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Contact Lens Eye Exams & Fittings

Contact lenses are a great alternative to wearing glasses. There is a wide range of contact lens options for nearly every prescription and application. No wonder the choice can be overwhelming. This is why it’s so important to consult with your eye doctor, who will perform a comprehensive eye exam and a contact lens eye exam to help you find the best contact lenses for your vision and lifestyle.

Contact Lense Eye Exams

If you wear glasses and are considering contact lenses, you’ll need to go to your eye doctor for a contact lens eye exam. It is very important that contact lenses fit properly and comfortably, and that you understand contact lens hygiene and safety.

At your eye doctor’s office you will first undergo a comprehensive eye exam, and then specific tests to evaluate your vision with contact lenses and whether you are a good candidate for contact lenses.

The Contact Lens Consultation

Your eye doctor will measure your eye surface and may evaluate your tear film to see whether you produce enough tears to prevent dry eye syndrome while wearing contacts.

During the consultation, you will need to discuss some of your lifestyle and health considerations, to determine which type of contacts will best suit you and your eyes.

Other options to consider are whether you would prefer daily contacts or monthly lenses, as well as rigid gas permeable (GP) versus soft lenses. If you have any particular eye conditions, such as dry eye syndrome or astigmatism, your eye doctor might recommend a specific type or brand for optimal comfort and vision needs. Bifocal and multifocal contact lenses are also an option for those who need them.

Contact Lens Fitting

When it comes to contact lenses, one size does not fit all. To fit your contact lenses properly, your eye doctor will need to take some measurements of your eye. If your contact lenses do not fit properly it can cause blurry vision, discomfort, or even damage the eye. Some measurements your eye doctor will take for a contact lens fitting include:

  • Corneal Curvature
  • Pupil or Iris Size
  • Tear Film Evaluation

If you are interested in getting contact lenses and not quite sure which kind will be the best fit, discuss this with your eye doctor. At Corktown Eyecare we offer contact lenses eye exam and fittings to provide your eyes optimal comfort and vision. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

At Corktown Eyecare, we put your family’s needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 647-694-7600 or book an appointment online to see one of our Toronto eye doctors.

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How To Prevent Your Lenses From Scratching

If you wear glasses, then you know what a nuisance a scratched lens can be. Scratched or chipped lenses can interfere with your vision, making glasses uncomfortable to wear. Here’s what we recommend to keep your lenses scratch-free.

How to Avoid Scratching Your Lenses

Use a Protective Case

Using a sturdy eyeglass case will prolong the life of your lenses. No matter what kind of glasses you wear — standard, sunglasses, bifocal — you’ll want to protect them.

Be sure to choose a hard case with a soft inner lining and always have one on hand, either in your purse, backpack, or car.

When placing the glasses in their case, make sure the lenses are facing downwards, as this can reduce the risk of them being scratched. Additionally, avoid putting anything else in the case along with the glasses, especially sharp or metal objects.

Choose Anti-Scratch Lenses

Although no lenses are completely scratch-proof, there are certain coatings that can be added to the front and back of your lenses to make them more scratch resistant. Many lenses already come with this option, but sometimes it’s an optional addition. Anti-scratch coatings are particularly helpful for children’s glasses.

Remove Your Glasses Carefully

Handle your glasses by the temples (arms) and not the rims. This way, your fingers avoid the frame and lens area altogether, reducing the chance of inadvertently scratching them. Additionally, holding them by the temples with both hands ensures a better grip, so you’ll be less likely to drop them.

Set Them Down Properly

Never put glasses down with the lenses facing downward, unless it’s into a lens case. If you need to put them down and don’t have a case, rest them with the temples open and upside down — glasses tend to be more stable in this position.

Avoid placing them in a place where they’ll be easily knocked over or splashed on, like near a sink. Setting them down in the same place consistently will also reduce your risk of losing them.

Use the Right Lens Cleaner

It’s all too common for people to wipe their glasses with their clothing or other abrasive material. Doing so can scratch the lenses, especially if they’re dry.

Always clean your lenses with a soft microfiber cloth and specialized lens cleaning solution, items your optometrist’s office can provide.

When to Visit Your Optometrist

Unfortunately, it’s impossible to completely prevent your lenses from ever becoming scratched over their lifetime. Once they are scratched, there is little that can be done to repair the lenses. Most of the time the lenses need to be replaced.

At Corktown Eyecare, we offer a wide array of frames and lenses, so you’re sure to find a pair to suit your eyes and needs.

Call Corktown Eyecare in to schedule your eye exam or with any further questions.

At Corktown Eyecare, we put your family’s needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 647-694-7600 or book an appointment online to see one of our Toronto eye doctors.

Frequently Asked Questions with Dr. Sanjay Vakani, O.D.

Q: Can you request lenses made from glass? Is glass still used for lenses?

  • A: Yes. Opticians still sometimes use glass for lenses. However, glass is not used very often because they aren’t as safe. If these glass lenses breaks, they can shatters into many pieces and can injure the eye. Glass lenses are much heavier than plastic lenses, so they can make your eyeglasses less comfortable to wear.

Q: Can a coating be added to eyeglasses to protect them from further scratches?

  • A: A protective coating can’t be added to a lens after it’s scratched. The coating is applied when the lens is manufactured and can’t be put on later.

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