Glasses: Not the Only Way to Correct Vision
Whether you want a brief break from glasses or an everyday lifestyle change, our eye doctors will help you find contacts that suit your needs.
What Is a Contact Lens Exam?
During a contact lens exam, we’ll determine:
- The lens wear schedule would fit your lifestyle best.
- The type of contact lens is best suited to your eyes and visual needs.
- Whether any lens type might not work for you due to a condition such as dry eyes or astigmatism.
- Whether you have any eye health or vision issues that require specialty lenses (like multifocal lenses for presbyopia).
The Trial Lens Period
Near the end of your contact lens exam, we provide you with trial lenses to test at home. If you’re happy with how they fit and function, we’ll order you a longer supply and teach you how to care for them properly.
We’ll also schedule you for a follow-up exam so we can make sure your eyes are adjusting properly to the new lenses.
Types of Contact Lenses
Soft Contact Lenses
Rigid Gas-Permeable Lenses
Rigid gas-permeable (RGP) lenses are more durable than soft contacts due to the silicone compounds used in their construction. However, these lenses can also take some getting used to because of how they sit in the eye. The firm shape of RGP lenses helps them correct vision problems caused by corneal irregularities.
Specialty Contact Lenses
Some contact lenses are specially designed for specific purposes. Some examples include:
- Aspheric: Often used to correct cases of low astigmatism, these lenses are designed to have a thinner and flatter shape.
- Toric: Commonly recommended for cases of moderate astigmatism, these lenses have 2 different prescriptions along the horizontal and vertical axes.
- Multifocal: Frequently used to correct presbyopia, these lenses contain a gradient with many different prescriptions along their surface.