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How do I get Contact Lenses?

Kemp Eyecare, eye care West Hartford, Connecticut

Many people love the convenience and quality vision of contact lenses.

If you are interested in wearing lenses instead of eyeglasses, we’ll help you with all that you need

At Kemp Eyecare, our eye doctors will examine your eyes to determine if you’re a good candidate for contacts, and we’ll fit you with the best type for your visual requirements.

We offer comprehensive eye exams and contact lens fittings in our offices located conveniently in West Hartford, Connecticut.

Our eye doctor, Dr. Kemp, will examine your eyes thoroughly to make sure that no health or eye issues will interfere with wearing contact lenses. We will also determine your accurate vision prescription, so that your eyesight is crystal-clear.

If everything checks out well, then it’s time for your contact lens consultation and fitting.

Contact Lens Consultation in West Hartford, Connecticut,Our eye doctors will begin with a discussion about your lifestyle, visual requirements and preferences for contact lenses.

We appreciate each patient as an individual, and we’ll listen to your expectations and answer your questions.

Some considerations you may have when choosing contacts:

  • Do you want lenses for every day, or just for certain occasions or activities?
  • Do you want to change your eye color?
  • How frequently do you want to replace your contacts? There are daily wear options or extended wear lenses.
  • Do you prefer soft or hard lenses? Soft lenses are most popular, but hard lenses have their advantages. They offer high oxygen permeability, provide crisp vision and are durable.

Your Contact Lens Fitting

After a comprehensive exam of your eye health and vision by Dr. Kemp, we ’ll measure your eyes for contact lenses. There are many corneal variations, and one size of contacts doesn’t fit all eyes.

We will measure:

  • Corneal curvature: Using a keratometer, we’ll find the curvature of your cornea, which is needed to choose the best diameter and curve for your contacts. Corneal mapping is also sometimes used to provide a highly detailed image of your cornea. If you have an irregular corneal surface due to astigmatism, you may need toric lenses, available in hard and soft versions.
  • Iris and pupil size: Using either a basic ruler or template, or a specialized lighted tool called a slit lamp, we will measure your iris and pupils. These sizes will help us to determine the best contact lens design for you.
  • Evaluation of your tear film: Sufficient moisture is needed on your cornea in order to keep your eyes and contact lenses well lubricated. With dry eyes, contact lens wearing may not be suitable.
    We will perform this test either by placing a strip of paper on your lower eyelid to measure moisture, or by using liquid dye and a slit lamp to see your tears.
  • Trial lenses:The best way to confirm the ideal contact lenses for you is by using trial lenses.
  • Contact lenses: will be inserted and our eye doctor will use a slit lamp to check the position and movement of your contacts. You’ll be asked to blink and move your gaze in all directions and to provide feedback about how the contacts feel.
  • Trial wearing time is generally about 15 minutes, and then if the contact lenses feel good and appear to fit well, you’ll be instructed on how to care for them. We will provide you with guidelines on how long to wear them, as well as information on proper care and handling.

Your contact lens prescription

Once we find lenses for you that provide clear vision, fit properly and feel good, we’ll issue a prescription, which includes:

  • Power of each contact lens
  • Lens curvature (base curve)
  • Lens diameter
  • Manufacturer and name of the lenses

Follow-up visits, After your initial fitting, we’ll provide follow-up visits in West Hartford, Connecticut.

Our optometrists will verify that your eyes are healthy, with quality vision and no damage from the lenses. If needed, we’ll change the materials or fit of your contacts, or you may be advised to change your wearing time. If everything is good, you should schedule a routine yearly exam to make sure that nothing has changed with your eyes and eyesight.

Call Kemp Eyecare on (860) 200-7075 in West Hartford, Connecticut to schedule an eye exam with our optometrist, Dr. Kemp.

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Do I have the Best Vision Possible?

Our expert eye doctor, Dr. Kemp, is committed to providing you with the best vision possible.

