Contact lenses are a wonderful way to correct refractive error. In some cases, they are the preferred method of vision correction. Patients of all ages can wear contact lenses. The factors that determine if a patient is ready to wear contact lenses are patient motivation, parent motivation, a willingness to try and healthy eyes. Contact lenses help increase peripheral awareness (this is important for vision therapy) and can increase acuity in patients with amblyopia and anisometropia.
When a patient asks to be fit in contact lenses, Dr. Davis will first determine the proper prescription that gives the best balance of clarity, binocular function and comfort. Dr. Davis will examine the front surface of the eye, making sure the cornea, conjunctiva, eyelids and lashes are healthy. Dr. Davis will take measurements pertaining to the size and shape of the eye, which helps determine which contacts will fit perfectly. The patient will receive trial lenses and wear the trials for a week, making sure that the lenses perform in "real life". It is not uncommon to make changes to he prescription, the lens shape/design, or lens material during the fitting process. Natural variations in lid anatomy and positioning make it necessary to be fitted by a professional.
Once the contact lenses are perfect, you will receive your prescription and can order lenses. Remember--contacts are medical devices and if not taken care of properly can lead to significant sight-threatening compilations.