Contact Lens Exams, Fittings, & Brands in Central Alberta

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Many people who wear glasses are interested in contact lenses due to their comfort, appearance, and ease of use. Contact lenses can be made for many prescriptions and most eyes can accommodate them comfortably. Lenses are available in various materials and styles, including different colours, moisturizing lenses, and special lenses for astigmatism.

If you want to make the switch, the first step is to schedule a comprehensive eye exam. We’ll verify your prescription, and you’ll undergo a contact lens fitting. The exam and fitting together take about 60–90 minutes to complete and can be done the same day.

If you are interested in contact lenses, please let us know when you schedule your appointment.

 

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ACUVUE

The options are nearly endless when it comes to ACUVUE® brand contact lenses – the #1 contact lens brand in the world. Long-lasting comfort and clear vision can be yours with a contact lens in the ACUVUE® brand family.

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Alcon

Alcon has one mission: to provide innovative products that enhance quality of life by helping people see better. Alcon is uniquely poised to serve every contact lens wearer by addressing the full life cycle of their needs.

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Bausch + Lomb

Bausch + Lomb is one of the best-known and most respected healthcare brands globally, offering the widest and finest range of eye health products including contact lenses and lens care products, pharmaceuticals, intraocular lenses, and other eye surgery products.

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Cooper Vision

We create and execute innovation that is unmatched in the contact lens industry. There’s much more to our story than that, however. You’ll find that what sets us apart is how we approach our business. We collaborate, we listen, and we enjoy what we do.

The Exam, Fitting, & Trial

Before you can be fitted for contact lenses, you’ll need a comprehensive eye exam. A technician will perform preliminary testing, and then your optometrist will examine your eyes.

This exam is like a regular eye exam with a few extra steps. Your optometrist checks the surface of the eye to ensure it is healthy and amenable for contact lens wear.

After your eye exam, you’ll meet with a contact lens specialist to discuss your lifestyle and any regular activities that might influence the way you wear contacts. We’ll also discuss your options for disposable or extended wear lenses, hard or soft lenses, materials, and brands. With so many choices, we want to make sure you find lenses that suit you and your eyes.

Those with hard-to-fit-eyes have many options available. Toric lenses are available for patients with astigmatism, and those who need bifocals may enjoy monovision or multifocal lenses. Our in-house specialist can also fit patients who need high power or who have steep curves. With so many choices and styles, there is a contact lens for almost everyone.

Your prescription determines the strength of your lenses, but many other factors influence whether a contact lens is right for you. Eyes come in many shapes and sizes, and there are a wide variety of lenses available to suit each one. In addition to correcting your vision, you want a lens to sit comfortably on your eye.

Your optometrist will measure the front surface of the eye (your cornea) to help you determine which design and size will suit you best.

Most contact lens patients will receive a set of trial lenses to evaluate over several days, although some prescriptions require a custom lens. After you have inserted a trial lens, your contact lens fitting specialist will examine your eye using a slit lamp. They’ll evaluate the position of the lens on your eyes and look at its movement as your eyes blink and move.

If the lens seems suitable, you will be given about a week’s supply to try at home before making your final selection. If you are a first-time contact wearer, you will be taught how to insert and remove the lenses. You will also learn how to care for your new lenses to preserve their integrity and your eye health.

Most patients become accustomed to their lenses very quickly and can easily insert, remove, and care for them.

Maintaining Healthy Eyes

Follow-Up Care

After your contact lens fitting, you’ll be sent home with a trial supply of lenses, and we’ll schedule you for a follow-up visit. It is important that you return for this visit so your optometrist can ensure the lenses still fit properly and that your eyes are adapting well to them.

Your eye doctor may use a dye to help them see how the lenses are moving on your eye’s surface and make sure they’re not damaging your cornea or drying your eyes. If your optometrist suspects that there is a problem, you will be fitted with new lenses in a different material or style. However, dry eyes don’t always require new lenses and may be treated with topical eye drops specially designed for contact users.

Your optometrist will provide you with a thorough tutorial on lens and eye care when you come for your contact lens fitting. However, here are a few general tips for keeping your lenses and eyes healthy:

  • Don’t wash your contacts in tap water. Water can damage lenses and introduce infection.
  • Don’t use your saliva as an “emergency” solution. Like water, saliva is not sanitary enough for use with contacts. If you must remove your lenses and are without solution or a contact lens case, it’s better to simply throw them away. Better yet, carry a spare case and a travel-sized bottle of solution with you for emergencies.
  • Don’t reuse contact lens solution. Once your lenses have soaked in the case, the solution is no longer sanitary. It should be disposed of and replaced with new solution every night.
  • Find the right solution for you. Talk to your optometrist about which contact solution is best for your eyes and lenses, then stick to that brand.

Make the Switch Today

We’re excited to show you all the benefits of contact lenses! Please call us soon to book a comprehensive contact lens exam and fitting, and experience the world without glasses.

Experience Zeiss Lenses

Zeiss is a world leader in precision optics, creating lenses that are exceptionally well-designed with your real life in mind. 

From SmartLife lenses constructed for the way you use devices, to PhotoFusion lenses for seamless transitions between indoors and outdoors, and groundbreaking myopia control technology for children, Zeiss creates the lenses your family’s eyes deserve.

Our Locations

Red Deer Eye Care Centre

  • 4402 49th Avenue
  • Red Deer, AB T4N 3W6

Rimbey Eye Care Centre

  • 5010 50th Avenue
  • Rimbey, AB T0C 2J0

Rocky Eye Care Centre

  • 5040 B – 50th Street
  • Rocky Mountain House, AB T4T 1A5

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Start your child’s eye care journey with the help of our team.

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