Contact Lens Exam

 

Eye Care AssociatesAt Eye Care Associates, our goal is to provide our patients with a full range of the most up-to-date contact lenses available. We do not limit our patients to a certain brand, but instead offer a wide variety in types of lenses to best suit our patients’ specific needs. We offer daily wear, extended wear, toric lenses, bifocal lenses, multi-focal lenses, and rigid gas permeable lenses in an array of brand names. We also have many brands available that offer a variety of colored lenses and lenses which are specially designed with logos and patterned creations for those looking for a unique look. For our patients with special needs, we carry a cosmetic lens for use in prosthetic eyes.

We realize that contact lenses can be easily purchased anywhere, but at Eye Care Associates, we take special pride in providing a thorough examination, including a contact lens fitting to determine which of the many lens types will suit both the patient’s visual and lifestyle needs. Once the prescription and lens have been determined, first-time wearers will be instructed on insertion and care of their lenses. A follow-up visit will be arranged in order to insure the lens is fitting properly and that the visual goal has been met.

Contact lenses are small, thin disks made from various types of plastic material. They fit on the front surface of the eye (the cornea) and they are made to safely correct the same visual conditions that eye glasses correct.

There are two types of contact lenses: hard and soft. Contact lenses are available in prescriptions for nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism and bifocals. Nearly 90% of those wishing to wear contact lenses are able to do so; however, there are some reasons why they are not the best choice for everyone. People who experience repeated eye infections, suffer from allergic reactions, do not produce sufficient tear lubrication, or who are exposed daily to a dusty, dirty environment should not consider contact lenses.

Some general advantages to any type of contact lenses are that they allow for an active lifestyle without the complications of steamy or fogged-up glasses and they offer good peripheral (side) vision. Some general disadvantages to contact lens wear is that they require more daily care than eye glasses, they require a short adaptation period and you may need to return to your physician more often to maintain healthy eye care than when wearing eye glasses.

Soft Contacts:

Pros

  • Lower Initial Cost
  • Very Stable in the Eye
  • Less Sensitive to Dust

Cons

  • More Complicated to Care for
  • Vision Not as Sharp, Especially with Astigmatism
  • Some Patients Note More Sensitivity to Sunlight

Rigid Gas Permeable Lens:

Pros

  • Sharpest Vision, Often Better than Glasses
  • More Durable, Lenses Last Longer
  • Less Expensive Over the Long Run
  • Easier to Insert and Remove
  • Easier to Care for
  • Healthier for the Eye

Cons

  • Less Comfortable Initially
  • Can Dislodge from the Eye
  • More Sensitive to Dust