Glasses aren’t always the most convenient option for seeing clearly, especially during an exercise class or outdoor activity, like boating or playing sports. Contact lenses provide the vision correction and freedom you need to participate in just about any activity, and Michael Matthews, OD specializes in treating hard-to-fit men, women, and children with various contact lens options at Midway Optometry in Point Loma, San Diego, CA. Call the office for an appointment or book online to find out if you’re a good candidate for contact lenses. We serve patients in the surrounding San Diego area including Point Loma and Loma Portal
Contact Lens Exam Q & A
What can I expect at a contact lens appointment?
When you decide you’d like a contact lenses fitting, you schedule a specific exam for contacts. The contact lens exam is similar to your regular eye exam, but Dr. Matthews and his team perform further tests to ensure contacts are a good solution for your vision requirements.
You can also expect them to fit you for lenses by measuring the surface of your eyes. Then, they can determine which type of contacts will provide you with the best vision correction and comfort.
Dr. Matthews and his team examine your overall eye health, and may also perform a tear evaluation to ensure your eyes aren’t too dry for contact lenses. Based on the results of the comprehensive contact lens exam and evaluation, Dr. Matthews prescribes your new contacts.
Why do I need a separate contact lens prescription?
Contacts correct your vision differently than eyeglasses. That’s why your contact prescription isn't identical to your eyeglass prescription. Contact lens prescriptions consider that the corrective lens sits on the surface of your eye, rather than being about a half-inch from your eye (the average distance of glasses sitting on your nose).
Contact lens exams and fittings are highly individualized prescriptions because ill-fitting lenses can damage your eye health. Dr. Matthews is an expert at fitting men, women, and children, even those who are hard to fit because of astigmatism (a common imperfection in the eye's shape that causes blurred vision).
What types of contact lenses are available?
Depending on your specific vision and prescription, Dr. Matthews offers various contact lens options:
- Lenses that help you see far away
- Contacts for reading up close
- Bifocal, monovision, and multifocal contacts
- Contacts that change your eye color
- A large variety of brand-name contact lenses
- Contacts for astigmatism and hard-to-fit eyes
- Daily and monthly disposable lenses
- Overnight wear contacts
- Rigid, gas-permeable lenses
Before deciding on which type of lenses provide the most comfort and best vision for your particular needs, Dr. Matthews and the team may recommend several options for trial lenses. Then, you can wear them for a while to test them out before your order a monthly or yearly supply.
Call the office or use the online booking tool to schedule a contact lens appointment and take the first step toward the freedom of clearer vision without glasses.