Comfort & Convenience in Contact Lenses
At Downtown Eye Care & The Contact Lens Department, we have provided Ottawa with specialized eye care for over 30 years. No matter what care you need, we’re here to help.
Whether it is a comprehensive eye exam, specialty contact lenses, or eye disease management, we have the experience to help with your vision needs. Come visit us and we can help support your visual health.
Our Approach to Contact Lens Fitting
Our philosophy is to aim to fit your eye with the least complex and most readily available contact lens.
We have developed a strategy to help guide us through the fitting process and lead you to a product that provides you with the best possible vision. We start with an in-office assessment, measurements, and a review of your lifestyle habits and the vision challenges you face day-to-day.
Before we start the fitting process, we review which contact lens options might work and, whenever possible, try to demonstrate the final product.
We then review the surface of your eye and determine your vision needs, address your concerns, and recommend the contact lens options that would suit you best.
Our experience and knowledge of contact lens products allow us to focus on which products would provide you with the best outcomes. Our approach goes a long way to minimizing any unwanted surprises and sets you up for healthy, comfortable contact lens use.
Types of Contact Lenses
We offer a wide range of contact lens options. Depending on your lenses and vision needs, you may be able to get contacts that can be replaced on a daily, bi-weekly, monthly, semi-annual, or even an annual schedule.
Soft Hydrogel Lenses
Soft contacts are a popular option. They are affordable, comfortable, and well-tolerated. These lenses are made from silicone hydrogel, a material that lets oxygen pass through and helps to keep the eye healthy.
Rigid Gas Permeable Lenses
If you prefer a contact lens that is more sturdy than a soft contact, something more akin to the traditional hard contacts, rigid gas-permeable (RGP) lenses might be the right choice.
Vision is clear and crisp with RGP lenses because they keep their shape when you blink. They are also lightweight and allow oxygen to pass through and get to your eyes, helping to keep them healthy.
Hybrid lenses combine the comfort and clear vision features of soft contact lenses and rigid gas-permeable lenses.
They are available in regular or multifocal varieties. We offer Duette lenses by SynergEyes.
For people with astigmatism, we offer toric lenses. These lenses work with the irregularly shaped cornea or lens that causes blurred vision at all distances in people with this refractive error.
Toric contact lenses need to sit just right on the eye to help people see clearly, so they have unique design features—like weighting at the bottom of the lens—to make that possible. The lenses contain different powers in different parts of the lens, so their positioning on the eye is imperative.
Toric lenses come in soft or rigid gas-permeable varieties.
Specialty Contact Lenses
Our team is well-equipped to help everyone find the perfect lenses for their eyes. Sometimes, certain eye conditions require specialty contact lenses. Visit our Specialty Contact Lenses page for more information.
Visit Us for a Contact Lens Fitting in Ottawa
Whether you are new to contact lenses, would like to renew your prescription, or want to order a new supply of lenses, we can help.
Cardinal Contact Lens is Canada's premier manufacturer of rigid gas permeable contact lenses. Defying the history of rigid lenses being impenetrable, Cardinal lenses allow your eyes to breathe and prevent uncomfortable dryness and buildup under the lens itself. The only choice for rigid lenses in today's Canadian vision market.
SynergEyes hybrid contact lenses transform the vision for patients with astigmatism, presbyopia, and irregular cornea conditions. Since the first generation of hybrid lenses came to market in 2005, the company has continued to develop and deliver advancements in hybrid contact lens technologies. Generation 2 lenses combine new high-Dk materials with more comfortable, vision-optimized designs. In 2015, several new products expanded the vision possibilities for patients that will benefit from this leading technology.
We’re located in Suite 216 in the 350 Sparks Street Office. We share an underground parking garage with the Hilton Garden Inn at 361 Queen Street. The parking garage can be accessed via Queen Street. Please see the photos below for our main and back entrances.
- 350 Sparks Street, Suite 216
- Ottawa, Ontario K1R 7S8
Hours of Operation
- Monday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Thursday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Friday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Saturday: Closed
- Sunday: Closed