An optometrist is an eye care professional trained to prescribe and fit corrective eyeglasses and contact lenses. Optometrists specialize in the correction of refractive errors, such as myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism. They examine the anterior segment of the eye in a slit lamp. An optometrist may also refer a patient for vision rehabilitation, or, if necessary, he may also refer a patient for further ophthalmic consultation.
A contactologist is an eye care professional trained to apply contact lenses, and to care for people who use this method of correction. During the appointment, they identify the refractive error, evaluate the anterior segment of the eye and, based on a detailed medical history, recommend and fit the best corrective contact lenses. A contactologist will teach you how to apply, remove and take the proper care of your contact lenses.
Contact lenses differ in parameters, such as the diameter, base curve value, material and water content, and for this reason they behave differently on each patient’s eye. It is important to have your lenses fitted by a specialist, in order to avoid possible complications resulting from an ill-fitting lens, and to be able to enjoy the use of this method of correction for a long time.
It is also important that contact lens wearers make regular follow-up visits to check the condition of the eye surface.
At the Retina Ophthalmological Outpatient Clinic and Hospital we diagnose and correct of all refractive errors: myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism. We provide myopia monitoring and treatment. We correct presbyopia.
We diagnose, treat and correct disturbances of spatial vision, binocular vision disfunction, strabismus and nystagmus.
During the appointment a qualified optometrist performs a full optometric examination and fits corrective eyeglasses or contact lenses.
The appointment lasts 45-60 minutes and includes:
- taking a detailed medical history,
- assessment and measurement of visual functions, such as binocular vision (the cooperation of one eye with the other) and accommodation (the ability to form sharp images of objects located at different distances),
- autokeratorefractometry with IOP measurement,
- recommendation and fitting of corrective eyeglasses and/or soft or hard contact lenses (fitting of mini-scleral lenses takes longer – the appointment may last up to 3 hours),
- providing advice on general condition of the organ of vision.
We offer optometric consultations at both Retina locations in Warsaw:
- Gimnazjalna 1 and ul. Cieszkowskiego 1/3 lok 79/80
and also at an optic store in Warsaw:
‘Lepszy Optyk’, al. Jana Pawła II 61/lok. 228
Mini-scleral lenses can be purchased only at our Warsaw location at ul. Gimnazjalna 1
Soft contact lenses
(Acuvue, Cooper Vision) the most commonly used type of contact lenses, suitable for correction of most refractive errors.
They are made of hydrogel or silicone-hydrogel. Soft lenses are disposable and come in different variations: daily, bi-weekly and monthly.
(SwissLens) dedicated for people with high refractive errors, severe astigmatism, corneal cone, dry eye disease and corneal irregularities. The lenses are hard, with a large diameter. Due to the fact that they rest on the sclera, without coming into contact with the highly innervated cornea, they are very comfortable for the patient.
The space between the back surface of the lens and the cornea is filled with saline, keeping the eye hydrated at all times, which is especially important for patients suffering from severe dry eye disease. Mini-scleral lenses must be replaced every year.