What to expect during a Contact Lens Fitting.
Contact Lens fittings involve extra testing that is not preformed during a routine eye exam.
During your "pre-testing" exam our technicians will check the cell density of your eyes using a Sepecular Microscope. This test measures the cell density and health of the Epithelium layer. When patients have laser surgery, have any eye injury, or over-wear their contacts this layer becomes damaged and cell density and health is compromised making it difficult to prescribe contact lenses.
During your eye exam with your Doctor, they will discuss different wearing options with you and will also measure how steep or flat your eye is. Contact lens are not one size fits all they come in different sizes and curvatures to fit correctly on your eyes.
Some patients may suffer from a condition call keratoconus. This condition causes the surface of the eye to be bulged out making it hard to fit patients with normal contacts. A special computerized test called a corneal topography allows Doctors to measure the surface of the eye to make custom contact lens for the patient. In this case patients will be fit with custom made RGP hard contacts or Scleral Contacts.
Depending on if you are a first time wearer or an existing wearer, you will be trained by our staff on how to properly wear and take care of your contacts. Being compliant with the instructions giving to you by our staff will prevent you from doing harm to your eyes and sight. You may be asked to come back in a week to make sure your contacts are fitting properly and to make sure you are being compliant.
Contact Lens Types
Dailies - These contacts are recommended for all contact lens wearers. Patients can wear these contacts all day long and rarely have to use re-wetting drops throughout the day. Patients start there day with a fresh new lens and throw out the lens at night. If you suffer from dry eye or have lipid build up on your lenses this is a great option.
Biweekly/Monthly - These lenses are replaced either every two weeks or every month. Patients must clean there lenses every night with a saline solution or hydrogen peroxide. Patients tend to use re-wetting drops throughout the day as these lenses dry out.
Color Contacts - If you have ever wanted to change your eye color, color contacts are your best option. Color contacts are monthly contacts and come in a wide range of colors.
Toric Contacts - Some patients have an astigmatism (lens in your eye is curved differently), in this case patients will need to be fit with a Toric lens that will correct the astigmatism. Toric lens are available in dailies, biweekly, and monthly options.
Multi-focal Contacts - Get reading and distance vision in one lens. Multi-focal contacts help people with presbyopia an age-related vision problem where the eye can no longer focus on objects up close.
RGP Hard Contacts - Rigid Gas permeable or RGP contact lenses offer some outstanding benefits over soft lenses. For one, because RGP lenses are made from a firm plastic material, they retain their shape when you blink, which tends to provide sharper vision than pliable soft lenses. RGP lenses also are extremely durable. Although you can break them (for instance, if you step on them), you can't tear them easily, like soft lenses.
Scleral Contacts - Sclearl Contact Lens are large diameter gas permeable (allows oxygen through) contact lens that vault over the cornea and rest on the white part of your eye called the Sclera. Scleral Lens functionally replace an irregularly shaped cornea caused by Keratoconus and other corneal irregularities . The liquid reservoir of the Scleral Lens can also help severe dry eye patients tolerate contact lens.
Contact Lens Training
First time wearers of contacts need to be trained on how to insert, remove, and care for their contacts. This takes time and patience but in no time you will be a pro at it. Make sure to follow the instructions of our staff and follow your wearing schedule. Over-wearing your contacts can cause serious eye health issues.
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Contact Lens Fitting
Keep your contact lens prescription up-to-date, come in for your yearly contact lens exam. Somers Eye Center fits all types of contacts including single, toric, multifocal, and custom contacts.