Contact Lens Fittings in New Orleans
Our eye care clinic handles specialty, medical, and cosmetic contact lens fittings all in one place.
As a leader in using the latest technology, showcasing eyewear trends, and providing evidence-based care, we want you to feel confident in your selection of Eyes on Canal as your vision care provider. You can expect more than just a routine check-up at our eye care centers. We use the latest treatment procedures and diagnostic equipment to provide you with a comprehensive evaluation of your eye health and your vision prescription.
We offer medical, specialty, and cosmetic lens fittings at our Mid-City and Central City eye care clinics. Our optometrist specializes in these types of contacts and has the required extensive training. Let us find a perfect fit for you.
Traditional Contact Lenses
Not all contact lenses are the same. Let us find the right fit for you. Our New Orleans optometrist employs both proven techniques and the latest technology to help you reach your optimal ocular health, including the various types of traditional contact lenses.
Soft Contact Lenses are referred to as the standard contact lenses. They are soft and bend to the shape of the eye while still allowing oxygen to permeate through the lens to the eye. They can be worn daily and discarded nightly, every two weeks, or monthly.
Cosmetic Contact Lenses are soft contact lenses that correct the vision as well as change or enhance the color of your eyes. Our optometrist will be happy to guide your decisions while choosing any of our eyewear products and ensure that you are educated and able to properly care for your lenses and choose a product that meets your needs.
Rigid Gas Permeable (RGP) Lenses are hard contact lenses that hold their shape when worn. They are meant to be removed nightly and thrown away annually. These lenses are intended for corneas that are irregularly shaped due to astigmatism or keratoconus because they hold their shape when worn to provide a smooth refractive surface that sharpens vision. They are small and fit over the cornea. RGP lenses can be custom-made to fit the shape of your cornea and are easy to apply, remove, and care for.
Specialty Contact Lenses
From soft contact lenses and rigid gas permeable lenses to hybrid lenses and scleral lenses, our New Orleans eye doctor is an expert at both custom medical and specialty contact lens fittings. Contact lenses can correct a wide range of vision problems, including astigmatism, nearsightedness, farsightedness, irregularly shaped cornea caused by disease or degeneration, dryness, and any trauma or complication caused by surgery, injury, or chemical burns.
Even if you were told that you cannot wear contact lenses — or had experienced discomfort wearing regular contacts — we can help you find the right fit. Our specialty contact lenses provide clear vision and exceptional comfort far superior to glasses or standard contact lenses.
Scleral Contact Lenses. Patients with an irregular corneal surface may find that the soft and the RGP lenses are no longer effective. The next option to consider is scleral contact lenses. Scleral lenses can help maintain a smooth, wet, and protected corneal surface of your eyes.
Larger than rigid gas permeable lenses, these vault over the cornea and rest on the sclera, the white of the eye. They provide a layer of fluid between the cornea and the contact lens, which gives the eye a smooth refractive surface and eliminates distorted vision secondary to corneal irregularities from keratoconus or corneal degeneration. Scleral contact lenses also allow for hydration to the cornea throughout the day and are a viable option to treat dry eye syndrome.
Orthokeratology. Also known as “ortho-K,” these are hard contact lenses that are worn only at night during sleep. During wear, they flatten the cornea. This flattening provides temporary clear vision when the lens is removed. This effect is only temporary and must be maintained with consistent nightly use.
Multifocal Contact Lenses have two prescriptions in one lens. They correct for distance and near vision, similar to a pair of bifocal or multifocal glasses. They come in hard and soft material and are used for myopia control and are suitable for those diagnosed with presbyopia.
What to Expect During Your Contact Lens Fitting at Our New Orleans Eye Care Clinics
Are you currently wearing or wanting contact lenses? Let our receptionist know that you would like a contact lens exam. While our comprehensive eye exam can determine appropriate spectacle prescriptions, you’ll need additional measurements taken to ensure proper contact lens fit.
- A contact lens exam at Eyes on Canal will include both a comprehensive eye exam to check your overall eye health, your general vision prescription, and then a contact lens consultation and measurement to determine the proper lens fit.
- During the contact lens consultation, we will discuss the lifestyle and health considerations that could impact the type of contacts that suit you best. It could be daily or monthly disposable lenses, RGP, colored, bifocals, and so on.
- Then we will take some measurements for a perfect fit. One size does not fit all, and improperly fit lenses can cause blurry vision, discomfort, and even eye damage. Your eye doctor will measure the curvature of the cornea or front surface of the eye, the size of your pupil or your iris (if you’re being fitted for GP contacts in particular), and conduct a tear film evaluation if you have dry eyes.
- Every scleral lens is custom-designed to fit the patient’s eye. This ensures that the lens vaults over the cornea safely and effectively. To get a proper fit of a scleral lens, your optometrist will conduct a diagnostic fitting and evaluation of the thickness of the tear film with an optic section to ensure full corneal clearance. Then, limbal clearance is evaluated to avoid irritation and redness. Last is creating a landing profile to produce an effortless, gentle landing.
- We will ask you to try on a pair of lenses to confirm the fit and comfort before finalizing and ordering your lenses.
- We will also discuss care and hygiene, including how to insert and remove the lenses, your wearing schedule, and how to clean and store them if applicable.
- A follow-up appointment may be required, to ensure that your lenses fit well and don’t cause you any discomfort — especially if it’s your first time getting lenses or you’ve switched brands.
- You will also leave our office with a prescription that you can use to purchase contact lenses online or from a retail store.
- We take most outside prescriptions, walk-ins are welcome, and no appointment is necessary.
- We feature a variety of popular contact lens options.
- We offer telehealth services, so you can see and communicate with our optometrists using your smartphone, tablet, or laptop.
- The contact lens exam cost varies based on the type of lens design our optometrist finds most suitable, your prescription, and the savings you have available to you through your vision or medical insurance plan. Please call our office prior to your appointment to verify the amount of coverage your plan will provide.
- Most vision insurance plans cover a portion of the contact lens exam. Please call our office prior to your appointment to verify the amount of co-pay you will be responsible for at the time of your visit.