The fitting of contact lenses can be a complicated task and before we will fit anyone, a full assessment of their eyes will be undertaken and the importance of different aspects explained. More details about some of the stages involved can be found below.
General Information – We will discuss with you your reasons for wanting to wear contact lenses and what you wish to use them for. Information on your general health and any medication you take will also be assessed because it may affect your ability to wear contact lenses.
Ocular Examination – Following a full eye examination, we use a slit lamp and keratometer to give us greater information about the health of the surface of the eye and its likely response to wearing contact lenses.
Lens Selection – Using the information gathered during our initial questioning and our examination, we will suggest the lenses we feel most suitable for your needs. Which ever contact lenses we recommend, we will always detail the advantages and disadvantages of each before a final decision is made.
Lens trial – We will insert the lenses we have selected into your eyes and allow them to settle for around half an hour. This allows you to experience the way contact lenses feel and appreciate the level of vision you are likely to attain with your lenses. We will also assess the fit of the lenses before ordering your first pair of contact lenses.
Lens Collection – Before we allow you to take your contact lenses home, we will give you instruction on how to handle and care for your lenses.
Aftercare – Regular follow-up appointments are vitally important for all contact lens wearers. They allow us to monitor the condition of your lenses and the health of your eyes. We reserve the right to refuse to supply replacement contact lenses if regular aftercare visits have not been made.
Orthokeratology (Ortho-K) is a non-surgical procedure used to reduce nearsightedness and allow some people to see well without glasses or contact lenses for significant periods of time. Ortho-K involves wearing a series of specially designed rigid gas-permeable (RGP) contact lenses to flatten and reshape the cornea, the clear front surface of the eye. For a more complete description of this treatment, please see Orthokeratology.