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Getting Fit For Contacts

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Getting Fit For Contacts

Contact lenses are a convenient tool for vision correction used by a growing number of people every year. Although lens technology is constantly improving, one size does not fit all. Since each person’s eyes and eye health presents a unique situation, contact lenses require custom-fitting by trained experts. Having a professional assist with your lens fitting will ensure that your contacts provide the best comfort and vision possible.

There is a diverse selection of contact lens types, styles, colors, materials, and sizes to choose from. Because the possibilities can be overwhelming, consulting a certified eye care specialist is highly recommended. A specialist can educate you about different contact lens solutions and find the contacts that are best suited for your needs.

Getting fit for contacts is a fairly straightforward process. At your lens fitting appointment, you can expect:

·         Measurements. To ensure a proper fit for your contact lenses, your eye care professional will take careful measurements of the surface of your eye, and the eye itself. These measurements will take into account things like curvature, which affects the way lenses will fit your eye. The specialist also uses these measurements to determine the diameter and thickness of the appropriate lens.

·         Eye health review. The eye care specialist will examine your eye health history to determine what conditions need to be addressed by your new contacts. If you have conditions like astigmatism, nearsightedness, or farsightedness, the doctor will take this into account to assign you a proper prescription. Because the contact lens fits over the cornea, specialists will often pay careful attention to this part of your eye to see if there are any problems which may prevent you from wearing contacts properly.

·         Trial lenses. Once your eye doctor has obtained all of the necessary measurements, you will be fitted with “trial lenses” to see if any changes must be made before you receive the final pair. Trial lenses often require 10-15 minutes to settle in your eyes before they can be checked for proper fit. If your doctor feels that the fit isn’t adequate, you may have to try on additional pairs of lenses until the best possible lens is found. Once you and your doctor are satisfied with the fit, comfort, and visual enhancement of the lens, the fitting process is complete.

·         Contact lens instruction. Once the doctor has found a suitable lense for you, you will be given careful instructions regarding the application and removal of your new contacts. Many people who have never used contacts before are surprised by how easy this process is, and even the most anxious contact lens wearers are comfortable with the routine within a week. Your eye care professional will also help to establish a wearing schedule that will let you know how long you can keep your contacts in for. Depending on the particular lens you receive, this can be anywhere from one day to one month.

Your eye care specialist will likely provide you with a set of written instructions that you can refer to at home, as well as a number you can call if you have any questions about your new lenses. Don’t be afraid to ask questions if you have any. It’s best to fully understand your new lenses than to leave the office with unresolved issues. Certified eye care specialists are more than happy to give you the information you need.







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