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Contact Lens Exams for Optimal Fit and Comfort
Thinking about contact lenses? If you've never worn them, you probably have questions. Here's what you should know about contact lens exams and fittings.
What are contact lens exams?
Contact lens exams include all the “normal” vision exams of a routine comprehensive eye exam, including tests for visual acuity (how clearly you see) at different distances, evaluations of your peripheral vision (how well you see out of the “corners” of your eyes when looking straight ahead), assessments of how well your eyes track moving objects and how well they function together as a pair, as well as assessments of the eye anatomy, including the retina and optic nerve head. And they also include additional assessments to evaluate the shape and overall health of the cornea first to determine if you're a good candidate for contacts, and then to provide accurate measurements to enable the contact to rest comfortably on your eye and to provide clear vision.
What happens during a contact lens fitting?
During your contact lens eye exam, a special device called a keratometer will be used to provide specific measurements of your cornea, the clear outer portion of the eye that will support the contact lens. These measurements are critical for:
- ensuring the lens does not scratch or damage the corneal surface
- providing the most comfortable fit and ensuring the contact doesn't slip while being worn
- helping you achieve the clearest vision possible
You'll also be carefully evaluated for the presence of dry eye which can make contact lenses uncomfortable and possibly increase your risk for infection of damage to the corneal surface. The corneal surface will also be thoroughly evaluated for any signs of injury or other irregularities that could interfere with contact lens wear. Once your contacts are ready for you, a second fitting appointment will ensure the lenses rest properly on the surface of your eye and provide you with optimal vision.
How can I tell if contact lenses are right for me?
The best way to determine if contact lenses are a good choice for your needs is to schedule an office visit so your eyes can be evaluated. During your visit, the optometrist will be able to determine if you're a good candidate for contact lenses and you'll also be able to discuss any concerns you have about the lenses, including how to wear them and how to clean them and prevent infection. Many lens types are available, including bifocal and multifocal lenses, daily wear and extended wear styles, and cosmetic lenses to change the color of your eyes.
How long will it be before my lenses feel comfortable?
If you've never worn lenses before, you'll be provided with a “breaking-in” schedule which lets you wear your lenses for a little more time each day so your eyes can adjust to the way the lenses feel. The adjustment period usually takes mo more than a week or so. To ensure they remain comfortable, always clean and store your lenses properly.
Top Provider of Contact Lens Exams in Manchester CT
As a top-ranked optometry practice in Manchester, CT, Prudhomme Vision offers comprehensive contact lens exams for patients throughout the region to ensure they receive the best lenses for their needs. If you're considering contacts or if you already wear contact lenses but need a new prescription or a checkup, call (860)644-3364 and schedule your exam today.