Frequently Asked Questions

Can anybody wear contact lenses?
Almost everyone can wear contact lenses.

It is rare for us to encounter a client we cannot successfully fit. There are so many specialty lenses available today.

Can contacts be made in any prescription?
Yes!

Pretty much every prescription can be supplied in some type of contact lens.

Are soft lenses better than rigid gas permeable (RGP) lenses?
One lens is not better than the other. There are advantages to both lenses.

During your free consultation we'll be happy to evaluate your needs and make a recommendation.

Does it matter how old you are to start wearing contact lenses?

At CLS we've successfully fitted 1st time wearers as young as 3 months for medical reasons.

Fittings for cosmetic reasons are usually best left until 13 to 15 years of age unless there is a specific sports requirement. AOOK therapy is an option to completely free younger patients with strong sport demands from daytime contact lens or glasses wear. Of course, AOOK therapy can be used for patients of all ages.

Patients over 60 are often successfully fitted as first time wearers. Lenses can continue to be worn into your 80's and 90's, as long as no handling or eye health issues develop. We have even successfully fitted and trained a first time wearer at 99 (medically required).

How long will contact lenses last?
Soft lenses can be used one to 1.5 years.

Rigid lenses last between two to seven years.

Disposable lenses should be replaced according to their proscribed schedule. Make sure you ask your fitter.

Is it a good idea to come in for a check up from time to time?
Yes! The standards of care for Manitoba Opticians require follow up appointments to ensure eye health, proper fitting and good vision.

At CLS these follow up appointments are included in your fitting package. Following your successful fitting, it is recommended that you see your Optician at least once a year.

How long does it take to get the contact lenses or glasses?
CLS accesses a wide selection of contact lenses. If we do not have your lenses or trial lenses on hand, most will arrive within two to ten days.

Single vision glasses without custom work can be ready in one day.

Can I get a prescription for glasses done?
Yes. We can arrange an appointment with an Ophthalmologist or an Optometrist, either downtown or close to your work or home.

For your convenience we can coordinate your doctor's appointment with your fitting appointment at CLS.

How long will it take to get used to wearing contact lenses?
Many of our soft lens clients adapt to the contacts in as little as 10 - 15 minutes for comfort.

RGP corneal lenses will require from 2 to 21 days before they are completely comfortable. During the adaptation period you will be aware of the lenses but not uncomfortable. Scleral RGP are generally comfortable fairly quickly, just like soft lenses.

How much do contact lenses cost?
The type of lens & prescription will determine the cost of your lenses. We will be happy to give you a detailed quote once we have determined the most appropriate lenses for your eyes.

Why should I choose Contact Lens Services to supply my vision needs?
CLS is known for the extra time we spend training new wearers in the proper care & handling of their contact lenses.

With over 50 years of combined experience our two Contact Lens Licensed Opticians, who are both trained in specialty lenses, ensure the highest quality of care.

CLS specializes in bifocals, astigmatic, keratoconic, pediatric, trauma, & all difficult contact lens fittings.

CLS also carries a wide selection of designer frames, as well as thin lenses to supply the glasses needs of patients with strong prescriptions. We can also provide a good selection of quality non prescription sunglasses for use over contacts, etc., or with Rx.

CLS is one of the few offices in Manitoba that offers AOOK therapy using the BE retainer™ to give the wearer daytime freedom from contacts and glasses.

My child is starting to become near-sighted (myopic) at a very young age. Is it possible to slow the progression of myopia?
YES. There are soft and RGP contacts that have been and are being developed for this emerging contact lens field. There are also drug therapies.

Environmental factors like increasing the amount of time spent playing outdoors and minimizing the time the child spends on digital devices both appear to correlate to lower levels of myopic progression.

Where is Contact Lens Services located?
We are located on Graham Avenue in the first block east of the Bay, between Vaughan & Kennedy Street.

Our offices are on the third floor, 414 Graham. The foyer to our building is on the west side of the Kennedy and Graham Starbucks. Take the elevator to the third floor and our office will be directly in front of you. The Bay Parkade, or Medical Arts covered Parkade is recommended for parking.

Can I get tinted lenses to change the colour of my eyes?
YES! A wide range of tints from several manufacturers designed for both light & dark eyes is available in both soft and disposable options.

You can even get novelty lenses such as cat eye, blind eye, happy face, and many more.

We have a large selection of trial lenses that you can use to see your eyes in different colors. There is no obligation to buy. We even have custom tinted lenses that can be individually designed.

I wear bifocals/progressives. Can I get contacts?
YES! Many of our clients are wearing bifocal contacts.

Simultaneous vision bifocal contacts are circular in design. They are available in soft, disposible and rigid.

Contact lenses in a traditional translating bifocal design (like glasses), orientate automatically. They are available in primarily in rigid.

A wide range of products is available. We'll help you choose from rigid, soft, or disposable

Ask us how you can eliminate your need for daytime correction of presbyopia (bi-focal requirement).

What happens if I cannot get used to wearing contacts?
During our 3 month fitting period guarantee CLS will fine tune the fitting or visual acuity of the lenses as required. This may entail adjustment of the original lens or an exchange of the lens.

Partial refunds are available should the client be unable to successfully wear contact lenses by the end of the 3 month fitting period.

Will contacts freeze on my eyes?
NO!

During blinking the natural distribution of warm tears prevents freezing.

Can I swim with contacts?
YES! Keep in mind the increased risk of loss or contamination of the lenses while swimming.

Should swimming be a routine activity disposable lenses would be a good choice.

I'm starting to have trouble wearing my contacts. Can you help me?
YES! We have the expertise and the products that can help if your difficulties are due to dryness, discomfort, or poor vision.

In addition, as an alternative, AOOK therapy can be used to gently reshape the cornea to give you daytime freedom from contact lens wear or glasses.

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