He will perform a detailed eye exam to check your eyesight, in our West Hartford, Connecticut, office. This includes a thorough eye test to determine your vision prescription for eyeglasses and contact lenses. In general, an accurate vision prescription aims to give you 20/20 vision. What does that number mean, and is it really the best vision?

What does 20/20 and all those numbers mean?

The standard by which all eyesight is judged is referred to as 20/20 vision. This is regarded as “normal vision” and describes what someone should see when standing 20 feet away from an eye chart.

If you are diagnosed with 20/40 vision, it means that at 20 feet – you can only see the details that a person with normal vision sees at 40 feet. In reverse, if you have 20/10 vision, it means that at 20 feet – you can clearly see what most people can only see at 10 feet. That makes your vision better than the average standards!

Can people have better than 20/20 vision?

20/10 vision is thought to be the maximum visual acuity of human eyes without binoculars or other magnifying devices. Recent advances in optics have led to the creation of corrective lenses that can provide this ultra-sharp vision.

It seems that the best eyesight ever reported in a human was in an Aborigine man with 20/5 vision! To give you an idea of how clear and far he could see, his vision measurement compares to the natural sight of eagles. From 20 feet, he could perceive the fine details that most people can only see from 5 feet away! (In case you were wondering, the only creature with vision sharper than an eagle is believed to be the hawk, with 20/2 visual acuity.)

Do we prescribe eyewear for vision higher than 20/20?

Although it’s possible to fit eyeglasses and contact lenses that give sharper than average vision, the gold standard in optometry is still 20/20.

A prescription for 20/10 will certainly improve distance vision, yet it may compromise near vision. In our West Hartford optical center, our experienced optometrist will check your visual acuity carefully. Using high-tech diagnostics, we’ll ensure that you receive the best vision prescription for your ocular condition and lifestyle needs.

While we don’t promise eyesight like an eagle or hawk, at Kemp Eyecare we are dedicated to fitting our patients with the sharpest vision possible for humans!

Call Kemp Eyecare on (860) 200-7075 in West Hartford, Connecticut to schedule an eye exam with our optometrist, Dr. Kemp.

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Alternatively book an appointment online here CLICK FOR AN APPOINTMENT

What’s In a Contact Lens?

contact lens on fingerLearn How Contact Lenses are Made

Contact lenses are immensely popular, with a wide variety of types to fit almost every individual and their vision condition. New materials and modern technology have led to increased comfort, higher convenience, and sharper vision with contacts. In response, many people are now making the switch away from wearing eyeglasses for vision correction. At Kemp Eyecare, our expert optometrist, Dr. Kemp, performs eye exams and fittings for contact lenses regularly.

How & What Are Contact Lenses Made Of?

There are two main types of lenses: Soft Contacts, and Rigid Gas Permeable (RGP).

Soft contact lenses are usually manufactured by a process called injection molding. The lens material is heated until melting point and then injected into a mold. Once the material dries, it takes on the contact lens shape of the mold. Sometimes, extra material must be removed before polishing this lens.

Most of the time, hydrogel is used as the material for soft lenses.
This polymer is very water-absorbent, and a high water content allows more oxygen to reach the eye. Some soft contact lenses contain as much as 70% water! One drawback is that a high quantity of water also increases the size of the lens, which some people find irritating.
Less water leads to a thinner, more comfortable lens.

Soft lenses made from silicone hydrogel are newer on the scene. This advanced materials enables increased oxygen permeability without the added size of larger lenses. Many of our patients in West Hartford, Connecticut, report high comfort satisfaction with their silicone hydrogel lenses.

Rigid gas permeable lenses are sculpted into shape with the aid of specialized lathe cutting tools. Lens material is carved into a precision-cut lens and then polished. The level of accuracy and precision used to make RGP lenses is superior to soft contact lenses. In general, this process is therefore used for more complex lens prescriptions and shapes, such as progressive lenses.

Hard contact lenses are composed of hard polymers (plastics) that have a naturally high porosity.

Therefore, a large quantity of oxygen reaches the eye efficiently – without any water content in the lens. Flourine is added to RGP lenses to enhance oxygen permeability, as it acts to form microscopic pores in the solid lenses. This facilitates long-term, healthy wearing of hard lenses. After an adjustment period for your eyes to adapt to hard lenses, you’ll benefit from crisp visual clarity.

