contact Lens Exam

A contact lens exam is the first step towards safeguarding your eye health and maximizing the benefits of wearing contact lenses. This exam is especially significant for first-time users, but it's equally important for existing contact lens wearers.

​​​​​​​What to Expect During a Contact Lens Exam?

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A contact lens exam is essentially a thorough check-up of your eyes and vision to determine the best contact lenses for you.

At the onset of the exam, your optometrist will ask about your medical history and lifestyle, which can influence the type of contact lenses you might need. Following this, your doctor will conduct a comprehensive eye examination to assess your visual acuity and eye health.

The exam also involves measuring your eyes. Accurate measurements are crucial for ensuring that your contact lenses fit well and provide excellent vision.

Steps in a Contact Lens Exam

A contact lens exam comprises several steps, each designed to gather specific information about your eyes and vision.

  • Eye Health Evaluation: This initial step involves examining the health of your eyes. Your eye doctor will use special equipment to check for any issues that could affect your ability to wear contact lenses.
  • Visual Acuity Test: This evaluates how well you can see. Your doctor will have you read letters off a vision chart. The results of this test will help determine your prescription.
  • Measurement of Eye Surface: This ensures the contacts fit your eyes properly. Your doctor will measure your cornea's curvature using a device called a keratometer.
  • Contact Lens Fitting: Once your prescription and measurements are determined, your doctor will provide you with trial lenses. These will help confirm the correct fit and prescription before ordering your contact lenses.

Understanding the Results of Your Contact Lens Exam

Following your contact lens exam, the eye care professional will discuss the results with you. They will explain your prescription, which includes the power needed to correct your vision, the size of your contact lenses, and the type of lenses suitable for your lifestyle and eye health.

The results of your contact lens exam also provide valuable insights into the health of your eyes. The doctor will inform you if any underlying eye conditions were detected during the exam. The goal of a contact lens exam is not just to prescribe lenses but also to maintain or improve your eye health.

Common Questions About Contact Lens Exams

Many people have queries about contact lens exams. Here are answers to some common questions.

  • Is a contact lens exam the same as a regular eye exam? No, a contact lens exam is more detailed than a regular eye exam. It involves additional tests to ensure that your contact lenses fit well and correct your vision effectively.
  • How often should I get a contact lens exam? Ideally, you should get a contact lens exam annually. However, your doctor may recommend more frequent exams based on your eye health and type of lenses.
  • Can I wear contact lenses if I have astigmatism or presbyopia? Yes, there are specific types of contact lenses designed for these conditions. Your eye doctor can help determine the best option for you.


The Benefits of Choosing Market Street Optometry for Your Contact Lens Exam

Choosing Market Street Optometry for your contact lens exam comes with several benefits. Firstly, our team of experienced optometrists ensures a comprehensive exam that leaves no stone unturned in assessing your vision and eye health.

Secondly, we provide personalized care, taking into account your lifestyle, comfort, and visual needs. We are also known for our exceptional after-care services, helping you adjust to your new lenses and providing solutions for any issues you may face.

Lastly, we pride ourselves on our transparent pricing. With us, you can be assured of no hidden costs, making your contact lens experience smooth and stress-free. Schedule an appointment for a contact lens exam at Market Street Optometry today, and take a step towards better vision and eye health.