Contact Lens Evaluations and Fittings
We provide a full array of contact lens services that include contact lens evaluations, contact lens fittings for new wearers, contact lens adjustments, and soft or hard contact lens purchase options. After your contact lens evaluation, you can order contact lenses and contact lens solutions directly from us with a valid contact lens prescription from one of our eye doctors or another Optometrist.
For those new to contact lenses, we will provide a complimentary contact lens starter kit and teach you how to insert and remove them safely with proper contact lens hygiene techniques. For those who already use contact lenses, our doctors will provide feedback and recommendations on new contact lens innovations (multi-focal contact lenses for patients over 40) and hygiene techniques (Hydrogen Peroxide cleaners) to keep you a happy contact lens wearer.
How to Put in Contact Lenses
So you’ve ordered your lenses after visiting Real Eyes Optometry for your contact lens evaluation, now what? Let us guide you through common mistakes when putting in your contact lenses for the first time.
Putting on contact lenses for the first time can seem daunting, but it becomes a straightforward process with practice. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to put on contact lenses safely and comfortably:
First, wash your hands: Start by thoroughly washing your hands with soap and water. Dry them with a lint-free towel to avoid transferring any debris or bacteria to the lenses.
Next, prepare the lenses by checking the contact lens package to ensure they are not expired. Remove one lens from its case and rinse it with the recommended contact lens solution. Place the lens on your palm, making sure it’s bowl-shaped and not inside-out. If it’s inside-out, the edges will flare horizontally slightly.
Hold Your Eye Open: Using your non-dominant hand, hold open your upper eyelid gently. Use your middle finger to hold your lower eyelid down.
Position the Lens: With your dominant hand, use your index finger to place the lens on the surface of your eye. You can either look directly at the lens or focus on a point in the distance to avoid blinking.
Blink and Adjust: Once the lens is on your eye, release your eyelids slowly and blink a few times to allow the lens to settle into place. It may take a moment for the lens to center properly. Repeat for the other eye – follow the same steps to put the contact lens on the other eye.
Check Comfort and Vision: After both lenses are in, close your eyes briefly and blink a few times to ensure they feel comfortable. Check your vision to see if it’s clear and without blur. If you experience any discomfort or vision issues, remove the lenses immediately and consult your eye care professional.
Contact Lens Care Guidelines
In addition to contact lens evaluations, we provide contact lens usage guidelines. Corneal damage and other ocular complications can occur as a result of not sticking to the guidelines of contact lens care recommended by your optometrist.
At Real Eyes Optometry, we offer ‘Total Contact Lens Care’. This means that all of your contact lens-related visits and contact lens modifications are covered when you purchase them through our office.
Contact Lens Care after your Contact Lens Evaluation
- Keep scheduled follow-up appointments with your Optometrist.
- Wear your contact lenses for at least 4 hours on the day of your follow-up appointment, unless they are causing discomfort.
- Remove your contact lenses at least one hour before bedtime to ensure proper oxygen nourishment gets to the cornea.
- Give your eyes a break from contacts at least one full day a week to ensure proper oxygen nourishment gets to the cornea.
- With proper contact lens care it is important to ALWAYS wash your hands before handling your contact lenses.
- See your Optometrist right away if your eyes/contact lenses are uncomfortable, irritated, painful, or if your vision is blurry.
5 Things You Should Not Do: Contact Lens Care
- Continue the use of contact lenses if your eyes become irritated, red, or painful, or if your vision gets worse while wearing them. If this occurs, remove the lenses, thoroughly clean them, and allow your eyes to adjust back to normal. If this problem continues, contact our office.
- Exceed the recommended wearing schedule, even if the lenses feel comfortable in your eyes.
- Wear your contact lenses longer than 12 hours a day, unless told otherwise by your Optometrist.
- DO NOT use saliva/tap-water when handling the contact lenses. Saliva/tap-water contains bacteria that can penetrate and destroy your cornea within hours.
- Never sleep in your contact lenses.
- Always use fresh contact lens solution every time you store your lenses in the case.
- Never use tap water or saliva to rinse your lenses, as it can lead to infections.
- Avoid wearing your lenses longer than the recommended duration to prevent eye irritation.
- Ask your eye care professional for guidance if you’re unsure or uncomfortable with the process.
- Remember, practice makes perfect, so don’t get discouraged if it takes a few tries to get comfortable with putting on contact lenses. It’s worth the effort to enjoy clear vision and freedom from glasses.