Contact Lens Fitting

 A Contact Lens Fitting requires our Doctors to obtain particular measurements of the curvature of the front surface of your eye with an instrument called a keratometer and may also include computerized measurements of your eye called mapping using a Corneal Topography machine.

Other factors that are considered for a potential contact lens wearer are how dry your eyes are, and how healthy your corneas are, these are generally evaluated in the eye exam and again considered during a contact lens fitting.
A contact lens fitting includes the following services provided by both our Doctors and ophthalmic assistants:
  • Assessment of visual needs and expectations
  • Evaluation and determination of prescription and eye health in regard to contact lens wear
  • Diagnostic trial lens fitting
  • Follow-up examinations may be needed to fine tune the contact lens fitting
The goal of contact lens fitting is to find the most appropriate contact lens for best vision and comfort. There are many different types, styles, materials, sizes and colors of contacts available for our Doctors to work with. Staff at the Patterson Optical are committed to taking the time and making the effort to fit you properly. Some patients need only one fitting appointment, and many will require several appointments. It is our experience, that the extra time, effort and patience are very worthwhile, both for your complete satisfaction and for the health of your eyes.
Insertion and Removal Training
In addition to the above fitting fee, first time contact lens wearers will need to be instructed on the proper handleing and care of contact lenses. During this session, patients are taught how to insert, remove, clean and care for contact lenses. The session may take up to an hour and a half, depending on how quickly the patient becomes comfortable with insertion and removal of the lenses.