How Are Colored Contacts Made?

Colored contacts enhance or change your look with a new eye color. Typically, advanced color technology is used to tint the area of the soft contact lenses that covers the primary pigment of your eye.

While your eyes will appear different to others, your clear and transparent vision won’t be affected. Available only by prescription, our West Hartford optometrist will help you choose the most appropriate colored contacts for your eyes!

Where Can I Find Quality Contact Lenses Near Me?

In addition to answering your questions about how contact lenses are made, our West Hartford team is pleased to answer this question too!

If you’re looking for an alternative to eyeglasses, our optometrist will perform a thorough eye examination for contact lenses.

We’ll fit you with the ideal lenses – either soft contacts, rigid gas permeable, and specialty types, such as progressive lenses and colored contacts – in our hi-tech office.

Call Kemp Eyecare on (860) 200-7075 in West Hartford, Connecticut to schedule an eye exam with our optometrist, Dr. Kemp.

Alternatively book an appointment online here CLICK FOR AN APPOINTMENT

What’s In a Contact Lens?

Contact lenses are immensely popular, with a wide variety of types to fit almost every individual and their vision condition. New materials and modern technology have led to increased comfort, higher convenience, and sharper vision with contacts. In response, many people are now making the switch away from wearing eyeglasses for vision correction. At Kemp Eyecare, our expert optometrist, Dr. Kemp, performs eye exams and fittings for contact lenses regularly.

How & What Are Contact Lenses Made Of?

There are two main types of lenses: Soft Contacts, and Rigid Gas Permeable (RGP).

Soft contact lenses are usually manufactured by a process called injection molding. The lens material is heated until melting point and then injected into a mold. Once the material dries, it takes on the contact lens shape of the mold. Sometimes, extra material must be removed before polishing this lens.

Most of the time, hydrogel is used as the material for soft lenses.
This polymer is very water-absorbent, and a high water content allows more oxygen to reach the eye. Some soft contact lenses contain as much as 70% water! One drawback is that a high quantity of water also increases the size of the lens, which some people find irritating.
Less water leads to a thinner, more comfortable lens.

Soft lenses made from silicone hydrogel are newer on the scene. This advanced materials enables increased oxygen permeability without the added size of larger lenses. Many of our patients in West Hartford, Connecticut, report high comfort satisfaction with their silicone hydrogel lenses.

Rigid gas permeable lenses are sculpted into shape with the aid of specialized lathe cutting tools. Lens material is carved into a precision-cut lens and then polished. The level of accuracy and precision used to make RGP lenses is superior to soft contact lenses. In general, this process is therefore used for more complex lens prescriptions and shapes, such as progressive lenses.

Hard contact lenses are composed of hard polymers (plastics) that have a naturally high porosity.

Therefore, a large quantity of oxygen reaches the eye efficiently – without any water content in the lens. Flourine is added to RGP lenses to enhance oxygen permeability, as it acts to form microscopic pores in the solid lenses. This facilitates long-term, healthy wearing of hard lenses. After an adjustment period for your eyes to adapt to hard lenses, you’ll benefit from crisp visual clarity.

How Are Colored Contacts Made?

Colored contacts enhance or change your look with a new eye color. Typically, advanced color technology is used to tint the area of the soft contact lenses that covers the primary pigment of your eye.

While your eyes will appear different to others, your clear and transparent vision won’t be affected. Available only by prescription, our West Hartford optometrist will help you choose the most appropriate colored contacts for your eyes!

Where Can I Find Quality Contact Lenses Near Me?

In addition to answering your questions about how contact lenses are made, our West Hartford team is pleased to answer this question too!

If you’re looking for an alternative to eyeglasses, our optometrist will perform a thorough eye examination for contact lenses.

We’ll fit you with the ideal lenses – either soft contacts, rigid gas permeable, and specialty types, such as progressive lenses and colored contacts – in our hi-tech office.

