Contact Lens Exams & Fittings

Providence Eye & Laser Specialists is committed to providing our patients the most advanced and up-to-date contact lenses available.  Providence Eye & Laser Specialists, located in Charlotte, offers a full range of contact lens options to correct:

  • Nearsightedness
  • Farsightedness
  • Astigmatism

In addition to and after completing your comprehensive eye exam which ensures your eyes are candidates for contacts, there is a separate contact lens examination and fitting fee. Special testing is needed that typically is not performed during a routine eye exam for glasses.  A contact lens is a medical device. Just like one shoe size doesn’t fit all, one contact lens size does not fit all.  If not properly prescribed, you may not see well.

More importantly, a poorly fitting lens or choosing a material not compatible with your eyes can result in discomfort, inflammation, allergy, abrasion, infection, or in rare cases, permanent eye tissue damage.  Just because your eyes feel good and your contacts seem fine does not mean your eye health is ok.  There could be microscopic problems that can only be detected with a slit lamp microscope used during your exam.

The process of fitting contact lenses involves:

  • A mapping of your corneas using the Pentacam®
  • The evaluation of the fit of the contacts on your cornea and assessment of corneal health
  • A trial pair of contact lenses and a starter cleaning kit
  • The determination and release of your contact lens prescription

Additionally, you will be instructed on the insertion and removal of the contacts if needed.  Any related necessary follow up visits are included to ensure the correct fit and prescription of the contacts has been obtained.  Your contact lens prescription will expire after one year at which time you will be due for an eye examination and contact lens assessment that includes a prescription check, Pentacam corneal mapping, and an evaluation of the fit of the contacts and corneal health.

We offer multi-focal and monovision contacts to correct presbyopia, which offers another option to reduce the need for reading glasses.

Think you can’t wear contacts?  We have been successful in fitting patients who in the past have been unable to wear contact lenses for the following reasons:

  • Detection and management of corneal and dry eye problems.
  • Our experience and expertise in fitting contact lenses.
  • Advances in both soft and rigid gas permeable contact lens design and materials.