Contact lens technology has made enormous leaps in the last few years! Even patients with complicated prescriptions can benefit from making the change from glasses to contact lenses! Each of our doctors have over 20 years of experience in contact lens care and specializes in hard-to-fit cases and have helped many patients who had previously been told they were not a candidate for contact lens. We have an expansive contact lens portfolio and will find the best suited lenses for your individual lifestyle and needs. Monarch Bay Optometry is here for you whether you plan on wearing contact lenses for convenience, new eye color, a glasses-free look, or a medical reason.
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If you’ve never worn contact lenses before, it can seem a bit intimidating. After all, you’re inserting something into your eye! Let’s ease your mind about the first step – your contact lens exam. Lets walk through what’s involved in a contact lens exam and what you can expect every step of the way.
The doctor will first determine your overall eye health and vision. This includes a discussion of your health history and then a series of eye tests. The doctor will then assess whether contact lenses can improve your vision. Some diseases such as Keratoconus and Dry Eye may determine the type of contacts you can wear.
If contact lenses are appropriate for you, it’s time to talk about your contact lens preferences. For example, do you want to enhance or change your eye color? Would you prefer daily disposable lenses or overnight contacts? Ask about the benefits or drawbacks of each, so that you make the best decision. If you’re over 40, your doctor will likely discuss age-related vision changes and how contact lenses can address these issues.
Contact lenses require precise measurements of your eyes to fit properly. Using an instrument called a keratometer, your doctor will measure the curvature of your eye's cornea, the clear front surface of your eye.
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.
The final step is to fit you with a trial pair of contact lenses. Once inserted, the doctor will examine the lenses in 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.
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. Sometimes we need to make adjustments on the follow-up but rest assured we will work to give you clarity and comfort.
Tip: Just be sure to let us know you’re interested in contact lenses so we allow for extra time in your appointment for the consultation and any specialized tests.