Spherical lenses are the easiest to fit and come in the widest variety of brands and materials. These are typically used on patients under 40 years old without astigmatism.
Toric lenses are for patients with astigmatism. The lenses are a bit thicker and are designed to stay in a specific position on the eye. Much care is taken during the fit to ensure the lens does not rotate when you blink, as this would cause interrupted vision.
Multifocal contacts allow you to see both far and near on demand. When you are over 40, most often the eye needs a different power for near, intermediate, and distance vision. All needed powers are present in the contact lens, but don’t worry–you don’t have to look in any specific direction for it to work. Your brain is able to pick out the prescription needed for the task you are doing. Of course, your vision continues to improve as your brain adjusts to this process. The benefit of this lens is that it allows you to use both eyes together to do most tasks most of the time without your readers! That is our goal.
Monovision is a type of fit in which we correct one eye to see in the distance and one to see up close. However, because it takes away from your depth perception, we typically only do this if you have a lot of astigmatism.
Scleral lenses and keratoconus lens designs are for patients with irregular corneal shapes. Fortunately, these come in a soft lens material, so we have comfortable fitting options for almost anyone. These specialty lenses are different sizes than a typical soft lens and have multiple curves within the lens that vault over the irregular cornea to provide better vision. The fitting process is complicated and may require multiple visits to perfect the fit and vision, but for many patients, this is the best option.
What To Expect
If you are currently wearing contact lenses, please bring in your boxes, foil packs, or prescription, and anything you use to care for your lenses. This is NOT so we can take the easy way out and keep you in the same lens, but so that we know what your eye is used to wearing. We always strive to put you in the best material and fit for your eye health and prescription. Also, please wear your contact lenses into your appointment so she can see how they fit after several hours of wear. Most of the time, you can be fit with contacts and have your complete dilated exam in the same visit. We can even pre-order your annual supply so you’ll have them before your trials run out.
Of course, changes can be made if needed.
If you do not currently wear contact lenses, welcome! We will ask you questions about your visual and physical activities in order to better understand how you want to wear the lenses. She will determine your prescription, assess if your eyes are healthy enough for contact lenses, and then fit you in the lenses. Next, a team member will teach you how to insert and remove them so you feel comfortable after leaving the office with your lenses. After you’ve had several days to try them out, you will return so she can confirm the fit and prescription. Typically, you will be dilated at this visit to complete your retinal exam. At this visit you will also be ready to order your annual supply of lenses and be set for the year!