Are you considering getting contacts? Many individuals find contact lenses to be more convenient than glasses because they do not require frequent cleaning during the day and can be worn while playing sports and exercising. They are also available in multi-focal, which is great for individuals who need different prescriptions for near, intermediate and distance vision.
Contact lenses can provide better visual acuity than glasses. Not to mention, contact lenses move with your eyes, which means you’ll have your full range of vision while you are wearing them rather than just straight ahead vision.
Types of Contacts
When you go in for your contact lens exam, there are several different types: soft, hard, hybrid.
The majority of individuals choose soft contacts because of their comfort and lack of an adjustment period. These lenses are made from a flexible material. Soft contacts can be used to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and mild to moderate astigmatisms. Individuals who need multifocal lenses may also be able to get their prescription in soft contacts. If you have severe astigmatism, a toric lens may be needed, which is a type of soft contact that corrects for astigmatism, thus improving your vision.
Hard contacts are also known as gas permeable lenses. These lenses are rigid and can offer better visual clarity for individuals with severe nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatisms, as well as individuals who need multifocal lenses. These lenses are also recommended for individuals with severely misshapen corneas. Hard contacts can require up to a two-week adjustment period before they become completely comfortable.
Hybrid contacts are a combination of soft and hard lenses. These contacts have a hard center surrounded by a soft ring. These lenses can also be used to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatisms, and presbyopia, as well as for near, intermediate, and distant vision. Hybrid contacts are more comfortable than hard contacts and may offer improved visual clarity over soft contacts for some people.
Contact Lens Exams
Contact lens exams are slightly more involved than exams for glasses. This is because they require two appointments, including one to determine your prescription and type of contact lens needed and a second to make sure your lenses fit correctly and provide you with the desired vision correction.
First Contact Lens Appointment
During your first contact lens exam, we will test your visual acuity and determine your eye prescription using an eye chart and several lenses.
Next, trial contact lenses will be tested in your eyes to determine the correct fit. We carry an abundance of trial contact lenses at New Century Ophthalmology.
Because of this we very rarely need to order your trial lenses-- we will typically have your exact trial prescription in the office!
The fit of your lenses will be tested to ensure they are comfortable and do not rotate on your eye, which can lead to temporary blurriness. The doctor will examine the lenses on your eye with magnification to ensure they are properly fitting. Poorly fit contacts can cause a decrease in the amount of oxygen reaching your cornea, which can cause serious sight-threatening ocular health issues.
If the fit of your lenses and visual acuity is good, you can go home and enjoy your new contacts!
Second Contact Lens Exam Appointment
After you trial the sample contact lenses, we will have you back to the office as a check-up. During this appointment, if the fit is uncomfortable or the amount of vision correction isn’t ideal, a new prescription will be written and another set of trial contacts will be dispensed to you. If the fit and vision correction is ideal, New Century Ophthalmology will issue a final contact lens prescription to you and you will be permitted to order a supply.
If you also need glasses, a prescription for glasses can be written at the same time as your contact lens prescription and ordered. These prescriptions are not the same, however.
To schedule an exam, give us a call today (919) 861-4494.