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This article will be great for those who are thinking about trying contact lenses for the first time or just want greater knowledge for the next time you order contacts.

We will be outlining the different wearing schedules for contact lenses including hours per day and the do’s and don’ts of contact lens wearing.

We’ll start off with when contact lenses are not a suitable option and its best to keep your glasses on.

There are some environments which contacts aren’t the greatest for. Ideally, you want to avoid wearing contact lenses in an atmosphere of chemicals and heat. Situations with chemicals and or heat can make wearing contact lenses uncomfortable and even unsafe. Ladies, when you are applying hair spray or any other chemical you want to keep your eyes closed during that time, or have your glasses on and insert your contacts later.

There are 3 wearing schedule contact lenses. Available are daily, bi- weekly and monthly lenses.

Daily lenses come in packs of 30 or 90 and are meant to be worn up to 12 hours in one day and then tossed away. There is no cleaning, no storing and no bacteria build up with Daily lenses making them the healthier, cleaner option. Daily lenses are most ideal for new wearers, teens, and for those who only want to wear contacts for sports or special occasions. Almost all manufacturers offer a version of daily lenses. To see which is best for your schedule and prescription, Mezmereyes Optical contact lens selection has an option that’s best for you

Bi Weekly lenses are created by Johnson & Johnson Acuvue Oasys and are rated as highly comfortable amongst wearers for reusable lenses. Once opened from the factory seal, you can wear each pair for up to 14 days, with maximum 15 hours a day to wear. MezmerEyes Optical Oasys is in stock for most prescription.

In Canada, the longest wearing reusable lens is a monthly lens. While other countries may have annual or semi-annual lenses, Health Canada keeps 30 days as the longest reusable lens. Ideally, the less you wear a lens, the cleaner and safer it remains. With monthly lenses, there are 15-hour lenses and 24-hour lenses available. That’s right, there are lenses in which you can nap, that re still breathable and comfortable, just remove and give a light clean after waking up. At Mezmereyes Biofinity lenses are easily available in sphere, toric, multi focal and high astigmatism prescriptions.

For those of you who live an active lifestyle and wear glasses, you know how tricky it can be to find the right pair. Just by taking a jog, one can realise how much your glasses move and perhaps fall off, as well as discolouring of your new frames based on the acid from your sweat, you know this is not what was meant when they said “no pain, no gain”.

Here is a healthy guide to help you choose the right pair of sport.

What’s the difference in Sports Goggles

If you have been playing physical activities with your glasses on, and you notice your glasses are distracting you, it is time to consider a specialty pair of sport glasses or sunglasses. Sport sunglasses will take away most discomfort and distractions that occur, to help you keep your eyes on the prize!

There are a couple key design changes that make sport glasses more effective than your everyday casual eyewear.

Some of the common sports glasses makers are Oakley, RayBan and Maui Jim, IC! Berlin amongst others, which MezmerEyes Optical has the best selection of sports eyewear. They come with full UV Protection and most even come polarized with a poly carbonate shatter resistant lens which is also a lightweight lens.

The design of sports glasses are more wrapped, to replicate the curve of your face, making sports glasses more aerodynamic, but also better peripheral view.

Some sports glasses also come with a straight temple, instead of curved temples. This eases the pressure on your bone behind your ear and reduces the amount your glasses slide and move out of place.

Tips for Choosing the Right Sport Glasses

  • Choose a frame that you know is well manufactured. A reputable brand is the easiest way. Maui Jim, Oakley and Ray Ban all offer high quality metals and plastics for there frame with a 1 year warranty.
  • Lens is key. Find a frame in which the lens is not obstructing your peripheral vision and the tint is the right colour for you to play your best. Polarized lenses give a sharper, clearer vision which is a bonus.
  • When trying on your new frame, make sure there is no added pressure behind your ears. You want it to be snug, but not tight. A slight adjustment can do the final trick.

Once you have gone through this checklist, you have now given yourself the best options to see what works best for you based on your activities, and frame style. Once you selected the right pair, your ready to conquer the task!

At MezmerEyes Optical we pride ourselves on serving the best lenses with the newest technologies, to help you see sharper, easier. Whether its for single vision lenses or progressive lenses, for computer or for driving, there is a specific lens available to make your life easier!

To clear our any confusion, depending on the lens manufacturer, they may use the term “Digital”, “Free Form”, “Non- Conventional” & “High Definition” which all essentially represent the same idea for the newest methods of making a lens.

As our Registered Optician graduated in 2009, he has minimum interest in using conventional lenses made using methods from his childhood. Instead there is a wide variety of High Definition lenses for patients to choose from in which there is great familiarity with these newer lenses, cleaner coatings at a price that makes older conventional lenses overpriced.

Hearing your coworkers, or family members talk about their new glasses you may be wondering about some of the terms or features they are mentioning such as Crizal, Varilux, SeeCoat or Nikon W.

We will take a closer look at what 30 years of lens progress has gotten us.

Conventional:

The process of making a conventional lens is a very hands-on routine. The lab technicians spend a great amount of time and skill to precisely apply your prescription to the correct lens material.

Lab technicians are in charge of making sure the materials they select for your lenses  are the most suitable to match your prescription. The lenses have to be laid out, placed with a tracer and then cut, marked, and blocked all before they can be processed. If all goes right, these tools get the Rx within 1/10 of a diopter of the actual prescription.  Then the lenses are placed in an anti molecule chamber to have scratch-resistant and anti glare added to them.

Digitally Surfaced Lenses

What a difference 30 years of research and development makes!

New digital lenses are created… digitally. Meaning the computer sets the markings, prescription and cutting electronically using a diamond point cutter creating a much clearer and more precise lens. With high-definition lenses, the prescription is placed in the back of the lens. High-definition lenses are semi custom made, due to the fact that they can be customized with the patients viewing distance, seg heights and specialty tasks. Because of this technological breakthrough, prescription lenses are now up to 10 more precise then conventional lenses.

As you now learned, its not the best to see your future, if you can’t see clearly!

Destroy Covid-19, not your frames

In order not to damage eyewear AVOID cleaning with:
  • Acid based chemicals
  • Solutions and wipes with high alcohol content
In today’s world where hygiene and precautions are taken in every aspect of our life, we must take a minute to make sure our spectacles are also bacteria free. Covid- 19 has a lipid or greasy membrane. This means most ready to use disinfecting cleaners will do a great job on surfaces to destroy any lipid membranes. However, these cleaners with there alcohol level can have a high chance of destroying your frames by causing discolouring on metal or plastic frames and or lenses.

A great alternative to the ready to use cleaners is to prepare a hydrogen peroxide 0.5% solution:
  • A bottle of hydrogen peroxide (3.6% peroxide or 3.0% peroxide)
  • Put on PPE (safety goggles & nitrile gloves)
  • Dilute 1 part 3.6% hydrogen peroxide with 6 parts of tap water, or if using 3.0% hydrogen peroxide dilute 1 part with 5 parts of tap water
  • Carefully pour dilution into opaque spray bottle (to prevent light passing through bottle, light will reduce the concentration of hydrogen peroxide)
  • Label spray bottle “hydrogen Peroxide 0.5%”

It is recommended to produce a full bottle amount on a weekly basis to keep solution effective.

As a starting point, all new glasses purchases from MezmerEyes, comes complimentary with a cleaning spray, to help maintain a clean set of lenses and frames.

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