Contact Lens Services
Contact lens technology is constantly evolving. Manufacturers continue to develop new and innovative ways to correct for nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and presbyopia…or all of the above at the same time! Our doctors are continuously incorporating these new technologies in our office in order to offer patients the best in eye care.
Contact lenses come in a variety of designs and materials to treat different conditions. Materials range from soft lenses to rigid gas permeable contacts, or mix of both, a hybrid lens. And contacts can be worn in different ways, from extended wear (sleeping with the contacts) to daily disposable. Every patient is different and their needs are different. WVA doctors work with patients to tailor fit their vision correction with their lifestyle.
While contact lenses are a great alternative to ophthalmic glasses, there are some cases when contacts are the only option. Conditions such as keratoconus, high astigmatism, and irregular astigmatism secondary to refractive surgery require specialized contact lens fitting. Our doctors provide soft specialty designs and custom fit scleral lenses to give patients the vision they cannot get with other options. In many cases, these contact lens options are considered medically necessary by insurance. Our doctors also perform orthokeratology for the correction of vision with overnight use of corneal molds, to give patients the option of being glasses and contact lens free during the day!
Contacts can even offer cosmetic enhancements including lenses to change the color of your eyes and those that add definition to the limbal ring of the eye. Some cosmetic contacts provide subtle enhancements while others leave a statement. WVA even offers cosmetic contacts for patients who have suffered from eye injuries who are looking to restore the natural look of their eyes.
Contact Lens Evaluation: How does it work?
Patients are evaluated yearly for the use of contact lenses. A new contact lens wearer will be fit with contacts and instructed on the care and handling of contacts before they leave the office with the lenses. A follow up visit is required for all new wearers and sometimes for former wearers who have had a change in either the contact lens type or prescription. Once the doctor is confident that the patient is achieving the best fit possible, a prescription for the contact lenses will be finalized. The doctors review the contact lens history yearly and evaluate the lenses being worn to insure that ocular health is not being compromised.
A contact lens evaluation fee includes the initial evaluation and any visits up to 90 days of the initial appointment.