Contact lenses are considered medical devices; therefore, a prescription by your eye care provider is needed even if they are only worn cosmetically to change your eye color.
With the contact lens exam, Dr. Ondersma will evaluate to see if you require correction for nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism or presbyopia and check your eye health to determine which lenses will work best for you. If you've never worn contacts before, our staff will instruct you how to insert and remove your contact lenses as well as how to properly care your contacts so you can get more enjoyment out of your lens wear.
We offer 1-day, 2-week, and monthly disposable contacts; some are available in color as well as clear lenses.
Prior to prescribing contact lenses, Dr. Ondersma 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. To schedule an appointment for a vision evaluation with our Columbia optometrist, call 803-754-8370 today.
After determining the level of refractive error, Dr. Ondersma 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. Specialized contact lenses, such as bifocal contact lenses, are also available for patients with special eye conditions. Call us at 803-754-8370 if you are interested in learning if contact lenses are a good fit for you.
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. Call us at 803-754-8370 and speak to our knowledgeable staff if you are interested in modifying or changing your eye color with contact lenses.