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Fitting of Contact Lenses

Fitting Of Contact Lenses

Contact lenses are a medical device. They provide many benefits, but also can pose certain risks to vision and eye health. It is very important to have contact lenses prescribed and fit by a licensed eye care provider, such as an optometrist or licensed optician – contact lens practitioner.  Having lenses properly fit and checked regularly at routine eye examinations, will help minimize the risks associated with lens wear, and will protect your vision for years to come.

Dispensing Lenses

If you are thinking of getting contact lenses, chances are it’s because you want to get away from the look of glasses.  Glasses are a great form of vision correction. However, certain properties of eyeglasses such as fogging from temperature change, perspiration, or comfort can all interfere with sports and other activities. But, before you decide to join the ranks of millions of people who wear contact lenses Calgary patients should know some important facts.

Before getting contact lenses Calgary patients need have had a thorough eye examination by an optometrist.  An up to date eye exam is needed in order to have lenses properly prescribed and fit. You and your eye doctor or professional lens practitioner can then decide on what type of lenses should be worn. Lens selection if often based on your vision problems, history, occupation and recreational requirements.  When getting contact lenses Calgary patients may also want to consider a high moisture contact, which provides better comfort in our dry Calgary climate.

Types of Lenses

There are two main categories of contact lenses. Hard rigid gas permeable lenses and soft contacts. Within each of these categories there are many different lens types, materials, designs, and brands.  When selecting contact lenses Calgary eyecare practitioners will do so based on a patient’s eye health, prescription, occupation, activities, and visual needs.

Hard contacts are small contact lenses made of a rigid plastic and can correct most vision problems. Although more durable than soft lenses, they require an adaptation period.  Hard lenses are often used to help correct vision problems due corneal irregularities and also with certain eye conditions like keratoconus.

Soft contact lenses are made of a flexible, water-absorbing plastic that conforms closely to the eye. Compared to hard lenses, soft lens wearers need a shorter adaptation period. They come in many different materials and designs.  Special lens designs include, colored, astigmatism correction, and multifocal lenses.  Some brands of soft contacts also have built-in protection from harmful UV radiation.  Soft lenses are convenient to use and perform great when used for physical activities, such as sports.  

If interested in contact lenses Calgary patients should book a contact lens consultation with an eye care professional at the Glenmore Landing Vision Center.  At our office, we carry thousands of contact lenses.  We have a great variety of lenses to choose from, in many different lens designs, prescriptions, and materials.  This allows most patients to leave with a pair of contact lenses at the time of their appointment.

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