Contact Lenses

Akers Eyecare Center

Frank Akers II, OD

Optometrist located in Mesa, AZ

If you’re thinking about contact lenses, consult optometrist Dr. Frank Akers II of Akers Eyecare Center. He provides expert contact lens exams and can even help people who have a hard time finding contacts that fit comfortably and correct complicated vision problems. If you live in Mesa, Arizona, or the surrounding communities, call the office or use the online booking agent to make an appointment for contacts.

Contact Lenses Q & A

What makes a contact lens exam special?

During both a regular eye exam and a contact lens exam, Dr. Akers looks at your overall eye health and examines your vision quality. At a contact lens exam, he also looks at the shape and size of your eye to ensure you’re a candidate to wear contacts. He provides recommendations about the best type of contacts to fit your goals and lifestyle needs.

What types of contacts are available?

Contacts come in a variety of types to meet different eye health needs and lifestyles. Options include:

  • Hard-to-fit contacts for people with astigmatism or other complicated vision issues
  • Soft or rigid gas-permeable forms
  • Disposable lenses that allow for daily, weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly wear
  • Specialized bifocal lenses

The office offers several major, reputable brands, including Acuvue®, Biofinity®, and AIR OPTIX®, among others.

What should I expect during a contact lens fitting?

Following your exam, Dr. Akers prepares a prescription and schedules your fitting. At the fitting, a staff member at Akers Eyecare Center teaches you how to take care of your lenses. You’ll learn how to place them in your eye, and you’ll be checked to make sure they fit well. You also receive education about day and nighttime care.

Once you’re wearing the lenses, Dr. Akers checks to make sure the contact is positioned properly and provides you with an optimum level of improvement in your vision.

Can I still wear contacts if I have a challenging eye condition?

If you have a condition such as astigmatism, dry eyes, keratoconus, giant papillary conjunctivitis, or presbyopia, the fit and vision correction with contacts may be a challenge -- but not impossible. Dr. Akers may recommend:

  • Gas-permeable lenses for keratoconus or giant papillary conjunctivitis
  • Toric lenses for astigmatism
  • Bifocal or multifocal lenses for presbyopia

Medicated eye drops can be an effective solution for dealing with dry eyes. They lubricate your eyes enough to make contact lenses more bearable, although a punctal occlusion may also be needed to plug the ducts in some extreme cases.

Giant papillary conjunctivitis symptoms can also be lessened through medicated eye drops. They flush out protein deposits and reduce inflammation.

If you’d like the ease and improved vision associated with contact lenses, contact Akers Eyecare Center for an evaluation and fitting today.