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What are the Risks of Online Shopping for Contact Lenses and Glasses?

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The 'real deal' on contact lenses is that they are medical devices that require a proper fit, as one size does not fit all.  The fitting process needs a professional that has been trained to assess lens sizing, appropriate lens movement on the eye, and healthy eye response to lens wear over time.   Many people buy contact lenses online because of convenience and may not see that it is not always the least expensive option, and that wearing contact lenses requires maintenance.

Like driving your vehicle, if not maintained at least annually, problems are likely to arise.   Contact lenses can become warped, eyes can change shape, and change in environment, medications or pregnancy etc may affect lens wear.

From the Doctor's perspective, patients often report that their lenses feel dry.   When the doctor looks under the microscope,  the "dryness" is actually inflammation requiring more intense treatment than over the counter dry eye drops. Routine contact lens checkups ensure that serious eye complications are avoided.  At Foresight Eyecare, your Calgary AB optometrist, we also provide warranties, include replacement lenses if a lens is torn, defective, or a lens power change has occurred. We also keep you up to date on new lens technology to better suite your vision needs and lifestyle demands.

Drs. Leong and Bui focus their energies on total well being.  Many contact lens wearers rely on their contacts, and cannot remember the last time they updated their glasses.   A back up pair of glasses is important, so Foresight Eyecare provides special bundling packages for contact lenses, glasses and sunwear to ensure that the eyes stay protected.

If shopping for glasses online, you risk dealing with an unreliable reseller - a site that is dealing with grey market products or could go out of business.   Buying online does not always include Rx verification, advice on frame fit, adjustments, repairs, warranties and more.  Often P.D. measurements are requested by online sites, but they are missing the total positioning of the lens in front of the eye.  This can result in eye strain, headaches and other vision issues. Your Calgary eye doctors and trained technicians would look carefully at selecting the most suitable (not necessarily most expensive) lens material, design and coating that meet your daily needs, and find the best fitting frame also.

There is no safer and smarter substitute than dealing with eyecare professionals in your own backyard.  At Foresight Eyecare, our team enjoys getting to know our patients to provide optimal service, know-how and value.