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BEHIND THE LENS: UNDERSTANDING THE IMPORTANCE OF PRESCRIPTION LENSES


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The eyes are a vital sensory organ that is crucial to proper function and development. With more than eight million Canadians suffering from eye disease, maintaining ocular health is more important than ever.


Life moves quickly, so why let poor vision keep you from experiencing the best of it? From enhanced vision to early diagnosis of eye conditions, continue reading to discover how prescription lenses can dramatically improve your quality of life.



IMPORTANCE OF EYE EXAMS

Annual eye exams are essential for the health and quality of your eyesight. Optometrists assess your medical history, peripheral vision, eye coordination, and visual acuity.


Those without vision problems should still get regular eye checkups, as they reveal underlying eye and health issues that only your optometrist can detect. Common eye disorders include amblyopia, strabismus, cataracts, glaucoma, retinal detachments, and age-related macular degeneration.


BENEFITS OF PRESCRIPTION LENSES

Compared to eyeglasses, contact lenses provide a wider field of vision. They're tailored to accommodate the wearer's preferences regarding the look, the feel, and the cost of prescription lenses. They can also correct vision problems caused by astigmatism, nearsightedness, or farsightedness.


TYPES OF CONTACT LENSES

Improving your vision starts with finding the best optometrist and lens option for you. Here are the main types of contact lenses to choose from to help you get started:


Daily Soft Contact Lenses

Single-use lenses are removed and discarded daily. Hygienic and easy, they come in several tints and can be used daily as bifocals. While replacement is more frequent, the risk of eye infections is reduced.


Rigid Gas-Permeable Contact Lenses

These lenses are durable, oxygen-permeable, customized to your cornea shape, and easy to clean. However, these long-wear contact lenses may require more time to adjust to than their softer counterparts.


Soft Planned Replacement Contact Lenses

These types of contact lenses are worn for a prescribed period before being replaced biweekly, monthly, or quarterly, depending on your optometrist's recommendations. However, wearing contact lenses longer than your eye care doctor prescribes may lead to eye irritation.


Disposable Extended-Wear Contact Lenses

These soft, oxygen-permeable lenses can be worn overnight or continuously from one to six nights and up to 30 days. However, shortening the wear time is advised to prevent the risk of eye infection.


Extended-Use Contact Lenses

These convenient and cost-effective lenses can be worn overnight since they supply sufficient oxygen flow. Soft and rigid gas-permeable lenses can last a month without removal or replacement.


Avoiding complications requires regular optometrist visits. Be sure to have an eye exam so your doctor can assess your tolerance to overnight contacts.


VISIT YOUR OPTOMETRIST

Good eye health begins with a reputable optometrist you can trust. Dr. Holly Parker strives to deliver exceptional service through in-depth analysis, innovative technology, and individualized treatment.


With years of experience caring for residents in the surrounding area, this family-friendly establishment ensures its products and services are of the highest quality.


FOCUS ON YOU

Your eyes are a reflection of your overall health. Understanding the importance of healthy eyesight is vital to a high quality of life. 


Our goal is to enhance your vision with prescription lenses tailored to meet your optical needs. Prioritize your eye health and focus on what matters. Visit Dr. Holly Parker today!



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