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Top Tips For Looking After Your Contact Lenses

Do you wear contact lenses? While they are proven to be a safe and effective way to correct your vision, it’s imperative that you clean and take care of them properly to lower your risk of developing any ocular problems.

Contact lenses are small, thin discs which are specially designed so that patients can place them directly on the surface (cornea) of the eye. Most often, eye doctors will prescribe contact lenses for patients who have vision problems such as:

  • Nearsightedness
  • Farsightedness
  • Uneven focus (astigmatism)
  • Certain eye conditions and diseases

If you want to wear contact lenses, it’s imperative that you book a contact lens fitting with your Calgary eye doctor. Contact lenses are medical devices and as such, they need to be properly fitted by an eye care professional.


Comprehensive Contact Lens Fittings in Calgary

At Market Mall Eye Clinic, our qualified eye doctors provide comprehensive contact lens fitting appointments during which they will examine your eye health, determine the appropriate contact lens for your eyes, and teach you how to correctly handle, insert, and remove your lenses. You’ll even receive a pair of trial lenses to wear home.

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Contact Lens Wear: Why You Need a Contact Lens Fitting

The first and most important step in safe contact lens practice is to book a contact lens fitting with your Calgary eye doctor. During this appointment, your optometrist will take several tests to determine which type of contact lens is right for you.

This is extremely important because poorly fitted contact lenses can lead to many problems, such as:

  • Corneal scratches and infections
  • Light sensitivity
  • Reduced visual acuity
  • Dry eye
  • Stinging/burning/itching/redness
  • Contact lens intolerance



Learn What Contact Lens Care Involves

During this appointment, your optometrist will also go over the proper care instructions, including how to clean, store, and correctly handle your lenses. In addition, if you suffer from dry eyes, the eye doctor will be able to recommend the right lens for you and provide dry eye care for more comfortable vision.



Top Tips For Taking Care of Your Contact Lenses

Whether you opt for soft contact lenses or rigid gas permeable ones, proper contact lens care is essential for your eye health and to lower your risk of infection. Here are a few tips that will help you protect your vision while you’re wearing lenses:

  • Remember to wash your hands with warm water and soap before handling your contact lenses. Dry your fingers with a lint-free towel before touching the lens.
  • Minimize any contact with water while wearing contact lenses. This means that you should NEVER shower or swim with your lenses.
  • Keep your contact lens case clean and replace it every 3 months.
  • Never put your contact lenses in your mouth to wet them. Saliva is not sterile and it will increase your risk of infection.
  • Always rinse your contact lens case with solution, NOT water. Leave it open to dry.
  • Make sure to follow the contact lens cleaning and storage guidelines given to you by your eye doctor.
  • If you experience any symptoms such as itchy eyes, increased light sensitivity, or discharge, remove your lens IMMEDIATELY and contact your eye doctor as soon as possible.
  • Schedule regular eye exams with your eye doctor. This is important so that they can check your eye health and ensure that you have an accurate and updated contact lens prescription.


Call Today

Ready to make the switch from eyeglasses to contact lenses? Our eye doctors can help ensure you find the perfect type of lens for your ocular needs. To find out more, visit our Calgary eye clinic at 3625 Shaganappi Trail NW (Next to Milestones) Calgary, Alberta, T3A 0E2.

Alternatively, you can contact us at 403-286-4884 or fill in our online contact form.

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