Contact Lens Exams, Fittings, & Brands in South Carolina

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A Unique Fit for Unique Eyes

A contact lens exam is essential for preparing your contact lens. Every eye is unique, so contact lenses need to be customized for unique eye measurements. Whether you’re ready for your first lenses or a prescription update, a contact lens exam can help ensure the best possible fit.

Contact Carolina Eyecare Physicians for your contact lens exam and fitting.

What to Expect from an Exam & Fitting

A contact lens exam is not the same as a comprehensive eye exam. While a contact lens exam evaluates eye health and prescription, it is not as in-depth. Therefore, it is not a substitute for a regular eye exam.

Diagnosing your prescription and eye health during an exam is only the first step in getting your new contact lenses. Fitting your contact lenses requires various measurements and evaluations, including:

  • Cornea curvature 
  • Pupil & iris measurement
  • Tear film evaluation

These measurements and evaluations are crucial for creating a contact made just for you. It’s also part of determining if you’re a good candidate for contact lenses. For example, patients with dry eyes are typically poor candidates for traditional contact lenses.

Eye care providers will also discuss how to safely wear and care for lenses with first-time wearers. The patient may practice placing and removing the lens and receives a trial pair to take home. If the lenses are a good fit, the patient then receives their prescription lenses. Some patients may need to try another pair to find an appropriate fit.

Contact Lens Types

After evaluating your prescription and measuring your eye to determine fit, the final decision is contact lens type. There are 2 main types of contact lenses: rigid gas permeable and soft contact lenses. Some patients may try both before finding their top choice for comfort and vision.

Rigid Gas Permeable Lenses

Rigid gas permeable (RGP) contacts are sometimes referred to as hard contacts as they lack flexibility. The firmer material is more durable and provides sharper vision. However, it can take longer to adjust to RGP contact lenses initially and patients should wear them consistently.

Soft contact lenses are flexible and are generally easier to adjust to than RGP contact lenses. The closer fit can improve how the lens stays on the eye, making it a preferred choice for sports. Soft contact lenses are available in multiple wearing options, including daily disposable or extended wear.

Hybrid Lenses

Hybrid contact lenses combine the features of RGP and soft contact lenses. The center is firm but the outer skirt is soft. Patients can experience sharper vision with a more comfortable fit.

Scleral Lenses

Unlike traditional contact lenses which rest on the cornea (the front surface of the eye), scleral contact lenses vault over the cornea and rest on the sclera (the white part of the eye).

Scleral contact lenses are similar to a rigid gas permeable (RGP) contact lens but with a larger diameter. The custom-fitted lenses help maintain moisture and protect the eye, promoting surface healing.

Patients with irregular corneas can experience difficulty finding contact lenses that fit comfortably. Scleral lenses can benefit patients with “hard-to-fit” eyes, including patients with cornea conditions like keratoconus. The improved moisture can also help reduce symptoms of dry eye.

Book Your Exam & Fitting

Contact lens fit is an art. Although there are scientific measurements essential to creating a customized pair, the best possible fit is up to your needs. We can help you find what feels most comfortable for you.

Contact us at Carolina Eyecare Physicians for a contact lens exam and fitting.

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