FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
+ What should I bring?
Your Care Card, extended medical form if it requires our signature, a list of your medications, all current prescription glasses, reading glasses, and sunglasses.
+ What should I expect?
Your appointment may include a variety of vision testing, bright lights, and flashes. Expect your appointment at the clinic to last at least an hour as we perform a full eye health exam.
+ What does it mean to have my eyes dilated?
You may have dilating drops administered during your appointment. It will mainly affect your near vision, making it blurry up to arm's length distance. The drops last approximately 4 hours and will also make you sensitive to light, so we recommend you bring sunglasses for your own comfort after your exam.
When your pupils are dilated, we can use special instruments to see the eye's entire lens, which focuses light onto the retina (the light-sensitive tissue lining the back of the eye). The retina itself can also be seen, as well as the optic nerve, which sends signals from the retina to your brain where they are interpreted as images.
+ Can I drive if my eyes are dilated?
Legally by ICBC regulations, you are able to drive after having dilating drops administered, however, it's your personal preference if you feel comfortable enough to drive. We recommend having someone drive you if you are unsure how comfortable you will be driving.
+ Are Contact Lenses Right for Me?
Many people requiring vision correction can wear contact lenses without any problems or complications. New materials and lens care technologies have made today’s contact lenses more comfortable, safer and easier to wear. Consider the following to help assess whether they’re a choice you might consider.
+ How do contact lenses work?
Contact lenses are designed to rest on the cornea, the clear outer surface of the eye. They are held in place mainly by adhering to the tear film that covers the front of the eye and, to a lesser extent, by pressure from the eyelids.
As the eyelid blinks, it glides over the surface of the contact lens and causes it to move slightly. This movement allows the tears to provide necessary lubrication to the cornea and helps flush away debris between the cornea and the contact lens.
+ Would you like an alternative to wearing glasses?
Are there special occasions when you would prefer not to wear glasses? Do you find glasses get in the way when you play sports? Contact lenses can be used intermittently — for special occasions, while participating in sports or to match your fashion style – while glasses may suit your every day needs better for activities like work or school.
- Single-use, one-day disposable contact lenses are comfortable and easy to use. They do not require cleaning, you simply throw them away daily after each use.
- For those involved in sports and recreational activities, contact lenses offer a number of advantages. In addition to providing good peripheral vision, eliminating the problem of foggy or rain splattered lenses, and freeing you from worries about broken glasses, contact lenses also mean you can wear non-prescription protective eye wear.
+ What are the advantages of wearing contact lenses?
- Wearing contact lenses allows people to see your eyes better.
- Contact lenses may allow better vision correction due to the reduced obstruction from eyeglass frames.
- They provide excellent peripheral vision.
- They don’t get in the way during sports and other recreational activities.
+ What are the Disadvantages of wearing contact lenses?
- Contact lenses require adaptations. New soft lens wearers typically adjust to their lenses within a week. Rigid lenses generally require a longer adjustment period.
- Except for some daily disposable varieties, almost all lenses require regular cleaning and disinfection, a process that, although requiring only a few minutes a day, is more than some people are willing to undertake.
- Contact lenses have to be inserted and removed on a daily basis