Contact Lens Evaluation
At Peak View Optometry, we offer contact lens evaluations that include special tests not performed during a routine eye examination for eyeglasses.
If you are interested in contact lenses, or you already wear them but you need an update for your prescription, ensure to say so when scheduling your appointment for an eye exam. This will allow our Doctor to include the extra time needed for this service.
During the evaluation, we get information about your lifestyle and preferences regarding contact lenses such as if you would like to wear them for certain hobbies such as swimming or skiing, or simply everyday wear.
At Peak View Optometry, we offer the following types of contact lens evaluations:
Regular Soft Lenses Evaluation
Soft contact lenses are made of hydrogel or silicone hydrogel materials and are often the most comfortable way to wear a contact lens. This is because soft lenses hold water. Soft lenses are typically disposable after a short period of use ranging from daily to monthly, depending on the brand.
We carry out an evaluation to find out what type of vision correction is needed, and how the lenses will fit into your lifestyle to decide what replacement modality is best to then choose your brand.
Astigmatism or Toric Lenses Evaluation
We perform contact lens evaluations for our patients with astigmatism. Astigmatism is a vision condition that causes blurred vision. It is as a result of an irregularly shaped cornea, or the curvature of the lens inside the eye.
For patients with mild astigmatism, our experts offer contact lens evaluations to find out the possibility of recommending a toric lens evaluation.
Multifocal or Monovision Designs Evaluation
If you are over the age of 40 and are experiencing the blurring of your near vision, we understand how frustrating that can be. Don’t worry, we likely have a great solution for you! The onset of presbyopia is very frustrating, especially if you wear contact lenses. When you want to continue seeing clearly up-close without having to wear reading glasses over your contacts, a Multifocal design lens or possibly a monovision design fitting could be right for you. Presbyopia is the normal loss of near focusing ability that occurs with age. A Multifocal design soft lens has a design that includes a range of powers within the lens that allow you to see at a distance, at an intermediate range such as the computer or the dashboard in your car, and also up close for reading and using mobile devices such as your phone or a tablet. A Monovision design alternatively sets the best all distance prescription for your dominant eye, which we test in office, and then oppositely sets the best reading/near prescription for your non-dominant eye. With both eyes looking together, this allows you to see at a distance and up close in your contact lenses.
Rigid Gas Permeable Contact Lenses [RGP]
These are rigid lenses made of durable plastic that transmits oxygen. They are also referred to as GP lenses, rigid gas permeable lenses, and RGP lenses. RGP designs are optimal for high prescriptions as the lenses are smaller than soft lenses and they move more on the eye, allowing more tear exchange underneath the lens to hydrate the eye and increase oxygen levels to the cornea. They are optimal for toric corneas with high astigmatism to provide the best fit and sharpest vision due to the optimal fit. They are also the best and sometimes the only lens choice for patients with a history of corneal irregularity due to corneal disease such as keratoconus, or trauma due to corneal injury.
At Peak View Optometry, our comprehensive eye exam includes the dilation of the eyes at no additional cost. This exam helps our doctor to evaluate the health of your eye, to look out for conditions such as glaucoma, cataracts, and macular degeneration among others.
We recommend an annual evaluation every year. Your vision can change over a 12 month period and a regular check-up enables us to uncover any sight-threatening ocular conditions that can develop, unnoticed by you.
To determine the best contact lenses for your eyes, book an appointment with us today!