Contact Lens Exams at Hendersonville Eye Care
Contact lens exams are not the same thing as routine eye exams. Everybody should have a regular eye examination to determine and manage the health of their vision, whether they wear contact lenses, glasses, or neither. Because contact lenses are worn directly on the surface of your eyes, however, your optometrists needs to take several more precise measurements for contacts in order to get the right fit for your optimal vision and comfort level.
Ask Our Optometrist: What to Expect during a Contact Lens Exam
Before getting your contacts—whether for the first time, or when changing prescriptions—there is a two-step process your optometrist will guide you through:
Routine Eye Exam: Dr. Cannon, Dr. Kilgo, or Dr. Kampe will thoroughly test your eyes. Your optometrist will check for visual acuity (sharpness and clarity), look for fluid pressure, symptoms of glaucoma, and check if there are any other health conditions to which the eyes may be a window, such as diabetes or cardiovascular disease.
If the routine eye exam shows that you have a vision irregularity such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, etc., then your doctor will discuss options for improving your vision, which may include either glasses or contact lenses. If you want to try contacts, then you need the next step:
Contact Lens Exam: This exam measures the shape and condition of the surface of your eye (corneal topography) so that the correct contact lens prescription can be filled. There will be precise, computerized measurements of your corneal surface, your iris, and pupil. There will also be a tear film test to discover how well your eyes make tears. If you have the condition known as “dry eye,” contacts may not be the best choice for the comfort and health of your eyes and vision.
There are other factors that you and your doctor will discuss to determine which form of vision correction would be most comfortable and fit best into your personal lifestyle. For example, allergies, being prone to frequent eye infections, frequent exposure to dusty environments and other conditions may also play a factor in the decision. Dr. Cannon, Dr. Kilgo, or Dr. Kampe will discuss this with you in light of your overall health and lifestyle considerations when choosing between glasses or contact lenses.
Once you and your optometrist discuss the results of your exams, and if you opt for contacts, Hendersonville Eye Care carries a wide range of options, including:
- Rigid gas permeable
- Daily, weekly, bi-weekly or monthly
- Cosmetic contact lenses (to camouflage color irregularities or change colors altogether).
It is important to note that if you have prescription eye glasses already and are thinking about switching to contacts, you still need to have the contact lens exam. The two prescriptions will be significantly different due to the fact that there is no airspace between your eyes and your contacts.
To ask questions or schedule a contact lens exam, contact Hendersonville Eye Care today at 828-693-5205.