Everyone’s eyes are unique, so the one-size-fits-all approach doesn’t work for contact lenses. To ensure that your contact lenses are the right style and prescription the team at Central Optometry recommends that all patients who are either currently wearing or considering contact lenses undergo both a comprehensive eye exam and a contact lens exam and fitting.
Improperly fitted contact lenses can cause discomfort and compromise your vision. They also pose a safety hazard and can cause corneal damage.
Our experienced team is here to help you find the perfect contact lenses to suit your needs. Book your next appointment today.
Finding the Right Contacts for Your Eyes
Finding the right contact lenses for your eyes involves three steps: the exam, the fitting, and the trial period.
Before we can determine which brand and style of contact lenses best meet your needs, we need to examine your eyes and review your medical and ocular history. Then, we will assess your eyes for any conditions that may prevent you from wearing contact lenses, or require you to wear specialty contact lenses. During your exam, we will also address any questions or concerns you may have and determine your contact lens prescription, which is not the same as your glasses prescription.
Once we have established that you are a suitable candidate for contact lenses, we will measure your eyes. These measurements are used to determine which style of contact lens you require, as well as the power and curvature best suited to your eyes.
Contact lenses come in a wide variety of styles, shapes, and sizes. It is important to ensure you have the right match for your eyes since this ensures that your eyes are comfortable and stay healthy, and ensure you have clear, stable vision.
To help us get the most accurate measurements possible, we use a variety of tests and state of the art technology, including corneal topography.
Once we have determined which contact lenses are best suited to your eyes, we will provide you with a trial pair. The trial phase allows you to confirm that your new contact lenses are comfortable, give you clear vision, and meet your vision and lifestyle needs.
Once you have had a few days to try your new contact lenses, we will meet with you again to ensure you are satisfied with your lenses and confirm that your eyes are adapting well. If you are happy with your trial pair, we will provide you with a copy of your contact lens prescription and order you a supply of contact lenses for you.
If your trial lenses aren’t quite right, we will adjust accordingly by trying other powers, styles, or brands until we find one that suits your needs.
Specialty Contact Lenses at Central Optometry
Central Optometry offers a wide selection of specialty contact lenses to suit your unique needs.
Toric contact lenses are specialty contact lenses designed for patients with astigmatism. Toric lenses are available as both soft and rigid gas permeable varieties, though the soft contact lenses are more popular.
Since toric lenses have different prescriptions along the horizontal and vertical axes of the lens, they must remain orientated correctly to provide clear vision. As such, toric lenses are weighted to ensure they don’t rotate throughout the day.
Ortho-k, or orthokeratology, lenses are specialty rigid gas permeable contact lenses that are used to gently reshape your corneas while you sleep. This temporarily corrects myopia, providing you with clear vision the next day, without the use of contact lenses or glasses.
Ortho-k has been found to be particularly effective in children, controlling myopia progression and helping keep their prescription low.
Transitions contact lenses offer an innovative solution when dealing with harmful UV radiation. By combining photochromic additives with hydrogel technology, these contact lenses darken when exposed to sunlight or harmful blue light from screens to protect your eyes and help them adjust, perfect for patients who are sensitive to bright light.
Caring for Your Contact Lenses
Proper contact lens care is critical for your eye health and comfort. Your optometrist will provide you with instructions based on your specific style of contact lenses. However, all contact lens wearers should wash their hands thoroughly with soap and water before inserting or removing their contact lenses. This helps limit bacteria exposure and can help prevent eye infections.
Contact lenses should only be cleaned using an approved contact lens multipurpose or hydrogen peroxide solution, and you should never reuse or top-up your contact lens solution when storing your contact lenses.
To help prevent bacterial growth, you should replace your contact lens case at least every three months, or if it becomes damaged. Depending on your cleaning system your optometrist may recommend replacing your case more often.