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Beware some online contact lens websites in Canada

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Beware: Grey Market Contact Lenses Are Being Sold in Canada

Yes! Beware some of the contact lens websites in Canada. There are grave concerns about how and where they get their contact lenses. Even the manufacturers, like Johonson & Johnson, Alcon, Cooper and Baush Lomb are fighting to keep things safe and above-board.

Some online contact lens websites in Canada are not authorized sellers of contact lenses. This should concern you as a buyer of contacts online! As the Canadian Association of Optometrists warns “Overseas distribution channels may have grey market (counterfeit) product. There are no controls to ensure that Internet sites source lenses directly from the manufacturer.” What does this mean to you? It means you might be buying from and supporting companies that maybe you should not. Avoid buying from companies that care more about profits and money than they do quality and your experience as an online customer.

Beware some online sellers in Canada

This means that some websites may be buying their contact lenses from places like China, Vietnam, India, The Philippines or other nations where false or counterfeit contacts can be produced and distributed here in Canada. Moreover, the quality controls in other nations are sorely lacking. In other words, some Canada-based websites deal in “grey market” lenses to make more profit. It really is THAT simple. They sell products that have brand names such as Acuvue, Biofinity, Air Optix, Dailies Aquacomfort Plus or whatever on the outside. However they may be overseas, expired lenses, from third party sources or possibly worse. No one can be sure when they come from other nations with weaker quality controls.

Contact lens manufacturers are doing their part!

These manufacturers are NOT to blame, in fact they are doing their jobs properly. The company that produces the famous Acuvue brand (Johnson & Johnson), as well as Alcon (makers of Air Optix, Dailies and more) as well as Coopervision and Bausch & Lomb work tirelessly to shut down unethical sellers. However, it is overseas, unauthorized producers and the online sites here in Canada who are putting these “grey market” products into your hands. Beware, because this could be a serious issue! Using the right products by the actual manufacturer is critically important!

Who are these sites?

You would be very surprised which sites are engaging in unethical “grey market” contact lens distribution. We know who many of them are, but we won’t tell you for fear of expensive and debilitating lawsuits from them in order to shut us up. We wish we could call them out by name. Why don’t we? Because we are a small, humble, ethical company that cannot afford the legal bills that would be required when they sue us to shut us up. This is one way larger and/or more aggressive companies keep smaller, ethical companies like ourselves silent.

Some contact lens sites are lying to you

In fact some of these sites even falsely claim to be “authorized” resellers. However many are not. How can this be? Sadly, such unethical actions are not yet illegal here in Canada or in any of the provinces. Since British Columbia de-regulated the sale of online contact lenses, the nation now can have access to legitimate, safe and affordable contact lenses from the established manufacturers. However, without a nation-wide push to expose companies who are third party, grey market sellers, these websites will continue selling to unsuspecting customers.

What can you do?

Make sure you always buy your contacts lenses from authorized contact lens sellers, such as Contactsforless.ca, Clearly.ca, Costco and a few others. If you are not sure, stick to the main sites like those mentioned above to ensure you are not supporting “grey market” sellers. If you buy from authorized sellers like us, you will starve out those operating “below the margin”.

Always remember that from day 1 – Contactsforless.ca has been as ethical, honest and transparent as possible. We have NEVER engaged in “grey market” or “counterfeit” contact lens sales. But what makes even BETTER than the rest is that we donate 51% of our net profits. No one does that but us. No one! and have ALWAYS given away 51% (or more) of all net profits to help save the planet. Not one other company can make that claim.

Stay ethical and safe. Always buy your contact lenses with Contactsforless.ca and be sure you are doing the right thing for yourself, for Canada, and the World.

 

To learn more about what the Canadian Association of Optometrists says about this, please click here.

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Top 10 Best Foods For Better Vision Health

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Your Eyes Deserve Your Best Health!

The definitive, final, ultimate list of which foods are best for preserving your eyes and your vision health.

(ok, maybe not the ultimate health list, but we like giving this blog post a bit of hype – tongue in cheek)

We have crunched the numbers. We have done the “health” math. We have done our homework. Here is our official TOP 10 FOODS TO EAT FOR BEST VISION HEALTH. It is not an exhaustive list by any means, but these are the top 10 foods that, in our view, will do the MOST for helping you maintain excellent eyes, excellent vision well into your years.

It is recommended by some that one should have at least 4 of these foods in your diet regularly at a minimum. If you are consuming 8 or more of these, you get an A+!

Here are the Top 10 foods you should have in your diet for better vision:

#10 Raw Red Peppers

Bell peppers give you the most vitamin C per calorie. Did you catch that? Those things as light as balloons pack quite a punch. Vitamin C is good for the blood vessels in your eyes, and science suggests it could lower your risk of getting cataracts. It’s found in many vegetables and fruits, including bok choy, cauliflower, papayas, and strawberries. Now, if you cook this stuff you WILL decrease its health impacts… A LOT!. So go raw man! Go raw!

#9 Legumes

Lentils, Kidney Beans, and Black-Eye Peas are all giving you bioflavonoids and zinc — and can help protect the retina and lower the risk for developing macular degeneration and cataracts.

