Glasses aren’t for everyone and many individuals seek an alternative to suit their lifestyle. For this reason, The Eye Clinic offers a large array of contact lenses to suit your individual needs.
Contact lenses are small plastic discs that rest on your cornea and are held in place by the tear film. They can correct ocular issues such as nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), astigmatism and presbyopia.
We can take the confusion out of choosing the right contact lenses by combining specific lens characteristics with your personal vision requirements. Overall, we want to achieve a comfortable contact lens fit.
Contact lenses correct vision like glasses but require a higher level of care because you place them directly on your eye. At The Eye Clinic, we will provide you with training and proper lens maintenance instructions.
Contact Lens Exams and Fittings
Contact lens exams and fittings are not the same as routine eye exams. For those that wear contact lenses, a contact lens exam is necessary to make sure the lenses fit your eyes properly and do not affect the health of your eyes.
This assessment also includes a routine eye exam to determine your prescription but the optometrist will take corneal measurements to determine the curvature of your cornea.
You will also have the horizontal and vertical diameter of your pupils and irises measured to ensure that your contact lenses will fit perfectly and blend in naturally with your eyes.
These steps are taken to ensure that the right product is ordered for your individual needs. Once you receive your contact lenses, you will schedule a follow-up appointment with our optometrist to ensure the lenses fit, the prescription is accurate, and that you experience no discomfort.
Keep in mind that ordering contact lenses is not the same as ordering glasses. Due to the nature of contact lenses, a simple prescription for glasses is not sufficient to ensure proper fit, performance, and comfort.
Get in touch with The Eye Clinic today to learn more about contact lens fittings!
The Different Types of Contact Lenses
Not all contact lenses are created equally which is why it is important to attend a contact lens exam and fitting to see which product will work best for you.
Apart from the variety of manufacturers and styles you can choose from, there are two main types of contact lenses:
- Soft contact lenses: This is the most common type of lenses. They are made of various soft plastics and drape gently over your cornea
- Hard contact lenses: These are a less common type of contact lenses but still used for patients with higher astigmatism.
Soft contact lenses are disposable, meaning that they will have to be discarded at some point. Daily disposable contact lenses are a healthy option for your eyes but need to be thrown out each day. However, there are options available that can be discarded every month as well.
As far as brands go, we carry an extensive assortment of contact lenses from the following manufacturers:
- Johnson & Johnson
First-Time Contact Lens User? Here’s What You Should Know:
If you’ve never worn contact lenses before, getting used to the process can take some time. Not only do you have to get used to placing the lens on your eyes but your eyes may take some time to adjust to them as well.
In fact, it can take 10-12 days for your eyes to fully adjust to wearing contact lenses.
You’ll also need to practice putting them in. Your optometrist will show you how this is done but it will take some time before the process seems second nature.
Also, make sure you wear your contacts as recommended. Do not overextend the use of your contact lenses – if you wear lenses that last a month, discard them after 30 days. Otherwise, you may experience red eyes, corneal abrasions, or corneal ulcers.
Ready to Give Contact Lenses a Try?
Book an appointment with The Eye Clinic today to discuss your contact lens options!