Are Your Contact Lenses "Fit"? By Dr. Mark German, Optometrist in Wisconsin
Often I am asked at the end of an eye exam for a contact lens prescription. Unlike a glasses prescription, a contact lens prescription requires an actual fitting of the contacts on the eye. As this is an extra service, it is not usually included in a regular eye examination. An improperly fit contact lens can lead to serious eye problems such as corneal abrasions or even corneal ulcers.
What is involved in a contact lens fitting? Several measurements are made of the cornea, or front part of your eye, to determine the appropriate size and the curvature for the contacts. The optimal contact lens material is then chosen to provide the best possible comfort and vision. The contact lens is then checked on the eye with a microscope to ensure a proper fit and optimal vision.
The next part of the contact lens fitting involves education. You could have the perfect contacts but if you are not caring for them correctly you could still get into serious trouble. The wearing schedule and cleaning regiment needs to be understood. For those new to contacts, learning how to put them in and take them out may take some time. You want to leave that appointment seeing well, understanding how to care for your contacts and realizing the warnings signs of trouble that would necessitate an immediate appointment.
Dr. Mark German is an Optometrist practicing with Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals in Mequon and Saukville, Wisconsin. His colleagues are Dr. Martha Jay and Dr. Josephine-Liezl Cueto, both Eye Physicians and Surgeons.
For an appointment or to learn more about contact lenses, call 262-241-1919.
Visit Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals Web site at www.LakeShoreVision.com.