What Is A Contact Lens Exam?

Contact Lens Exam

Extra Tests and Consultation Ensure A Perfect Fit

When you call our office to schedule an appointment, our staff will ask you whether or not you currently wear or are interested in contact lenses. We do this for a variety of reasons but mainly so your appointment includes the extra time necessary to perform a contact lens exam in addition to your eye exam. This extra care comes at an additional cost, but it is a crucial (and required) step in a healthy, comfortable and successful contact lens experience.

 

Extra Evaluation

 

In order to fit you with the proper contact lenses, we must gather information above and beyond what we learn from a routine eye examination. A contact lens exam includes special tests such as corneal topography, tear film evaluation and wavefront measurements to determine the exact curvature of the front of your eye and see if you have any eye health issues that need to be considered during the contact lens fitting. We will also want to take some time to learn more about your lifestyle and wearing habits. These days there is a universe of excellent options including multifocal, daily disposable and hybrid lenses that combine the comfort of soft contact lenses with the specialization of rigid gas permeable lenses. With a good understanding of your personal preferences and optical requirements, we can make the best recommendation.

 

Extra Care and Consultation

 

The extra fee also entitles you to a series of follow-ups with your optometrist and one-on-one consultation with our experienced contact lens technicians. They are there to walk you through the process of inserting, removing and caring for your contact lenses and to address any questions or concerns. If you are new to contact lenses or are considering switching to a different product, we can dispense trial lenses for you to “test drive” and share plenty of tips and tricks to keep you comfortable and confident. Your contact lens technician is never more than a phone call away, ready to offer advice or serve as you personal concierge during ordering or re-ordering.

Thanks to some truly amazing advances in material science and engineering, there are more and better contact lens choices than ever before. Whether you are new to vision correction in general or if you’ve decided that you would like to try a new contact lens product, a contact lens examination ensures that you are fitted with the contact lens product that best fits your specific wants and needs.