At National Eye & Ear of Tucson, we have been providing high-quality contact lens fitting services to Tucson residents for over 35 years.
Our eye care clinic has access to a wide range of commercially available lens to treat a wide range of needs. This includes regular and colored contact lenses, as well as lenses that we tailor to treat complicated cases such as astigmatism, keratoconus or conditions requiring bifocal lenses.
Before you start wearing your new contact lenses, our eye care specialists will need to perform a contact lens fitting to ensure that your lenses have the right prescription and fit. As contact lenses are medical devices that are tailored specifically for your eye, this means that a proper contact lens fitting assessment must be performed by a qualified eye care practitioner to help you achieve the best results.
If you are looking to start wearing contact lenses or are switching to a new kind of lens, your first step will be to book a complete eye exam before proceeding with a contact lens fitting. Regardless of your case or condition, it is important that you have a full eye exam performed by your eye care practitioner. This way, they can make preliminary notes of any possible issues and perform the most accurate assessment of your case before they begin your contact lens fitting.
During your contact lens fitting, your specialist will take special measurements of the curvature of the front surfaces of your corneas. This is the best way for them to ensure that your contact lenses will fit safely and comfortably. They will also perform a full examination of your corneal health and make an evaluation of the tear film on the fronts of your eyes. This will help them make sure that your eye has adequate moisture to keep the lens in place.
Next, your eye care specialist will fit your eyes with trial lenses to assess which option works best for your needs. If you have never worn contact lenses before, they’ll also go over the best practices and show you how to properly insert, remove and sanitize them.
After finishing the initial eye exam, many of our patients ask us: “Do I need a contact lens fitting?” To achieve the best results with contact lenses, the answer is: yes! While you will receive a prescription after completing your routine eye exam, this prescription is typically only used for eyeglasses and will not be entirely accurate for issuing and processing your contact lenses. A contact lens fitting involves several additional and necessary steps that will not be included in your routine eye exam.
A contact lens fitting is also a great way to determine whether or not you are a candidate for contact lenses. While the vast majority of patients are able to wear contact lenses, a contact lens fitting assessment can tell your eye care specialist if you are one of the few that can’t. It also provides your doctor with the necessary information needed to address any key issues and discuss the lens options that will work best for you.
Another frequently asked question we get is: “How much is a contact lens fitting?” Of course, we understand cost is a primary concern.
As a proper contact lens fitting assessment requires a certain level of expertise and more steps than a regular eye exam, their cost will be higher. However, these amounts will vary depending on the severity or complexity of the patient’s case. On average, a contact lens fitting typically ranges between $30-$50 in addition to a regular eye exam.
To get a quote that best matches your case, contact National Eye & Ear of Tucson and schedule an appointment with one of our eye care specialists to learn more!
If you are looking to start wearing contact lenses, are in need of a new contact lens prescription or want to learn more about which lens options work best for your case, we can help you get started. Call us to schedule a contact lens fitting assessment with our dedicated eye care specialists at National Eye & Ear of Tucson today!
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