Contact Lenses

St. Petersburg Eye Doctor Serving Pinellas County

Contact Lens Exams, Prescriptions, & Fittings

Along with providing a full range of eye care services, our optometry office specializes in contact lenses, and we take pride in our ability to provide you with any contact lens that’s available on the market.

We Can Help You Find Your Fit

Even if you have had trouble with contacts in the past, we are confident that we can help you find the prescription and the fit that’s right for you. To find out more about your contact lens options in St. Petersburg, call our optometry office at 727-327-8855 today.

**If you would like to find out if contact lenses are right for you, please make sure you specify this when you make your appointment so that we can schedule a proper contact lens exam.

We Are Contact Lens Experts

Dr. Ryczek has spent many years researching, studying and working with the most innovative contact lenses available. The contacts we prescribe are the highest breathing, best wetting, most comfortable vision enhancing lenses ever produced. Most are available as disposables and all are custom prescribed precisely for your visual needs.

Types of Contact Lenses We Provide

Some of the different types of contact lens options Ryczek Eye Associates can provide include:

  • Disposable and planned replacement lenses – These soft lenses are prescribed for varying schedules of use which can be daily, weekly or otherwise, depending on your individual needs. Our daily disposables are often the most comfortable, best wetting option utilizing the newest optics to give you the most comfort and clarity. As recently as 2017, new technology in daily throw-away contact lenses in both materials and optical design has made some of the most comfortable and wettest lenses ever produced and they are available in regular spherical, astigmatism and bifocal lenses.
  • Rigid gas permeable (RGP) lenses – With increased durability and resistance to deposit buildup, RGP lenses are typically longer lasting than soft lenses and can provide clearer, crisper vision and tend to be less expensive over the life of the lens. These lenses are available in any design including bi-toric and multi-focal.
  • Lenses for astigmatism – Also referred to as toric lenses, these complex lenses require an extra degree of fitting expertise in order to obtain the most precise vision. Toric lenses are available in both soft and RGP contacts.
  • Extended wear lenses – Extended wear contacts have been FDA approved to be worn for up to 30 days, but your extended wear will depend on your tolerance for overnight wear as well as Dr. Ryczek’s assessment during your contact lens examination and fitting.
  • Specialty lenses – For patients with keratoconus or corneal pathology, Dr. Ryczek can use special RGP and hybrid lenses as well as complex scleral lenses.

Our experienced St. Petersburg optometrist can help you determine which type of contact lens prescription is right for you.

Contact Lens Benefits

Wearing contact lenses instead of glasses can have several advantages, including:
An enhanced visual experience

Because contacts move with your eyes, you have the ability to see clearly wherever you look without having to look up or down as with some prescription eyeglasses.

Fewer physical limitations

Contact lenses can allow you to move with more freedom so you can more easily enjoy an active lifestyle. Without frames or glasses, you’ll never have to deal with dirty, wet, or steamy lenses, and you won’t have to worry about glasses that bounce, slip or fall off during sports or other activities.

Aesthetic improvements

While eyeglasses can be a fashionable accessory, sometimes you might not want frames obscuring your face. Contact lenses can allow you to feel comfortable with your appearance, whether you want a more natural look or you just want to wear your favorite designer shades and eye shadow without interference.

The best way to determine if contact lenses are right for you is to schedule a contact lens exam with Dr. Ryczek.

Exams & Fittings

Our thorough contact lens exams and fitting sessions are designed to help each and every patient feel comfortable and confident with contact lens use. Whether you are trying contacts for the first time, you need an updated prescription, or you are still searching for the right option, we can help you feel comfortable and confident with your choice.

Contact Lens Exams

Contact lens exams are different than your regular medical eye exams, but you can have both exams performed during the same visit as long as you let us know your needs when you schedule your appointment.

It’s also important to note that a prescription for eyeglasses is not a substitute for a contact lens prescription. Because eyeglasses are positioned at a distance from your eyes and contacts sit directly on the surface of the eye itself, the prescriptions will vary. During your exam, Dr. Ryczek will take measurements of your eyes to determine your contact lens prescription. He will also have a discussion with you about your lifestyle and vision requirements so he can recommend an appropriate lens choice that will best suit your needs, as there are many options. Once you have determined which prescription is right for you, Dr. Ryczek and his team will fit you with a free pair of trial lenses.

Contact Lens Fittings

When it comes to your fitting, you should know that wearing contacts safely and comfortably takes practice. We understand that not everyone feels confident the first time they try contacts, and sometimes it can take a little while to get comfortable using them. That’s why we provide special training for the insertion and removal of your lenses, and we also provide detailed explanations for taking care of your contacts with proper cleaning and disinfecting regimens.

Once you get the hang of your new contacts, you’ll be sent home for a few days to adjust to the prescription. In about week, you’ll come back for a final follow-up exam to make sure you are satisfied with your new lenses.

If you are interested in scheduling a contact lens fitting for your vision correction needs in St. Petersburg, call 727-327-8855 to schedule an appointment today.

Are You a Candidate For Contact Lenses?

Contact lenses can be an ideal solution for any patient who is nearsighted, farsighted, and/or has astigmatism but does not want to wear prescription eyeglasses regularly. Even if you have been told in the past that you were not a good candidate for contact lenses, our experienced St. Petersburg eye doctor can help you find a solution. With today’s advanced optical technology and Dr. Ryczek’s extensive knowledge of each type of contact lens available on the market, we can help anyone find their ideal combination of comfort and functionality.

So don’t be afraid to try something new, and don’t let previously unsuccessful attempts discourage you. If you want to make contact lenses a part of your vision correction, we can help.

Frequently Asked Questions About Contact Lenses