Contact Lens Fitting
A contact lens fitting is usually a multi-step process: the exam, the fitting, and a trial period. Both the exam and fittings involve evaluations or tests to help create a lens fit for your eye health and visual needs.
The process of contact lens fitting involves several steps to ensure that the contact lenses fit comfortably and provide optimal vision correction. Here’s an overview of the typical process:
Eye Examination: The first step is to have a comprehensive eye examination by an optometrist or ophthalmologist. They will assess your overall eye health, measure your visual acuity, and determine your prescription.
Discussion of Lifestyle and Preferences: You’ll have a discussion with the eye care professional about your lifestyle and preferences. This includes your daily activities, how often you plan to wear contact lenses, and whether you have any specific needs or concerns.
Measurement of Eye’s Surface: The curvature and size of your cornea (the clear front surface of your eye) will be measured. This is typically done using a keratometer or a topographer to ensure the lenses will fit properly.
Tear Film Assessment: The quality and quantity of your tear film will be evaluated, as a healthy tear film is essential for comfortable contact lens wear.
Contact Lens Selection: Based on your prescription, eye measurements, and lifestyle preferences, your eye care professional will select an appropriate type and brand of contact lens for you. There are various types, including soft lenses, rigid gas permeable (RGP) lenses, and specialty lenses for specific eye conditions.
Trial Lenses: You will be given trial contact lenses to try on. Your eye care professional will check the fit, comfort, and vision quality with these trial lenses. Adjustments may be made to ensure the best fit.
Training and Education: If you’re new to contact lenses, your eye care professional will provide instruction on how to insert, remove, and care for your lenses. They will also discuss hygiene practices and how to properly care for your lenses.
Follow-Up Appointments: After the initial fitting, you mayhave follow-up appointments to ensure that the lenses continue to fit well and that your eyes are healthy. Adjustments may be made as needed.
Prescription Finalization: Once the fit and comfort are satisfactory, your eye care professional will finalize your contact lens prescription. This prescription will specify the lens type, power, and any other necessary details.
Regular Checkups: It’s important to attend regular eye exams, typically on an annual basis or as recommended by your eye care professional, to monitor the health of your eyes, ensure your contact lenses are still fitting properly, and update your contact lens prescription if necessary.
The contact lens fitting process is a collaborative effort between you and your eye care professional to ensure that you have comfortable and effective contact lens wear. It’s important to follow their guidance and maintain good eye hygiene for safe and successful contact lens use.