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Contact Lens Exams in Chicago, IL

Contact Lens Exams at Big City Optical

If you’re looking for a quality contact lens exam in Chicago, look no further than Big City Optical. We utilize state-of-the-art technology and offer a large range of traditional and specialty contact lenses to ensure clear vision and healthy eyes for each and every one of our patients.
Woman undergoing contact lens exam at Big City Optical

What Is a Contact Lens Exam?

Unlike glasses which sit in front of your eyes, contact lenses sit on the surface. This means that they need to have a precise fit in order to correct your vision comfortably. Big City Optical’s experienced team uses cutting-edge technology to guarantee that your lenses fit your eye perfectly and provide crisp, clear vision. And for those with “hard-to-fit eyes” due to a certain eye condition, we offer a huge variety of specialty lens options to accommodate your lifestyle.

Contact Lenses for Anyone

Big City Optical has a huge variety of contact lenses for all our patients, from prescription soft lenses to specialty lenses for those with myopia, dry eye, astigmatism, and more. We aim to use these lenses to give you clear vision and a clean bill of health in a way that suits your personality, vision needs, and daily routine.
Putting on scleral lenses

Scleral lenses

Scleral lenses are a type of oxygen-permeable lenses that vault over the cornea and instead rest on the sclera or the “whites” of the eyes. The lenses are useful if your cornea has an abnormal shape and can help treat a wide variety of eye conditions, including problems like presbyopia, dry eye, keratoconus, myopia, and astigmatism.

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Little girl sleeping with Ortho-K

Ortho – k / Corneal refractive therapy (CRT) lenses

Orthokeratology (Ortho-K) and corneal refractive therapy (CRT) lenses are best thought of as visual braces since they’re worn at night as you sleep. These lenses help reshape the cornea, making them a great solution for children and adults with myopia. The lenses are removed during the day, offering clear sight without the use of corrective lenses.

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Man putting on a Multifocal Lens

Multifocal Lenses

Multifocal lenses are high-tech lens that includes multiple prescriptions to cover a range of distances. Multifocal lenses excel at correcting age-related vision issues like presbyopia, where a person may need assistance seeing objects both near and far away.

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Limbal Fit Contacts at Big City Optical

Limbal Fit

Larger than traditional lenses but smaller than scleral lenses, limbal fit contacts have a relatively larger diameter that increases their stability without interfering with the eyelids.

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Woman putting on hybrid contacts at Big City Optical

Hybrid Contacts

Hybrid lenses consist of a hard center with a soft surrounding ring, which provides the comfort of soft contacts but the durability and visual quality of harder lenses. These specialty contact lenses are excellent for patients with astigmatism and presbyopia, or for those wary about wearing harder, more inflexible lenses.

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 Woman smiling holding rigid gas permeable lenses care from Big City Optical

Rigid Gas Permeable

Rigid gas permeable (RGP) lenses are hard contact lenses that are specially formulated to allow plenty of oxygen through to the eye. These lenses are more breathable than traditional soft lenses, they last longer, are more resistant to bacteria build-up, and offer a sharper vision. They have a wide range of uses and are great for patients, such as those who have corneal irregularities or dry eye disease.

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Scleral lenses
Tharman Shanmugaratnam holding a camera

Scleral lenses

Scleral lenses are a type of oxygen-permeable lenses that vault over the cornea and instead rest on the sclera, or the “whites” of the eyes. The lenses are useful if your cornea has an abnormal shape and can help treat a wide variety of eye conditions, including problems like presbyopia, dry eye, keratoconus, myopia, and astigmatism.

Learn More

Ortho - k
Tharman Shanmugaratnam holding a camera

Ortho – k / Corneal refractive therapy (CRT) lenses

Orthokeratology (Ortho-K) and corneal refractive therapy (CRT) lenses are best thought of as visual braces since they’re worn at night as you sleep. These lenses help reshape the cornea, making them a great solution for children and adults with myopia. The lenses are removed during the day, offering clear sight without the use of corrective lenses.

Learn More

Multifocal Lenses
Tharman Shanmugaratnam holding a camera

Multifocal Lenses

Multifocal lenses are a high-tech lens that includes multiple prescriptions to cover a range of distances. Multifocal lenses excel at correcting age-related vision issues like presbyopia, where a person may need assistance seeing objects both near and far away.
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Limbal Fit
Tharman Shanmugaratnam holding a camera

Limbal Fit

Larger than traditional lenses but smaller than scleral lenses, limbal fit contacts have a relatively larger diameter that increases their stability without interfering with the eyelids.

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Hybrid Contacts
Tharman Shanmugaratnam holding a camera

Hybrid Contacts

Hybrid lenses consist of a hard center with a soft surrounding ring, which provides the comfort of soft contacts but the durability and visual quality of harder lenses. These specialty contact lenses are excellent for patients with astigmatism and presbyopia, or for those wary about wearing harder, more inflexible lenses.

Learn More

Rigid Gas Permeable
Tharman Shanmugaratnam holding a camera

Rigid Gas Permeable

Rigid gas permeable (RGP) lenses are hard contact lenses that are specially formulated to allow plenty of oxygen through to the eye. These lenses are more breathable than traditional soft lenses, they last longer, are more resistant to bacteria build-up, and offer sharper vision. They have a wide range of uses, and are great for patients, such as those with who have corneal irregularities or dry eye disease.

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Why Choose Us?

Big City Optical is your friendly Chicago neighborhood eye care center where you can find a high tech, high accuracy, high precision experience. Our compassionate team of eye doctors and opticians have a large selection of contact lens options at their disposal, and our advanced technology ensures that our screenings get a comprehensive look at your eyes’ shape and health. And with 17 locations throughout the city, we make it easy to get the eye care you need how, where, and when you want it.