If you need glasses to sharpen your vision, you can almost certainly wear contact lenses. The doctors at Cannon EyeCare fit healthy contact lenses and encourage our patients to use them in a responsible manner. When you wear a prosthetic lens on the front of your eye, you might as well wear it in a healthy manner.
A contact lens eye exam will provide you with all the health checks described in the Routine Eye Exam for Glasses, plus you will have a contact lens fitting. Washington state law requires that all patients have their eye health checked prior to being fit in contacts, so it is not legal (or safe) to do a contact lens fitting alone without an eye exam.
Your eye doctor will likely look at your current lenses on your eye to see how they fit. If possible wear your current contact lenses in to the office, and bring documentation of what they are (brand and power) to your appointment. Giving your doctor data on what you have now and how well it works can assist them in finding the optimal lenses for your eyes.
There are always new contact lens designs and materials coming out, so there may be some discussion of a switch – even if you like your current lens. As a general rule though the eye doctors at Cannon EyeCare will keep you in your current lens as long as it is a healthy option and you are happy with it. We have to perform extra testing to evaluate your contact lens powers and the fit (how the lens interacts with your eye). Even if your contact lens Rx is unchanged from last year, there will be a fee for contact lens evaluation.
Spherical contact lens fits utilize single vision lenses without astigmatism on both eyes and are relatively straightforward most of the time, so our fee is just $80. Toric contact lens fits utilize more complex lenses to focus the light in an eye with astigmatism. Toric contact lens fits are usually $95, or $120 if we need to utilize specialty lenses. Multifocal or monovision contact lens fits are also rather complex and may require a follow up or two to get things dialed in, so the fee for that is $120. Your vision insurance may or may not cover contact lens fits.
You may be wondering what is involved in an eye exam and contact lens fitting. At Cannon EyeCare, your doctor will likely perform most of the following tests.