Contact lenses are a great alternative to eyeglasses. It is very important that the contact lenses fit properly and comfortably and that you understand contact lens safety and hygiene. A contact lens exam includes checking the integrity of the surface of your eyes, fitting evaluation of the lens on your eye, and a contact lens prescription. A glasses prescription is not sufficient 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.
Initial Contact Lens Consultation
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. For patients with astigmatism or dry eyes, certain brands will work better than others for optimal comfort and vision.
We offer other special types of contact lenses, such as colors and multifocals, as well. If you are over 40 and experience problems seeing small print, your eye doctor may recommend multifocal lenses or monovision lenses to correct your vision needs.
Contact Lens Fitting and Prescription
One size does not fit all when it comes to contact lenses. Improperly fitted lenses can cause discomfort, blurry vision or permanent damage to the surface of your eye. 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 the prescription. 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 relevant.
We may request that you schedule a follow-up appointment to check that your contact lenses are fitting properly and that your eyes are adjusting properly. If you are experiencing discomfort or dryness in your eyes you should visit your eye doctor as soon as possible. Your eye doctor may decide to try a different lens, a different contact lens disinfecting solution or to try an adjustment in your wearing schedule.