A contact lens exam is one of the most important steps in getting or maintaining contact lenses. While routine eye exams are similar and just as vital, it is important to note that they are not the same thing.
What is a Contact Lens Exam?
Unlike a routine eye exam, a contact lens exam is meant to evaluate your eyes to see how contacts will affect your vision. Contact lens exams are done in addition to routine eye exams, if you are interested in or are maintaining contact lenses. There are several things that are measured during a contact lens exam. First, your eyecare professional measures the surface of your eye. This is done to fit your eye with the correct type and size of contact lenses. If your eye doctor wants to ensure that you can wear contacts comfortably, they may conduct a tear film evaluation. This simply evaluates how many tears you produce, to make sure you can keep your contact lenses from drying out. These tests should produce the results necessary to find the perfect contacts for you.
What to do after the Exam?
Once your eyecare professional completes the exam, they will ask you whether you if want extended wear or disposable contact lenses. Both options work, but each has its own pros and cons. It is highly recommended that you ask your eyecare professional for a recommendation and have them explain the benefits and downsides of both options. Once you have made your selection, you are given a trial pair of contact lenses. These lenses are meant to be worn for a few days to see how your eyes adjust. We recommend that you schedule a follow-up appointment with your eyecare professional shortly after your contact lens exam (usually a week after). This ensures that your prescription does not put you at risk for issues. If it does, you may be prescribed a new set of lenses.
How often do I need a Contact Lens Exam?
It is generally recommended that you visit your eyecare professional every year to receive a contact lens exam if you wear contacts. Make sure that you are honest during the exam. Mention any irritation, dryness, or redness relating to your eyes. These exams are meant to ensure you constantly have the correct prescription. Wearing the wrong prescription or wearing contacts improperly can cause damage to the eye.
If you are in need of an eye doctor or have any further questions regarding contacts, please contact us today! Complete Family Eyecare is happy to answer any questions you may have.