In this day and age, contact lenses have become an incredibly sophisticated yet easily accessible way to have clear, comfortable vision without the use of glasses! McLeod Eye Associates provides state of the art materials and methods for the fitting of all types of contacts for all conditions. There are many great options for disposable and colored contact lenses!
Contact Lens FAQ
What is a Contact Lens Fitting?
Knowing your prescription is part of it – but finding the correct lens for your eye shape and prescription is done with great care and consideration. How do you want to wear your contacts? Every day? Just for sports or outdoor activities? The fitting involves careful measurement of the cornea of the eye as well as overall health of the eye.
Not all patients are candidates for successful contact lens wear. Once it is determined that you are a good candidate, the doctor chooses the appropriate lens for you. There are hundreds of trial lenses in our office, and most of the time, patients will leave the same day with contacts! The doctor will then put the contacts in your eyes for the initial evaluation.
But don’t worry— we teach you everything you need to know before you leave our office! How to insert and remove the contacts as well as the proper care and storage of your lenses, wearing schedule and how long your lens is worn before you discard it. We then schedule the mandatory one week follow up appointment, which is included in your fitting – to make sure that the contacts are working perfectly.
Is There a Fee for the Contact Lens Fitting?
Yes. This evaluation requires additional time and expertise and is not included in the fee for the comprehensive eye examination. All fees will be discussed prior to the examination. Even if you have worn contacts before and choose our office to provide your yearly care, there is a fee for this service as we now assume responsibility for your contacts and your eye health. Contacts, by law, cannot be dispensed to any patient without a valid contact lens prescription. This prescription expires every year, regardless of whether the patient feels that the present prescription is fine or the lenses are working well. Often, contacts that may feel comfortable may not fit! Improperly fitting contact lenses can lead to many conditions, including infection.
What Types of Contact Lenses Do You Offer?
Contact Lenses for Nearsightedness: These lenses correct for blurry distance vision. There is virtually no limit the amount of powers available, from the lowest prescriptions to the highest.
Contact Lenses for Presbyopia: This condition affects almost all patients over the age of 40! Having to wear reading glasses can be cumbersome and frustrating. There are many soft contact lens options available for the presbyopic patient and we can find the one that works best for you! Why not be able to focus in the distance, at your computer and at your phone?
Contact Lenses for Astigmatism: Astigmatism, though many feel it is an eye condition, is actually a form of refractive error to be treated — just like nearsightedness or presbyopia. It means that the part of the eye known as the cornea, may be irregularly shaped thus requiring a special contact lens. Years of technology have brought a whole new generation of lenses for astigmatism, known as “Astigmatic Contacts” or “Toric Contacts”. Gone are the days that many patients with this condition were told they were not candidates for contact lenses! There are many options, including disposable contacts, to manage this with contacts.
Colored Contact Lenses: Many patients just want the option to change things up a little. There are a wide variety of colored contacts lenses available either with or without prescription and for light and dark colored eyes. Even if you don’t have a prescription, a colored contact lens fitting is no different than if you have a prescription. They are prescribed and fit the same way and require care and follow-up just the s
Specialty Fittings: Such as those for cataract and keratoconus may be deemed medical and will be evaluated on a case by case basis by the doctor.
What if I want my child fit with contact lenses?
Though the current literature suggests that many children can benefit from the use of contact lenses, this determination is left up to the doctor. Age, ability to handle contacts and prescription are only a few factors used to determine whether contact lenses are right for your child. We would be happy to address any questions or concerns you have at the time of the examination.