Contact Lenses From Dr. Dorothy Park and Associates
Contact lenses are one of those remarkable advances that make everyday life much easier for countless people. These tiny, handy lenses can prove ideal for athletes, workers in high-impact occupations, or anyone who just wants to enjoy the most "invisible" vision correction possible. If you're in the market for high-quality contact lenses, you'll find what you're looking for here at the Columbia office of Dr. Dorothy Park and Associates.
Understanding Contact Lens Exams
When you have a comprehensive eye exam, your vision test may reveal that you suffer from some sort of refractive error or another visual defect that requires correction. Our optometrist can determine your corrective prescription at this point -- and if you're content with eyeglasses, this prescription is all you need. But if you want contacts, we need to administer another eye exam called a contact lens exam.
During this evaluation, we take detailed measurements of your corneal curvature and pupil/iris diameters as a necessary part of the fitting process. But we also consider any eye diseases/disorders or underlying health problems that might influence the kind of contacts we recommend for you. We also discuss how you'll choose to wear your contacts. If you want to wear your contacts for several days at a time, for instance, we need to know that so we can prescribe extended-wear contacts. By contrast, if you dislike the rituals of cleaning and caring for contacts, our optometrist may recommend single-use disposal contacts.
What Kind of Contacts Do You Need? Our Optometry Center Has Them
Many contact lens wearers need nothing more than standard soft contacts, which are very comfortable and correct simple refractive errors quite well. If you have a stronger prescription, however, you may benefit from rigid gas permeable (RGP) contacts that maintain a constant shape instead of conforming to the corneas. If you have astigmatism, you may need toric contacts which are specially designed not to rotate on the corneas. Severe corneal irregularities such as keratoconus do well with scleral contacts that span the entire corneal surface. Our optometry center can even provide multifocal contacts that correct presbyopia just as effectively as bifocals, trifocals or progressive eyeglasses.
Some contacts are especially good at addressing eye health challenges. for instance, RGP contacts don't collect debris as readily as soft contacts, which is a good thing people with giant papillary conjunctivitis. Moisture-retaining contacts are often recommended for dry eye sufferers.
Make an Appointment With Our Columbia Eye Doctor!
Are you ready to experience the most effective, comfortable contacts for your one-of-a-kind eyes? Call our Columbia eye doctor at 803-232-7784!