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Choosing the Right Contacts for You

We carry a variety of specialty contact lenses to fit every eye. Because there are so many options to choose from, we’ll do a contact lens exam and fitting to find the right contacts for your eyes.

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A Contact Lens Exam & Fitting

During your contact lens exam, we’ll evaluate your eye structure and vision to find the right contacts for you.

During your contact lens exam, we’ll evaluate your eye structure and vision to find the right contacts for you. We’ll make sure that you’re a good candidate for contact lenses. Most people are, and even if you have issues like dry eyes or astigmatism we have contact lenses that will work for you. We’ll determine your contact lens prescription and move on to the fitting.

The next step after the exam is the fitting. We’ll take detailed measurements of your eyes to make sure we’re prescribing the right contacts for you. Our measurements include corneal topography and your eyes’ overall shape and size.

After the exam and fitting, we’ll have a good understanding of what contacts will work for you, but we’ll have you try the contacts out to be certain. This is an opportunity for you to make sure the contacts are comfortable and provide clear vision. Especially if it’s your first time wearing contacts, you may notice issues with dryness, which could change what contacts we recommend for you.

The trial will last for a week. If you’re not completely happy with your contacts after that time we can recommend another type depending on your needs. Our extensive inventory of specialty contact lenses and brands will allow us to find the right contacts for you.

Contact Lens Types

Non-Specialty Contact Lenses

To suit your needs, Eye Central carries a wide selection of contact lenses to suit your needs and lifestyle, including:

  • Conventional soft contact lenses
  • Disposable soft contact lenses
  • Extended wear soft contact lenses
  • Tinted soft contact lenses

Most patients do not require specialty contact lenses, and can wear conventional soft lenses. These lenses come in a variety of types and are typically designed to be worn during the day, and then cleaned and stored overnight. Most styles need to undergo a more thorough cleaning once a week using an enzymatic cleaner, which is designed to remove protein deposits.

Most conventional soft lenses can be worn for up to a year, as long as your prescription does not change and you take good care of your lenses and clean them as instructed.

However, as contact lens technology improves, more patients are switching to disposable contact lenses, which are discarded either weekly or daily.

Disposable soft contact lenses widely considered the pinnacle of contact lens technology, providing the safest, most comfortable, and most convenient contact lens wearing experience. Wearers simply put their contacts in when they wake up and then dispose of them at night, with no need for cleaning or storage.

Disposable contact lenses are ideal for occasional wearers, as well as individuals who don’t want to deal with the hassle of cleaning and storing their lenses.

Extended wear soft contact lenses are, as their name suggests, designed to be worn for long periods, and are the only style of contact lenses cleared by the FDA for overnight wear. To ensure your eye stays healthy and comfortable, these lenses are made using a special material that allows more oxygen to reach the eye’s surface.

Depending on what style you select, extended wear contact lenses can be worn for one week, two weeks, or even one month without removal or cleaning. If you are considering extended wear contact lenses, your optometrist will help you determine which style is best for your eyes and lifestyle.

Though extended wear contact lenses can be worn overnight, doing so increases your risk of developing eye health issues. Never wear your contacts while sleeping unless your optometrist has discussed the risk factors with you and determined that it is safe for you to do so.

Tinted soft contact lenses are available in conventional, disposable, or frequent replacement types, and are designed to enhance your natural eye color or change it completely.

Tinted contact lenses can be worn both by patients who require vision correction and those who do not.

Specialty Contact Lenses

We carry an array of specialty lenses to fit your unique eyes, even if you have astigmatism or if you wear multifocal glasses. Our specialty contact lens types include:

  • Rigid Gas-Permeable
  • Hybrid Contact Lenses
  • Scleral Lenses
  • Multifocal Lenses
  • Ortho-K Lenses
  • Toric Lenses

Rigid gas-permeable (RGP) contact lenses have some advantages, and some disadvantages when compared to their more popular soft counterparts. They are more durable than soft contact lenses and can provide you with crisper vision, as well as be used to correct astigmatism. These lenses are also easier to handle and clean.

However, it typically takes our eyes longer to adjust to RGP contact lenses than soft contact lenses, making them less than ideal for occasional contact lens wearers. They are also more easily dislodged and can scratch or break. Your optometrist will help you determine if RGP lenses or soft contact lenses are the better choice for you based on your eyes, lifestyle, and frequency of contact lens use.

Hybrid contact lenses combine the strengths of both conventional soft contact lenses and RGP contact lenses. They include a rigid central zone surrounded by a hydrogel or silicone hydrogel ring. This unique combination allows you to enjoy the clear, crisp vision of RGP lenses with the comfort and stability of conventional soft lenses.

Hybrid contact lenses are particularly popular among athletes. Their larger-than-average diameter and thin edges make them difficult to dislodge and ideal for high energy activities such as sports.

Scleral contact lenses are a type of rigid gas-permeable lenses that are often prescribed for patients with irregularly shaped eyes. Unlike traditional contact lenses, scleral contacts rest on your sclera (the white of your eye) and arch over the cornea. Because of the unique fit, scleral lenses can work well for patients with astigmatism, keratoconus, or very dry eyes.

Multifocal contact lenses contain 2 or more prescriptions, which allows you to see clearly up close and far away using the same lens. Multifocal contact lenses work just like multifocal glasses, so they may be a good fit for you if you wear that type of glasses lens. We often prescribe multifocal contacts for patients with presbyopia, which is the gradual loss of near vision as you age.

Toric contact lenses are designed specifically for patients with astigmatism. Though standard contact lenses are made using only one prescription, toric lenses include two or more prescriptions, which are mapped out along the vertical and horizontal axes of each lens.

Since they feature multiple prescriptions that need to stay mapped to specific regions of your eye, toric lenses need to remain rotationally stable throughout the day. To do this, toric lenses are made with a weighted portion near their base, which acts as an anchor.

 

Ready to schedule your contact lens exam and fitting? We can find the right contacts for you whether it’s your first time wearing contacts or you want to switch your current lenses.

Contact Lens Consumer Act

A recent FTC. ruling in the Contact Lens Consumer Act (F16 CFR. part 315.6) states that contact lens prescriptions must expire annually unless there are special circumstances that the optometrist feels make it medically necessary for the prescription to expire earlier.

To ensure compliance and uphold our promise of unparalleled customer service, all contact lens patients (whether they are renewing a prescription or getting contact lenses for the first time) must undergo an annual contact lens evaluation and consultation in addition to their basic refraction and ophthalmologic exam.

Guaranteed Contact Lens Success Program at Eye Central

To ensure you are completely satisfied with your new contact lenses, Eye Central offers a 90-day evaluation period on all contact lenses. If you are unhappy with your new contact lenses, for any reason, within 90 days of your evaluation, we will either credit or refund your lens investment purchase from Eye Central.

However, this credit or refund applies only to the purchase of contact lenses and does not apply to the contact lens exam or any consultation fees. To help ensure you are happy with your purchase, we offer a free contact lens trial program (if available for your lens type). This trial period, as described above, allows you to try your contact lenses before purchasing a supply.

Your 90-day evaluation period includes unlimited appointments with our practice to help resolve any issues that may arise during the evaluation period. For more information, please contact our office.

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Our D.C. Capitol Hill location is conveniently located on Pennsylvania Avenue, between Hank’s Oyster Bar and the 7-Eleven.

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Phone: 202.546.2838

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635 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Washington, DC 20003

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Our McLean location is conveniently located on Old McLean Village Drive next to Focal Point Homes.

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Phone: 703.356.1292

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6740 Old McLean Village Drive
McLean, VA 22101

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