Prior to a contact lens evaluation, it is important to have a complete vision assessment and comprehensive eye health examination. Most often, we are able to provide you with all these services in just one appointment.
During the contact lens evaluation, there are a multitude of factors to consider such as age, occupation, hobbies, eye health, physical health, dexterity, sports and more. Your prescription also plays an important part of the decision. Astigmatism, the need for bifocals, high nearsightedness or farsightedness, and corneal irregularity can influence what lens designs will work for you.
Of course, our greatest concern is for the health of your eyes. We will determine a safe wearing schedule and safe lens hygiene program specific for your eye health.
Click on this link to download a PDF file to tips and comments for new contact lens wearers, or experienced wearers who want a refresher on taking proper care of their contact lenses.
In the photo above, Linda is teaching a patient how to use the Progent Cleaning system for her rigid contact lenses.
Contact Lens Testing
Special tests that are specific to contact lens wear will be performed during the contact lens evaluation. Using the keratometry feature on our autorefractor, we can measure the shape and contour of your cornea on each eye. We can also further evaluate your corneal curvature by taking a topography, as well as diagnose corneal conditions like keratoconus.
Insertion and Removal Training
While it is not difficult, putting a contact lens into your eye for the first time can be a challenge for some people. When you are fit with contact lenses for the first time, we will provide training to help you become comfortable with this process. We'll also discuss how to take care of your lenses and how to handle them in certain situations.
With any contact lens fitting, we will give you a pair of contact lenses to try for one week. That gives you the chance to use the lenses in your daily activities and determine if they work for you both visually and comfortably. For some of our patients, contact lenses provide the best vision every day, all day. For others, contact lenses are useful for only specific activities. All of these considerations are discussed and we make a decision based on your lifestyle.
Special Use Contacts
We provide a full array of contact lenses for specialized needs including bifocal contact lenses, toric lenses for astigmatism, monovision correction contacts, lenses for specific sports (such as swimming or football), corneal irregulatiry correction such as for keratoconus, and cosmetic/prosthesis contact lenses.
One of the special lenses we offer is the Synergize Duette HD hybrid contact lens. We are the only office in the Bismarck/Mandan to offer this particular contact lens that combines the crystal clear vision of a rigid contact lens with the comfort of a soft contact lens. While most individuals are a candidate to wear the Duette, it is very useful for high amounts of astigmatism, corneal irregularity (like keratoconus), and high nearsightedness.
If you find a lower price on your contact lenses on 1-800-CONTACTS, we will match their price! We can also ship your year supply of contacts to you for free, supply you with a free pair of soft contact lenses for your yearly contact lens evaluation, provide you with trial-sized samples of contact lens solution (great for travel and purses!), replace your torn lenses at no charge, and even exchange contact lenses if your power ever changes. We want you to be a happy contact lens patient, and we'll do our best to get there!