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What to Expect From a Contact Lens Fitting

Are you considering switching from eyeglasses to contact lenses? Here’s what to expect from a contact lens fitting with your Calgary optometrist and why this appointment is so important.

There are many factors that go into choosing the best contact lens for each individual patient, which is why it’s so important to schedule a contact lens fitting with your Calgary eye doctor before you switch from eyeglasses to lenses. 

This appointment will allow your optometrist to: 

  • Determine the right contact lens prescription for you
  • Measure the curvature of your cornea to determine the right contact lens size for you
  • Advise on which type of lens (daily, weekly, monthly, etc.) will best fit your lifestyle
  • Determine which type of lens material will work best for you
  • Take into consideration any eye conditions you have and fit you with a specialty lens if necessary

Comprehensive Contact Lens Fittings in Calgary 

At our Calgary eye clinic in Market Mall, our team of highly experienced eye doctors can assess your lifestyle, eye health, and other factors to determine which type of contact lens is right for you. During the contact lens fitting, they can advise on how to put in and take out your lenses, and how to take care of them, to lower your risk of developing any infections and ensure your vision always stays clear. 

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What to Expect From a Contact Lens Fitting 

If you are thinking about getting contact lenses, the first step you will need to take is to have a comprehensive eye exam. During this appointment, your eye doctor will determine your prescription and ensure that your eyes are healthy enough to wear contacts. After the exam, you will need a contact lens fitting. 

This will give your optometrist all the information necessary to prescribe the right contacts for you. Here’s what you can expect from the appointment:

1. Discussion of Lens Preferences and Options

During the contact lens fitting, your eye doctor will ask you about your lifestyle, as this will help them figure out which type of lenses are best for you. There are many options available, including: 

  • Soft contact lenses
  • Rigid gas permeable contact lenses
  • Extended wear contact lenses
  • Disposable contact lenses

For patients with harder to fit eyes, your optometrist may suggest yearly lenses, or in some cases, hard lenses could be prescribed. 


2. Taking Measurements

Your eye doctor will then take measurements of your eyes to ensure you find the best fitting contact lenses for your specific needs. These will include: 

  • Measurements to check the curve and diameter you will need in your lenses
  • Measurements of your pupil and iris
  • Tear film evaluation to ensure your eyes make enough tears to keep your contacts moist

Contact lenses typically sit directly on the cornea, which is why it’s so important that the measurements of your contact lenses are 100 per cent accurate, to ensure a comfortable and healthy fit. 


3. Contact Lens Instruction

Once your eye doctor has determined the best type of lenses for you, they will then show you how to put in your contact lenses and take them out safely. During this appointment, you will also learn how to care for your contacts properly. 

This is important because proper contact lens care will: 

  • Lower your risk of infection
  • Help you avoid any discomfort, redness, or irritation
  • Keep your vision clear
  • Ensure you enjoy optimal eye health

Contact lenses are a convenient and easy way to correct your vision, but they are medical devices that need to be treated with care. Looking after your lenses properly will ensure your eyes aren’t at risk of developing infections. 


Contact Us

To find out more about comprehensive eye exams and contact lens fittings at our Calgary eye clinic in Market Mall, and how our optometrists can help you find the perfect type of lenses for your needs, contact us at 403-286-4884 or fill in our online contact form.

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