Six Benefits of Contact Lenses

  • Benefits of wearing contact lenses include excellent peripheral vision an area where glasses fail.

  • Benefits of contact lenses include all weather durability

  • Contact lenses allow you the freedom to play sports without glasses getting in the way.

  • Unobstructed vision, no frames to get in your way

  • Allow others to see your eyes better

  • Colored contacts can change your eye color to match your style

How contact lenses work

flexible vision correction

Contact lenses are an optical device that you place over the cornea. Some benefits of contact lenses include correcting a wide range of eye conditions such as nearsightedness, Presbyopia, Astigmatism and Hyperopia. The contact lens optics work with the optics of the eye to give you clear vision. Our Calgary optometrists have the experience to recommend the lens material, design, and replacement schedule that will work best for your eyes and lifestyle.

Benefits of Contact Lenses for Different Eyes:

Our extensive stock at Market Mall Eye Clinic includes the latest benefits of contact lens technology from top contact lens manufacturers.

  • Contacts made with water friendly material for dry eyes
  • Extended wear contact lenses for convenience.
  • Toric contact lenses to combat Astigmatism.
  • Bifocals and Multi-focal contact lenses to combat Presbyopia.
  • Color contacts allow you to customize your eye color.

What’s a Contact Lens Fitting?

A series of special tests not typically done during an eye exam. They allow your Calgary eye doctor to find our if your eyes are suitable for contact lenses and determine which lens best fits your eye.

  • Tear Film Analysis: Analyzes your eyes’ tear production. Contact lenses may not be suitable for you if you have severe dry eye.  There are contact lenses made especially to combat dry eyes made of water-friendly materials that may be prescribed by your Calgary optometrist.

  • Keratometry – A measurement of your eyes’ curvature allowing perfect lens fitment. Not too loose and not too tight.

  • Evaluation of the surface of your eyes –  Slit lamp evaluation of your Cornea health. This provides your Calgary optometrist with an ultra magnified view of the cornea and other tissues allowing analysis of  the health of the front of your eyes and diagnose any changes caused by contact lens wear.

  • Evaluation of contact lens movement  –  Using the slit lamp your Calgary optometrist measures the fit and movement of the contact lens as it rests on your eyes’ surface.

How To Read Your Contact Lens Prescription

  • PWR – Refractive power of the lens. Minus sign for nearsightedness and plus sign for farsightedness. The further from zero the more correction needed.

  • DIA – The diameter of the contact lens in millimeters.

  • BC – Base curve measures the back curvature of your contact lens. The lower the number the steeper the curvature of your cornea.

  • CYL –  Cylinder power usually included in toric lenses. It indicates the amount of astigmatism correction.

  • AXIS – A measurement in degrees expressing the orientation of the cylinder power in Toric lenses.

  • ADD – Measures the added amplification in bifocal contact lenses.

Contact Lens Care

Five Things To Remember When Wearing Contact Lenses

  • Always remember to remove your contact lenses and disinfect them at recommended intervals.

  • Only use disinfecting solutions recommended by your Calgary optometrist.

  • Unless you’re wearing extended wear lenses. Remember to remove your contact lenses before sleeping or napping.

  • They may still feel great but always remember to only wear contact lenses for prescribed periods of time.

  • Remember to only use eye drops prescribed by your Calgary optometrist.

How to Put on Your Contact Lenses.

  • Clean and disinfect your hands with a cream free soap.

  • Inspect the lens for any irregularities or particles.

  • Ensure the lens is facing up then pull the bottom eyelid down using your middle finger on the contact lens hand. Then hold the upper lid with your other hand to prevent yourself from blinking.

  • Position your contact lens by looking upwards and place the lens on the bottom of the white part of the eye and voila!