Contact Lens Correction
Because contact lenses move with your eye, they allow a natural field of view and generally offer better sight. They have no frames to obstruct your vision and do not fog up or get splashed by mud or rain – good news if you engage in sports or are an outdoor enthusiast.
Bear in mind that if you are considering contact lenses over glasses you will require a longer initial examination, and more time for lens care. You will need to clean and store lenses carefully, follow lens wearing schedules and have regular appointments for follow-up care.
There are many options to choose from when considering contact lenses. Our team can take the confusion out of which contact lenses are right for your lifestyle. Daily disposable, bi-weekly or monthly contact lenses, toric (astigmatism) contact lenses, multi-focal contact lenses, coloured contact lenses or rigid gas permeable…. let us help you discover your ideal type.
Types of Contact Lenses Available
Daily Disposable Contact Lenses
A single-use contact lens is the safest, cleanest, most convenient contact lens option available; and is often chosen as an alternative to laser eye surgery. This is a cost-effective choice for the occasional contact lens wearer who only wants a contact lens for “sports and social life”. It also is great for people with dry eyes or anyone who works in a dusty environment. Another benefit of single-use lenses is you do not need to buy and expose your eyes to the chemicals used to clean and store contact lenses.
Planned Replacement Contact Lenses
Monthly and bimonthly disposable contact lenses have been very popular over decades, since the first disposables were invented. These lenses require cleaning and storage in a solution and are replaced regularly to avoid serious deposit build up. They can be less costly than daily disposables.
Silicone Hydrogel Lenses
The human eye requires a certain amount of oxygen to breath at a “normal” level. Early daily-wear and disposable soft lenses used a material that delivered a below “normal” amount of oxygen to an eye. Newer material lenses, like Silicone Hydrogel Lenses, deliver more than 4 times the oxygen of traditional lens materials, and this allows people to safely and comfortably wear them for long periods. Some silicone hydrogel lenses can be worn continuously for up to a month before replacement.
Bifocal Contact Lenses
These lenses are available in daily single-use, bimonthly and monthly replacement, and rigid gas permeable types. A bifocal contact lens will allow you to function with near, intermediate, and distance vision without glasses. While unsuitable for some prescriptions, they do work on most people most of the time.
Toric Lenses (Astigmatism)
Almost anyone with astigmatism can now wear a disposable contact lens. These lenses are available in daily single-use, bimonthly and monthly replacement, and rigid gas permeable types. Anyone with more that 1.00 diopters of astigmatism would typically see better with a toric lens.
Contact Lenses for Keratoconus
Keratoconus is a condition found in about 4% of the population. People with keratoconus often may not see well with glasses or soft contact lenses. Options include rigid gas permeable lenses, toric lenses, or a combination. Every case is unique so we will work with you to find the right fit. Contact lenses for keratoconus can be comfortable and give vision to those who might otherwise be faced with having surgery.
Rigid Gas Permeable Lenses
Rigid Gas Permeable Lenses (RGP) have been around for decades and are still evolving. RGP lenses breathe better, stay cleaner, last longer, provide crisper vision, reduce the rate of myopic progression and are a lower annual cost than most soft contact lenses.
Contact Lens Handling Guidance
No matter which contact lens you decide to use, please follow these guidelines:
- Always wash your hands before handling your contact lenses.
- Carefully and regularly clean your lenses. Rub them with your fingers and rinse them thoroughly before soaking overnight in multi-purpose solution. Make sure you use enough solution to completely cover the lens.
- Store your lenses in the proper lens storage case and replace the case at a minimum of every three months. Clean the case after each use and keep it open and dry between cleanings.
- Use only recommended products recommended for cleaning and disinfecting your lenses. Saline solution and rewetting drops are not designed to disinfect lenses.
- Only fresh solution should be used to clean and store contact lenses. Never re-use old solution. Contact lens solution must be changed according to the manufacturer’s recommendations, even if the lenses are not used daily.
- Always follow the recommended contact lens replacement schedule prescribed by your optometrist.
- Remove your contact lenses before swimming or entering a hot tub.
- See your optometrist for your regularly scheduled contact lens and eye examination.
Did you know? All soft disposable contact lens containers and packaging are recyclable.