Contact lenses continue to increase in popularity as a comfortable and effective solution for correcting your vision. Most eyeglass prescriptions can be fit for contact lenses, including most unique prescriptions.
The continued research and innovation poured into the contact lens industry has provided various combinations of material, curvature, fit, oxygen permeability, deposit resistance, moisture content, and lifespan.
If you are considering contact lenses, let us know when you call in to book your appointment. There is a notable difference in the testing required for a regular eye exam versus a comprehensive eye exam for contact lenses.
Canadians over age 65 are at a higher risk for many eye diseases. In most cases, regular eye exams can detect these developing conditions and further vision loss.
Before we can provide you with contact lenses, we must perform a comprehensive eye exam. This in-depth exam is tailored specifically towards determining your contact lens prescription and will include tests not found in routine eye exams.
As with all eye exams, the overall health of your eye – interior and the surface – will be carefully assessed for any potential deformities or conditions that will affect your ability to comfortably and safely wear your contacts.
During this part of the appointment our Optometrist will discuss your lifestyle and influences the type of contacts right for you. As well, measurements of your eye curvature, tear chemistry, and prescription will be taken into account.
We are committed to finding the right contact lens for your vision needs and will be sure to discuss things ranging from brand preferences, materials, disposal schedule,, hard or soft lenses, and a myriad of other things.
Contact lenses are not a one-size-fits-all product. Even though you may be diagnosed with a seemingly straightforward eye condition, like astigmatism, other factors must be considered to determine which contact lens is right for you.
A poor fitting contact lens will only serve to create discomfort and possibly poor vision.
A fitting session will measure the shape and size of your eye (and its surface) to ensure that your contact lenses will be the appropriate shape, size, and material.
We will provide you a set of trial lenses so that you can evaluate them over the course of several days. Your overall comfort and satisfaction with your contact lenses is very important to us.
Dr. Abdulla will guide you through the proper methods for contact lens care and maintenance, and will also walk you through your first contact lens insertion (and subsequent removal).
After your trial period, a follow up appointment will be scheduled to confirm your contact lens selection.
The first step to finding out if you can wear contacts will be an eye exam. Once our Optometrist has assessed your overall eye health and determined your prescription, you can find out if contacts are right for you.
Technological advances in contact lenses have provided patients with complex and unique eye challenges a variety of lens options.
In short: No. There are a select few types of contacts available that allow for overnight wear. On average, most contact lenses are not designed for overnight use.
If you sleep overnight in contacts that are not meant for overnight wear, you may experience:
You may also subject yourself to the risk of infection, which may have the potential to harm your vision.
We invite you to reach out to us if you are unsure if your contact lenses are suitable for overnight wear.
Yes, you will need to eventually change your contact lens prescription, just as you do with eyeglasses. This is because our eyes naturally change as we age, which means your prescription may eventually become out of date.
If you are considering contacts or looking for maintenance advice, we have put together a general list of proper care methods that we recommend.
Never use tap water, isopropyl alcohol, saliva, vinegar, or anything else other than solution that is specifically meant for contact lenses. If you choose to use something other than contact lens cleaning solution, you risk damage to your contact lenses and the potential of an eye infection and injury.
We strongly advise against reusing your contact lens solution. As soon as you have rinsed your lenses in the solution it is no longer sanitary. Reuse introduces the risk for an eye infection.
Make sure to always store your contact in a case specifically meant for them. This reduces your risk of potential eye infections and prevents damage to the lenses themselves.
It’s always a good idea to have a case for your vehicle, your office, and even a few around your home.
If you find your eyes irritated or are generally uncomfortable, we recommend discontinuing use of your contacts until you have an eye exam. This is especially critical to the health of your eyes if you have received an eye injury of any kind.
Inserting your contacts into an injured eye risks aggravating the damage further, introducing an infection, or potentially causing vision loss.
We invite you to book an eye exam with our Optometrist if you are experiencing any irritation or pain in your eyes.