3 Reasons Why You Should Never Wear Poor Fitting Contact Lenses

 3 Reasons Why You Should Never Wear Poor Fitting Contact Lenses

Are you considering switching from eyeglasses to contact lenses? Here’s why it’s important to visit our Calgary vision centre and how our opticians can help you find the best pair of lenses for your needs.

Contact lenses are a safe, comfortable, and convenient alternative to traditional eyeglasses. Patients of all ages can be fitted for them and they come with a host of incredible benefits, including:

  • Wider visual access
  • Greater eye comfort
  • Help maintain a natural appearance
  • Better and safer athletic performance
  • Less visual distortion

However, before you purchase any contact lenses, it’s imperative to visit your local optician. He/she is in the best position to help determine which type of lenses are safe and well-suited for your needs.


Comprehensive Contact Lens Fittings at our Calgary Vision Centre

At Blink Eyewear, our qualified optometrists offer comprehensive contact lens fittings for patients of various ages. During the appointment at our Calgary vision centre, our opticians will check your overall eye health and determine the best type of contact lenses for your particular needs.

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3 Dangers of Wearing Ill-Fitting Contact Lenses

If you do decide to try contact lenses, it’s important to ensure that the lenses fit properly and that you understand how to take care of them properly. Failing to do so can lead to a number of ocular problems, such as:

1. Corneal Abrasions

A corneal abrasion is a scratch on the surface of your eye. It is most often the result of wearing ill-fitting contact lenses that are not suited to your eyes. If a corneal abrasion goes untreated, it can develop into an infection or an ulcer. This can result in permanent damage to your eye, or even vision loss.

2. Tight Lens Syndrome

If your contact lens fits too tightly on the eye, it can deprive your cornea of needed oxygen and nutrients, leading to discomfort, and tight lens syndrome. If you continue wearing a contact lens that fits too tightly, it can lead to serious eye problems, such as:

  • Corneal ulcers
  • Loss of vision
  • Eye infections
  • Eye irritation and redness

What to do if your lens is too tight: You should carefully remove the lens to avoid causing a corneal abrasion and rewetting drops should be applied to your eye. You should also visit your optometrist and they can help you find a better fitting lens.

3. Contact Lens Intolerance

What many people aren’t aware of is that if you wear ill-fitting contact lenses for a prolonged period of time, then there is a high chance that you will develop an intolerance to contact lenses. This means that you will be forced to either undergo laser vision correction or use eyeglasses.


Why is a Contact Lens Fitting so Important?

Contact lenses are not a one-size-fits-all solution. To safely correct your vision, they require a special fitting and there are many problems that can develop due to ill-fitting contact lenses, such as vision loss and corneal infections.

During your contact lens fitting, your optometrist will perform a variety of measurements to ensure your lenses are comfortable and providing you with perfect vision clarity. To ensure you find the right pair, they will measure:

  • The curvature of your cornea
  • You iris and/or pupil size
  • Whether you have enough tear film to keep the lenses moist

Find The Perfect Pair of Contact Lenses

Are you considering switching from eyeglasses to contact lenses? To find out more about our comprehensive contact lens fittings and how our optometrists can help safely correct your vision,  visit one of our three branches, Crowfoot (67 Crowfoot Terrace NW, T3G 4J8), West Springs (1009 873 85 St SW, T3H 0J5) or Creekside (12192 Symons Valley Rd NW, T3P 0A3).

Alternatively, you can contact our team at our Crowfoot Branch (403-547-5417), West Springs (403-242-0999) or Creekside (403-516-2292).

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