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:
Astigmatism (blurred vision)
Presbyopia (poor close-up vision)
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:
Daily wear, which can be worn for up to 18 hours
Extended wear, which can be worn overnight
Disposable, which must be discarded after one use
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.
*CRT*, or Corneal Refractive Therapy, is a non-surgical option that helps correct nearsightedness without the daytime use of contacts or glasses. *CRT lenses* are worn at night, and correct the curvature of the cornea while sleeping so you can see clearly during the day.
Fitting Fee $450
Lenses $300 each
If you want to wear contact lenses but have had trouble wearing them in the past — or you've been told you are not a good candidate for contacts — scleral contact lenses may be the solution you are looking for. These large-diameter gas permeable (GP) lenses offer the same advantages that conventional GP lenses have compared with soft contacts, including:
Less risk of complications
They are called "scleral" lenses because, instead of covering only a portion of the cornea (like conventional GP lenses), these large GP lenses vault over the entire corneal surface and rest on the "white" of the eye (the sclera).
Because of their size, scleral lenses are more stable on the eye than conventional GP lenses — so they are less likely to accidentally dislodge from the eye. This stability also can make them more comfortable than conventional GP lenses; scleral lenses provide initial comfort similar to soft lenses, especially for senTypes of Scleral Lenses
There are three categories of scleral lenses, based on size and where the lenses have their primary contact with the front surface of the eye:
Corneo-scleral lenses and semi-scleral lenses are much larger than conventional GP lenses and rest near the junction between the cornea and the sclera.
Mini-scleral lenses vault over the entire corneal surface and rest on the anterior sclera.
Full scleral lenses are the largest scleral lenses and provide the greatest amount of clearance between the back surface of the lens and the cornea.
All modern scleral lenses are made with highly breathable, rigid gas permeable lens materials. So though scleral lenses cover the entire cornea, plenty of oxygen reaches the front surface of the eye to keep it healthy and comfortable.
Generally, anyone interested in achieving the best vision possible with contact lenses can be a candidate for scleral lenses. But scleral GP lenses are particularly helpful for the following conditions:
Irregular corneas. Vision problems caused by an irregularly shaped cornea — whether naturally occurring, due to an eye condition such as keratoconus, or resulting from eye surgery — typically cannot be fully corrected with glasses or soft contact lenses. Scleral lenses typically will provide sharper vision for these eyes.
Hard-to-fit eyes. If your eyes cannot be comfortably fitted with conventional GP lenses or the shape of your eye causes the lenses to dislodge too easily from your eyes (during sports, for example), scleral lenses can provide a more comfortable and secure fit.
Dry eyes. If your eyes are too dry for conventional contact lenses, scleral lenses can help. In particular, the generous space between the back surface of full scleral lenses and the cornea acts as a tear reservoir to keep the front of your eye more moist and comfortable.
Scleral lenses are custom-made to the exact specifications prescribed by your eye doctor to provide the best possible vision, eye health, and comfort.
Also, special automated measuring tools and imaging devices often are used to fit scleral lenses, and these instruments typically are not required for fitting soft lenses.
For these reasons, professional fees associated with fitting scleral lenses and lens replacement costs are higher for scleral lenses than other contact lenses. Your eye care provider can advise you of specific costs for your individual needs.
In some cases, vision insurance may cover a portion of the costs.
Single Vision Lenses $500 each
Multi-Focal Lenses $650 each