For many people contact lenses can provide a clear and healthy way to correct your vision. Contacts may provide a more satisfying way to correct your vision compared to glasses, especially during certain activities, like sporting or social events. Whether it is a special date on Saturday night, playing a championship game, or just an everyday activity, contact lenses may enhance your enjoyment with clear vision.
Before being fit with contact lenses, a comprehensive examination is performed. In this examination your glasses prescription is determined and your eyes have been checked to make sure they are healthy. If there are any eye health problems or other issues that may interfere with successful contact lens wear, these will need to be addressed before wearing contacts. Once, it has been determined that your eyes are healthy enough for contacts, then a contact lens fitting and evaluation can be scheduled.
In a Contact Lens Fitting, we will discuss your contact lens preferences and desires, taking into account your ocular health and glasses prescription. We will insert and evaluate contact lenses in relation to vision, contact lens movement on the eye and comfort of wearing them. During the fitting process we may use measurements of corneal curvature, pupil size and tear film evaluation to further fine tune our contact lens choices and selection of the trial lenses to verify our contact lens choice. The trial lenses will be evaluated after an initial adaptation time (typically 10-30 minutes). We will also instruct you on the proper care and cleaning of the contacts, cleaning of the case, as well as insertion and removal of the contacts. We will also discuss the risks and rewards of wearing contact lenses and importance of proper contact lens care.
Most contact lens wearers utilize disposable contact lenses, but you may need a more sophisticated contact lens. If there is significant astigmatism, you may need a toric contact lens or if you are over 40 years of age, then a multifocal contact may be right for you. Other options for the over 40 contact lens wearer are monovision or distance only contacts with reading glasses over the contacts as needed. Monovision is the technique where one contact lens is prescribed to correct distance vision and the other contact lens is prescribed to correct the near/reading vision.
A one week follow up contact lens check is scheduled after a successful trial lens fitting. We ask that as you wear the contact lenses during the week on the schedule given to you and wear the contact lenses to your check up. Dr. Lancaster prefers that the contacts be in your eye at least 2 hours prior to your recheck appointment for a more accurate evaluation. On some occasions, it may be necessary to try a different contact lens design or material, or a different care regimen. In some situations it may be necessary to discontinue contact lens wear altogether.
After the trial period and Dr. Lancaster is finding the contact lenses are fitting properly, they are comfortable, while providing good, acceptable vision, then he will be able to write a contact lens prescription for you. Once your prescription has been issued and as you successfully wear your contact lenses, routine contact lens evaluations will be necessary to monitor you ocular health. Regardless of how long you have been wearing contacts; your eyes should be examined at least once a year, to make sure your eyes are continuing to tolerate contact lens wear.