There are a few reasons why you might prefer contact lenses over glasses - from having a hassle-free vision correction to wearing non-prescription sunglasses or goggles. If you have a high prescription or astigmatism, contact lenses may provide more enhanced vision correction and field of view than glasses. Today, you can even replace your bifocal glasses with bifocal contact lenses.
Our eye doctors keep up to date with current technology in contact lenses and would be pleased to discuss contact lens options with you, whether you are a first time or current contact lens wearer.
After a comprehensive eye health and vision assessment, Dr. Roshni Echharam will discuss the variety of contact lens options with you to select the type of lens that best fits your vision needs and lifestyle. We carry a large variety of contact lenses from the most popular manufacturers. If you suffer from dry eye, allergies, or recurring eye infections, speak with our eye doctors to determine which contact lens modality will be best for you.
After the contact lens fitting is completed, our highly skilled technicians will then work with you one-on-one to teach you the correct method of inserting, removing, and cleaning your contact lenses. Appropriate contact lens care systems will be recommended to you based on the material and modality of the contact lens.
Soft contact lenses are comfortable to wear and must be replaced monthly, bi-weekly, or daily depending on the type selected for you. They can provide correction for most prescriptions including astigmatism. With the introduction of newer materials like silicone hydrogels, which allow more oxygen to the eye, soft contact lenses can be worn for longer periods with greater comfort.
Your reading difficulties don’t mean you have to change your lifestyle or your appearance. If you currently wear single vision contact lenses for distance, there’s no reason to give up the freedom you enjoy with your contact lenses. In addition, if you currently wear glasses and shudder at the thought of wearing tell-tale bifocals, our bifocal contact lenses may be the answer for you.
These lenses are made of an oxygen permeable polymer. RGP lenses offer very sharp vision and correct most vision conditions. They are more durable than soft contact lenses and can be easier to handle and care for but are usually associated with more initial discomfort and they require a longer adaptation period. Our doctors are highly skilled in fitting, prescribing and troubleshooting gas permeable contact lenses.
At North Toronto Medical Optometry and Vision Care, we fit even the most difficult eyes in contact lenses. We have gained expertise in fitting scleral contacts lenses for medical eye conditions such as complex post-refractive surgery cases, Keratoconus and after Corneal Transplantation Surgery. Scleral lenses are also highly effective for providing stable vision correction in many patients that have undergone Radial Keratotomy surgery (R-K surgery).
Dr. Echharam and Associates uses many advanced specialized contact lens designs including Rose K, and Scleral Contact Lenses like Blanchard MSD, One Fit 2.0, Onefit Medical, ICD FlexFit, and ZenLens to give her patients the best attainable result.
Scleral lenses are large-diameter lenses designed to vault the cornea and rest on the conjunctival tissue sitting on top of the sclera. The space between the back surface of the lens and the cornea acts as a fluid reservoir. Any irregularities in the corneal surface are filled in with a gentle layer of cushioning tear-like liquid that helps provide a smooth clear surface to optimize your vision. Scleral lenses can range in size from approximately 14.5mm up to 24.0mm.
If you’ve had trouble wearing contact lenses in the past, or you’ve been told that you are not a good candidate for contacts, large diameter scleral contact lenses may be the solution for you. Benefits of scleral lenses include:
Below is a video showing how to put in (plunger and tripod method) and remove the lenses
Orthokeratology is the use of overnight contact lens wear to temporary alter the shape of the corneas to allow for clear daytime vision without any contact lens use and to also slow down the progression of near-sightedness or myopia.
A variety of people are good candidates for Orthokeratology- adults of all ages who want to correct their myopia and/or have low to moderate astigmatism or children who would like their high or progressing myopia to be managed. Orthokeratology is a good option for those who are not eligible for surgery, are reluctant to get surgery, or do not want to worry about glasses and contact lenses.