Contact lenses offer versatile vision correction and are especially beneficial for people who lead an active life. They’re great for activities like going for a jog or an intense session of hot yoga, but what about swimming? Both the American Optometric Association (AOA) and the U.S. Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advise against wearing […]
Are Polarized Sunglasses Worth It?
Are you tired of squinting and straining your eyes in bright sunlight? Your sunglasses are meant to make a sunny day a little more bearable when it comes to how your eyes feel. Polarized sunglasses are growing in popularity because they are intended to reduce glare on those extra sunny days. They’re especially useful for […]
Can You Use Windex on Your Glasses?
Anyone familiar with their favourite eyewear, whether sunglasses or prescription eyeglasses, knows how easily your lenses can get dirty. You adjust your glasses absent-mindedly, and your fingerprint adds a smudge. A windy day outside can cake on layers of dust and debris. Daily wear often causes daily buildup on your glasses. An eyeglass cleaning solution […]
Do Contact Lenses Expire?
Contact lenses are an excellent option for those who need vision correction but prefer not to have frames on all day. Whether you prefer daily disposables or extended wear contacts that can be worn multiple times before they need to be replaced, there is a little date on the side of the box your contacts […]
Can an Optician Remove Scratches from Glasses?
Wearing Out Your Lenses A lot can happen to your frames and lenses when you wear glasses every day. Accidents occur even when you do your best to maintain your glasses. Your lenses can also sustain damage over time, leading to flaws, cracks, or scratches. Although scratched lenses won’t make your vision worse, lens flaws […]
Are Eye Exams for Contact Lenses & Glasses Different?
Eye exams are the cornerstone of all eye care. Whether you’re looking to update your eyewear, try on a pair of contact lenses, or get help managing a range of eye conditions or diseases, the first step is always an eye exam. But not every eye exam is the same. Depending on your needs, our […]
Can Wearing the Wrong Glasses Damage Your Eyes?
Vision care is an ongoing journey that you undertake with your optometrist starting with consistent eye exams to ensure there aren’t any potential issues that could affect your eyes and vision. Visual aides such as glasses are essential to help maintain clear vision throughout your busy day. But can wearing the wrong glasses damage your […]
Do I Need To Have My Eyes Dilated for an Eye Exam?
Getting your eyes dilated is a normal part of a thorough eye exam, but it isn’t always necessary. If it’s been a while since your last dilated eye exam, or you’ve never had one before, you may have some questions. How do you know if you need to get your eyes dilated? What happens during […]
Do Contacts Protect Your Eyes From the Sun?
Summer is here. That means it’s time for rest, relaxation, and sunshine. You know you need sunglasses for UV protection, but what does that mean for contact lens wearers? West Coast Optical wants to ensure your eyes are protected so you can catch some rays without worrying about your eye health. What is UV Light? […]
Can You Sleep With Contact Lenses?
Contacts are convenient, but they aren’t a grab-and-go option—they require diligent care and maintenance. Your Contact Lens Fitter will teach you everything you need to know about contact lenses when you get a new prescription. One question you may have is if you can sleep with contact lenses? Continue reading to learn more about contact […]