Most of us have experienced an eye exam, but how does an examination for contact lenses work? The optometrist will measure your eyes to properly fit contact lenses, and your corneal curvature and pupil will be examined to ensure the right fit. A comprehensive eye exam will be performed plus a contact lens consultation to answer any of your questions. If you opt in for contacts, there are a variety of lenses to choose from depending on how often you need them and what eye conditions you may have. Find out what to expect during a contact lens exam and how contacts can improve your vision with this guide!
Most of us have experienced an eye exam at some point in our lives, but not everyone will be examined for contact lenses. Contact lenses aren’t for everyone, but if you are interested in receiving them, it’s important that you schedule a contact lens exam first. For those who currently wear contact lenses, it’s recommended that you have a yearly exam to make sure that your lenses fit properly and that, while wearing them, your eyes are still receiving the oxygen that they need. Those who are going in for their first consultation should be prepared to answer specific questions about your eyes and health history so that the optometrist can fit you for the correct lenses. During the exam, the optometrist will measure the diameter and curvature of your eyes, plus he/she will ask about your hobbies, the sports that you play and the lifestyle that you live. If you wear glasses, he/she will also ask you for your prescription and have you describe any new problems that you have noticed in your vision. At the end of your visit, your optometrist should have completed the following:
The actual lens fitting is part of the contact lens exam, and is the time where you get to decide which contact lens you would like and even try some on. The lens fitting helps the optometrist determine which contact would work best for your vision and is important to monitor the centering and movement of the contacts on your eyes. Your corneal curvature, pupil size and tear film will be evaluated to ensure a proper fit. The tear film is especially important as eyes are prone to dry out, so the optometrist will drop liquid dye on your eye to see how much moisture your eyes produce. If your eyes don’t naturally create enough moisture to keep contacts wet, you may be prescribed specific lenses that help produce more moisture while on the eye. There are various fees that accompany contact fittings, but they vary depending on the complexity of your symptoms. Once you’ve been fitted for your lenses, the optometrist will check your vision again to make sure that they work correctly. He/she will show you how to put them in, take them out and care for them before you leave the office. You will also have to put them in and take them out by yourself so that the optometrist knows that they fit well.
The great thing about contact lenses is that you can wear them anytime you want, whether you need them to play sports, during special events or as your primary source of vision correction. There are three main types of lenses that you can choose from: daily disposable lenses, 2-week lenses and monthly contact lenses. Daily disposable lenses are put in, taken out and disposed of each day, which makes it easy for those with active lifestyles and new contact wearers. 2-week lenses are worn for two weeks before being replaced with new ones, and they require being put in a solution each night to keep them moist. Lastly, monthly contact lenses are worn for one month and stored in a solution, just like 2-week lenses, but they require more responsibility to keep them clean so that they last the entire month. Monthly contact lenses are your cheapest option while daily disposables tend to be the most expensive.
Color contacts are also available for patients who want to try out a new look while improving their vision at the same time. If you have specific eye conditions such as astigmatism, nearsightedness, farsightedness and presbyopia, there are specialty contacts that you can buy. You will need to be evaluated for these conditions first before you can get them, but all it requires is meeting with your optometrist for a contact lens exam.
Whether you have vision problems or not, you should schedule yearly eye exams to monitor any underlying eye conditions that you may unknowingly have and check your eye health. The general health of your eyes and the quality of your vision will be checked during an eye exam, and depending on the results, your prescription will be altered to fit your vision needs. Your prescription for your glasses won’t be the same as that of your contact lenses, however; for this reason, your eyes are checked again after you put in new contact lenses to ensure that they function properly. If you want to be fitted for contacts, you can include that as part of your eye exam, but make sure to specify that when you call and schedule your appointment.
At Peeper’s Optical, we have years of experience fitting new and experienced contact wearers with lenses that fit their vision needs. Whether you need them for daily use or for athletic events, our team can help you figure out what contacts will work best for you. Call our office today at (303) 333-2800 to schedule your next contact lens exam!