Everyone’s eyes are unique, so contact lenses can’t be approached using a one-size-fits-all solution. To help ensure that you get the right contact lenses for your eyes, we strongly suggest that all patients who currently wear contact lenses or are considering contact lenses undergo a comprehensive eye exam and a contact lens exam.
Not only are improperly fitted contact lenses uncomfortable; they can also compromise your vision and cause corneal damage.
Our friendly and experienced team would love to help you find the right contact lenses to suit your needs. Book your contact lens exam and fitting today.
The Contact Lens Exam & Fitting Process
Finding the right contacts is a three-step process.
Before we can find the right style and brand of contact lens for you, we need to examine your eyes. During the exam, we’ll review your medical history and address any questions or concerns you may have.
Next, we’ll assess your corneas for any conditions that may require specialized contact lenses or prevent you from wearing contact lenses. We’ll also determine your contact lens prescription, which is different from your eyeglass prescription.
Once we have determined that contact lenses are a good choice for you, we’ll measure your eyes. Accurate measurements ensure that your contact lenses will be the right power, curvature, and design for your eyes.
Contact lenses come in a wide variety of wearing schedules, designs, and sizes. Finding the right match for you ensures that your eyes remain comfortable and healthy, and your vision is clear and stable.
Once we have determined what style and brand of contact lenses is best suited to your eyes, we’ll send you home with a trial pair. The trial phase allows you to wear the contact lenses for a period of time to ensure that the ones we’ve selected are comfortable, provide you with clear vision, and meet your lifestyle needs.
Once you’ve had some time to test out your trial lenses, we’ll meet with you again to ensure that they’re meeting your expectations and check that your eyes are adapting well. If you’re happy with your trial pair, we’ll provide you with a copy of your contact lens prescription and order a supply of lenses for you.
If your trial lenses aren’t quite right, we’ll try other options until we find the pair that meets your needs.
Specialty Contact Lenses Available at Dorchester Optometry
Dorchester Optometry offers specialty contacts for unique eyes. These include:
Toric contact lenses are specifically designed for eyes with astigmatism and are available in both soft, silicone hydrogel and rigid gas-permeable (RGP) lenses. Unlike ordinary spherical contact lenses, which only contain one prescription, toric lenses contain different prescriptions along their vertical and horizontal axes to compensate for astigmatism. To ensure your vision remains clear, toric lenses are specially weighted to remain rotationally stable.
Multifocal contact lenses offer a gradient of vision correction in one lens, just like multifocal eyeglasses. Multifocal contact lenses are prescribed to individuals with presbyopia. Presbyopia is a refractive error that commonly occurs as part of the ageing process and affects our ability to see near objects and read clearly.
Transitions contact lenses, like Transitions eyeglasses, darken when exposed to UV rays to protect your eyes from potentially harmful light entering your eyes. Developed using the same photochromic technology used by Transitions eyeglasses in conjunction with soft hydrogel material, these contacts are the perfect solution for patients sensitive to light.
Properly Caring for Your Contact Lenses
Proper contact lens care plays a large role in your eye health. Your optometrist will provide you with care instructions based on your specific style of contact lenses. All contact lens wearers should wash their hands thoroughly with soap and water before inserting or removing their contact lenses. This helps protect your eyes from bacteria that can cause eye infections.
You should only clean your contact lenses using an approved contact lens multi-purpose or hydrogen peroxide solution, and you should always use fresh contact lens solution when storing your lenses. Never top up your contact lens solution.
To prevent bacterial growth, replace your contact lens case at least every 3 months. Depending on your cleaning system, your optometrist may recommend that you replace your case more frequently.
Do you need a contact lens exam? Book your next appointment today.