In addition to a comprehensive eye exam to evaluate your vision and eye health, you need another test if you’d like contact lenses. Karina A. Snyder, OD, Alicia R. Grove, OD, Eve N. Grelle, OD is an experienced eye doctor and part of the outstanding team at Whitson Vision in Indianapolis and Avon, Indiana. Dr. Grove and the vision team specialize in prescribing contact lenses to people who want the convenience of seeing clearly without eyeglasses. If you wear contacts and want to update your prescription, or you’d like to try contacts for the first time, call the office or make an appointment online today.
During a contact lenses exam, your physician will complete a comprehensive eye exam to check your vision, as well as your overall eye health. They evaluate your eyes for conditions like:
They may also ask you if you’ve had any symptoms that might make it difficult for you to wear contact lenses, like those associated with dry eyes. The team at Whitson Vision tests the muscles in your eyes, how well your eyes refract light, your intraocular pressure (the pressure inside your eyes), and performs several other evaluations.
Along with the routine eye exam elements, your physician also measures the surface of your eye to determine the size and type of contacts that will best correct your vision. She may also test your tear film to make sure you have adequate tear production so you can comfortably wear contact lenses. Finally, you discuss your lifestyle and preferences for wearing contact lenses, so the team can recommend the best option, such as daily disposable lenses, monthly wear contacts, or gas permeable lenses.
Your physician measures the curvature of your eye to determine if your eyes are too flat or too round to comfortably and safely wear contacts. A special instrument analyzes light reflections from your cornea, which indicates the curvature of your eye. She may also use a corneal topographer to provide even more precise corneal measurements and characteristics.
Additionally, to fit you properly for contact lenses, your physician may measure the size of your pupil and iris. Generally, once she has all the information she needs and has discussed your preferences for contact lenses, she orders trial lenses so you can try them out to see how they fit and how well they correct your vision. Then, you return for a follow-up appointment.
After you’ve worn your new contacts for a while, your physcian examines your eyes at a follow-up exam. She observes how well the lenses are resting on the surface of your eye and ensures that the contacts aren’t irritating or damaging your eyes in any way.
If you’d like to learn more about prescription contact lenses, call Whitson Vision or book an appointment online today.