It Begins With A Comprehensive Eye Exam.
Your eye doctor will first determine your overall eye health and any potential vision correction needs. Contact lenses are different than glasses so there will be additional eye surface measurements that will be done to determine the best match.
Then, A Discussion About Your Contact Lens Preferences.
If contact lenses are appropriate for you, it’s time to talk about your contact lens preferences.
For example, why do you want contact lenses? Do you want to wear them fulltime or part time? Do you want to use them as a replacement for eyeglasses? Would you prefer daily disposable lenses or overnight contacts?
If you’re over 40, your doctor will likely discuss age-related vision changes may affect contact lens wear.
A brief conversation between the doctor and patient over these questions will allow both to make the best decision for that particular patient.
You May Also Need A Tear Film Evaluation.
If you have dry eyes, your eye doctor will perform a tear film evaluation to measure the amount of tear film on the surface of your eye. If your tear film is insufficient or you have chronic dry eyes, contact lenses may not be a good option for you. However, some newer contact lenses deliver moisture to the surface of the eye, making them a better choice for individuals with dry eye issues.
Its Time For The Contact Lens Fitting.
The final step is to fit you with a trial pair of contact lenses. Once inserted, your eye doctor will examine the lenses on your eyes to ensure a good fit. He/she will check the alignment and movement of the lenses on the surface of your eye and if the fit looks good, the last step is to ensure the prescription is correct with a few more tests.
Now It’s Your Turn To Test It Out.
Your contact lens exam is over, but you’ll need to come back. Your doctor will usually have you wear the trial lenses for a week. After that, you’ll have a short follow-up exam to confirm that the lenses are working well for you and you can then order a supply of contact lenses.