Comfortable, Clear Vision with Contacts
Don’t get us wrong; we love our glasses at Westmount Optometrists. Just take a peek at our well-stocked showroom to confirm! But if you’re looking for vision correction without frames, then a pair of correctly-fitted contact lenses will do the trick.
Modern contact lens technologies can correct a large majority of refractive errors when you have the right match. You deserve access to comfortable, high-quality lens brands that promote clear vision.
Contact us for more information about our contact lens exams, fittings, and brands.
What to Expect at a Contact Lens Fitting
Significant technological advances have made contact lenses accessible to a wider variety of prescriptions. Every pair of eyes is unique, so finding your precise fit can be a bit of a journey.
Most people who wear eyeglasses transition easily to contact lenses, but some patients may not be good candidates based on their overall eye health and other factors. For example, allergies and dry eye can impact your comfort and ability to wear contact lenses.
At a contact lens examination, our optometrists perform a comprehensive eye examination, assess your eye health, and ask questions about your lifestyle to determine what type of lens will work for your vision.
Your contact lens prescription must accommodate where the lens rests on your eye. A few measurements will be taken to ensure we find the right contact lenses for your eyesight and lifestyle. When we’ve found the best-fitting design, you’ll head home with a pair of diagnostic lenses. Trust us, you’ll see!
Are There Different Types of Contacts?
There are 2 main types of contact lenses: soft and RGP. Both have their advantages and disadvantages, and which is best for you can be a personal decision. Modern technological advancements have allowed both types to be suitable options for multiple vision and eye problems.
Other contact lenses use elements of either soft or RGP lenses.
Soft Contact Lenses
Soft contact lenses are composed of malleable plastic polymers, allowing flexibility and close fit over the cornea. Soft lenses are the most commonly worn type, often because they are the easiest for new wearers. The close fit also prevents foreign objects (dust, sand, etc.) from slipping under the lens.
- Greater initial comfort
- Best for irregular wear
- Less light sensitivity
- Tend to stay in the eye (preferable for sports)
- Available in tinted versions
- Less durability
- Can dry out easily
- More involved lens care
- Susceptible to protein deposits
Rigid gas permeable (RGP) lenses are durable plastics that improve oxygen flow to the eye. Although it can take longer to get comfortable wearing RGP lenses, they generally provide sharper vision and can be a better choice for higher prescriptions or astigmatism.
- Durable material
- Easier lens care
- Can improve moisture for dry eyes
- Resist protein deposits
- Can scratch or break
- Can slip more easily
- May take longer for new wearers to adjust
- Must be worn regularly to maintain comfort
Contact Lens Care & Maintenance
Caring for contact lenses is different than caring for eyeglasses. Your optometrist will provide you with specific directions to promote the longevity of your lenses.
Replacement schedules for contact lenses differ based on lens type:
- Daily disposable: Daily disposable lenses can be more expensive, but are popular due to their convenience.
- Monthly or bi-weekly disposable lenses: These disposable lenses must be removed every evening and soaked in a multi-purpose solution.
Our Contact Lens Brands
Supplying Optometrists with quality contact lenses since 1986. A refreshing change from other name brand manufactures, Blanchard prides itself on their crisp vision and unique soft and custom made lenses in a variety of specialty designs.
Cardinal Contact Lens is Canada's premier manufacturer of rigid gas permeable contact lenses. Defying the history of rigid lenses being impenetrable, Cardinal lenses allow your eyes to breathe and prevent uncomfortable dryness and buildup under the lens itself. The only choice for rigid lenses in today's Canadian vision market.
Contact Us for an Accurate Fit
After discussing your lifestyle and assessing your vision needs, we can determine options for your precise fit. We’re here for your long-term visual health. While we’ll use our expertise to pair you with quality options, we’ll also support you if you need a change.
Visit Westmount Optometrists for contact lenses made for you.
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Where To Find Us
At the corner of Springbank Drive and Wonderland Road, our clinic offers plenty of parking out front.