Calgary / (403) 686-4990

Didsbury / (403) 335-2020

Contact Lens Exam & Fitting

Competitive Prices and Expert Advice All Under One Roof

Step 1: The Contact Lens Eye Exam

Before we can fit you for contact lenses, you’ll need a comprehensive eye exam. During this exam, your Optometrist will check your vision and incorporate information from a number of assessments to find the right prescription for you. You can also receive a prescription for eyeglasses at this time. Many patients like to keep a pair of glasses on hand for nighttime, occasional and emergency wear.

Your eye doctor will also screen for any eye health or systemic problems, particularly those that would affect your contact lens wear. You’ll undergo tests for glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration and retinal problems. The Optometrist will check the ocular surface of the eye and verify that it is healthy and suitable for comfortable contact lens wear.

Step 2: The Contact Lens Fitting

Once your prescription has been verified, your Eye Effects Optometrist will discuss your lifestyle, work environment and preferences to determine which type of lens will suit you best.

Contact lenses come in many types, from disposable lenses for daily wear to lenses that are exchanged every two weeks or every month. You may also been interested in colored lenses or those designed for dry eyes.

Eye Effects is also equipped to fit contact lenses for patients with more complicated prescriptions. Toric lenses can be used with astigmatism, and monovision or multifocal lenses may be appropriate for those with bifocal or progressive vision loss. Look into special lenses if you need high powers or have steep curves.

With the wide variety of products on the market we can find a comfortable option for most patients, regardless of their vision needs.

Step 3: Fitting & Measuring

Your prescription is not the only thing that makes your eye unique. Eyes come in many sizes and shapes, and modern contact lenses are just as diverse. Finding the right fit will make your contact wearing experience more convenient and more comfortable.

Your eye doctor will measure the ocular surface of each eye to determine which contact lens size, design and material will fit best. You may have the opportunity to try several pairs in the clinic and decide which seems like the most comfortable choice. The Optometrist may also recommend a specific type of contact solution, eye drops or other eye care product.

Step 4: Trial

Once you have chosen a pair of lenses, you’ll receive a complete tutorial on inserting and removing the lenses. You’ll also learn how to clean and care for your lenses, as well as your eyes. The Optometrist will insert a pair of trial lenses into your eyes, then examine their position and movement under a slit lamp as you blink and move your eyes.

If the pair seems suitable, you may be sent home with a trial supply, although some prescriptions require a custom lens. After a week or so, you should return to the Optometrist to confirm that the lenses are comfortable. Most patients become accustomed to their lenses very quickly, and appreciate the convenience they afford.

Important Information About Contact Fitting:

Can You Help Me Choose the Right Contacts?

Absolutely! Our contact lens specialists are happy to help you find the right style and fit for your eyes.

Start by booking a comprehensive eye exam at Eye Effects. Let the receptionist know you are interested in contact lenses, and she will schedule an appointment with a lens specialist as well. The entire process typically takes 60-90 minutes.

In most cases you will receive a pair of trial lenses that you can test at home to ensure you have the right set for your eyes and lifestyle.

How Do I Know If I Am Able to Wear Contacts?

In the past, people with vision impairment had few contact lens options. However, technological advances have changed that. There are now a wide variety of lens designs and materials to suit almost everyone.

We can fit both low and high powers, as well as patients with astigmatism and other unique eye challenges.

Even if you have tried contact lenses in the past, you may find that there are new options available that were created for patients just like you.

Are You Interested in Contact Lenses?

Many patients are interested in contact lenses, but worry that they may be uncomfortable or difficult to care for. Nothing could be further from the truth. Contact lens technology and materials have evolved, creating a wide variety of lenses that suit almost every patient’s needs. Our contact lens specialists can help you to find a pair that suits your eyes as well as your lifestyle.

You’ll find that contact lenses are comfortable and convenient, and that once they are in the eye, many patients forget they are there completely. Even patients who are squeamish about touching their eyes soon become accustomed to the quick, easy process of inserting or removing a lens. If you’d like to give contact lenses a try, we invite you to schedule an appointment today.

Maintaining Healthy Eyes While Wearing Contact Lenses

Follow-Up

It’s important that you schedule a follow-up visit with your Optometrist after taking home your trial lenses. The Optometrist will want to confirm that the lenses fit comfortably throughout the day and over long-term use.

He or she will also want to examine your eyes to ensure they are adapting well to contact lens wear. The Optometrist may insert a dye to get a better view of how the lenses are moving on the surface of the eye, and to look for signs of corneal damage or dry eye. If the lenses are irritating your eyes or do not fit properly, you can be refit for a new, more suitable pair.

Intermediary Care

The Optometrist will discuss health and safety measures of contact use in your initial consultation. No matter which type of lens you choose, your lenses are not meant for overnight wear.

As you sleep, your eye absorbs nourishment from the eyelid. Contact lenses prevent this. Even lenses that need monthly replacement should be removed every night. In addition, you should never wash your lenses with water or saliva. Use only the solution your Optometrist has recommended.

Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before touching your eye or handling your lenses. Do not wear lenses beyond their intended usage period.

Annual Contact Lens Exam

Contact lens wearers should return for an eye exam each year. Eyes change quickly, and health conditions can progress without symptoms for some time. An annual eye exam gives you the opportunity to assess your prescription and your eye health.

Our Location

Calgary

Eye Effects
#108 - 555 Strathcona Blvd. SW
Calgary, AB, T3H 2Z9
T- (403) 686-4990

Hours

Monday: 9am – 6pm
Tuesday: 9am – 8pm
Wednesday: 9am – 8pm
Thursday: 9am – 8pm
Friday: 9am – 6pm
Saturday: 9am – 4pm
Sunday: Closed

Didsbury

Forsight Vision Centre
2032 17th Avenue
Didsbury, AB, T0M 0W0
T- (403) 335-2020

Hours

Monday: 9am - 1pm
Tuesday: 9am - 5pm
Wednesday: 9am - 5pm
Thursday: 9am - 1pm
Friday: 9am - 5pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

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Adult Eye Exams

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