We fit the newest contact lens technologies for safer and more comfortable contacts as ever before for both children and adults.
Specialty Contact Lens Fitting
Contact lenses can correct a wide range of vision problems, including astigmatism, nearsightedness, farsightedness and presbyopia (near focusing problems that occur with age). Are you considering contact lenses for the very first time, or looking to improve the comfort or vision of your current lenses?Have you wanted contacts in the past but were unable to wear them or told you are not a candidate because your prescription was “too high,” your eyes were too dry, you needed bifocals, or you have astigmatism? Give us a call! We can help
A Comprehensive Eye Exam Comes First
A good contact lens fit starts with a comprehensive eye exam to determine the most current corrective glasses prescription and rule out eye health problems or other issues that may interfere with successful contact lens wear.
If the eye exam shows all is well, the next step is a contact lens consultation and fitting.
Contact Lens Measurements
At Dr. Newman Optometry we use top-of-the-line technology to measure computer generated detailed mapping of the surface of the cornea; this gives precise details about the surface characteristics of the cornea. This information determines the best contact lens size and design for your eyes. This information is also used to provide comparative data on a yearly basis to ensure the contacts are not harming the cornea or that the lenses are not being mishandled.
Pupil and Iris Size
The pupil and the size of the iris (the colored part of the eye) are measured. This plays an important role in determining the best contact lens design, especially in multifocal lenses or gas permeable lenses.
Tear Film Evaluation
Tear film is evaluated to make sure there is adequate tear film to keep the lenses and cornea sufficiently moist and hydrated. This evaluation helps determine which contact lens material will work best.
To determine the best lens design, the doctor will use these factors in addition to:
- The strength and type of your prescription
- The need for bifocals for reading or computer use
- Health and medications
- History of amblyopia or strabismus
Properly fitted contact lenses allow you to see as well and sometimes better than glasses because the lenses act as if they are part of the natural eyes. They also provide increased peripheral vision, as glasses may block side vision.
At Dr. Newman Optometry trial lenses will be used to verify prescription of the contacts and the movement of the lenses on the eyes. The doctor will use the slit lamp to evaluate the position and the movement of the lenses in all gazes. Your feedback is always considered in evaluating how the lenses feel. If the fit is satisfactory, you will be given instructions on how to care for the lenses and how to handle them safely. The lenses will then be dispensed for you to try for a period of time before you are scheduled to return for a follow-up visit. This trial period is to ensure that comfort and vision with the lenses are well thought out and noted before the prescription gets finalized.
Follow-up Visits Confirm Fit and Safety
Your contact lens fitting may involve follow-up visits to check that the lenses fit your eyes properly and your eyes tolerate contact lens wear. It is important to wear the lenses at least an hour before your follow-up visit in order to use the slit lamp to confirm whether the lenses move properly on the eye and the fit is unchanged after a period of wear.
Contact Lens Prescription
After finding a contact lens that fits properly, provides good vision, and is comfortable, we will then finalize the contact lens prescription.
Yearly Contact Lens Exams
To maintain a successful contact lens wearing experience, the eyes should be examined at least once a year to make sure your eyes are healthy and there are no signs of ill effects from contact lens wear. The FDA considers contact lenses a medical device and contact lens prescriptions expire every year.