Thinking about ordering contacts online? Think again! Many online companies add additional handling (not shipping) charges which makes their price higher than posted. The fact is, after rebate our office competitive prices and quality service for all the contact lenses we sell. Torn contact? Change in prescription? We can resolve all problems with contact lenses purchased from us. It’s the kind of service many come to expect from Calgary Vision Care.
Here are some helpful reminders to aid you with your contact lens care. Remember if your eyes are sore and/or red discontinue your contact lens wear immediately and call our office to schedule an appointment with one of our doctors. (403) 457 – 3935

The Basics of Soft Contact Lens Care:

  1. Wash your hands before handling your contact lens as to avoid transferring dirt, bacteria, viruses and fungi to your eye. Dry your hands with a lint-free towel and stay away from washing your hands with moisturizing soaps if at all possible, as they are not good for contact lenses.
  2. Rinse the lens with fresh solution to remove the loosened debris that was broken down during storage: rinsing is an important step.
  3. Place the lens on the tip of your index finger; ensure the lens looks like a bowl with the lens edges up and in (Do the Taco test if you are not sure!).
  4. Using your middle finger of the same hand, pull your lower eyelid down pinning the eyelashes and using the opposite hand raise your upper eyelid pinning those eyelashes.
  5. Looking in the mirror bring the lens as close to your eye as possible and ensure it is centered. Once centered look slightly up and slowly continue moving the lens forward until it contacts the eye. SLOWLY close your eye and look side to side to help center the lens.
  1. Wash your hands before handling your contact lens as to avoid transferring dirt, bacteria, viruses and fungi to your eye. Dry your hands with a lint-free towel and stay away from washing your hands with moisturizing soaps if at all possible, as they are not good for contact lenses.
  2. Always start with the right eye when inserting and removing your contact lens. Remove the lens and clean it by placing it in the palm of your hand, adding a few drops of solution, and GENTLY rubbing it in a circular motion for 3 seconds. Cleaning the lens prior to storing it can remove up to 80% of eye-produced protein buildup, cosmetics and other debris that coats the lens. The FDA recommends that you rub the lens in the palm of your hand with a few drops of solution, even if you are using a “no-rub” product.
  3. Place the lens in your clean lens case or lens holder and fill with fresh solution. DO NOT reuse or “top off” your old solution as the solution is made for one time disinfecting use. Disinfecting kills microorganisms on the lens and prevents eye infection. The disinfection time varies from product to product therefore check the package for details or simply ask us. Most solutions require the lens to be stored in the solution for a minimum of 6hrs.

Quick Tips:

  • Eye dryness and irritation: Use Contact Lens Eyedrops to lubricate your eyes and rewet your lenses. If your eyes feel dry, you may want to re-wet your contact lenses with Lubricating drops, Do Not rub your eyes as you may scratch the front surface of your eye.
  • Eye drops for contact lenses are specifically designed to rewet and lubricate your contacts. Make sure to choose a brand that is safe for contact lenses. Eye drops that are not meant for contact lenses can temporarily alter how a lens fits your eye, or discolor the lens.

    There are two types of Eye drop products, those in bottles (with preservatives) and those that are in disposable vials (preservative-free) that are usually only good for the day and may have expiration dates. The bottled tears generally last about two-three weeks after you open it.

  • Eye sensitivity and allergies. A small percentage of lens wearers develop sensitivities to the chemicals present in contact lens solutions. If this is the case with you, you don’t need an additional product: you just need to switch products OR move to a preservative-free product. If this happens to you come into our office for a complimentary sample so we can determine if that solution is right for you! (For Calgary Vision Care contact lens customers only, others are subject to a contact lens fee).

    Products for sensitive eyes help people who have allergic reactions to contact lens solutions. These allergies can sporadically begin even though you have been using the same products for years without difficulty. Symptoms may include itching, tearing, foreign body sensation, burning, redness and discharge. It’s important to see our doctors if you’re experiencing these symptoms, as they can have many causes.

Bifocal Lenses

Are you over the age of 40 and are having difficulty with focusing on things up close like texting on your phone or reading fine print in magazines and books? Then you may be suffering from a naturally occurring ocular condition called Presbyopia. But having presbyopia doesn’t limit you to readers, bifocals or progressives…. There is another option multi-focal contacts!

These new lenses help you see Distance, intermediate and near at any angle that means you can see read small print right in front of you and above as a opposed to being limited to just reading in the lower section of the glasses.

This type of vision correction is unlike previously used “Monovision” contacts because they allow you to see binoculary, that means you use both your eyes to see in the distance and near which drastically improves eye-hand coordination for all your close up activites.

For those who are sensitive to preservatives a hydrogen peroxide system may help (ie.Clear Care). An acidic solution, hydrogen peroxide, is used for cleaning, disinfecting, rinsing and storing your contact lenses. With this product, you place your lenses in the provided basket and rinse them, then fill the cup with solution up to the indicated line and then place the basket in the cup and screw till closed to clean and disinfect your lenses.

You must use the case provided by the cleaning system because it has a built-in neutralizer (to convert the hydrogen peroxide to water, so it doesn’t sting your eyes). Ensure the lenses are kept in the case for a minimum of 6hrs to allow of complete neutralization of the acid. Do not remove the lenses before this otherwise you will be inserting acidic lenses into your eyes.

After the lenses cleaned and neutralized, remove the lenses and rinse them with a separate multi-purpose solution before placing them in your eyes.

WARNING: DO NOT PUT THE CLEAR CARE SOLUTION ON THE LENS BEFORE INSERTING INTO YOUR EYES, AS IT IS AN ACID!

* If you mistakenly put the solution in your eyes, flush your eyes with saline solution (Multi-purpose contact lens solution), if you have none then use water. Flush for at LEAST 5 five minutes. Continue if eye still burns and contact our office or emergency if our office is closed.