Contact Lens Eye Exam Contact lenses are a convenient, easy alternative to glasses. What some may not know is that patients don’t always use contact lenses as their main form of vision correction. Each patient’s vision needs and lifestyles are unique, with different patients wearing contacts for different occasions or settings. This demonstrates the amazing versatility of contact lenses, offering patients the ability to flexibly control their vision correction care. If you decide that contact lens wear is right for you, our chief concern is that the lenses fit comfortably and are customized to your eyes. A contact lens examination includes several components: a comprehensive eye exam to diagnose overall vision health, creation of an individualized prescription, as well as a final consultation and measurement to determine fit for maximum eye comfort. Why you Need a Comprehensive Eye Exam Regular eye examinations are extremely important to assure continued eye health as well as diagnosis and prevention of any developing illnesses. This exam involves a professional exam of overall vision quality and health, as well as a determination of your prescription and a check up on the formation of any eye health issues. The Eye Exam Contact Lens Prescription and Fitting Your Trial and Progress Visit The Eye Exam The contact lens industry is constantly working to invent ways to make contacts more wearable and comfortable on the eye. With this in mind, the first step in a contact lens consultation involves a discussing with your doctor about any considerations you may have in terms of vision corrective wear. This will allow the doctor to properly select the type of contacts that are best suited to your lifestyle and eye care needs. One factor to consider is your preference between lenses that can be disposed on either a daily or monthly basis. Another consideration is whether you would like soft or rigid gas permeable type lenses. Alongside this, any eyesight conditions such as astigmatism or dry eye syndrome will affect your eye doctors recommendation to create the ideal level of eye comfort. Lastly, the contact lens exam is the perfect time to inform your eye doctor if you would like any cosmetic changes to the lenses, such as colored contacts. At this point, the eye professional may also recommend implementing multifocal lenses or combination monovision-multifocal types to better suit specific vision needs. Contact Lens Prescription and Fitting Contact lenses should be properly fitted to prevent any discomfort, fuzzy vision, or potential eye damage during wear. To establish the right fit, your eye doctor will take the following measurements: Corneal Curvature This measurement will quantify the exact curvature of your eye with a tool known as a keratometer. Pupil Size This measurement will determine the dimensions of your iris(the pigmented portion of your eye) with either a biomicroscope or slit lamp. The size of this area is especially important when it comes to specialized lenses like gas permeable types. Tear Film Evaluation This measurement involves a drop of dye applied to the eye as well as a subsequent measure of how much tear moisture is produced. This assessment will help determine what type of contact is best for you in terms of moisture retention ability. Your Trial and Progress Visit Upon concluding on the right lens pair to suit your eyes, the eye doctor will have you try on a sample pair to assure the correct fit and ideal comfort level before sending in a final order for lenses. During this process, the vision professional or assistant will place the lenses and allow approximately 15-20 minutes to pass before examining the fit, motion, and moisture of your eye. If the fitting results in the correct lens fit, your eye doctor will order them for you. They will also supply you with proper aftercare and cleaning instructions, along with instructions for application, removal, wear duration, and storage. After this point, your eye doctor might also request a scheduling for a follow-up appointment to ensure the fit of the lenses as well as how your eyes are adapting to them. If there is any discomfort or dryness of the eyes, be sure to visit your eye doctor as soon as possible. To correct this issue, they may decide to attempt a different lens, cleaning solution, or make alterations to your wearing schedule.