Finding Contact Lenses That Work For You
Many people don’t wear contact lenses because they find them uncomfortable, or because their doctor has just told them they can’t wear them. But don’t rule out contacts as a corrective option just yet; you might just have hard-to-fit eyes. That’s where we come in.
Contact lens technology is always changing and advancing. The products available to us get better every year and we always take advantage of that! When you choose Bluebird Family Eye Care for your contacts, you’re choosing the best and newest contact lenses available.
We’ll do everything we can to set you up with the perfect contact lenses for you.
How a Contact Lens Exam & Fitting Works
Evaluating Your Eye Health
Before you start wearing contacts, we need to take a close look at your eyes. We’ll take the opportunity to confirm your prescription and make sure you don’t have any eye issues that might prevent you from wearing contact lenses.
Evaluating Your Eye Shape and Prescription
Eyes are like fingerprints; every one is a little bit different. The size and shape of your eye has a lot to do with finding the right contact lenses for you. Using our state-of-the-art technology, we’ll take ultra precise measurements of your eyes. Don’t worry; it may sound daunting but none of this causes you any real discomfort.
Evaluating Fit and Performance
Once we’ve tested and measured your lenses, we’ll send you home with your first pair of trial lenses and instructions on how to wear them to make sure they fit and perform they way they’re supposed to. If you’re not totally sold on the way your first pair of trial lenses feel or function, don’t panic. Sometimes you have to try out a few different pairs before you find the right ones. The key is to be patient.
The Dos & Don’ts of Contact Lenses
Your eyes are an unusually sensitive organ; the tissues of the eye are susceptible to redness, irritation, and infection. Abusing your contact lenses can cause painful sight threatening complications. That’s why it’s absolutely crucial that you follow your doctor’s instructions precisely, and very carefully adhere to the following rules of contact lens wear.
- Rinse your contact lenses with solution before and after every wear
- Replace the solution in your case regularly
- Clean your case out (between solution replacements) with hot water
- Replace your contact lenses as instructed by your doctor
- Use the correct solution for your type of lenses as directed by your doctor
- Share your contacts with anyone else
- Use saliva, water, or anything other than contact solution to clean your lenses
- Clean your case with soap
- Wear your lenses overnight (unless approved by your doctor)
- Top off low solution in your contact case (replace it completely instead)
Specialty Contact Lenses
These days, contact lenses go far beyond just helping you see better. We carry a number of amazing specialty contact lenses to improve your quality of life. Browse our contact lens brands, or contact us to learn more about specialty contact lenses.
Our Gentle Vision Shaping System uses special rigid contact lenses that are designed to be a method of myopia control. The lenses are put in at bed time, allowing them to gently reshape your cornea overnight. When you remove them in the morning, you’ll be able to see clearly for the entire day. Ortho-K lenses are proven to reduce the progression of myopia in kids.
Scleral lenses are an excellent option for people who have “hard-to-fit-eyes”. While standard contact lenses just cover the cornea, scleral lenses also cover the sclera (the white part of your eye). This makes them more stable and keeps them from slipping every time you blink. Scleral lenses are also good for patients with certain eye diseases, like keratoconus.
Astigmatism is a refractive error caused by an irregularly shaped cornea. As a result, patients experience some level of blurring at all distances. Toric lenses have different levels of magnification in different meridians of the lens. Because the orientation of the lens is specific, toric lenses are sometimes weighted at the bottom. This ensures the lens stays in the right position.