CONTACT LENSES. WANT TO TRY THEM?

  Tired of wearing eyeglasses all the time? Want to try contact lenses? Then book a Contact Lens exam with our Optometrist.
A contact lens exam is different from your eyeglass prescription and centres around fitting you in a contact lens that is optimal for your vision and most comfortable for your eyes. We have a number of people coming into our store with an eyeglass prescription asking to buy contact lenses, but the key information needed with regard to a contact lens purchase are the contact lens prescription, type of contact lens prescribed along with the base curve. This information is not provided as part of a regular eye exam.
 There are many brands of contact lens available on the market. What is optimal for you is based on your prescription, the curve of your eye and usage requirements. Are you prone to dry eyes? If this is the case, you may need a lens which provides more moisture. As all these elements can change with time they will be readdressed if you are a repeat contact lens wearer. If you are new to the process, the doctor will teach you about proper hygiene procedures as well as inserting and removing contact lenses. In all cases, you will be given a pair of trial lenses to try out for a week after which time you will return for a follow up exam. Once your Contact lens prescription is finalized you are ready to order your lenses!
Contact lenses can provide a useful alternative to eyeglasses…for a special occasion or during sports activities. Some people opt to wear contact lenses on a daily basis. Whatever your needs, talk to your Eyecare provider and book an appointment with our Optometrist today.
Ordering Contact Lenses
Once your prescription has been finalized you may either come in or call us to order your contact lenses. We offer discounted rates for our patients. Orders usually arrive within 3-7 business days.

SENIORS NEED EYE EXAMS

As we age, our eyes are more susceptible to change and it is important to stay on top of those changes with a routine eye exam. Using lenses with an updated prescription will allow for optimal performance and best possible vision. Your Optometrist will also be able to check for any eye health problems. Early detection is key. There are a number of conditions that your Optometrist may detect. They include
-Diabetes
-Glaucoma
-Cataracts
-Macular Degeneration
Medical Services Plan will cover a portion of the cost of your eye exam once a year, with a valid BC Care Card for Seniors 65 years and over.
Eye Exam Tips
Your eye exam with our Optometrist may take up to 40 minutes. The Doctor may dilate your pupils so your eyes may be sensitive for a period of time after the exam. Bring sunglasses with you to help with the light sensitivity and if you are driving, you may need to wait for a short period so keep this in mind or bring a driver.
Our office works with a large a number of Senior patients. If you have any questions about the eye exam, please feel free to call us.
Eyeglasses
If you wish to purchase eyeglasses, we have a wide range of frames to choose from and our licensed Optician can help you in the frame selection process as well as find an optimal solution to fill your prescription needs.

Anti-Reflective Coatings

 

Anti-reflective coatings. Do I really need these coatings? Are they worth the money?

When you buy lenses you will often be presented with the option to add coatings, specifically anti-reflective or no-glare lenses. With the additional cost you may decide to skimp out but here are some reasons why these coatings make all the difference to your overall visual experience.

Your lens is a highly reflective surface and acts like a mirror reflecting light away from the lens. Therefore instead of receiving 100% of the light rays through the lens, you receive much less resulting in less than crisp vision. The reflection of light rays off the surface of the lens results in glare which is uncomfortable for the eye.

At night especially, in the absence of AR coating, reflections travelling backwards can cause the appearance of “ghost images” which can be hazardous by causing a distraction. Anti Reflective coatings also provide greater comfort and reduce eyestrain when driving at night and also during prolonged computer use.

From an aesthetic standpoint, AR coatings make your eyeglass lens look nearly invisible. Therefore your eyeglasses look more attractive and your appearance is enhanced by allowing your eyes to be seen without the distraction of reflection.

Anti-reflective coatings can be applied to all lens types from single vision to bifocal to progressive lenses. It is also a good idea for sunglasses (the back surface of the lens) as it eliminates glare resulting from sunlight reflecting from the back surface of the tinted lens when the sun is behind you.

The benefits of anti-reflective coatings are a huge factor in ensuring you receive optimal performance from your lenses. From regular AR to premium coatings, ask your eye care professional for your options when making your next eyewear purchase.