The Right Fit
A contact lens fitting exam is necessary in order to determine the correct contact lens prescription for your eyes. A contact lens prescription specifies several key components that allow for clear vision and a comfortable fit:
Refractive power (spherical, toric, multifocal, monovision)
Contact lens brand: different materials cause varying levels of comfort
Base curve: contact lenses can fit too loosely or tightly
Diameter: contact lenses need to cover the entire corneal surface to prevent dryness and discomfort
Contact lens prescriptions are different from your glasses prescription.
During your exam, our doctor will determine your prescription and select a trial contact lens for you to try. She will check your vision and comfort in the contact lenses.
She will also evaluate how the contact lenses fit on your eyes, ensuring that they are not too tight or loose and that there is enough coverage around the cornea to prevent discomfort.
Our doctor offers contact lenses with the latest technology because they are more breathable and comfortable for all day wear. If you have astigmatism, don’t want to rely on reading glasses, or experience dryness with your current contact lenses, our doctor can find the right fit for your eyes.
There are different kinds of contact lenses.
Soft contact lenses are most commonly fit due to ease of insertion and removal and better all-day comfort. Our doctor highly recommends soft daily contact lenses because they are the best for eye health.
Daily replacement of contact lenses decreases symptoms of dryness and allergies and essentially eliminates the risk of contact lens infections. Biweekly and monthly contact lenses are also available.
If you wear these extended wear contact lenses, then our doctor encourages you to replace them punctually, to avoid sleeping in them, and to practice proper contact lens care.
Care for extended wear contact lenses includes properly cleaning them with contact lens solution, changing the solution in the contact lens case daily, and regularly replacing your contact lens case.
Following these guidelines will lead to better eye health and improved comfort of contact lens wear.
Our doctor also has experience fitting rigid gas permeable, scleral, and hybrid contact lenses as well.
These types are considered specialty contact lenses and may require more than one visit to our office to ensure proper fit.
These lenses are specifically fit to your eye only and often can provide sharp vision. However, they can initially be uncomfortable and more difficult to insert and remove. Once you get used to handling and wearing these contact lenses, you will appreciate the comfort and vision they’ll offer.
New Contact Lens Wearers
If you’re interested in being fitted for contact lenses, our doctor will determine your prescription and the right contact lens brand during your exam.
We will then schedule an Insertion & Removal Class at our office to teach you different techniques of putting in and removing contact lenses on your own. We will also review Contact Lens Dos and Don’ts and contact lens care.
Once you complete the class, you will be given contact lens trials to try. At first, you may feel the edge of the contact lens in your eye, feeling like there’s an eyelash there. This is normal because your eye hasn’t gotten used to it yet.
Once the contact lenses settle in your eyes, they should feel very comfortable. It is important that you gradually increase your contact lens wear time day by day during your first week.
By the end of the week, you may wear them all day (no more than 16 hours).
However, for better eye health, it is recommended that you remove your contact lenses when you get home and wear your glasses to give your eyes a break and allow them to breathe.
Please contact our office to schedule your eye exam and contact lenses fitting today!