THE MIRACULOUS piece of plastic called a contact lens is a mixed blessing, with amazing capabilities to provide superior vision, to restore vision, and also to destroy vision if fit or used improperly. The array of contact lenses available can be confusing: different sizes, shapes, forms, and colors. Lenses can be hard, soft, gaspermeable, single-vision, bifocal, and so on.
For success the lens should be proberly fit for the correct indications and followed up carefully. Most ophthalmologists are trained to fit contact lenses to avoid the potential problems that might occur. Ideally, all contact lenses should be fit by and followed up in the ophthalmologist's office or under the ophthalmologist's supervision to avoid complications and to treat them if they occur. The ophthalmologist's input is essential in avoiding important medical conditions being misinterpreted by a technician as a contact lens problem.
Fitting contact lenses, hard or soft, involves a complete