If you don’t like the idea of having to wear glasses to see clearly, you’re in good company: An estimated 45 million people in the US have made contact lenses their first choice for everyday vision correction. Anup Deol, OD and the team at the Eyecare Center of Snohomish provide comprehensive eye and vision exams, including contact lens fittings. Whether you need to update your prescription or be fitted for your first pair of contacts, Dr. Deol has you covered — call her Snohomish, Washington office today, or book online any time.
Before prescribing contact lenses, Dr. Deol performs a comprehensive eye exam and vision evaluation to evaluate your eye health and determine your prescription or the exact type and level of vision correction you require.
During your vision exam, she assesses your personal degree of refractive error by measuring how well your eyes focus when looking through a series of different lenses. Like eyeglasses, you can wear contact lenses to correct:
After determining your individual prescription, Dr. Deol performs a comprehensive contact lens exam. This includes measuring the surface of each eye to determine the size and type of contact lens that works best for you; it may also include a tear-film evaluation to find out if you need special contacts made for dry eyes.
Because contact lenses sit directly on the surface of your eyes, the right prescription and a proper fit are critical to preventing ocular damage and long-term vision problems.
Once you have the correct prescription and fit for your contact lenses, Dr. Deol can help you select the type of lens that best suits your lifestyle. Most contact lenses fall into two general categories:
As the most commonly requested type of contact lens, soft contacts are quite comfortable. They’re also easier to put in and adjust, and they tend to stay in place better than hard contact lenses. Soft contact lenses can be purchased as:
You can also get bifocal and multifocal soft contact lenses that are made with a range of powers in a single lens, much like progressive-lens eyeglasses.
Hard contacts, also known as rigid or gas-permeable lenses, are often the best choice for correcting astigmatism or severe nearsightedness. Hard contacts are more durable, longer-lasting, and offer sharper vision correction than soft contacts. They’re less likely to harbor bacteria.
Multifocal and bifocal hard contacts are also available for people who require more than one prescription in a single lens.
If you have moderate-to-severe astigmatism, toric contact lenses may be the best option for you. These specially shaped contacts are designed to create ultra-precise refractive, or focusing, powers that can offset virtually any form of astigmatism.
Toric contacts are available as soft or hard lenses, and they come in every type of wear schedule, ranging from extended wear to single-use disposables.
To schedule your next vision exam and contact lens fitting, call the Eyecare Center of Snohomish, or book an appointment online today.