We Specialize In Contact Lenses
Every contact lens fit is done with real lenses and using a microscope to make sure the lens is fitting correctly and that you are really seeing your absolute best. Eyeglasses are the safest form of eye correction but it limits your visual field in many activities, but they are fashionable and fun. If you would like to have the freedom of no glasses, then consider contact lenses. Contact lenses correct just about any refractive error.
The Contact Lens Fitting
In order to get contact lenses, you must have an eye exam for glasses. The prescription for glasses is usually the starting point of the contact lens fitting as it provides the power and the type of contact lens option. In addition to the power of the contact lenses, the curvature of your eye is measured with a special instrument called a keratometer or a corneal topographer. Once you have both measurements (cornea and refractive error), the contact lens specialist decides which type of lens to fit such as soft or semi soft (RGP). Additionally, the contact lens specialist views the cornea with a biomicroscope for any contraincation that prevents the contact lens fitting. If everything checks out, a contact lens of the desired power, curvature, material and diameter is placed in your eye and again viewed with a slit lamp for the cornea-contact lens interaction. The quality of your vision is recorded and evaluated. Subsequent visits may be required.
Contact lenses correct the following refractive conditions:
Soft Spherical Lenses correct Myopia and Hyperopia (Nearsightedness and Farsightedness). These disposable lenses are inexpensive most of the time. It is less expensive buying a year supply of disposable lenses than buying as you go along. If the tightness of the disposable lenses along with the overall diameter is too small or too large you may need custom made lenses. These lenses are more expensive but they fit unusual shapes that deviate from average. Contact lenses should feel comfortable. Disposable lenses come in predetermined curves and diameters while custom are called into the manufacturer by the licensed practitioner to be exact.
Soft Toric Lenses correct astigmatism. Astigmatism is not a disease but a refractive error of the eye in which the principal meridians do not focus in one section but in two major points needing a lens that correct for them. These lenses require more time to be fitted. Disposable torics fit well and provide good vision but they are limited as to the axis and in many cases the power of the cylinder. Custom torics are available to fit and powers are extended.
Presbyopia or the need of readers can be corrected with multifocal lenses. These multifocal lenses are tricky to fit and require a little bit of more chair-time that is why they are expensive. Some are custom made as well.
Color contacts are fun to wear. They are cosmetic lenses because of the color , but they still need to be fitted. There are no non prescription color contacts. All color contacts still require an exam and to be fitted. Your eye health is a concern. All color contacts have to discarded after been open as required by your contact lens specialists and the FDA.
Keratoconus or Surgically induced irregular astigmatism. We fit almost all types of cone lenses from conventional keratoconus lenses to scleral lenses. Please call us at (2390 334-2015.
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