Process of Contact Lenses Exam

Several options are effective for providing vision correction. Contact lenses are an increasingly popular alternative to wearing glasses. Some patients choose to wear contact lenses alongside glasses, while others choose contacts as their primary solution for vision correction.


Each individual is different, and contacts offer flexibility. Whether you choose to wear contacts only on weekends or daily, it is important to choose the right ones.



Wearing Contact Lenses



If you decide to wear contacts, it is important to ensure that they fit properly. Contact lenses need to be comfortable for you to enjoy the benefits. You also need to understand issues of safety and hygiene. A contact lens exam is an important part of ensuring that you get what you need.


A comprehensive exam will check the eye health and vision prescription. Contact lens examination includes consultation as well as the measurement that helps to determine the right lens fit. The best contacts are convenient and comfortable.



Contact Lens Consultation



The process of getting contact lenses begins with a consultation. This provides the opportunity to discuss your requirements and health considerations. You also have the opportunity to discuss your lifestyle and find out the types of contacts that will suit you.


During the consultation, you can find out about options like soft and rigid lenses and monthly or daily disposables. You will also discuss type and brand for optimal comfort and even the option of colored lenses.



Contact Lens Fitting



When it comes to contact lenses, there is a right size for every individual. There is no one-size-fits-all and this means that the doctor will need to take your eye measurements. Lens fitting helps to ensure that you get contacts that fit properly.


Poor lens fitting can lead to blurry vision, discomfort, and even eye damage. The eye doctor will take measurements for contact lens fitting, and this includes corneal curvature and pupil or iris size.



Evaluation of Tear Film



A problem that affects many contact lens wearers is dry eyes. If lenses do not remain moist and hydrated, they can become uncomfortable. They can cause the eyes to feel irritated, dry, and itchy. Patients who suffer from dry eye syndrome find it difficult to wear most contact lenses.


During the exam, the doctor will evaluate you to find out if you have sufficient tear film. If you have a weak tear film, the doctor may recommend certain lenses that will help in managing the condition. The special lenses help to maintain moisture in the eyes.



Trial and Prescription



After determining the type of lenses that will work best for you, the doctor will have you try some lenses. This helps to confirm the fit and comfort before ordering your contacts. The trial lenses will be inserted, and you keep them on for 15 to 20 minutes.


The doctor will examine the movement, fit, and tearing in the eye. If the lenses prove to be a good fit, the doctor will order custom lenses for you. You will receive care and hygiene instructions as well as correct wear.


The doctor may recommend a follow-up appointment to make sure that your eyes are adjusting well to the contacts. If you experience any discomfort from wearing contact lenses, visit a doctor as soon as possible.



To know more about contact lenses exams, visit Five Forks Vision at our office in Simpsonville, South Carolina. You can also call (864) 392-8200 to book an appointment today.

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