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If you're considering making the switch to contact lenses, or the ones you wear feel uncomfortable, Unique Vision Centre in Stoney Creek can help you decide whether contacts are right for you.

Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions about contact lenses:

Can I wear contacts if I have astigmatism?

Yes, there are special contact lenses designed for astigmatism.

Astigmatism is when the cornea is more elongated than usual, making contact lens fitting a little trickier. That's why it's so important to visit a professional eye centre that provides personalized services to get the perfect fit. Unique Vision Centre carries top brands for astigmatism, such as Acuvue Oasys, Air Optix and Bausch & Lomb.

How many hours a day can I wear contacts?

Your lenses should still feel comfortable after 12 hours. If you have dry eyes, you may find that after eight hours of wearing contact lenses you'll benefit by switching to glasses.

Are daily disposables worth the extra cost?

If comfort is your main priority, absolutely. Once you've used daily disposables and felt the difference, you're unlikely to ever go back to monthly lenses. There's no accumulation of germs, bacteria or deposits, and you never have to clean them — simply remove and discard each day. While the lenses cost a little more, you'll save money by not having to purchase contact lens solution.

Can I wear contact lenses if I have a bifocal or multifocal prescription?

In most cases, yes. Many people find success by wearing one lens prescribed for distance and the other for reading.

At what age can my child start wearing contacts?

For kids who love to play sports, wearing contact lenses may be more practical than glasses. Depending on their maturity level, it's usually appropriate to introduce them to contact lenses around age 12; however, in some cases younger children do well with contacts.

For more information or to book an eye exam, http://www.uvcentre.ca/eye-exam-booking call Unique Vision Centre at 905-662-4000. The optical store is located at 259 Highway 8, Unit 6, in Stoney Creek, Ontario.

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The eyes are not only the windows to your soul, they’re an accurate barometer of your general health and wellbeing. Here are the most common vision concerns, by stage of life.

Infancy

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Your paediatrician will examine your baby’s eyes at one of her first visits, testing alignment, ability to fixate, coordination of eye muscles, response to light and eyelid health and function.

Potential problems include crossed eyes, drooping eyelid (amblyopia or Lazy Eye), childhood cataracts, Pink Eye (conjunctivitis), vibrating eyes (nystagmus) and watery eyes.

Childhood

Nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism are the most common eye conditions found in children. They can be easily treated with corrective lenses. Your optometrist will also screen for the above-listed problems.

Adolescence

Most common at this age is the development and progression of nearsightedness, or myopia. If teens have worn eyeglasses for a while, they may want to consider contact lenses. Those who play sports are at high risk for serious eye injury and must wear adequate eye protection...

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