Contact lenses are a great alternative to wearing eyeglasses. Even if you enjoy wearing glasses, having the option of contacts is great! Some patients wear contact lenses only on weekends, special occasions or just for sports. That is the beauty of contact lens wear, the flexibility it gives each individual patient and their lifestyle.
If you decide to choose to wear contacts, it is very important that the lenses fit properly and comfortably. It also requires a bit more maintenance, as contact lens safety and hygiene are important in day-to-day wear. A contact lens exam will include both a comprehensive eye exam to check your overall eye health, your general vision prescription and then a contact lens consultation and measurement to determine the proper lens fit.
The Importance of a Comprehensive Eye Exam
Whether or not you have vision problems, it is important to have your eyes checked regularly to ensure they are healthy and that there are no signs of a developing eye condition. A comprehensive eye exam will check the general health of your eyes as well as the quality of your vision. During this exam the eye doctor will determine your prescription for eyeglasses, however this prescription alone will be different for contact lenses. The doctor may also check for any eye health issues that could interfere with the comfort and success of contact lens wear.
The Contact Lens Consultation
The contact lens industry is always developing new innovations to make contacts more comfortable, convenient and accessible. Therefore, one of the initial steps in a contact lens consultation is to discuss with your eye doctor some lifestyle and health considerations that could impact the type of contacts that suit you best.
Some of the options to consider are whether you would prefer daily disposables or monthly disposable lenses. You will also have to determine if you want soft or rigid gas permeable (GP) lenses. If you have any particular eye conditions, such as astigmatism or dry eye syndrome, your eye doctor might have specific recommendations for the right type or brand for your optimal comfort and vision needs.
Contact Lens Fitting
Contact lenses that do not fit properly could cause discomfort, blurry vision or even damage the eye. One size does not fit all when it comes to contact lenses. Your eye doctor will need to take some measurements to properly fit your contact lenses.
Here are some of the measurements your eye doctor may take for a contact lens fitting:
- Corneal Curvature
- Pupil or Iris Size
- Tear Film Evaluation
Contact Lens Trial and Prescription
After deciding which pair of lenses could work best with your eyes, the eye doctor may have you try on a pair of lenses to confirm the fit and comfort before finalizing and ordering your lenses. After the fitting, the lenses appear to be a good fit, your eye doctor will order the lenses for you. Your eye doctor will also provide care and hygiene instructions including how to insert and remove your lenses, how long to wear them and how to store them if need-be. Find out today if contact lenses are the right fit for you!