Routine Contact Lens Evaluation and Fitting
Our eye doctors routinely evaluate and fit contact lenses on children, teens, and adults. Contact lens fittings and evaluations are separate from routine vision examinations but may also performed and billed at the same visit when appropriate.
When you and the doctor decide that contact lenses are suitable for your eye health and visual needs, a contact lens fitting and evaluation takes place. Throughout the contact lens evaluation, the patient’s eyes are carefully evaluated to ensure that eye health will be maintained once wearing contact lenses. Center Vision Clinic specializes in the fitting and evaluation of all available Soft Contact Lenses, Rigid Gas Permeable (RGP) and Hybrid (combination soft and hard).
Additionally, the contact lens prescription power (which is different than the glasses prescription) needs to be determined, and the shape of the eye needs to be evaluated in order to ensure that the contact lens will fit properly. Often times, a patient needs to wear a lens for several days or weeks in order to evaluate their ability to adapt to the vision and comfort contact lenses provide. At follow up visits (when needed), the doctor evaluates the fit and power of the contact lens, as well as eye health to verify and finalize the contact lens prescription.
These lenses are comfortable to wear and must be replaced daily, weekly, or monthly depending on the type your doctor determines is best for you. Soft lenses are often recommended for sports because they fit closer to the eye and are more difficult to dislodge. They can provide correction for most prescriptions including astigmatism and for patients who need near vision correction (bifocals).
Rigid Gas Permeable (RGP) Lenses
Made of moderately flexible plastics, RGP lenses offer sharp vision and correct most vision problems. They are more durable than soft contact lenses and can be easier to handle and care for but require a longer adaptation period and consistent wear to maintain adaptation.
There is no better time to be over the age of 40. Nearly one-third of the US population is over the age of 40 and has problems reading near print or working comfortably on their computer without some sort of visual adaptation. Many patients turn to bifocal glasses, Progressive Addition Lenses (PAL) glasses, or reading glasses to help their vision. However, there are bifocal and multifocal soft and gas permeable contact lens options that provide near and distance correction at the same time. These contact lens technologies keep getting better! Our doctors have extensive knowledge of the most up to date lenses on the market today. Whether a patient currently wears contact lenses or has never worn them, there are many choices available to help with these vision issues.
Colored Contact Lenses
Enhance your eye color or even change it completely. Colored contact lenses are fun and come in a variety of colors for both light and dark eyes.
Specialty Contact Lens Evaluation and Fitting
In addition to routine contact lens fittings, the doctors at Center Vision Clinic specialize in customized contact lens fittings for patients with special vision and medical eye needs.
Keratoconus is an eye disease that creates an abnormal corneal shape that many times cannot be compensated for with glasses or typical contact lenses. Due to the visual problems that these patients encounter as Keratoconus progresses, it can become a debilitating vision disorder. Center Vision Clinic utilizes advanced technology including topography to obtain images and information about the curvature and health of the cornea. A custom contact lens shape is designed in order to produce an optimized fit. Through this specialty contact lens fitting process, these patients not only have improved vision but have improved quality of life and activities of daily living.
Surgically Altered Eyes
Thousands of patients have undergone Radial Keratotomy, corneal transplantation or LASIK surgery and note that their vision is not as ideal as they would desire. Some of these patients have visually impaired eyes with very poor vision. Due to the shape changes that these surgical procedures create, patients are unable to wear typical contact lenses. Our doctors utilize state of the art technology to image the surface of the eye called corneal topography. They are experienced in designing contact lenses for these patients to give them quality of vision they cannot obtain otherwise.
Regardless of the type of contact lenses you wear, an annual eye exam is recommended to ensure the continued good health of your eyes. Schedule an appointment for an assessment and advice at Center Vision Clinic in Kennewick, and we will be in touch with you shortly.