If you’ve never worn contact lenses before, it can seem a bit intimidating. After all, you’re inserting something into your eye! Let’s ease your mind about the first step – your contact lens exam. This post will walk you through what’s involved in a contact lens exam and what you can expect every step of the way.
If contact lenses are appropriate for you, it’s time to talk about your contact lens preferences and expectations. For example, do you want to enhance or change your eye color? Would you prefer daily disposable lenses or perhaps monthly contact lenses? How often would you like to wear your contact lenses? If you’re over 40, we’ll need to discuss vision changes associated with loss of focus and how contact lenses can address these issues.
Contact lenses require precise measurements of your eyes to fit properly. Using a topographer, we will measure the curvature of your eye's cornea, the clear front surface of your eye.
If you have dry eyes, we’ll need to evaluate the tear film to evaluate the amount of tears on the surface of your eye. If your tear film is insufficient or you have chronic dry eyes, contact lenses may worsen these symptoms. However, some newer contact lenses are designed to maintain their moisture throughout the day, making them a better choice for individuals with dry eye issues. At other times, contact lenses can be used to protect the cornea from drying.
The final step is to fit you with a diagnostic pair of contact lenses. Once you are able to insert and remove the lenses, the lenses are examined to ensure an appropriate fit. Lastly, we will confirm that you’re seeing appropriately. Once lenses are comfortable, fit appropriately, and you are seeing well, you’ll be able to leave with these diagnostic lenses.
Each contact lens patient is able to experience our lenses before purchasing to confirm they are comfortable and vision meets expectations. After your contact lens evaluation, you’ll have a short follow-up to confirm that the lenses are working well for you and fitting properly. Once the prescription is finalized you can order up to a year’s supply of contact lenses.