canada’s largest independent optical retail with over 500 employees across the country today. 50 years on, Hakim Optical now serves the people of Canada with 161 outlets (including 140 one hour factory outlets) across Ontario, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia.
CLERC is part of Lions Clubs International’s 19 recycling centres that are located throughout the world. Since starting operations in 2004 CLERC have donated over 3,000,000 used eye-glasses to missions, who, in turn, have given them to visually impaired individuals in 89 countries. Over the past 3 years over 100 pallets or enough glasses to fill a hockey arena have been kept out of landfills across Canada.
Photos courtesy of Canadian Lions Eyeglass Recycling Centre (CLERC)
It’s giveaway time—literally!
Daylight Saving Time is coming up this weekend, and Hakim Optical wants you to spring forward with your very own water-run clock. We’re giving away 500 of these environmentally-friendly devices that are powered solely by water—simply fill one up and it turns on!
To enter, post a photo of yourself wearing your Hakim Optical glasses and TAG THE HAKIM OPTICAL LOCATION along with @HakimOptical and the hashtag #HakimOptical. If you’re one of the first 500 posts, we’ll send your clock to that store for pick-up!
The best photos submitted will also be featured on our Hakim Optical homepage.
Myokymia is the medical term for that annoying eye twitch, the condition where an eye starts contracting uncontrollably. It’s an irritant like hiccups; not necessarily a cause for alarm, but a perplexing condition that comes and goes without real rhyme or reason. Continue Reading
Laser eye correction is often advertised as a solution for vision problems that is permanent and pain-free, with minimal healing time. While laser eye surgery could be a suitable option for some, there are risks associated with the procedure that are often overlooked.
How Does Laser Eye Correction Work?
Laser eye correction is a surgical procedure that reshapes a person’s cornea to improve vision. First, a laser is used to create a corneal flap to access the underlying corneal tissue. Then, a laser is used to remove tissue, which reshapes the cornea so it can more accurately focus light on the retina. Finally, the flap is repositioned and left to heal.
Risks Associated with Laser Eye Correction
As is the case with all surgical procedures, laser eye surgery carries risks:
Over-Correction/Under-Correction: Sometimes, vision isn’t improved because the surgeon removed too much corneal tissue (over-correction) or not enough tissue (under-correction). After a few months of healing, you may be eligible for a follow-up enhancement surgery to try to correct the vision again.
Deteriorating Vision: Over time, vision may return to pre-surgery levels. Many laser eye correction advertisements make the false claim that patients who undergo the surgery will never need glasses again. Even if the procedure is performed successfully, natural aging will deteriorate vision — requiring eyeglasses to see clearly.
Halos/Double Vision: After the procedure, many patients report having trouble seeing in dim lighting due to contrast sensitivity loss. There have also been reports of seeing halos, starbursts, glares and experiencing double-vision that require a person to wear prescription eyewear to correct the vision to perform regular activities, like driving safely at night.
Dry Eyes: The most common complication of laser eye correction is dry eyes. Nerves responsible for tear production could be severed during the procedure. In some instances, the symptoms of pain, burning and foreign body sensation are permanent.
Laser eye correction is an elective surgery that holds no medical reason to risk serious complications when glasses and contact lenses provide a safe alternative.
Hakim Optical began 50 years ago when Sir Hakimi was grinding lenses for the Canadian wholesale market. Today Hakim Optical serves our customers with 161 outlets (including 140 one-hour factory outlets) across Canada.
20/20 vision is a term you may have heard but not truly understood. During eye exams, many of our customers mistakenly believe that having 20/20 vision equates to “perfect” vision and become worried about their eye health after learning their eyesight is a bit different. Continue Reading
Foggy glasses are one of the biggest frustrations for eyeglass wearers. It happens often enough: maybe you stepped out of a warm home into the cold outdoors or you tried to enjoy a steaming mug of tea and were forced to cope with foggy lenses. Whatever you are doing, it can be aggravating and dangerous to suddenly find yourself without clear vision. Luckily, we have some tips to keep you fog-free! Continue Reading
According to estimates from the World Health Organization (WHO) Prevention of Blindness and Deafness Program, about 285 million people worldwide are visually impaired, with about 90% of those people living in developing countries1. Individuals in these countries face many barriers in obtaining access to prescription eyeglasses, but their main obstacles are access to optical locations and affordability of eyeglasses. Continue Reading