Contact Lenses

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If you wear or want contacts, you will need a contact lens fitting in addition to your comprehensive or routine eye exam. This is performed during the visual acuity part of your comprehensive eye exam. A contact lens fitting involves both a consultation and some measurements.

WHAT TO EXPECT DURING YOUR CONTACT LENS FITTING?

WHAT TO EXPECT DURING YOUR CONTACT LENS FITTING?

  1. QUESTIONS: We will ask you about your lifestyle and preferences. Some contact lenses may be better for athletes with active lifestyles, for example. Other contacts may be better for frequent travelers who might need to occasionally sleep in their contacts.
  2. MEASUREMENTS: We will also need to gather several measurements. The most common is the curvature of your cornea, your eye’s clear front surface. In some cases, your pupil and iris size will also be measured. If you tend to have dry eyes, we may also perform a tear film evaluation to make sure you’re prescribed contact lenses that keep your eyes sufficiently moist.
  3. PRESCRIPTION: With the results of these tests, we can provide a contact lens prescription that is the right fit for your eyes. An eyeglass prescription is no substitute for a contact lens fitting because the two are very different. An eyeglass prescription measures for lenses that are positioned a certain distance away from your eyes; whereas, a contact lens prescription measures for lenses that sit directly on the surface of your eye. An improper fitting or prescription of contacts can not only be uncomfortable but may damage the health of your eyes.
  4. TRIAL LENSES: The staff at Clarus Vision Clinic wants to make sure your eyes have what they need to stay healthy and perform at their best. Following the exam, we will give you a trial pair of contacts and have you wear them for a few days and then evaluate how they work. A great fitting contact can be a great benefit to you.
    Whether you wear eyeglasses or contacts, it’s a good idea to get a yearly routine or comprehensive exam.
SPECIALTY CONTACTS

SPECIALTY CONTACTS

Advancements in contact lens technology allow us to fit the majority of patients with a wide range of visual needs into soft, disposable lenses from major manufacturers such as CIBA/Alcon, Cooper Vision, Vistakon, and Bausch & Lomb. For those who are unable to wear soft lenses successfully, we also fit rigid gas permeable lenses (RGPs) routinely.

For those unable to wear soft lenses or rigid lenses, we offer custom designed lenses and incorporate specialty fitting techniques to help you take advantage of seeing without eyeglasses.

WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM SPECIALTY CONTACT LENSES?

  1. Do you have corneal conditions such as keratoconus?
  2. Have you had previous eye surgery, such as a corneal transplant?
  3. Do you have a strong prescription outside the range of typical contacts?
  4. Do you have dry eyes or are regular lenses uncomfortable?

If you have answered YES to any of the previous questions, CLARUS can help.

TYPES OF SPECIALTY CONTACTS

  1. CUSTOM SOFT AND CUSTOM RIGID LENSES: These contacts are custom designed to fit patients with unusually shaped corneas.  Almost every parameter on these lenses can be changed, for example, diameter, curvature, and thickness.  Often, there is a wider choice of materials.  Toric lenses, bifocal and multifocal options are also available.
  2. HYBRID LENSES: These contact lenses are often used for patients whose vision is best corrected with a rigid lens but who need the comfort of a soft lens.
  3. SCLERAL LENSES: These are very large diameter rigid gas permeable lenses that rest on the sclera rather than the cornea of the eye. Scleral lenses do not touch the cornea at all. Scleral lenses are often used for patients whose corneas are very irregular in shape due to conditions such as Keratoconus or as a result of corneal surgery. The goal in fitting these patients is to protect the cornea while optimizing vision. Because these lenses do not rest on the cornea, they are also used for those who have dry eyes.

 

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