Selecting a contact lens practitioner is the most important aspect of your decision to wear contact lenses. Contact lenses are medical devices that are placed directed onto your cornea and must be properly fit and evaluated. In the fast-changing world of contact lens technology, it is important that your optometrist keep current with the best materials and choices for the healthiest match between your eye and your contacts. All of our doctors at Silicon Valley Eyecare are well-trained and keep up-to-date on contact lenses advancements.
There are numerous measurements and considerations that are required when wearing contact lenses that are not part of your annual comprehensive eye exam. Considerations such as your general health, allergies, lens material, corneal health, eyelid health, lacrimal health, corneal topography, spectacle prescription, and visual needs must be taken into account. For these reasons, a contact lens exam is separate from your routine eye exam and a contact lens prescription expires after one year. Each lens must fit properly in order to be safe for your ocular surface, which is a unique and specific environment that changes over time. A contact lens prescription is separate from your glasses prescription and is required for each type of contact lens you might use. Please inform our scheduling staff if you would like to include a contact lens exam in addition to your routine eye exam appointment.
Are you a good candidate for contact lenses?
Find out more in this video about Contact Lenses. Ask your optometrist if you are a good candidate for contact lens wear.
Contacts can help with:
- Presbyopia (requires both near and far distance correction)
- Changing your eye color
- Occasional social use
- Myopia control in children
- Certain corneal conditions such as keratoconus
Specialty Contact Lenses
Myopia Control for Children
Near-sightedness, or myopia, generally progresses as children grow starting at age 7 and can continue to progress up until age 25. Learn more about ways to slow myopia progression with the use of contacts or eyedrops.
Scleral and Hybrid Contacts
For some patients, contacts can be used for therapeutic and medical indications. Learn more about these conditions and if scleral or hybrid contacts would improve your comfort or vision.
Follow-ups and Training for Contact Lens Care
During the contact lens evaluation period and depending on your specific case, our doctors may request to check your status through a series of follow-up visits. All of your contact lens follow-up visits for the first 3 months are included in the initial contact lens exam fee, whether you need to be seen once or twenty times regarding your contacts.
We are dedicated to optimizing your vision and minimizing your ocular health risks. If you are new to contact lens wear or if you need a refresher in contact lens techniques, we also offer one-on-one tutorials so you can comfortably and safely insert, remove, and care for your contact lenses.
We also have a dedicated contact lens insertion and training area that allows our doctors and staff to properly train you in lens insertion and care.