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Contact Lens Exam & Fitting

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Considering Contact Lenses? Let Us Help.

Contact lenses are a great alternative to glasses and refractive surgery. Today, wide range of contact lens options exist for nearly every prescription and application. We will help you find the right pair and fitment for comfortable enjoyment.

We offer a variety of contact lenses, including soft contact lenses, lenses for astigmatism, and rigid gas-permeable contact lenses. We can also fit you for more specialized lenses, such as a therapeutic, bifocal, or cosmetic options.

Compared to glasses, contact lenses provide a few advantages: they do not steam or fog up; they are ideally suited for active lifestyles where glasses may get in the way; they do not change your appearance; they offer excellent peripheral vision.

However,  they also come with a few potential disadvantages as well: they require more daily care than glasses; a potential for eye infections exists if they are not worn or cleaned properly; many types require a short adaptation period.

If you’re considering contacts, we will show you the best options for your prescription and lifestyle.

Are contact lenses a good option for you?

Contact lenses are a great option for people that require corrective lenses but do not want to wear eyeglasses.  However, they are not suited for everyone.
If you suffer from severe allergic conjunctivitis, work in an environment with a lot of chemicals or dust, or if you suffer from chronic dry eye, contact lenses may not be a good option for you.

During your exam we will determine if you are a good fit for contacts.

What to expect during the exam & fitting

Switching to contacts is a three-step process:

  1. The initial exam and fitting – During this appointment we will examine your eyes to ensure that they are a good candidate for contact lenses. Once the exam is complete, we will then measure your eyes to determine which lenses will offer ideal fitment.
  2. Insertion and removal training – During this appointment we will provide you with your new lenses as well as show you how to insert and remove them. Many people get a little nervous for their first time- don’t be! We’re here to walk you through this process from start to finish.
  3. Follow up exam – This follow up exam is looking at your corneal health, as well as to see how you have been finding the lenses.
What to bring to your exam

 

If you have never worn contact lenses before, please bring:

  • Your most recent eyeglass prescription
  • Your current glasses
  • A copy of your most recent eye exam (if available). In order to be applicable for contacts you must have had an eye exam within the last two years. If you are a patient at our practice, we will have this on record.

If you currently wear contacts, please bring:

  • Your most recent eyeglass prescription
  • Your most recent contact lens prescription
  • Your current eyeglasses
  • A copy of your most recent eye exam (if available). In order to be applicable for contacts you must have had an eye exam within the last two years. If you are a patient at our practice, we will have this on record.
  • Your current contacts (please wear them to the exam)

Next Steps

Contact Lens FAQ

What are contact lenses and what are their advantages?

A contact lens is a precisely-fit medical device that improves your vision. They provide good peripheral vision, are excellent for active lifestyles, remain clear (they do not steam or fog up like eyeglasses), and do not change your appearance.

However, they require more daily care than eyeglasses. Some versions also require a short adaptation period before maximum comfort is achieved. They may also contribute towards eye infections if not worn or cleaned properly.

How am I fitted for contact lenses?

You will start with a comprehensive eye examination. The doctor will examine your eyes to determine if you are a candidate for contact lenses and then discuss your options. The fitting then commences with additional tests to design an initial trial pair of contact lenses.

After a one-week trial period, a follow-up visit is necessary to evaluate the contact lenses and the health of your eyes. Most contact lens prescriptions are finalized within 1 or 2 follow-up visits, while some fittings may take longer.

Successful contact lens wear depends on healthy eyes, a proper fit, and a patient’s compliance with the prescribed wearing schedule and care system.

How much do contact lenses cost?

The cost of contact lenses depends on the type of contact lens and how frequently you replace them.

There are two fees associated with contact lenses: A fitting fee, and a material fee. The fitting fee is for services provided and includes training and all follow-up visits up to 3 months after the prescription is finalized. The material fee is for the supply of contact lenses. A written contact lens prescription can be given only after the fitting process is complete.

We purchase contact lenses directly from the manufacturers and pass the savings along to you. For your convenience, contact lenses can be delivered directly to your home or office.

What if I find that contact lenses are not right for me?

Our caring staff will do all it can to help you wear contact lenses successfully. We will teach you how to care for your lenses and how to insert and remove them properly.

If you decide that contact lenses are not for you, you may return the contact lenses within 30 days for a full refund of the material fee. Fitting fees are non-refundable.

How often do I need to see the doctor?

Once you have been fitted with your new contact lenses, you will need to return for follow-up care on a regular basis as prescribed by the doctor. In general, annual follow-ups are required to renew contact lens prescriptions.

Can there be complications from contact lens wear?

Contact lenses are quite safe when fit properly and taken care of properly. However, complications can occur.

To minimize that risk, an annual eye examination is necessary to catch and prevent potential complications resulting from lens wear.

Information About Contact Lenses

Soft Lenses vs. Rigid Gas Permeable

Soft contact lenses are also known as hydrogel or hydrophilic lenses. These lenses are very flexible, and are often the most comfortable type of lens worn initially. While very safe to use, these lenses are often disposable to decrease risks of complications, such as infection.

Rigid gas permeable contacts are stiffer lenses and require an adaptation period for best comfort. For some prescriptions, these lenses offer crisper vision and excellent oxygen permeability.

Daily Wear vs. Extended Wear

Daily wear contact lenses are worn during the day and are removed at night for cleaning and disinfection. This is typically the healthiest mode of contact lens wear.

Extended wear contact lenses can be worn for prolonged periods of time or while sleeping. Typically, prolonged wear of contacts or sleeping in contacts reduces the amount of oxygen and tears that reach the cornea. This can result in eye infections, swelling, and abnormal vessel growth.

Contact Lens Wearing Styles

Conventional contact lenses are lenses that only need to be replaced every 8-12 months. These lenses are frequently selected for difficult prescriptions. They need to be meticulously cleaned and disinfected daily.

Planned replacement contact lenses are replaced on a planned schedule that can be anywhere from once a week to every six months. These lenses need to be removed and disinfected each day prior to sleeping.

Disposable contact lenses are thrown away after each use. Although lenses that are thrown away after 2 weeks or 1 month are often referred to as ‘disposable’ lenses, a true disposable lens is only kept for one day. These lenses significantly decrease the chances of contamination by bacteria or other dangerous microbes. Additionally, these lenses are exceptionally convenient for occasional use or for people with active lives.