While there are many benefits to wearing contacts, it's important to ensure that your contacts fit your eye comfortably. At Innovative Eye Care in Bakersfield, CA, our optometrist can help you find contact lenses that fit properly and help you see clearly each day. Whether you're new to contacts or simply need a new prescription, we'll provide you with exceptional eye care.
What to Expect During a Contact Lens Fitting
A standard eye exam measures your visual acuity, but you'll need a fitting if you want to wear contacts. During the fitting, our optometrist will measure your eyes to help prescribe contacts that will fit comfortably. Typically, an appointment will begin with an evaluation of your eye health, along with some questions about your lifestyle and general preferences for contacts.
Our optometrist will carefully measure your eye to determine the diameter and curve that will be needed for your contacts. They'll also take measurements of your iris, pupil, and conduct a tear film evaluation to see how much moisture your eyes produce.
Once the measurements are complete, you'll have the chance to try out a trial pair of contact lenses. Our optometrist may ask you to wear the trial pair until your follow-up appointment. If the lenses are comfortable and can be worn without any problems, our optometrist can then complete your fitting and set you up with the ones you’ll be wearing going forward.
The Different Types of Contact Lenses
While our optometrist can recommend specific contacts for you, you may find it helpful to learn more about the types of lenses available. There are a wide range of contacts on the market today, but common options include:
Daily Disposable Contacts
As their name suggests, these lenses are intended to be disposed of at the end of each day. Since you'll be replacing your contacts daily, you won't have to worry about dust and other substances building up on the contacts over time. These are a great option for teens and also work well for people with dry eyes.
Extended Wear Contacts
Most contacts are taken out before you go to sleep, but these lenses can be worn overnight. They're made of a soft, flexible plastic that allows oxygen to pass through, which helps your eyes function normally. Certain types of extended contacts can be worn for up to six days.
If you have astigmatism, our optometrist may suggest that you wear toric contacts. These lenses have a different shape than standard contacts, making them ideal for people with an irregularly shaped cornea.
Visit Our Optometrist for a Contact Lens Fitting
At Innovative Eye Care in Bakersfield, CA, we're always happy to answer questions about contact lenses. Contact us today about any concerns or to schedule your contact lens fitting.