Thanks to advances in optical technology, almost everyone can now wear contact lenses, regardless of the type or extent of their vision problems. Unlike glasses, contact lenses move with your eyes so you can enjoy a larger field of vision with fewer distortions. You also don’t have to deal with frames hovering in your peripheral vision or external lenses that fog up on cold days or get wet in the rain.
There are many different kinds of contacts, including rigid and flexible, extended wear, disposable and planned replacement lenses. Some can be made as bifocals or in different colors. After a thorough eye exam and consultation with an experienced physician, patients who qualify for contact lenses can discuss which type is right for them.
Once the most appropriate type of lenses have been chosen, additional customization is required through our lens fitting services. As each person’s eye is a different size and shape, so are the contact lenses that cover it. In order to achieve optimal levels of vision correction and comfort, patients must be fitted for contact lenses so that your doctor can prescribe the right kind for your individual eyes.
Contact lens fitting is done by measuring the corneal diameter and curvature to ensure centered and stable vision. This is done with an instrument called a keratometer, which is a machine like a digital camera that measures the curvature of the cornea and produces K-readings. Additional measurements, known as corneal topography, are also taken to create a map of the eye and determine the best fit.