Whether you are 12-years old or 72-years young, the first step in becoming a contact lens wearer is a comprehensive eye exam. At this visit, we evaluate the health of your eye as well as determine the right correction for your best vision. Since contact lenses sit directly on your eye, it is important that you have a healthy cornea with good tear film.
At your exam we will also review questions about your lifestyle, to determine if contact lenses will provide you with kind of vision that you need throughout your day. We consider the type of work (and play!) that you enjoy. We review the type of lenses available including daily disposables, extended wear lenses and color contact lenses.
Contact Lens Measurements
PRESCRIPTION: Just like when we check for your glasses prescription, we start with a phoropter and an eye chart to determine the best correction for your vision. Asking you “Is it Better 1 or Better 2?”, we fine tune the prescription that gives you clear, sharp vision.
SHAPE: Precise measurements are important for a comfortable fit and good vision. We measure the curve of your cornea (clear front of your eye) as well as any level of astigmatism (irregular shape) of your eye. Eyes come in a variety of shapes! It’s important that your lenses are the right fit and the right prescription for you… you should never wear someone else’s contact lenses!
TEAR FILM EVALUATION: Using a slit lamp, we will check the quality and the quantity of your tear film. Contact lenses need good tear film for a comfortable fit and clear vision.
Try it on!
For most prescriptions, we have trial lenses that you can try on at your appointment. The doctor will place the lens on your eye, and check the fit through the slit lamp as you blink and move your eyes. It is important that the lens fit is just right. Your contact lens should sit comfortably on the eye and be able to move when you blink.
Your contact lens prescription will indicate a lens power, base curve and diameter. These numbers will be printed on the side of your contact lens box. If your eyes have different prescriptions, it’s important the you put the right lens on the right eye…and the left lens on the left eye!
Practice, practice, practice.
Inserting contact lenses for the first time can be challenging. Our contact lens experts will sit with you and guide you through the process in our office. We have a variety of tips and techniques that make inserting lenses easy. Don’t worry, we make sure you can comfortably put your contacts IN and take them OUT safely before you go home! Be patient…practice makes perfect.
Follow up visits are important for new contact lens wearers. When you start to wear contacts, you will want to increase the amount of time you wear them gradually. We will give you a wear schedule that’s right for you, and set up a series of appointments to check that the lenses are fitting properly.
Once we have determined that the fit is right and your are happy with your vision, you will need to return just once a year for your checkup!