Thinking About Lenses? Get a Contact Lens Exam First!
Switching from frames to contact lenses can do wonders for your lifestyle – they’re convenient, inexpensive and can now be made to correct most refractive errors.
However, not all eyes are created equal and a quick contact lens exam will help inform us on a few crucial factors:
Whether your eye health will allow lenses
Your new prescription, which is different from your eyeglasses
How your lifestyle affects your options
The ideal fit based on your eye shape, size, and curvature
What to Expect From Your Exam
Eye health – Lenses are about living well, and good eye health will make that even easier. We assess every part of your eye, looking for tell-tale signs of diseases or abnormalities.
Visual acuity – Any unexpected gaps in your eyesight? We’ll let you know, and create a precise prescription to bring your sight back to 20:20.
A Contact Lens Fitting is Beneficial
Optimum comfort – The eye is a very sensitive organ, and when aggravated it makes the entire body feel tired and irritable. Tailored lenses will fit seamlessly onto the eye and you’ll barely know they’re there.
Lifestyle-oriented lenses – Lenses can be daily, weekly or long-term. Your doctor will lead an in-depth discussion about your lifestyle and habits, before recommending the ideal lens type for you.
Contact lens trial – There’s no sense hanging around – once we have your prescription, you’ll take a pair of lenses home that same day to test. We’ll also teach you how to insert and remove them without hurting your eye!
How Eye Health Affects Contact Lenses
Dry eye syndrome is an eye condition caused by a lack of moisture in the eye. It causes redness, itchiness and possibly inflammation, and irritation is often increased by using lenses.
Our exam will screen for any other diseases which may cause discomfort or inhibit your use of lenses. We can also make recommendations for speciality lenses which help retain moisture, or treat underlying conditions and fit contact lenses in the future.
Do You Know About Speciality Lenses?
The benefits of using contact lenses are not always about vision correction. Dry eye, for example, can be treated using scleral lenses. These have a larger surface area than normal contacts and have a moisture-reservoir, helping to lubricate the eye.
Similarly, gas permeable, multi-focal and orthokeratology lenses are all possible ways to implement myopia control, to help treat nearsightedness.
If you’re suffering from any condition or having discomfort with your eyes, contact us – eye care is our world, and you’d be amazed at what we can do to improve your eye health.
Brands We Carry
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 contact lens in the ACUVUE® brand family. Choose from: 1 DAY ACUVUE® MOIST, ACUVUE® OASYS 1 DAY with Hydraluxe™ technology, ACUVUE® MOIST MULTIFOCAL, ACUVUE® VITA®, ACUVUE OASYS® … and more! Best of all, the entire ACUVUE® portfolio has industry-leading UV protection.
Say good-bye to dry with one of Canada’s most trusted brands by Canadian Eye Care Professionals because of their comfort. This contact lens features next generation HYDRACLEAR PLUS Technology that can keep your eyes comfortable all day long, even in the dry surroundings that Alberta can offer.
An innovative contact lens designed to help maintain the natural state of your eye. As the first and only daily disposable contact lens made with Hydroclear Technology.
Utilizing silicon hydrogel technology, Air Optix contact lenses are well known for comfort and oxygen permeability. They are available in a variety of prescriptions and varieties, including toric lenses.
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.
Bausch and Lomb
The company is one of the best-known and most respected healthcare brands in the world, 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.
Bio True One Day
Biotrue ONEday lenses are designed to work like your eyes, for comfortable vision throughout the day. This revolutionary new lens material, inspired by the biology of the eye: Matches the moisture level of the natural eye; Mimics one of your own tear’s barriers to dehydration, with a wetting agent enriched at surface of lens.
Unlike many other silicone hydrogel lenses, Biofinity contact lenses incorporate a naturally wettable material that maintains a hydrophilic (water loving) property throughout the lens. This means no surface treatments, additives, coatings or wetting agents are needed.
As we grow older we lose the ability to focus on up close objects, especially at night. This condition is known as presbyopia and begins around age 40. Balanced Progressive™ technology allows users of Cooper’s multifocal lenses to focus with ease and provides long lasting, 30 day comfort.
Eye Care Professionals Can Begin Fitting the World’s First One-Day Soft Contact Lens Shown to Substantially Slow the Progression of Myopia in Children. Millions of children across Canada are poised to benefit from a breakthrough therapy that addresses the fast-growing issue of myopia (nearsightedness), which is projected to negatively affect more than 50 percent of the world’s population by 20502. CooperVision MiSight® 1 day contact lenses are now available for fitting by Eye Care Professionals. It is the world’s first one-day soft contact lens clinically proven to substantially slow the progression of myopia in children.
Proclear by CooperVision are a line of daily-disposable contact lenses with options available for nearly every corrective lens prescription need, including options for astigmatism. They feature Phosphorylcholine, a material that attracts water and encourages healthy eye hydration.
Dailies Aqua Comfort Plus
Anyone who wears contact lenses knows the challenge in keeping them hydrated. Now imagine being able to do this with a simple blink of the eye. All day comfort is a reality with blink-activated moisture technology. Experience the comfort and convenience that these lens can offer.
The world leader in corrective lenses, Essilor is present in more than 100 countries with a wide range of lenses to suit a variety of lifestyle needs. Protect your eyesight with innovative lenses tailored to your prescription.
Precision Contact Lenses carry 34 years of quality and innovation with them. Every one of these speciality lenses are made to order, providing vision quality and comfort that is tailored to your exact needs.
Suited for people that spend long hours in front of computers. Moisture Seal technology helps to prevent dry lenses while giving users end of day comfort. Patients agree that Ultra lenses provide superior quality and vision.
Visit Us Today
You can find us on the corner of St. Paul Street and 3rd Avenue. We are 3 blocks down 3rd Avenue from Royal Inland Hospital, towards downtown. Our office is across the street from the Telus Store and Stuart Wood school yard (where the summer Farmer’s Market is on Saturdays).
“I’m from out of town and I needed to have my frames replaced. Nicky from the lab helped me reach out to my house of vision from my hometown. A replacement pair was sent here from home! I am very pleased with the service and work done. I would choose this place as my go to if I were to ever move to Kamloops!”
“Beautiful, inviting office. Very friendly staff. Efficient appointment. 10/10!”
“Brought in a broken pair of glasses that the frames had been discontinued. Nicky and Tracy went out of their way to find a replacement set of frames, when other shops just told me they couldn’t help. Thank you again”
Something blew under my safety glasses at work today. I was in agony after flushing my eyes several times and called around to local offices to see if I could get in. I’m new in town, and luckily I happened to ask someone who recommended Nicola Eye Care. When they heard what was going on, they told me to come right away. The front desk staff were unforgettably amazing to me and even took me outside afterward to point to the nearest drugstores. Dr. Ann Byard was very sweet and gentle and explained that I had a giant corneal abrasion. I appreciate everything you did for me today. I’d be at home terrified and probably still trying to find the non-existent thing that feels like it’s in my eye right now if I hadn’t gotten into your office so quickly. Many thanks!