If you wear contacts, you know they require some level of care and maintenance. Did you know that contacts also need to be fitted properly to work correctly and be comfortable? This process is called a contact lens fitting, and it is important to get one done every time you want to start using a new pair of lenses. At Eye Care Center- Ballantyne serving Charlotte, NC, we take fittings seriously.
What Happens During a Fitting?
A fitting is an appointment with an optometry doctor to determine the type and size of contacts that will be best for your eyes. The contact lens exams include several tests to assess the health of your eyes and measure the curve of your cornea (the clear front surface of your eye). These measurements are used to determine the power of the contact lens that you will need.
During the contact lens exams, an optometrist on our team will also evaluate your tear film. Your tears lubricate and protect your eyes, and contacts rely on tears to stay comfortable. You may need to use special contact lenses or artificial tears if you have dry eyes. After determining the type and power of lenses that you need, we will help you select the right size and fit. We will also show you how to insert, remove, and care for your contacts.
It's important to follow the eye doctor's instructions when it comes to contact lens wear and care. Wearing contact lenses that are not properly fit or cared for can lead to serious eye problems. We will offer guidance on how to take care of them.
Types of Contacts to Choose From
There are many different types of contacts available on the market, and a family eye doctor can help you select the right one for your needs.
Soft lenses are the most popular type of contact lens. They are made of a flexible material that allows oxygen to pass through to the eye. Many different soft contact lenses are available, including daily wear, extended wear, disposable, and toric lenses.
Hard lenses, also known as rigid gas permeable (RGP) lenses, are less common but may be a good option for people with certain vision problems. RGP lenses are made of a firm yet flexible material that does allow oxygen to pass through to the eye.
Specialty lenses are available for people with certain vision problems, such as astigmatism. These specialty lenses are usually custom-made to fit the specific needs of the individual.
Visit Us for More Information from a Family Eye Doctor on Our Optometry Team
Contact lens fittings are important if you want to wear contacts. At Eye Care Center - Ballantyne serving Charlotte, NC, we take fittings seriously and an optometrist on our team will work with you to find the right type and fit for your needs. Call us at (704) 541-5500 to schedule an appointment.