Modern-day eye exams are easier, more comfortable, and more effective than ever. That's a good thing to know, especially if you're in the market for contact lenses. That is because you'll need more than the standard eye and vision exam to ensure your new contacts fit and work as they should. The contact lens exam plays a critical role in the selection and fitting process, which is why we're happy to offer this kind of evaluation here at Curtis R. Anderson, O.D. in Lawrence, KY.
Why You Need a Contact Lens Exam
If you've always worn glasses instead of contacts in the past, you're probably used to getting fitted for glasses as soon as you have the corrective prescription from your vision test. This is possible because eyeglass lenses don't have to conform precisely to the contours of your eyes. But a less-than-perfect fit from your contact lenses can cause incorrect vision correction, discomfort, or even damage to your corneas. By taking detailed measurements of your eyes, our optometrist can ensure that you receive contact lenses of the right size and contours for your individual eyes.
Additionally, some people have special contact lens needs due to underlying eye or health issues. Complicating factors such as keratoconus, giant papillary conjunctivitis, dry eye, or tricky corrective prescriptions may mean that you simply can't get good results from ordinary soft contacts. The contact lens exam gives us an opportunity to consider those factors in helping you choose the most effective type of contacts for your needs.
The Examination and Contact Lens Fitting Process
Before you can have a contact lens exam, you'll need an updated comprehensive eye and vision exam. These evaluations not only give us your correct corrective prescription, they also alert us to any recent vision symptoms you've been experiencing, or ocular health problems that require our attention. We can then discuss your contact lens needs and preferences with you. Eye measurements include techniques such as keratometry and corneal topography to help us create contacts that match your eye dimensions and corneal contours perfectly. Once we have all this information, we may recommend options such as:
- Soft disposable or extended-wear contacts for uncomplicated prescriptions
- RGP (rigid gas-permeable) contacts for strong or complex corrective needs
- Multifocal lenses to correct presbyopia
- Toric lenses to correct astigmatism
- Scleral lenses for keratoconus and dry eye
Schedule an Exam at Our Lawrence Optometry Center
Are you ready to enjoy optimal comfort and visual accuracy from your next pair or first pair of contact lenses? Call Curtis R Anderson, O.D. in Lawrence, KY at (785)-843-8200 to schedule a contact lens exam!