All contact lenses need to be properly fitted to the unique shape of your eye – especially if you have a vision condition that is being treated with specialty lenses. Your contacts need to fit the curve of your cornea, the size of your pupil and iris, etc. Ill-fitting contacts could cause eye discomfort, pain, damage to your cornea, eye infections and more.
In addition to fitting soft contact lenses, our team is trained to provide fittings for specialty lenses such as:
- Rigid, gas permeable lenses
- Scleral lenses for keratoconus (bulging cornea)
- Hybrid lenses
- Bifocal or multifocal lenses
- Toric lenses
- Lenses for severe dry eye
- Extended wear lenses
- Disposable lenses
- And more
Our optometric staff has extensive experience fitting contacts for new patients as well as veteran wearers. The fitting includes refining the prescription as well as teaching you how to insert and remove the contact lenses. We also discuss proper lens cleaning and care in great detail.
Contact lens checks should be done annually to ensure your current prescription is still fitting properly.
Tips for Contact Lens Care
To avoid eye infection, proper contact lens hygiene is very important. We recommend following these steps when caring for your lenses:
- Wash your hands before putting in your contacts
- Use high quality lens cleaning solutions to clean your contacts after each use; do not reuse cleaning solution as it may contain bacteria
- Do not use your own saliva, tap water or chlorinated water to clean your lenses; these unsterile water sources may contain bacteria
- Wash your lens case regularly with cleaning solution and allow it to dry before closing it
- Only sleep in extended wear contacts
- Replace your lens case every three months to avoid bacteria build-up
- Don’t wear contacts if your eyes are irritated or if the contact appears damaged; this can lead to infection or a scratched cornea
Warning About Novelty Contact Lenses
Please never wear novelty contact lenses without a prescription! While contacts can be purchased from Halloween stores, flea markets, online websites, beauty salons, etc., these can cause serious damage to your eyes. Some contacts have been found to contain chlorine or iron to create tints – ingredients that can be toxic to the eyes. It’s illegal to purchase contact lenses in the U.S. without a prescription. If you want to explore the idea of contacts to complete a costume, contact us to schedule an appointment well in advance of your event and get fitted properly.
If you’re interested in trying out contact lenses in Colorado Springs or Cañon City, contact us today to schedule an eye exam.