Make a Statement with Contact Lenses in Vancouver

If you decide to get fitted for contact lenses instead of glasses, you have chosen a modern and practically invisible way to address your vision problems. A contact lens exam in Vancouver at Granville Mall Optical can help to identify issues you may be having with your vision and correct them with the proper contact lenses. There are two steps to getting contact lenses: going in for a consultation, and going in for a contact lens fitting. Each session has a unique purpose but you will need to attend both before a proper course of action can be taken.

Why is a Contact Lens Exam Important?
It’s important to have your eyes checked regularly, something we can take care of during a routine eye exam. A separate contact lens exam in Vancouver is important for individuals who feel that glasses are not for them. Do you lose your glasses often? Do you simply not like the way you look in glasses? Contact lenses provide an alternative that looks and feel natural. Granville Mall Optical can help determine if contact lenses are right for you!

How is a Contact Lens Exam in Vancouver Different from a Comprehensive Eye Exam?
During a normal comprehensive eye exam, your doctor will check for serious health risks. Signs of hypertension and diabetes can be discovered by simply looking into a patient’s eyes. They will also check for specific eye problems, like glaucoma. Checking the sharpness of your vision, the fluid pressure in your eyes, the way your eyes work together, and determining any changes to your prescription are all parts of a comprehensive eye exam. During the exam, the doctor will determine any problems that would prevent you from wearing contact lenses.

However, if you want to wear contact lenses, you will need a contact lens exam in Vancouver in addition to a comprehensive eye exam. During the contact lens exam, your eye surface will be measured to determine the best size contact lens for you. Your doctor will ask you what kind of lifestyle you live in order to get the best fit. For example, would you prefer daily or monthly disposable contact lenses? Do you need a lens that can handle the active lifestyle of an athlete? Or are you a business traveller who sleeps with your contacts in? Also during the exam, you can discuss with your doctor the cosmetics of your contacts, such as contact colouring.

Contact Lens Fitting: The Final Step
Once your exam is complete, a contact lens fitting in Vancouver is the next step. This step takes more extensive measurements of your eyes to make sure you get the best and most comfortable fitting lenses. Here are some of the steps taken during the fitting:

  • Corneal curvature measurement: This is a measurement of the front surface of the eye, which can affect the shape of your contact lens. If you have astigmatism, your eye won’t be perfectly rounded, and specialty “toric” contact lenses will need to be used.
  • Pupil size measurement: The doctor will measure your pupil or iris (which is the coloured part of eye). This is particularly necessary if you are considering getting a specialized contact lens, like those that are Gas Permeable (GP).
  • Tear film evaluation: This evaluation tests your eyes’ ability to produce tears sufficiently enough to keep your contact lenses moist. If you have dry eye syndrome or have a weak tear film, you may need contact lenses that specialize in maintaining moisture.

During the contact lens fitting in Vancouver, your doctor may ask you to try on similar pairs of lenses to see if they work on your eyes. It’s best to have these test contacts in for about 15 minutes to get a feel for them. If they feel fine, great! If not, the doctor can have you try other pairs until the best fit is found.

Once you get your new contact lenses, we recommend scheduling a follow-up appointment to ensure you are seeing clearly and comfortably with your contacts. If you have any dryness or discomfort in your eyes, you should see the eye doctor immediately.

To get started on the process to get comfortable, durable contact lenses, give us a call today. We can schedule your consultation appointment over the phone.

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