New to contact lenses, or curious about the jargon that your optometrist uses to discuss your prescription? In this blog we explain the differences between the two varieties and why they remain equally viable options for contact wearers.
Technology Has Come A Long Way since the early days of contact lenses in the 1970s. Since then, hard and soft contact lenses have improved in quality due to the refinement of materials used to make them. Generally speaking, ‘hard contacts’ take their name because of the manner by which the polymer lenses retain their shape on the eye. Soft contacts, on the other hand, are made of a flexible plastic that changes shape.
Better Optics vs. Comfort: As there’s yet to be a contact lens invented that seamlessly brings the best of both varieties together, contact wearers and their optometrists will compare the benefits and drawbacks of each type of lens and find a match that best suits specific needs. Some contact wearers will even alternate between hard and soft contacts according to their lifestyle and the amount of hours they plan to wear them.
Quality is Improving for Both types of contact lenses. The popularity of soft contacts, when they first hit the market, was due to the comfortable shape. As the flexibility and breathability of hard lenses’ improves, their comfort improves, and many people still believe that the optic quality of hard lenses weighs out any other reason not to wear them.
If you’re not sure which type of contact lense is best for your lifestyle, why not speak to your optometrist about trying both? Especially if you’re a first-time wearer, having the option to switch back and forth may improve your introduction to the world of freedom contact lenses offer. Arrange an appointment with us today for your switch from glasses to contacts at 403-333-3353!
In most instances, vision problems have a very gradual onset. That means that the majority of people won’t have to receive urgent eye care in their lifetime. However, if issues develop with your retina, cornea, or lens, they can cause quick onsets of vision problems.
Speed: Some vision problems will occur and disappear, and they can be caused by a whole number of factors from light fatigue to acting as an indicator for a much greater physiological issue. When relaying information about quick-onset vision problems to your optometrist, try to provide as much information as possible. This should include details such as: 1) Has the problem occurred quickly and stayed, or has it been coming and going away? 2) Are you – or were you – experiencing pain? 3) What, if any, unexpected things are you seeing (flashing lights, dark spots, double vision)?
D.Eye.Y Diagnosis: It is difficult to tell exactly what part of your vision is being affected when you experience vision problems. The severity of vision problems often can’t be determined until pupils have been dilated and the eye can be properly examined. One thing that’s important to consider is that if a vision problem is likely to “go away”, it will probably do so in the first hour. For instance, if you have a sudden hypoglycemia-related migraine, your vision could be affected and you could be in a lot of pain, yet taking some time to rest and drinking plenty of fluids will begin remedy the problem in the first hour. On the other hand, a serious migraine or pain that won’t go away after the first hour will likely need professional care.
Vision Problems That Affect Your Independence should be immediately addressed. If a sudden onset of dark spots or double vision has rendered you unable to perform daily tasks, you should contact your optometrist, even if it hasn’t been very long since the issues appeared. What seems like a problem with your vision could indicate a greater physiological problem.
At Calgary’s Doig Optometry, both Dr. Chorel and Dr. Doig are experienced in dealing with urgent eye care needs. More importantly, we care about the wellbeing of all our patients, old and new. If you think you’re experiencing symptoms which require urgent eye care, call us at 403-333-3353.
When your loved ones keep asking “Why don’t you just get contacts?”, many glasses-wearers will have their comeback ready. Many believe that contacts are uncomfortable or unsafe, but these modern myths are about to get busted…
Myth-busting 101: Once upon a time, what we now call “hard contact lenses” were all that the optometry market had to offer. They were revolutionary at the time, but the materials used limited the amount of oxygen required for healthy eyes. This could make contacts feel dry and uncomfortable. But now, with years of innovation, contacts are more comfortable than ever before, and new materials help our eyes get the oxygen they need. If you haven’t tried contacts recently, you don’t know what you’re missing.
Glasses Keep Getting in the Way: Contacts are also great if you’ve recently become more active. If you have a new fitness routine, enjoy going out dancing with a partner, or love to get outdoors and enjoy the breathtaking sights that Alberta has to offer, you’re missing out on the possibilities that contacts can provide. Contacts are great for active lifestyles because you don’t have to worry about all the issues that come with glasses, such as:
Fogging Up, Falling Off, and Getting Wet. These are all sorts of things glasses wearers have to worry about. There’s nothing worse than going for a walk, run, or bike ride, and having to stop to wipe rain droplets from your glasses. With contacts, you can be as active and outdoorsy as you like. They’re also easier to pair with a good pair of UV protection sunglasses.
So get outside and enjoy the rest of summer while it lasts! Come in to Doig Optometry this August to try out contacts. Book an appointment with us by calling 403-333-3353.