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Contact Lenses at Southwood Eyecare

Are you tired of relying on glasses to see correctly? Glasses can improve your vision, but they are not the only option. Patients often choose contacts over eyeglasses because contacts offer a more natural appearance. Also, when you are wearing contacts, you won’t need to worry about your vision being obstructed by the condition of the eyeglass frame or lenses. If you are thinking about getting contacts, you will need to schedule an appointment with our optometry team at Southwood Eyecare in Calgary for a contact lens exam.

Determine Your Prescription

Our optometrists will assess your eyes’ health during your exam and look for warning signs of potential eye diseases. The next step for healthy eyes is finding a prescription that gives the patient the best vision. Contact lenses help patients who are myopic (nearsighted) or hyperopic (farsighted). Contacts are also prescribed for patients suffering from blurry vision caused by astigmatism or irregularly shaped corneas. Our team will work with you to find the right contacts for you during your contact lens exam.

Different Types of Contact Lenses

Patients often choose soft contact lenses for their vision correction. Patients find them very comfortable in their eyes and barely noticeable. Some soft contact lenses are daily worn lenses designed to be thrown away after use. Other soft contact lenses may call for a new pair every week or two.

Patients with astigmatism often prefer the sharpness of rigid gas permeable lenses to traditional soft contact lenses. Rigid gas permeable lenses can also help patients who suffer from dry eyes because they allow tears to get underneath them and form a cushioning layer between the lens and the eye.

Bifocals are a single set of lenses with two prescriptions in them. The top part of the bifocal helps correct nearsighted impairments, while the bottom part of the lens helps with farsighted issues. Bifocal contact lenses are multifocal lenses that can simultaneously correct both presbyopia and other refractive errors.

Contact Us for Eye Care Services from Our Optometrists in Southwest Calgary

Our eye doctors will give you a trial pair of lenses after your contact lens exam. During this visit, a technician will teach you how to insert the lenses, remove them, and how to clean and care for the lenses properly. If you are considering trying contact lenses or need a contact lens checkup, call us to schedule an appointment with our team at Southwood Eyecare in Calgary today.

Written by Dr. Shmyla Chaudhery

Dr. Shmyla Chaudhery was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She obtained a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Manitoba and later completed the Doctor of Optometry program at Illinois College of Optometry graduating with Magna Cum Laude honours. Dr. Chaudhery is also a member of the Beta Sigma Kappa International Optometric Honor Society and the Tomb and Key Honor Fraternity. She has experience with pediatric eye exams, ocular disease, specialty contact lenses, and vision therapy. During her spare time, she enjoys playing badminton and spending time with her husband and kids.
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