Call Kemp Eyecare on (860) 200-7075 in West Hartford, Connecticut to schedule an eye exam with our optometrist, Dr. Kemp.

Alternatively book an appointment online here CLICK FOR AN APPOINTMENT

How do I get Contact Lenses?

Many people love the convenience and quality vision of contact lenses.

If you are interested in wearing lenses instead of eyeglasses, we’ll help you with all that you need

At Kemp Eyecare, our eye doctors will examine your eyes to determine if you’re a good candidate for contacts, and we’ll fit you with the best type for your visual requirements.

We offer comprehensive eye exams and contact lens fittings in our offices located conveniently in West Hartford, Connecticut.

Our eye doctor, Dr. Kemp, will examine your eyes thoroughly to make sure that no health or eye issues will interfere with wearing contact lenses. We will also determine your accurate vision prescription, so that your eyesight is crystal-clear.

If everything checks out well, then it’s time for your contact lens consultation and fitting.

Contact Lens Consultation in West Hartford, Connecticut,Our eye doctors will begin with a discussion about your lifestyle, visual requirements and preferences for contact lenses.

We appreciate each patient as an individual, and we’ll listen to your expectations and answer your questions.

Some considerations you may have when choosing contacts:

  • Do you want lenses for every day, or just for certain occasions or activities?
  • Do you want to change your eye color?
  • How frequently do you want to replace your contacts? There are daily wear options or extended wear lenses.
  • Do you prefer soft or hard lenses? Soft lenses are most popular, but hard lenses have their advantages. They offer high oxygen permeability, provide crisp vision and are durable.

Your Contact Lens Fitting

After a comprehensive exam of your eye health and vision by Dr. Kemp, we ’ll measure your eyes for contact lenses. There are many corneal variations, and one size of contacts doesn’t fit all eyes.

We will measure:

  • Corneal curvature: Using a keratometer, we’ll find the curvature of your cornea, which is needed to choose the best diameter and curve for your contacts. Corneal mapping is also sometimes used to provide a highly detailed image of your cornea. If you have an irregular corneal surface due to astigmatism, you may need toric lenses, available in hard and soft versions.
  • Iris and pupil size: Using either a basic ruler or template, or a specialized lighted tool called a slit lamp, we will measure your iris and pupils. These sizes will help us to determine the best contact lens design for you.
  • Evaluation of your tear film: Sufficient moisture is needed on your cornea in order to keep your eyes and contact lenses well lubricated. With dry eyes, contact lens wearing may not be suitable.
    We will perform this test either by placing a strip of paper on your lower eyelid to measure moisture, or by using liquid dye and a slit lamp to see your tears.
  • Trial lenses:The best way to confirm the ideal contact lenses for you is by using trial lenses.
  • Contact lenses: will be inserted and our eye doctor will use a slit lamp to check the position and movement of your contacts. You’ll be asked to blink and move your gaze in all directions and to provide feedback about how the contacts feel.
  • Trial wearing time is generally about 15 minutes, and then if the contact lenses feel good and appear to fit well, you’ll be instructed on how to care for them. We will provide you with guidelines on how long to wear them, as well as information on proper care and handling.

Your contact lens prescription

Once we find lenses for you that provide clear vision, fit properly and feel good, we’ll issue a prescription, which includes:

  • Power of each contact lens
  • Lens curvature (base curve)
  • Lens diameter
  • Manufacturer and name of the lenses

Follow-up visits, After your initial fitting, we’ll provide follow-up visits in West Hartford, Connecticut.

Our optometrists will verify that your eyes are healthy, with quality vision and no damage from the lenses. If needed, we’ll change the materials or fit of your contacts, or you may be advised to change your wearing time. If everything is good, you should schedule a routine yearly exam to make sure that nothing has changed with your eyes and eyesight.

Call Kemp Eyecare on (860) 200-7075 in West Hartford, Connecticut to schedule an eye exam with our optometrist, Dr. Kemp.

Alternatively book an appointment online here CLICK FOR AN APPOINTMENT