Eyeglasses dominated the refractive error correction scene for a long number of years, but contact lenses are no longer a new kid on the block: properly-fitting prescription lenses can now offer you the visual correction of glasses with immeasurably improved comfort.
Many of us hesitate when it comes to contact lenses, and it’s often for the same reason: a (completely understandable) reluctance to poke our own eyes. After a few days this will feel like second nature, and if you think about it, 20 seconds in the morning is a whole lot less trouble than your glasses cause most of the time!
Don’t believe us? We have just one question: how many times have you cleaned your glasses today?
Modern contact lenses can correct virtually all refractive errors and suit the lifestyles of the majority of Canadian kids and adults.
It’s important to know that contact lenses are not suitable for everyone. Certain problems with eye health can make you an invalid candidate for their use, so it’s imperative we perform a thorough eye exam to assess your overall eye health, as well as visual acuity.
Once we have your prescription, we’ll train you in inserting and removing the lenses; it won’t be long before you’re an expert! Finally we’ll send you off with a pair of trial lenses: see how they feel, and report back to us at your next appointment. Within 2-3 trials you’re pretty much guaranteed to find the perfect lenses for your eyes.
You should have a fairly lengthy chat with your optometrist (either Dr Sanchez or Dr Haslam) about which type of lens is best suited not only to your eyes, but also your lifestyle.
The majority of glasses wearers could transition to contact lenses if desired, since they can usually offer the same quality of vision correction. However, certain individuals are not valid candidates for lenses, depending on their overall eye health.
You can get all sorts of prescriptions, just as you can with eyeglasses. Since lenses sit directly on the eye, rather than a few centimetres out, they will not be the same prescription and you will need to be fit by one of our optometrists. Contact lenses can correct farsightedness, nearsightedness, astigmatism and presbyopia.