Contact lenses have long been the corrective
choice for people who prefer not to wear eyeglasses. For
particularly active people, eyeglasses may not be the most
These small plastic lenses require greater
responsibility for those who wear them. Your Optometrist
can specify for you the precise cleaning and care requirements
of your contact lenses. They can also provide a complete
fitting and consultation, allowing you to choose between
a variety of contact lens styles. The provincial Medical
Services Plan (MSP) does not provide coverage for contact
lens therapy, although there are some medical exceptions.
Your Optometrist will inform you of any charges that may
apply to your contact lens-related visits.
Soft contact lenses are easy to wear,
particularly for the first-time wearer, coming in a range
of disposable options from one day to one yearyour
Optometrist can recommend the best one for you.
Rigid gas-permeable (RGP) lenses are
more durable and may provide sharper vision, but since
they are not water permeable, they may be more difficult
Ortho-Keratology is a treatment for
myopia involving a progression of rigid contacts designed
to alter the shape of the cornea and eventually reduce
the wearers nearsightedness.
Extended wear lenses can be worn overnight
and continuously for up to one month (with the latest
lens materials available), but require more attentive
care to prevent infection and related extended wear problems
Disposable lenses are the most common,
and are discarded after a specified length of timereduced
cleaning time, costs and healthier eyes are among the
Toric lenses are specially curved lenses
designed to correct astigmatism [link to Common vision
problems > Astigmatism].
- There are a variety of other types,
including coloured, novelty and UV-blocking lenses, and
lenses for astigmatism and bifocal needs.
is provided for education and information, and is no substitute
for the advice of your optometrist. This information is
provided courtesy of the British Columbia Association of
Optometrists (B.C.A.O.). The B.C.A.O. assumes no responsibility
or liability arising from any errors or omissions or from
the use of any information contained herein.