Contact Lens Exams at Our Allentown Optometry Center
If you want to get contact lenses, you should be aware that the standard eye exam and vision testing is just the first step toward this goal. Our Allentown optometry center can provide the necessary contact lens exams to fit your for lenses that feel good and perform beautifully.
Why Our Eye Doctors Administer Contact Lens Exams
Contact lenses are harder to fit than eyeglasses for the simple reason that they must sit safely and comfortably on the eyes themselves. This requires our Allentown eye doctors to measure your corneal contours, pupil size and iris diameter as precisely as possible. We must also make certain to suggest the right type of contact lenses for your eyes in terms of your overall eye health, especially if you have dry eye, giant papillary conjunctivitis or some other underlying condition that requires special consideration. Preserving your ocular health is just as important to us as optimizing your vision.
Our optometrists will also discuss which types of contact lenses make sense for your needs. If your eyelids are likely to be irritated by the proteins that accumulate on extended-wear lenses, for instance, we may recommend single-use disposal disposable lenses instead. If you need a strong corrective prescription, we may recommened rigid gas permeable (RGP) lenses instead of soft lenses.
Contact Lens Options for Various Vision and Lifestyle Needs
Once we've completed your contact lens exam, our optometry center can provide a variety of contact lens products. We also provide specialized contact lenses for specific eye and vision needs, including those hard-to-fit conditions. Examples include:
- Hydrogel lenses - These lenses are made of a material that help retain moisture for individuals who struggle with dry eye issues.
- Scleral lenses - These lenses cover the entire cornea and are anchored on the sclera or "white" of the eye. We may prescribe them for keratoconus or other severe refractive errors. Their moisture-trapping abilities also suit dry eyes.
- Hybrid lenses - Hybrid lenses are rigid across the main viewing area and softer toward the rim. They're a good choice for people who need high-precision vision correction but find ordinary RGP lenses uncomfortable.
- Toric lenses - Toric lenses are shaped to compensate for the specific pits or other deformations of astigmatism. Their special design prevents them from rotating on the eye and spoiling the correction.
- Multifocal lenses - Multifocal lenses take the same approach to presbyopia treatment as bifocal, trifocals or progressive lenses in eyeglasses. These lenses contain multiple distance corrections so you can see clearly at all ranges.
- Monovision lenses - If you can't get used to multifocals, monovision lenses can compensate for presbyopia by correcting one eye for distance viewing and the other for near viewing.
Call Our Allentown Optometrists Today to Schedule an Exam for Updated Contact Lens Prescriptions
Give your eyes the quality contact lenses they deserve. Call Lehigh Valley Eye Care Associates at (610) 486-3285 today to schedule a contact lens exam from any of our Allentown optometrists! We serve the surrounding communities of Lehigh Valley, Allentown, Whitehall, Bethlehem, and Easton.