Contact Lens Exams
Would you like to wear contact lenses? If so, in addition to your comprehensive eye exam, we can perform a contact lens exam which is the first step necessary in the process of fitting contact lenses.
In some cases, Dr. Johnson will need to perform multiple diagnostic steps to produce a contact lens prescription for you. The “fitting” process includes these additional steps and tests, along with setting you up in diagnostic lenses and all follow-up care. These additional steps require additional time and thus additional cost. Please inform our office that you’re in need of contact lenses when you schedule your exam. This will let them know to allow extra time for the extra steps, ensuring a successful outcome.
The fitting process is both a science and an art which requires a high level of expertise and experience on the part of the optometrist. The additional contact lens fitting fees depend on the level of difficulty.
Dr. Johnson may ask you some lifestyle questions to get an idea of what modality of contact lens might work best for you. Some questions to consider before heading into your appointment:
- What are your vision goals?
- Do you want your contacts to help you with a specific vision problem (e.g. reading)?
- Do you want your contact lenses to be used for specific tasks (e.g. sports)?
- Do you have difficulty touching your eyes?
- Do you want to change the color of your eyes?
Our office stocks diagnostic lenses for fitting purposes so we’ll give you a pair to put on at the time of the initial exam.
At this point, if you are a new contact lens wearer, you will go through an extensive training on insertion, removal, and cleaning of contact lenses. This process can take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour or more.
Once the diagnostic lenses are on your eyes and settled in, Dr. Johnson will do additional testing. You’ll likely be able to take the diagnostic lenses home with you. The idea here is to wear them in your real life for a week to see how they settle in and then return for a follow-up appointment a week or so later.
The follow-up appointment is a necessary and important step in finalizing your contact lens prescription. The way each contact lens interacts with your eye chemistry can only be determined after you’ve worn it for a while. Usually, only one follow-up is necessary but not always. Sometimes, with more complicated fittings, you may need to come back several times, allowing Dr. Johnson to “tweak” the prescription in order to provide the most accurate and comfortable vision.
Contact Lens Brands
Alcon is helping people see the world better through advanced surgical, pharmaceutical and vision care products. Alcon serves eye care professionals and their patients in more than 180 countries, reaching 90% of the globe, to help millions of people see the world better with clarity, color and beauty. Alcon enhances sight to enhance life. Alcon has a nearly 70-year heritage built on trust. Founded in 1945, Alcon has grown from a small ophthalmic shop to the second-largest division of Novartis, one of the most successful and respected healthcare companies in the world.
The Alcon line of contact lenses includes brand names such as:
Air Optix Aqua · Air Optix Colors · Air Optix Night & Day · Dailies Aqua Comfort Plus · Dailies Total One · Focus Dailies · FreshLook Colorblends · FreshLook Colors · FreshLookDimensions
Acuvue, under the umbrella of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. is committed to creating life-long solutions to vision care needs. Since the Acuvue brand made its debut in 1987 as the world’s first disposable soft contact lens, the company has repeatedly brought innovative, quality, and scientific advancements to the industry. Today, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. is one of the world’s leading innovator and manufacturer of disposable contact lenses.
The Acuvue line of contact lenses includes brand names such as:
Acuvue Oasys · 1-Day Acuvue Moist · Acuvue 2 · 1-Day Acuvue TruEye
For the last 150 years, Bausch + Lomb has become a global hallmark for innovation and quality. Bausch + Lomb is solely dedicated to protecting and enhancing the gift of sight for millions of people around the world – from the moment of birth through every phase of life. Their mission is simple yet powerful: Helping you see better to live better. The company is one of the best-known and most respected healthcare brands in the world, offering one the widest and finest range of eye health products including contact lenses and lens care products, pharmaceuticals, intraocular lenses and other eye surgery products.
The Bausch and Lomb line of contact lenses includes brand names such as:
Bausch + Lomb Ultra · PureVision · PureVision2 · SofLens · SofLens Daily Disposable
Since 1980, Cooper Vision has been providing contact lenses to people all over the globe. In fact, Cooper conducts business in over 100 countries throughout the world, from China to Europe, from Africa to the Americas, Cooper is there improving the way people see. Cooper Vision appreciates that no two eyes, no two patients, and no two days are ever the same. They realize that people look to them to provide contact lenses that are best in class. That’s what they do and they do it extremely well.
The Cooper Vision line of contact lenses includes brand names such as:
MyDay · Clariti 1 Day · Biofinity · Proclear · Avaira Vitality