Dr. Kimball fits patients for the following types of contact lenses:
-Daily Disposable Contacts
-Bi-Weekly & Monthly Disposable Contacts
-Extended Wear Disposable Contacts
-Toric ( lenses for astigmatism ) Contacts
-Planned Replacement Contacts
-Rigid Gas Permeable Contacts
-Conventional Soft Contacts
Can I wear contact lenses? This is a question asked by many patients who wear glasses. In general, almost any one can wear some type of contact lenses. What is important is not if you can wear contacts, but whether you are a good candidate for wearing contacts. Many factors affect a patient's ability to wear contact lenses safely. Some of the conditions that Dr. Kimball will check are your eye health, your tears, the shape of your eye, your blink, your eyelid structure, and your refractive error. Other conditions include your general health, medicine you are taking, your motivation to wear contact lenses, your work environment, your past history with contact lenses, and your ability to properly care for your contacts.
When you see Dr. Kimball for contact lenses, two exams will be completed. The first exam is the eye health exam that is done for glasses. Following this exam, additional tests will be done for your contact lenses. If you are a proper candidate for wearing contact lenses, Dr. Kimball will proceed with the diagnostic exam followed by your follow-up visit(s). The number of follow-up visits a patient needs is variable and depends upon their eyes, the type of lenses they wear, past history of eye problems, wearing modality, and other conditions.
The Food and Drug Administration classify contact lenses as medical devices. You must have a valid doctor's prescription written specifically for the contact lenses you wear in order to buy them. Contact lens prescriptions are generally valid for one year from the date of your examination.
However, for certain eye conditions or wearing modalities, the contact lens expiration may be less than one year.
Prior to prescribing contact lenses, Dr. Kimball determines what level of vision correction you require. Refractive error (commonly known as nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism depending on the error) is evaluated by measuring how the eyes focus when a series of different lenses are placed in front of them. An optometrist may use either a phoropter or an automated instrument to take these measurements. To schedule an appointment for a vision evaluation with our Pasadena optometrist, call (281) 998-0500 today.
After determining the level of refractive error, Dr. Kimball works with you to determine whether contact lenses or glasses are best for your lifestyle. If you suffer from certain conditions, such as dry eye or allergies, glasses may be the most comfortable corrective solution. Contact lenses are available in either soft or rigid gas permeable form. Contact lenses need to be changed daily, weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly, depending on what type of lens you select. Specialized contact lenses, such as bifocal contact lenses, are also available for patients with special eye conditions. Call us at (281) 998-0500 if you are interested in learning if contact lenses are a good fit for you.