We Offer a Variety of Contact Lenses
If you rely on eyeglasses to see correctly, you should consider getting contact lenses. Contacts provide a more natural appearance. Also, with contacts, your vision won't be obscured by an eyeglass frame or dirty lenses. Finally, they are a more convenient option for athletes or active people. If you are thinking about getting contacts from your optometrist at Swift Optical in Massena, NY, you should know what to expect during your contact lens exam and the contacts that you have to choose from. Please note, that we are currently only accepting patients who are already wearing contacts at this time.
The Contact Lens Exam
During your contact lens exam, your optometrist will test your vision to determine your contact lens prescription. They will also take measurements of your eyes to determine the right lens size.
Your eye doctor will check the health of your eyes to determine if you can wear conventional soft lenses, or if you need special, hard to fit lenses.
Finally, you will sit down with a tech who will teach you to insert the lenses, remove them, and how to care for them.
If your eyes are healthy, you can be fitted with soft lenses, and there are a few types to choose from.
- Dailies: Daily lenses would be worn once and thrown away at the end of the day. In the morning, you would put a fresh pair in.
- Weeklies, Bi-weeklies, and Monthlies: These contacts would be removed at night before bed and put back in when you wake up. You would wear every week, every two weeks, or every month, depending on the lenses that you choose.
- Extended Wear: Extended wear lenses can be worn for 30-days straight without needing to take them out. After 30-days, you would put in a fresh pair. These lenses are only recommended if you have healthy eyes.
Hard to Fit Lenses
Certain conditions make wearing soft lenses impossible. Your eye doctor may need to prescribe a hard to fit lens.
- Gas-Permeable Lenses: These lenses are hard, which makes them a great option if you have a condition that causes your cornea to be misshapen like keratoconus. Because protein deposits don't build up on the lenses, they are recommended if you are prone to eye infections or if you have giant papillary conjunctivitis.
- Scleral Lenses: Scleral lenses rest on the white of your eye and vault over the cornea. Because they don't rest on the cornea, they are prescribed if you have dry eye. They are also effective if you have a misshapen cornea.
- Toric Lenses: If you have astigmatism, single vision lenses won't work. Toric lenses are more than one curve, which is necessary to treat this refractive error.
Schedule an Appointment Today!
If you are thinking about getting contacts, our doctors at Swift Optical can perform a contact lens exam. Our optometrist in Massena treats patients in Canton, Norfolk, Potsdam, and Norwood. We can fit you with a comfortable lens that can help you see correctly. You can call us at (315) 276-3335 to schedule an appointment today!