Contact Lens Eye Health
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Care For Your Eyes
Proper maintenance and eye health comes from regular check ups with your eye doctor. An optometrist can spot the early warning signs of vision problems like glaucoma and macular degeneration, as well as other serious health conditions, such as diabetes and hypertension. Regular eye check ups are crucial to early detection.
How do I get contact lens prescriptions/fittings?
First time contact lens wearers will typically visit an optometrist for a contact lens fitting. Even if you do not have any vision problems, this is still an important step to take. A contact lens fitting includes finding the proper contact lens measurements for your eyes, which brand suits your lifestyle, and which contact lens material is right for you.
What does a contact lens fitting include?
- Assessment: Your eye doctor will review your history and lifestyle needs. Your eyes will be measured to determine which contact lenses will be suitable for your eyes.
- Trial Lenses and Instruction: Your eye doctor will provide thorough instructions and information of the proper techniques for the insertion, removal and disinfection of your contact lenses. The eye doctor will also explain the importance of hygiene, your daily regimen and replacing your contact lenses in the appropriate amount of time.
- Evaluation: Your eye doctor will use a slit lamp to assess the lens coverage, stability and movement. The slit lamp will also assist the doctor in understanding if there are any comfort issues with the lenses themselves.
- Follow Up: Generally, within one week of your initial visit, you will have a follow up with your eye doctor to ensure your lenses are providing the proper fit and level of vision correction needed. If all is well, your prescription will be finalized and valid. You can now use this prescription to order your contact lenses online.
How do I use my prescription to reorder contact lenses?
If your existing prescription is still valid, simply use it to reorder from us. Provide us with a copy during checkout. If your prescription has expired, it's important to visit your eye doctor to have your eyes reassessed.
Note: You can use our FREE online acuity test to find out if you can use your current prescription to order your contact lenses or eyeglasses, or if it's time to schedule a comprehensive eye exam to receive a new prescription. If you pass the test (seeing better than 20/25), you are seeing well enough to order new contact lenses or eyeglasses with your current non-expired prescription. If you don’t pass the test (are not seeing better than 20/25), your current prescription eyewear could use some updating.
How often should I have an eye exam?
It's important to have an eye exam every two years or sooner. Your eye doctor should advise you when you should have a follow up exam. This reassessment schedule is put in place to help promote optimal eye health and to prevent any complications that may arise from contact lens wear. A contact lens evaluation, also known as a contact lens refit or contact lens renewal, could potentially be billed separate from a full eye exam. In many cases, your eye doctor should bill less that half the cost of a full eye exam if you're simply having a contact lens evaluation to obtain an updated contact lens prescription.
How do I practice proper contact lens wear and care?
- Wash your hands thoroughly before handling your lenses.
- Ensure you follow your contact lens wearing schedule. Do not over-wear your lenses. This can be harmful to your eye health.
- Do not sleep in your lenses unless you have full approval from your eye doctor.
- Do not wear lenses longer than prescribed.
- For non daily lenses, ensure you clean and store your lenses as instructed. Always use compatible lens solutions for cleaning.
- Clean, rinse and air-dry your contact lens case often. Replace your lens case with a new one every three months.
- If your eyes become red or irritated, remove the lenses immediately and consult with your eye doctor.
- Do not use water to store or clean lenses. Always use compatible contact lens solution, and follow the instructions found on the packaging.