The Contact Lens Fitting
Step 1 (Measuring for Contact Lenses)
The contact lens fitting is for new lens wearers. We will assess your tear film and the health of the surface of your eyes to determine that your production and quality of tears can support contact lens use. We will take certain measurements including the corneal curvature of your cornea and confirm your contact lens prescription. We discuss your overall needs and lifestyle during the fitting, including what you do for work and leisure. This discussion will allow us to find the perfect style of lens to benefit you the most.
Step 2 (Contact Lens Types)
There are many types of contact lenses, including:
- Hard lenses are made of a firm polymer plastic material. Hard lenses are less likely to absorb foreign materials from the eye and environment and are therefore easier to keep clean. They do restrict oxygen flow to the cornea, so they must be removed before you sleep.
- Soft lenses are made of a soft plastic called hydrogel. While they are less durable than hard lenses, they are more comfortable. Soft lenses contain a higher percentage of water and permit a good flow of oxygen to the cornea. However, because the material is also more porous, there is an increased risk of infection and irritation from bacteria, dust, and protein.
- Extended-wear lenses are soft contact lenses that can be worn continuously for up to 30 days (even overnight) without being removed.
- Rigid gas-permeable (RGP) lenses combine the features of hard and soft contacts. They allow more oxygen through to the cornea than hard lenses and are more durable than soft lenses.
Step 3 (Contact Lens Use & Care)
Based on all the information collected and your lifestyle we will pick a lens we think is ideal for you You will then be shown how to insert, remove, and care for your lenses. You will take your trial lenses home and start wearing them in your daily life. You will come in for a follow-up appointments to see how you are adjusting to contact lens use and how your eyes are adapting to the lenses.
It sometimes takes a bit of trial error to find the right fit and style. If you experience any issues with your current lenses, we can always make adjustments and order new trails until we find the right lens for yo. It is important that your eyes remain healthy and strong, your vision remains crisp and clear, and that you are happy and satisfied with your new lenses.