Contact Lenses

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.

man putting a contact lens in his eye

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 eye care professional 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 eye care professional 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!


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Meet Our Patients

  • "Dr. Park is such a sweet person and consequently, makes an excellent doctor. Not only is she caring and compassionate with her patients, she participates actively in her community in "giving back". If you are looking for a great doctor to care for your vision, look no further--she's the one!"
  • "Very pleasant and knowledgeable. Dr. Park was excellent with a great chair side manner. Everyone there was very friendly and helpful. We will definitely be back with the kids for their exams."
  • "Dr. Park is the best. The staff in the office are so helpful, knowledgeable and friendly. Every time we go it’s like visiting family. I've been with the office for 11 years and would recommend the office to anyone!"
  • "Dr. Park is awesome. She is patient and genuinely cares about helping me. I had eye problems so severe they were preventing me from going to work weeks at a time. She took her time and researched my problem and was able to find a solution. Not to mention helped me finally get relief from so much pain.
    I would recommend Dr Park everyone!"
  • "She is a passionate doctor with a great heart and sense of humor. The staff is very welcoming and professional. You won't be disappointed. Highly recommended."
  • "Because of the positive experiences at Dr. Dorothy J. Park & Associates, my husband and I will drive nearly an hour making her office the new home for our eye care needs and continue to highly recommend this office to others. BIG thanks to this fantastic group of people!"