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There has been a tremendous change in the contact lens industry over the past two decades. Cutting edge technology in contact lens design and polymer chemistry have now made it possible to fit almost all visual anomalies. There is now a realistic expectation of good functional comfort and vision for all who desire to wear contact lenses.
Medical Vison Technology specializes in the fitting, management, and availability of a world-wide selection of materials, designs, and strategies directed towards fitting all corrective errors in vision.
Vision conditions most commonly fit successfully include:
*MYOPIA, or near-sightedness.
*HYPEROPIA, also referred to as far-sightedness.
*ASTIGMATISM, the non-spherical shape of the front surface of the eye.
*PRESBYOPIA, the inability to focus up close in the mature eye.
We come highly recommended for MEDICALLY NECESSARY contact lens treatment and care of pathology, which include:
*DRY EYE, mild to severe.
*GIANT PAPILLARY CONJUNCTIVITIS or GPC, and other conjunctival issues.
*KERATOCONUS, a thinning and ‘bulging’ of corneal tissue and accompanied dystrophy.
*POST-SURGICAL, enhancement for residual corrective needs.
*COMETICS, for aesthetics, or trauma and or disease related conditions.
With our extensive and sophisticated arsenal of contact lens options, these noted categories for correction can be fit with a number of specialized contact lens types. That list includes:
*SOFT CONTACTS are the most popular and widest used, mostly because of the comfort, replaceability, and the life-style options they deliver.
*RIGID GAS PERMEABLE (RGP) contacts have been around a long time, and deliver the highest quality in vision because of the firm nature and reduced water contact in the lens material. Initial comfort and life style issues are important considerations when choosing RGP contact lenses.
*HYBRID CONTACTS are new to the contact lens scene. These lenses are the combination of both the SOFT and RGP designs. The outer and peripheral portion of this lens consists of the soft material which produces good comfort and stabilization of the contact lens on the eye. The center portion of the hybrid, is the RGP material, delivering the ‘high-definition or fine-tuned’ vision result. Initially design for the more complex corrections, this lens is now available to treat all contact lens needs.
*SCLERAL RGP CONTACTS are a much larger and firm contact lenses, extending and encompassing a much larger area of the anterior eye. This construction produces a ‘vaulting- effect’ which eliminates the lens from touching the sensitive corneal tissue of the front eye surface. The lens is primarily used when fitting more challenging visual aberrations.
In order to determine the condition and type of contact lens to get started with, a short contact lens fitting appointment is scheduled with a certified contact lens specialist. This appointment is usually a separate visit from your yearly eye exam and generally consists of a subjective discussion of contact lens interests, vision requirements, recommendations, and cost considerations. Diagnostic tests that are not generally done in routine eye exams are then completed. Some specific tests include:
*REFRACTION, which is the numeric result of your eye prescription, adjusted to contact lens standards.
*CORNEAL TOPOGRAPHY/ MAPPING, is a finger-print representation of the front surface of the corneal tissue, where the contact lens is placed. This provides important anatomical fitting criteria used in designing and fitting of the contact lens.
*KERATOMETRY is a measurement of reflective alignment indicating the major meridian of vision power. *BIOMICROSCOPY, magnifies an anterior view of eye anatomy, collateral support systems, and contact lens movement, condition, and fitting characteristics.
Based on the results of these tests, diagnostic contact lenses are inserted and checked for initial fit, comfort, and vision. A short review of care and handling is discussed, followed by instruction of insertion and removal techniques. Another short follow-up appointment is usually recommended a couple of weeks later, to evaluate, confirm, and finalized a contact lens prescription, which is usually different than a glasses prescription.
As important as the professional contact lens fitting visit is, proper compliance, hygenics, and wearing schedules are needed to maximized health benefits and vision results. Contact lenses can usually be worn on a 1-day, 2-week, 1-month, 30 day extended/over-night continual wear, or conventional basis. This decision is based on the contact lens chemistry, your eye physiology, life-style issues, and visual demands.
In short, and in closing, virtually any contact lens that is manufactured world-wide, and for any refractive error, we have available to you at MEDICAL VISION TECHNOLOGY. So if you are looking for an alternative to wearing glasses and want to join the millions of people wearing contact lenses successfully, trust our professionally certified contact lens staff to assist and guide you through this process.