Contact Lens Exams

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At Dr. Gary D. Polan, we strive to meet all of your eye and vision care needs. To do so, we offer corrective lens evaluations and prescription management. After a comprehensive eye and vision evaluation, Dr. Gary Polan will discuss the variety of contact lens options with you to select the type that best fits your vision needs and lifestyle. 


Before prescribing contact lenses, Dr. Polan determines what level of vision correction you require. Refractive error (commonly known as nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism depending on the error) is evaluated by measuring how the eyes focus when a series of different lenses are placed in front of them. An optometrist may use either a phoropter or an automated instrument to take these measurements. 

Contact Lens Fittings

After determining the refractive error level, Dr. Polan works with you to determine whether contact lenses or glasses are best for your lifestyle. If you suffer from certain conditions, such as dry eye or allergies, glasses may be the most comfortable corrective solution. Contact lenses are available in either soft or rigid gas permeable form. Contact lenses need to be changed daily, weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly, depending on what type of lens you select. 

  • Multifocal lenses - Dr. Polan is the number one multifocal contact lens fitter in the United States 
  • Astigmatism
  • Ortho K
  • Scleral
  • Keratoconus
  • Myopia Management

Cosmetic Lenses

Advances in contact lens technology have created great options for cosmetic and prosthetic lenses. Custom contact lenses can be created to camouflage any color variation or irregularity and produce a natural eye color. Cosmetic lenses are also available to transform your eye color.

Hard to Fit Contacts

Contact lenses are not an easy solution for every person suffering from vision problems. Some eye conditions make wearing contacts difficult. If this is the case, patients can opt for specialized hard to fit contacts.

Finding contact lenses that fit can be challenging when one of these conditions affect your eyes:

  • Astigmatism - when the front of the eye curves into a bulge or oval shape; can cause blurred vision 
  • Dry Eyes - can lead to irritation, burning, redness, and blurred vision; regular contact lenses can exacerbate these symptoms
  • Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis (GPC) - inflammation on the inner surface of the eyelid
  • Keratoconus - thinning of the cornea that allows the eye to bulge forward in a cone shape
  • Presbyopia - difficulty focusing on close objects; typically affects individuals aged 40+

Solutions for Hard to Fit Contacts

  • Gas Permeable Lenses | GPC or Keratoconus - limit protein deposits from accumulating; contain corneal bulging; relieve pressure on the eyes
  • Toric Lenses |Astigmatism - do not rotate to fit on the eye; typically custom made
  • Bifocal, Multifocal, and Monovision Lenses | Presbyopia - one lens can be fitted for distance vision and the other for seeing close objects
  • Medicated Eye Drops | GPC and Dry Eyes - lubricate eyes enough so that the patient can wear regular contact lenses; reduce inflammation 

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