Contact lenses can provide vision correction as an alternative to glasses. Contacts can also help treat more complex eye conditions.
The contact lens service at Duke Eye Center offers fitting and management of contact lenses for refractive conditions such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and presbyopia.
In addition, we offer specialty services for patients requiring more complex fittings including conditions such as:
Each of these conditions may be treated with a variety of lens types.
Along with custom contact lenses, we can help you find the best color contact lens or disposable contact lenses for your needs.
Contact lenses are FDA-regulated medical devices used in direct contact with the eye. Therefore, a comprehensive eye examination by an ophthalmologist or an optometrist and a contact lens fitting is required before contact lenses can be dispensed or a contact lens prescription released. This examination is critical to assure ocular health and determine suitability for contact lens wear.
The goal of a contact lens fitting is to find the most appropriate contact lens to maximize a patient’s vision and comfort. This process begins after the initial eye examination and ends when a successful fit has been achieved or in the case of a renewal prescription, ends when the provider determines that no change in the prescription is required.
This may include: a determination of whether a patient is suitable for contact lens wear, an assessment of corneal curvature and refraction, an examination to determine lens specifications, an evaluation of the fit and performance of the contact lens on the eye, and follow-up care.
Insertion and removal training will be provided for all new fittings and may also be required in other instances. We will not finalize the contact lens prescription until both the patient and doctor are satisfied with the fit and visual acuity of the contact lens.
Although some patients will need only one fitting session, sometimes the process requires several appointments. The extra time, effort, and patience are well-merited by both your ultimate satisfaction and the health of your eyes.
Follow-up appointments are necessary to assure:
Contact lens prescriptions will not be written for patients that do not keep follow-up appointments. There is no charge for follow-up visits within the first 60 days.
A contact lens prescription is valid for one year. Therefore, all patients are required to present for an annual contact lens examination.
Contact lenses cannot be renewed without an annual examination.
This service is available at: