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Contact Lens Fitting
Advanced Eyecare Center's eye doctors in Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach offer a wide selection of contact lenses for normal eyes and hard to fit eyes. To determine which contact lenses are right for you, it is necessary to schedule a contact lens fitting appointment with one of our optometrists. A fitting can be scheduled as a part of your regular annual eye exam, but will require more time with the optometrist for additional required tests. Patients who wish to wear contact lenses as an alternative to eyeglasses must go through a few extra eye care evaluations before being fitted for lenses. Contact lenses are a medical device which, if used or fitted improperly, can cause inflammation, infection, and permanent vision loss or eye damage. A contact lens fitting appointment with our optometrist in Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach will ensure your contact lenses are safe and effective to wear.
At Advanced Eyecare Center, we strive to find the perfect contact lenses for each of our patients even those who need hard to fit lenses, lenses for astigmatism, presbyopia, or other conditions. During a lens fitting our optometrist will take you through a visual acuity test to determine your exact prescription and additional tests to determine your eye health. In addition, we will want to talk with you about your contact lens preferences and options. For example, do you want lenses that will enhance your eye color, contacts you can leave in overnight, daily disposables, bifocal, multifocal, or monovision, toric lenses, or rigid gas permeable contacts for even sharper vision?
Our optometrist will then take detailed measurements of your eyes and their features. We will use a keratometer to measure the curvature of your cornea to ensure a proper fit. Using corneal topography, we can view detailed information about the surface of your eyes and their unique characteristics to help us determine the curve and size of your contact lens prescription. We measure the diameter of your pupil and iris to make sure your contacts will fit comfortably and look natural on your eyes. In addition to taking measurements, we will also evaluate your tear ducts' ability to produce tears with a tear film evaluation; abnormally dry eyes can lead to irritation or difficulty wearing contact lenses. During a contact lens fitting, our optometrist will also examine your cornea using a biomicroscope, or slit lamp, to determine the health of the cornea. Contact lens wearers are required to schedule an annual exam to ensure eye health is maintained and that the contacts are not causing any eye damage.
A contact lens fitting requires extra measurements, tests, and wearer instruction for proper application, removal, care, and thorough cleaning. For this reason, a contact lens fitting appointment includes a fee in addition to the cost of a regular eye exam. For questions concerning the cost of a contact lens fitting, please contact our office.