Contact Lens Services
Anyone who wears glasses full or part time, can be fit with contact lenses to minimize their dependency on glasses.
With 65 years of combined contact lens experience, we
offer precise evaluations and fitting of soft disposable and gas permeable contact lenses for every prescription including:
Astigmatism of any amount
Nearsighted or farsighted in combination with astigmatism and a bifocal.
Myopia Control lenses
Special lenses worn by young (7-14 year old) patients with a family history of nearsightedness, to reduce the magnitude of myopia that develops as the child grows.
Orthokeratology lenses – worn at night as a retainer to flatten the eye so when removed in the morning, the patient sees clearly all day without wearing lenses.
Custom designs for difficult prescriptions including scleral lenses for kerataconus, post corneal transplant, post LASIK or RK problems and dry eye.
Bandage contact lenses for repair of corneal cuts and abrasions.
What To Expect
Examining the Fit of Contact Lenses
The doctor will look at the fit of your lenses, the shape of your corneas, and the health of the corneas. This is done with the microscope and other non-invasive instruments. Very possibly, a drop of dye, which goes away quickly, is placed on the eye. This allows the doctor to see if the is any break or defect in the integrity of the front surface of the cornea. This is important to avoid a serious problem.
Soft lenses should be left out for an hour or so after the dye is instilled, so bring glasses. If you have no eyewear, ask the office beforehand if they have 1 day disposable that you can wear home. Your own lenses my get stained from the dye. This is not a problem for hard lens wearers.
The Refraction Exam
This exam almost always follows a refraction. The two come together. The main test here is to present different lenses to you while you are behind an instrument called a phoropter or refractor. You will see a chart of letters and the doctor will ask you which lens makes the letters you are looking at easier to see. For a current wearer, the doctor will do a refraction over your contact lenses.
Prescribing News Lenses
Based on your exam the doctor can write you a prescription for new contacts. If you need a different lens, or if you have never worn lenses, then the doctor cannot write a prescription yet. You will need to go through a fitting process to determine an optimal fitting lens. This may take a few visits. Samples will be dispensed or trial lenses ordered. Ask if there is an extra fee for this. If you have never worn lenses before, there will definitely be a fee for fitting and teaching you how to put on and take off and take care of your lenses.
KIDS AND TEENS
For an older child who really doesn't want to wear glasses, contact lenses are a good option. Kids typically have to wait until they are teenagers to get contact lenses though. Younger children usually aren't thought to be responsible enough to put them in, take them out, clean, and disinfect their lenses without their parents help.
One study concluded that kids from age eight to eleven years are able to independently care for daily disposable contact lenses and wear them successfully. Anderson Eye Care does suggest that these younger children be prescribed daily disposable contact lenses so that they do not have to clean and disinfect their lenses each day.