Contact Lens Assessment
Contact lenses are a brilliant and convenient way of correcting your vision. At Midlands Eye Care we can fit all types of contact lenses. Contact lenses can correct distance vision, reading vision, or both.
There are many types of contact lenses:
- Dailies – You use fresh lenses each day, throwing them away at the end of the day.
- Monthlies – You open the new lenses at the beginning of the month; use each day, and store them in disinfectant solution usually during the night. These lenses can then be re-used like this for a month. After the month you throw them away and open a new set of lenses. You can sleep in some monthly lenses too, meaning you can keep them in for the whole month!
- Annual – These lenses can be used for a year but have to be disinfected each night much like the monthlies. You cannot sleep in these lenses.
- Soft lenses have become the usual choice for most patients because they are the most comfortable immediately. However rigid gas permeable (RGP) lenses are really good alternatives, especially for people suffering with keratoconus or even higher prescriptions. These are custom made. And have to be removed and disinfected daily, but last a year.
- Single vision lenses: These contact lenses have one power in them and are suitable for most patients. They correct your distance vision and reading vision (if you don’t wear glasses for reading) – or can be adjusted to give you both (if you do wear glasses for reading)
- Toric lenses: These lenses are for people who have two powers to correct across each eye – that is, they have astigmatism. These lenses therefore are more custom made, and can be used to correct all aspects of your vision (distance and reading)
- Multifocal (varifocal) contact lenses: These lenses give you a combination of your distance and reading vision. They can be toric too! These lenses are best for those who require reading glasses or wear varifocal glasses.
Short-sightedness (myopia) is a global problem. More and more people are becoming short-sighted. High levels of short-sightedness can lead to conditions such as early cataracts, glaucoma, retinal detachments and retinal degeneration (these are causes of sight loss). It is estimated that half the world’s population will be short-sighted by 2050. Myopia control lenses are soft daily contact lenses that have been shown to reduce the progression of short-sightedness in children by over 60%. This can protect our children from sight loss in the futures.
At Midlands Eye Care, we are passionate about reducing the eye problems in children to protect all our futures.
Contact lens fit and aftercare
Once you decide you want to try contact lenses, here are the stages of care to expect:
- Book an appointment for a contact lens fit
- First appointment: Your eyes will be measured and a prescription calculated (not necessarily the same as your glasses prescription) – lenses will be ordered and you have to return to have them fitted once they arrive (if not in stock). If the lenses are in stock we’ll put them in the same day to check the fit and vision is what you need.
- Teaching appointment: We’ll teach you how to insert, remove and care for the lenses and your eyes. This doesn’t usually take more than a couple of hours at most. You then take the lenses away for a trial period.
- Return trial appointment: Here we discuss if the lenses did what you wanted them to. Your optometrist will check the fit of the lenses, your vision and your eyes, to make sure all aspects have taken to the lenses well. If everything appears well, you can now buy the lenses. If the lenses need tweaking, your optometrist will adjust aspects of the design or prescription of the lens to make it fit better for you. You’re now ready to go!
- On-going aftercare appointments: It is not only a legal requirement that you have regular checks on your eye health when using contact lenses, but also makes sense to both keep eye infections away and to keep your lenses the most current. Your optometrist will evaluate your needs every year, to make sure the lenses are beneficial for you. This may mean moving from DV to multifocal lenses, or changing the materials or fit. Rest assured we will be here for you on your contact lens journey.