Interested in contact lenses?
Plaza Optometry in Santa Ana, CA offers a uniquely broad selection of different types of contact lenses. We offer our patients soft contact lenses including daily disposables. We also offer bifocal/multifocal contacts, toric lenses, and colored contacts. Whatever type of contacts you wear we have experts to help fit you for the perfect lens for you.
A comprehensive eye exam comes first
Before being fit with contact lenses, a comprehensive eye exam for contact lenses is performed. In this exam, your eye doctor determines your prescription for corrective lenses (just a glasses prescription at this point) and checks for any eye health problems or other issues that may interfere with successful contact lens wear. If all looks good during your eye exam, the next step is a contact lens consultation and fitting.
What to expect during a contact lens fitting
With so many contact lens choices, the first part of the consultation is a discussion with your eye doctor about your lifestyle and preferences regarding contact lenses. One choice that today's contact lenses allow you to make is whether you want to change your eye color. Different eye colors are available with contact lenses. Other options include whether you want contact lenses that are designed to be replaced daily or those which can be worn for more extended periods. Most people choose soft contact lenses for their ease and comfort. However, there are also advantages of hard or what are called rigid gas permeable (GP) lenses. All the specifics will be discussed prior to your contact lens fitting.
Believe it or not, if you need bifocals, you can even opt for multifocal contact lenses or monovision (a prescribing technique where one contact lens corrects your distance vision and the other lens corrects your near vision). Once you have determined the type of contacts you want, the next step is the actual contact lens fitting.
The Importance of Proper Contact Lens Measurements and Fitting
Many times in life, One-size-fits-all can be really great! It takes the stress out of finding the right fit and is often quick, easy and convenient. But when it comes to contact lenses, one-size-fits-all is not only an uncomfortable, but also a potentially damaging, concept that can result in serious vision and eye issues. Contact lenses generally sit directly on the cornea, making it very important that the measurements of your contact lenses are 100% accurate to ensure a comfortable, healthy fit. This will prevent eye infections and other eye conditions such as corneal abrasion, a painful scratch on the surface of the eye that can make even blinking uncomfortable!
Switching from glasses to contacts or changing your contact lens prescription are processes best overseen by an eye care professional like Dr. Mohebbi of Santa Ana, CA, who will measure your eyes properly and find the best fit for you.
If You Are New Contacts Wearer:
If this is the first time you are trying contact lense, you need to have a complete eye exam and evaluation to make certain you are a good candidate for wearing contacts. Your doctor will ask about your vision goals. For example, you may only want to wear contacts for sports once per week, or you want your contacts to replace your glasses for everyday activities.
There are many choices in contact lenses these days, so your eye doctor will listen carefully and choose the lens that will best meet all your needs.
Your contact lens prescription
After finding a contact lens that fits properly, is comfortable for you, and provides good vision, your doctor will then be able to write a contact lens prescription for you. This prescription will designate the contact lens power, the curvature of the lens (called the base curve), the lens diameter, and the lens name and manufacturer. In the case of GP contact lenses, additional specifications may also be included.
Follow-up visits confirm the fit and safety
Your contact lens fitting will involve a number of follow-up visits so Dr. Mohebbi can confirm the lenses are fitting your eyes properly and that your eyes are able to tolerate contact lens wear. At this visit he will make any necessary changes in fit or materials to make sure you are comfortable and happy with your new contacts. Our eye care expert in Santa Ana, CA teaches all our patients proper contact lens care and reminds patients about health consequences to their eyes if they neglect to care for their lenses and eyes properly. After the initial fitting and follow up visit, at your yearly visit Dr. Mohebbi will check to make sure your contacts are fitting properly, and you have the correct prescription. In case you have an irregularly shaped cornea or other eye problem, Dr. Mohebbi also fits scleral lenses.