Dr. Bro and Dr. Whitney specialize in fitting the newest and most advanced contact lenses available. New lens technologies have also made contact lenses easier to wear, clean and maintain. During your contact lens fitting exam we will take specific measurements of your eyes in addition to asking you questions about your lifestyle and hobbies in order to properly prescribe the type of lenses that will perform best for your unique situation.
Many people wonder whether or not contacts are comfortable. For people who may find contact lenses are a hard fit, we would love to work with you. If you are a previous wearer, have had lens problems, or just given up on contact lenses in the past, we have new and innovative ways to help get you back on track.
We are a recognized provider of specialty lenses for many conditions. These conditions include Keratoconus, CRT lenses, Orthokeratology, Corneal Reshaping, Bifocal and Multifocal contacts, astigmatism, and myopia. We also work with post-Lasik cases, PRK, Radial Keratotomy, and other special corneal conditions. For these cases, our contact lens fitting is done carefully, with special equipment and technologies not often found in most eye care practices.
Brands of contact lenses we carry include:
- Air Optix Aqua
- Air Optix Night and Day
- Air Optix Multifocal
- Air Optix Astigmatism
- Avaira & Avaira Toric
- Biofinity & Biofinity Toric
- Biofinity Multifocal
- Proclear & Proclear Toric
- Proclear One Day
- Bausch and Lomb
- Purevision2 HD & Purevision2 HD for Astigmatism
- Purevision Multifocal
- Acuvue Oasys
- Acuvue Oasys for Astigmatism
- Acuvue 1- Day Moist
- Acuvue 1-Day TruEye
- Ciba Daily Aqua
- Ciba Daily for Astigmatism
- Ciba Daily Total One
Contact Eye Exam
If you are considering getting contacts, you’ll need to get a special eye exam that includes specific tests beyond the exam needed for eyeglasses. Whether you’re getting contacts for the first time, or merely wanting to update your prescription, it is important to let your eye care provider know when you make your appointment for your exam. That way, they will be prepared and allot the extra time needed for the additional tests and contact lens fitting.
It’s also generally recommended to have your eye exam and contact lens exam performed by the same eye care provider. This way, you avoid any overlapping or redundant testing that may occur if you use two different providers, and thus also avoid any potential for redundant and additional fees. If you get contacts from a second eye care provider, they may need to verify your eye health and the accuracy of your eyeglass prescription to get the best, most complete picture of the condition of your eyes before performing a safe contact lens fitting. To help mitigate the chances of duplicate testing, you can provide records of your general eye exam from the first eye care provider.
What to Expect
During a contact eye exam, just as with an eyeglass exam, your vision will be tested via an eye chart. There will also be a series of tests used to determine your eye health and if you need corrective lenses to help account for refractive errors in your visual acuity.
After this initial testing, you will be asked for additional information in order to help you get fitted with the best contact lenses for your preferences and needs. This information may include general questions about lifestyle and habits, and also about your preferences about contacts, such as if you’d be interested in color contact lenses, or if you’d prefer daily wear contacts or overnight wear contacts. Your doctor may also bring up the option of rigid, “hard” contacts, which usually provide sharper vision, versus soft disposable lenses.
Your doctor may also ask about how you want to manage age-related vision problems. Presbyopia, a condition that limits your ability to read small print or focus on near objects, is frequent in people around and over the age of40. Bifocal contact lenses are available as a possible solution, as is monovision, where one eye would be corrected for distance vision and the other is corrected for near vision.
Types of Tests
Contacts are custom fitted to your eyes. If the curvature of a lens isn’t right, you could experience discomfort or even suffer damage to your eye. A contact eye exam measures your cornea using a keratometer, which uses light reflections to measure your cornea’s curvature. This helps your eye care provider identify the best curve and size for your lenses. This measurement may also be supplemented by additional computerized measurements called corneal topography.
One instrument to measure corneal topography will have you seated with your forehead resting against a curved metal bar. Circular points of light are then shined into your eye, and a computer utilizes this data to map the surface of your eye.
Wavefront measurements are also used during contact eye exams in order to identify less common vision problems. The eye care provider also will measure your pupil and iris. The simplest version of this measurement uses a card or ruler showing different sizes, and the eye care provider simply holds it up to your eye to find the best match. There are also many instruments which measure pupil size in an extremely accurate and refined manner.
You may also be asked to complete a tear film evaluation. In this test, a small strip of paper is inserted under your lower eyelid, and after about five minutes with your eyes closed, the paper is removed. This measures your ability to produce tears and helps to determine if you have dry eyes. If you have extreme dry eyes, it may not be recommendable to have contacts.
Finally, a biomicroscope is used to provide a magnified view of your cornea and other tissues in your eye. This allows your eye care provider to measure the health of your eyes and detect any changes wearing contacts may create.
These and other tests help insure you get the best contacts that are the right fit for you.
After Receiving Your Contacts
After the evaluation, you often will receive a trial pair of contact lenses. You will most likely need to wear them for a few minutes so your eyes stop tearing and your lenses stabilize. At that point, the eye care provider will likely check the fit of the lenses via the biomicroscope. After determining the contacts fit properly, are comfortable, and help provide you with greater visual clarity, your eye care provider will then write you a prescription which denotes the lens power, shape of your eye (also known as the base curve), and the diameter.
Once your prescription arrives, your eye care provider may request you to come back so they can check on the fit and comfort of your contacts.
Contacts are a great alternative or even supplement to eyeglasses in correcting your vision. Although the contact eye exam is a little more involved and a little more expensive (to account for all the additional tests), contacts can provide you with extra flexibility and freedom in how you maintain your visual health.
We receive referrals for specialty contact fittings from other area eye care providers. We would love to help you enjoy freedom from spectacles with new contact lenses. Please give us a call at 719-576-5844 to schedule your appointment for contact lens fittings and exams. We look forward to seeing you!