A contact lens examination is required every year and your contact lens prescription expires one year from the date of the exam. Due to the high incidence of contact lens-related problems, it is required by law that every contact lens wearer must be reexamined annually by a licensed eyecare professional for approval to resume contact lens wear based on the status of their current ocular health. Furthermore, contact lenses are medical devices that are FDA-regulated and cannot be sold without a valid and non-expired prescription signed by a licensed practitioner. Common contact lens-associated complications include conjunctival redness, corneal neovascularization, corneal dryness, allergic conjunctivitis, corneal infiltrates, and corneal ulcers. These conditions can make one intolerable to contact lens wear and without seeking treatment from an eyecare professional, can cause irreversible damage to your eyes and compromise your vision. Patients with contact lens-related problems typically experience symptoms such as constant redness, tearing, excessive lens awareness, severe dryness, sudden decrease in vision, light sensitivity, mucous discharge, foreign body sensation, and eye pain. If you experience any of these symptoms, you should discontinue wearing your contact lenses immediately and call our office to schedule an appointment with our doctor.
A contact lens eye examination includes the regular comprehensive eye exam in which our doctor, Dr. Diane Kim, updates the prescription of his or her eyeglasses and checks the overall health of the eyes. In addition, a contact lens evaluation is required to determine the contact lens that is most compatible with your eyes. Various factors will be taken into consideration, such as your lifestyle, current wearing habits, and current ocular status, before she prescribes the lens most suitable for your needs. Our office is supplied with a wide range of trial contact lenses so that they are readily available to you for fitting on the initial day of visit. A complimentary one-week follow-up visit is required before Dr. Kim finalizes your contact lens prescription.
Dr. Kim is highly experienced to fit most types of contact lenses including:
- Soft Disposable Contact Lenses (Daily, Biweekly, Monthly)
- Extended Wear Contact Lenses
- Astigmatism (Toric) Contact Lenses
- Bifocal Contact Lenses for Presbyopic Patients
- Customized Contact Lenses for High Prescription/Astigmatism
- Gas Permeable/Hard Contact Lenses
- Circle and Color Contact Lenses