Fitting You For Contact Lenses
Alas, contact lenses are not “One Size Fits All”. It takes some work to find the right contact size, shape, type, and brand for your eyes. Many people actually believe they can’t wear contact lenses, simply because their eyes are “hard to fit”.
We specialize in fitting patients with the perfect contact lenses to suit their needs in our Cary office. We’re ready to put all our skills and professional knowledge to work until we find the perfect fit for you.
Your Contact Lens Exam
The first step is making sure your eyes are healthy. Once we’re satisfied with your eye health, we’ll take a look at your eye size and shape, making sure you’re a good candidate for lenses.
Now that we’ve got the measure of you, we’ll book you in for a follow up appointment to go over putting your contacts in and taking them out. This is when we usually send you home with your first pair of trial contacts.
If the trial lenses we give you don’t quite work for you, irritate your eyes, or cause any other problems: don’t get discouraged. It usually takes a few different trial pairs before we find the perfect fit.
Specialty Contact Lenses
Not all contact lenses work the same way. We offer a number of different specialty lenses to make your life easier and more comfortable.
Myopia is a refractive error caused by the shape of the cornea. Ortho-K (or Orthokeratology) lenses are rigid, gas permeable contacts that gently reshape the cornea overnight. When the patient takes the lenses out in the morning, the cornea maintains that new shape and will require no correction for the remainder of the day.
The cornea slowly returns to it’s original shape throughout the day, so Ortho-K lenses need to be worn every night for the treatment to work. Since the treatment is totally reversible, you can still pursue corrective surgery later if you’d like.
Scleral Lenses may be the right choice for someone with “hard-to-fit” eyes. In addition to covering the cornea, this extra-large lense also covers the Sclera, or the white of the eye.
While standard lenses may slip with every blink, scleral lenses are designed to fit without moving. Some patients find scleral lenses a more comfortable option than regular-sized contacts.
Caring for Your Contacts
Keeping your contacts clean is crucial. At best, dirty contacts could mean your eyes get red and irritated. At worst, it could mean a nasty infection, possibly leading to blindness if left untreated.
Make sure you’re using the right solution for your kind of contacts; one of our staff can help you find the appropriate solution. Keep your contact case clean, and refresh the solution in it regularly. Do not just top up the solution level. Wash your hands before handling your contacts, and rinse your lenses with solution after every wear.