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CONTACT LENSES 101: The Importance of Contact Lens Fittings

photodune-8131647-contact-lens-xsContact lenses are convenient, but they also come with inherent risks. It’s in the name: ‘contact’ refers to the fact that the lens sits directly on your eyeball. Due to this, it is vital that you go through every step with an optometrist to ensure you have the correct lenses for your needs. One such step is the contact lens fitting and it is indeed crucial to having a comfortable and appropriate prescription.

HOW DO YOU TELL IF YOUR CONTACTS DON’T FIT?

Symptoms of ill-fitting contacts range from mild discomfort to extreme irritation. The following list is a summary of the side effects experienced if you are wearing contact lenses with a poor fit:

  • Increased discomfort over extended periods of use;
  • Sensation of a foreign object in the eye;
  • Feels like your eye is scratched;
  • Stinging eye pain;
  • Burning sensation;
  • Itchy or scratchy eyes;
  • Blurry vision;
  • Rainbows or halos around lights or other objects;
  • Excessive tears or watering;
  • Pus or discharge from the eye;
  • Red eyes;
  • Dry eyes;
  • Light sensitivity.

As you can see, there is no end to the variety of symptoms and many of these symptoms overlap with other issues such as allergies. Consult with your doctor immediately if you experience any of the above issues.

HOW DOES AN OPTOMETRIST FIT ME FOR CONTACT LENSES?

During an eye exam and contact lens fitting, your doctor will take several tests and measurements to determine your needs. Curve, thickness and diameter of the potential lens all come into play when assessing each patient. Don’t rely on online tools or friends’ suggestions– contact lenses can only be properly fitted by the precise tools and skills of a trained optometrist.

WHAT IS CONTACT LENS INTOLERANCE?

A very serious issue, contact lens intolerance usually develops over time in people that wear ill-fitting contacts too often. When this occurs, inserting a lens causes eye pain and the wearer cannot bear to leave them in for more than a few minutes. This condition usually limits the sufferer to eyeglasses or laser eye correction.

Do you feel discomfort when inserting or wearing your lenses? Do you suffer from any of the aforementioned symptoms? Your contact lenses may be a poor fit for your eye shape. Contact or visit Vision Gallery today for your custom, comprehensive contact lens fitting.

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