Are you interested in contacts? A contact lens exam is one of the various types of examinations offered at our office. This type of exam goes above and beyond the comprehensive exam, measuring the curvature of the eye to make sure the lens will fit without rotating on the eye or moving out of place.
Following the comprehensive eye health portion of your contact lens exam, your optometrist will suggest a few contact lens options available to meet your vision needs and lifestyle.
During your evaluation, your optometrist will determine the amount of visual correction you require. A refractive error (commonly known as nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism depending on the error) is determined by placing different strength lenses in front of your eyes using tool called a phoropter.
With the results of your comprehensive exam and amount of refractive error, your optometrist will determine whether glasses or contacts will be best. While contacts are a great option for visual correction, some may not be able to wear them due to dry eye, allergies, or reoccurring eye infections. During your exam, these conditions will be taken into consideration when deciding if contacts are right for you.
We keep most prescription contact trials in stock at both of our locations, and all new contacts lens prescriptions will receive a pair of trial lenses. As well, if this is your first time wearing contacts, we will schedule you for a contact lens follow up. We do this to ensure that your lenses fit you properly and you aren’t having any issues. There are so many types of lenses available; sometimes it takes a few tries to find the best one for you.
Corrective and Cosmetic Lenses
There are multiple different types of contact lenses available in either soft or rigid gas permeable form (or RGP). Some lenses need to be changed daily, while others last weekly, bi-weekly, and monthly, sometimes longer.
Specialized contact lenses, such as bifocal contact lenses, are also available for patients with special eye conditions such as presbyopia.
In addition to visual correction, advances in contact lens technology have created great options for cosmetic and prosthetic lenses. Custom contacts can be created to camouflage for irregularities in the cornea or to correct color variations in the iris. As well as these custom lenses, there are cosmetic lenses that allow you to transform the color of your eye.