Whether having your first contact eye exam
to get fitted for contact lenses or having an annual exam for contacts, you can count on the best vision care at Cohen's Fashion Optical. Examining eyes for contacts wear is usually not part of a comprehensive eye exam though, so you'll want to schedule a separate appointment for a contacts lens exam. And exams for contact lenses can't take place when your eyes are dilated, which usually happens during an annual eye exam. To get the best contact lenses exam and fit, talk to your eye care center ahead of time to schedule the best times for both exams, which can often be set up back to back.
During a contact eye exam, your optometrist will perform standard vision screening tests like those experienced at an annual eye exam, but your eye doctor will also need to determine if contacts are suitable for your eye health. Your optometrist will also need to measure the curvature of your corneas by looking at your eyes through a microscope – some eye surfaces are irregular due to astigmatism. Your eye doctor will likely also measure the size of each iris and pupil to determine the best contacts that will fit well, and look good, on your eyes. Wearing contact lenses can prove difficult for people with dry eyes, so your optometrist may also conduct a simple evaluation to determine your ability to produce tears – this usually involves a small strip of paper set underneath your lower eyelid, or using eye drops that show how long it takes your tears to evaporate.
Once these simple contact lenses tests are complete, it's time to consider what type of contacts will suit your lifestyle. Before a contact eye exam
, think about when you want to wear contacts, how long during the day you'll need them, what sports or activities you play, or other factors that could affect contact wear. Optometrists at Cohen's Fashion Optical can answer any of your questions about contact lenses and eye health, and can offer suggestions on soft contact lenses, hard contact lenses, daily-wear contacts and extended-wear lenses. Contact lenses care will also be discussed, as it's important to keep lenses clean, properly disinfect them and wear them no longer than recommended.
When being fit for contact lenses for the first time, your eye doctor will determine your prescription and provide you with trial contacts. Your contact eye exam will continue so that your optometrist can check your eyes while you have the contacts in, and make sure you are comfortable inserting and removing the lenses. Putting in contact lenses and removing them is easier than most people think – simply viewing your reflection in a mirror while doing these tasks (instead of watching your finger moving toward your eye) usually does the trick. You'll wear the trial contacts for a specified amount of time and will need to have a follow-up eye exam
or two shortly after before ordering a full supply of contacts, to make sure the lenses are comfortable, you're free from vision problems and that the contacts aren't affecting the health of your eyes.