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Contact Lens Exams & Fitting

Are You Considering Contact Lenses? Let Our Experts Help Find the Right Fit and Type for You

We Aim to Meet Your Unique Contact Lens Needs

We carry a substantial variety of contact lenses to meet each of our patients unique requirements. The technology and research that has gone into contact lenses over the years has provided a vast selection of contacts for the majority of prescriptions.

We are pleased to offer an expansive selection of contact lens options to our patients, including:

    • Soft contacts including the NEW Daily Disposable Contact lenses
    • Extended wear ( contact lenses that you can now sleep in)
    • Monovision fits
    • Bifocal lenses
    • Multifocal lenses
    • Toric lenses (for astigmatism)
    • Colored lenses
    • Rigid gas permeable contact lenses

Our selection caters to daily, weekly, monthly, and conventional (vial) lens needs.

First Things First: the Eye Exam

Before we can prescribe contact lenses for your particular eye needs, you must have a comprehensive eye exam by one of our Optometrists. This provides us the opportunity to validate your current prescription and make note of any changes to your eye health or emergent medical conditions.  We will also do specific testing regarding contact lens wear to make sure you are a suitable candidate to wear contact lenses and identify any potential complications prior to trying contact lenses.

Finding the Right Fit

The prescription strength you require is only one of several factors we take into consideration when determining the appropriate type of contact lens for your needs.

The shape of your eye (corneal curvature), your current eye health, and the type of lifestyle you lead will play significant roles in which contact lenses will be right for you. We will consider all of these variables alongside your preferences.

Our Optometrists will help you determine which materials and sizes will be the most comfortable for you and provide you the best vision and eye health.

Contact Lens Trials

Many brands of contact lenses offer trials. We like to be sure that our patients contact lenses are comfortable and right for them. After your contact lens assessment and training is completed, we will send you home with a pair of trial lenses  fit for your eyes to see how they perform.
We will teach you how to insert your contact lenses, handle them, and clean them properly.

Important Information About Contact Lenses

Can I sleep with my contact lenses in?

While there are some types of contacts available that allow for overnight wear, most are not designed for overnight use. Patients who sleep with contact lenses overnight (that are not designed to do so) may experience:

  • Dry eyes
  • Irritation
    • Inflammation
    • Risk of infection which can be severe and vision threatening

If you are not sure if your current lenses are safe for overnight wear we ask that you reach out to us. We will confirm with our eye doctors if the contact lenses prescribed to you are safe to wear while you sleep. 

What if I injure my eye?

If you have suffered any type of injury to your eye, or are experiencing irritation and inflammation, do not put your contact lenses in. Regardless of how minor the injury may seem, putting a lens in will not only irritate your eye further but risk infection as well.

We strongly recommend removing your contact lenses until you are able to see our Optometrist to have your eye injury assessed.

Next Steps

Frequently Asked Questions About Contact Lenses

How do I know if I am able to wear contacts?

An eye exam with one of our Optometrists will help you determine if you are a suitable candidate for contact lenses. A specific contact lens assessment is done to make sure there are no contraindications to you wearing contact lenses.

Thanks to the technological advances in contact lenses, patients with unique eye challenges now have a variety of contact lens options to choose from.

Will I need to update my contact prescription?

Yes, most likely. Our eyes tend to change as we age, meaning your prescription may be out of date in a short period of time. More importantly, contact lenses are medical devices and can have a profound effect on your eye health. Thus, the Canadian Association of Optometrists only validates a contact lens prescription for one year. This is to ensure that all contact lens wearers see their Optometrist annually to ensure that the contact lenses are not having any detrimental effects on your eye health.

Should I take care of my contact lenses?

We believe in setting our patients up for success. Near the end of your contact fitting appointment, we will provide a complete overview of how to properly care for your contact lenses. Before you leave we will ensure you know how to:

    • Insert and remove your contact lenses
    • Store your contact appropriately
    • Care for your contact lenses properly

General guidelines to wearing contact lenses:

  • Clean your contact lenses with solutions specifically meant for them. Never use tap water, saliva, vinegar, isopropyl alcohol, or anything else other than contact lens solution.
    Deviating from contact solution risks damage to your contact lenses and introduces the risk potential for an eye infection.
  • Do not reuse contact lens solution. Once you’ve rinsed your contact lenses in your contact solution, the solution is no longer sanitary.
  • Always store your contact lenses in a case.
  • We recommend discontinuing use of your contacts (and having an eye exam) if you find your eyes irritated or are generally uncomfortable while wearing them.