Contact technology has thrived over the last couple of decades. Today, there are contacts available for the vast majority of prescriptions.
Choose from monofocal, bifocal, or multifocal lenses. If you have astigmatism, contacts are available to help correct your vision (called “toric lenses”).
Before you can get a prescription for contact lenses you need to get an eye exam. The eye exam will validate your prescription as well as note any medical conditions or changes in your eye health.
Your prescription will dictate the strength of the contact lens, but when it comes to actually choosing which lens is ideally suited for you there are a lot of things outside of the prescription taken into account.
Lifestyle factors play a significant role in influencing the contact lenses appropriate for you. The physical characteristics of your eyes – size, shape, curvature of the lens, etc. – also play a large role in finding the right lenses.
Our Optometrist will measure the surface of your eye to determine which brands and shapes would be the most comfortable.
Scleral contact lenses are for people with irregularly shaped corneas who cannot wear traditional contacts. If you would like to wear contacts but have been told in the past your eyes were unsuitable, you may find scleral contact lenses to be the solution.
Contact Lens Trials
Many brands of contact lenses offer trials. Trial fitting is a perfect way for us to ensure that the lenses are comfortable to wear and appropriate for your eyes. You will be fit with the trial, trained on how to insert, remove and care for your contact lenses if you are new to contacts and booked a follow up visit so we can assess the lenses after a week or two of wear.
Many types of contact lenses are suitable for overnight wear, though most are not. If you are unsure if the lenses you have are suitable for overnight wear, ask us; do not sleep with your contacts in until you know for sure.
Removing your contacts gives your eyes a chance to breathe. It also enables your eyelids to provide moisture and relief to your eyes via blinking).
Sleeping with a lens not designed for overnight wear can cause irritation or even infection. Other potential byproducts of wearing contacts overnight include dry eye, inflammation, conjunctivitis (red eye), and other (usually) minor impacts.
Do not wear contacts if your eye is injured, regardless of how minor. Even something as seemingly insignificant as a slight scratch can be greatly aggravated wearing contacts.
Once you begin wearing contacts you should come in for eye exams every year. Eyes change – sometimes rapidly – and regular eye exams will ensure that you stay on top of these changes.
We will provide a complete overview of proper contact lens care, storage, and use; we take great care during the eye exam to provide you with all the information you need.
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Since 2004, Dr. Peacock and Dr. Amarnath of NTOC have very capably managed my eye care needs in conjunction with my Ophthalmologist. As a regular patient at their clinic, I can attest to their competence and to their hightech equipment. The NTOC Optometrists have an excellent working relationship with the two Ophthalmologists who have privileges at Stevenson Memorial Hospital. This is so important to their patients who are determined to require the next level of eye care. Their staff are very pleasant, friendly and helpful. NTOC is a great place to entrust your eyes.
Dr. Amarnath and Dr. Peacock have been more than accommodating under both our planned and emergency situations. NTOC always provides flexible options and they are always happy to see us. Each visit is a very positive experience. The services and products they provide are comprehensive, but not high-pressured, and they provide service and guarantees that are much higher than industry standards. We totally enjoy and appreciate being their patients and recommend NTOC without reservation.
When I experienced a serious eye condition in 2006, I was very impressed with the knowledge, expertise, and quick response by Dr. Amarnath and his team at NTOC. I was referred to an eye specialist the very same day, and my follow-up care was thorough and efficient, even to this day. This team works with absolute professionalism, and I would highly recommend them to my family and friends.
I have been a patient of Dr. Peacock since 2002, and find him to be very competent and thorough. Dr.Peacock genuinely listens to any concerns I have about my eyes, and takes the time to enquire with interest about my family. His team is always pleasant, polite and helpful, making me feel very comfortable when I visit the clinic.
I was very impressed with my first visit. From the moment I walked in, the staff was more than friendly and she did her best to explain procedures and tests that would be done today. I am a very nervous eye patient and Dr. Peacock did everything to ease my tensions and explain all procedures. When choosing my glasses, I felt very confident in her suggestions and was very pleased with the time taken to ensure the correct choice and fit. All in all, I am thrilled with my choice of optometrist office. And, I look forward to my next visit. Something I have never experienced before. Thank you.