#8 Nuts

You have a lot of freedom in this category: pistachios, almonds, walnuts, even peanuts, all are rich in omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E that boost your eye health.

#7 Oranges or Grapefruit

Vitamin C can boost immunity, which is great. But there is some research to suggest that it also may improve the health the eye tissue itself. The National Eye Institute commented that Vitamin C “may help to regenerate other important antioxidants” in the eyes, such as Vitamin E.

#6 Sweet Potatoes

Orange-colored fruits and vegetables are all high in beta-carotene. This is a form of Vitamin A that helps with night vision, your eyes’ ability to adjust to darkness. One sweet potato also has more than half the vitamin C you need in a day and a little vitamin E.

So you can dig into sweet potatoes, carrots, cantaloupe, mangos, and apricots.

#5 Eggs

Eggs have zinc. Zinc helps your body use the lutein and zeaxanthin from its yolk. Why is this important? Well, it seems the yellow-orange color of these compounds also blocks harmful blue light from damaging your retina. It is all about protective pigment in the macula folks! You say WHAT!? Yeah, that is what we said!

#4 Lean meat and poultry

In moderation, lean beef in your diet can boost your eye health. Beef contains zinc, which helps your body absorb vitamin A and may play a role in reducing risk of advanced age-related macular degeneration. Poultry and pork are also good sources, but so are Oysters. In fact Oysters have more zine per serving than ANY OTHER FOOD. But hey, if you are into Oysters. It’s an acquired taste we are told.

You see, Zinc brings vitamin A from your liver to your retina, where it’s used to make the protective pigment melanin – it’s all about that darn pigment.

#3 Carrots

Carrots are known for helping with good eye health. Again, Vitamin A is at play here along with beta carotene. The surface of the eye is positively impacted by these two buddies, which can prevent eye infections and other serious eye conditions.

#2 Kale or Spinach

Kale and Spinach are big winners in this top 10, but so are collard greens. “Don’t forget them collards” is the saying isn’t it? Well, if not – anyway – don’t forget them. These three are all rich in vitamin C and E and also have the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin. These plant-based forms of vitamin A lower your risk of long-term eye diseases, including AMD and cataracts.

We can bet that most of you don’t eat enough of these powerful foods. These are a must in our view.

#1 Fish

And then there was one. The top of the heap, the big hauncho! Well, in our list, it is Fish. We know all about the mercury concerns and they are very, very real (and getting worse). But for now, there is one food that simply gets it done and that is fish. Omega-3s are the key here. Don’t like fish? Then look into Omega-3 supplementation. Your eyes will not only thank you, they will be healthy enough for you to perhaps continue seeing well late into your life.

Well, there you have it. The official Contactsforless.ca TOP 10 FOODS TO EAT FOR BEST VISION HEALTH. We hope you have enjoyed learning a bit along with us! Now our crack research team will go back to shipping out your contact lens products that you keep ordering again and again! Oh – and by the way, thank you for that! Your business means the world to us!

HONORABLE MENTIONS BY THE WAY:

  1. Broccoli
  2. Brussel Sprouts
  3. Squash
  4. Avacadoes
  5. Sunflower Seeds

…there, we didn’t want to go down on record without naming those foods too. Look, if you are eating even a bit of each of these on a semi-regular basis, that is something. Something always most start with something, for from nothing comes nothing. Whoa, did we just write that?

Warmest regards to all of you!

The Contactsforless.ca Crack Research Team

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Don’t Forget Your Eyes This Summer

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Going on a trip this summer? It’s the perfect time for it–lazy afternoons on the beaches, sunny walks on cobbled roads, new faces and places.

Don’t forget to pack for your eyes! You won’t have much fun exploring if you can’t see past your nose.

Contact lenses

Got travel-friendly contact lenses? Daily disposables are the most convenient for travelers. If you wear replacement contact lenses meant to last you weeks or months, make sure to bring extras. Bring them in your carry-on so you can still see even if they lose your luggage.

Contact lens care

Bring solution and a lens case. If you’re not using dailies, come prepared with these items. You can’t count on finding your specific brand of solution on your trip, and trying a new solution can be risky. Avoid transferring solution into a smaller container as this can contaminate the liquid. Look for the travel-sized bottles of solution made specifically for this purpose.

Eyeglasses

Even if you never wear them, bring them just in case. You could encounter new allergens or other airborne irritants while in a new place.

Sunglasses

Keep your eyes protected from UVB and UVA rays with wraparound sunglasses. Contact lenses with UV protection still can’t protect your eyes as completely as sunglasses can.

Prescription

Take a quick picture of your contact lens and eyeglass prescriptions. If you should for any reason need replacement eyewear on your trip, you’ll be glad you had this handy.

Goggles

Going swimming? Goggles will help keep your eyes clear of irritants. Also: always remove your contact lenses before being submerged in water (swimming, soaking in the tub, etc.). Wearing contact lenses underwater can give you an eye infection.

Enjoy your trip to new frontiers, and the wonderful sights awaiting your clear, healthy eyes!

 


Reference: https://coopervision.com/blog/contact-lenses-tips-for-tourists