Contact lens fittings, including difficult fits
If you wear or want contacts, you need a contact lens exam in addition to a comprehensive eye exam.
A contact lens fitting involves both a consultation and measurement.
We will ask you about your lifestyle and preferences. Some contact lenses may be better for athletes with active lifestyles, for instance; others may be better for frequent travelers who might need to occasionally sleep in their contacts.
We will perform special tests during a contact lens exam to evaluate your vision with contacts.
The first test will measure your eye surface to determine what size and type of contacts are best for you. We may also do a tear film evaluation to make sure you have enough tears to comfortably wear contacts.
With the results of those tests, We can provide a contact lens prescription and contact lens type that is the right fit for your eyes. An eyeglass prescription is no substitute for a contact lens exam because the two are very different. An eyeglass prescription measures for lenses that are positioned approximately 12 millimeters from your eyes; whereas a contact lens prescription measures for lenses that sit directly on the surface the eye. An improper fitting or prescription of contacts can damage the health of the eyes. We have many years of experience and have fitted thousands of eyes, so we’re confident that we will be able to get the right lenses for your specific eyes and your lifestyle.
Once you have the correct fit and prescription for contacts, you’ll need to decide whether you want disposable contacts or extended wear, and if you want your contacts to be colored.
No doubt you have heard of the term “disposable lenses”. “Disposables” is used as a catch-all term to describe lenses that are designed to be discarded by the user on a planned basis, before they are overly soiled, damaged or lost.
The most popular type of disposable lens is the 2-week disposable lens. It is worn on a daily wear basis and cleaned each night with a simple one-step multipurpose solution. At the conclusion of two weeks, the lens is thrown away and a fresh lens is applied to the eye. Since the arrival of this lens, the frequency of contact lens related eye infections and complications has decreased dramatically.
Hard lenses have been replaced with rigid gas permeable (RGP) lenses. They are still a “hard” lens but the material has been modified to allow gases such as oxygen to pass through the plastic. Gas permeable lenses provide the cornea with a good supply of oxygen and do not typically break or tear as easily as soft contact lenses. There are many advantages to RGPs and we counsel each patient concerning the features of RGPs vs. soft lenses when a patient decides to wear contact lenses for the first time, or when they simply need to be refit.
Here is a listing of the many types of contact lenses, as you can see there is a wide range of options depending on many factors.
- Rigid Gas Permeable
- Standard Hard
- Daily, Weekly, Monthly, and Quarterly Disposable Lenses
- Color Enhancement
- Disposable Bifocal
- Disposable lenses for Astigmatism
- Lenses for Orthokeratology Myopia Rehabilitation and Control
- Lenses for Keratoconus, Irregular Astigmatism, Post Refractive Surgery, and Corneal Disease
We’ll fit you with a trial pair of contacts and have you wear them for a few days. In about a week, you’ll need a follow-up exam to make sure you have adjusted to your new lenses.