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Many of us wear glasses but desire the option to sport contact lenses, too. And if this is you, finding the right eye doctor is essential to ensure you get the best care. You can trust that you’ll be in good hands when you schedule your contact lens exam at For Eyes with one of our Independent Doctors of Optometry.

Ready to schedule your comprehensive exam for contact lenses? Click the link below, or keep reading to learn more about what is included in a contact lens exam.

What is the difference between an eye exam and a contact lens exam?

Every year, adults and children over age 6 need a comprehensive eye exam to uncover eye issues and changes in vision. During this exam, the Independent Doctor of Optometry will test your depth perception, visual sharpness, and eye health to ensure your eyes are in tip-top shape.

A contact lens exam is an addition to this appointment. The optometrist may run additional tests and ask you questions about your lifestyle to see if contact lenses would be right for you. If it turns out that contact lenses are an option, the eye doctor will fit your eyes for contacts and provide trial lenses before finalizing your prescription.

Both eye exams and contact lens exams are painless, and our eye care team will be available to answer any questions. If there’s anything you need to make your experience more comfortable, just say the word. We are here to help.

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Why do you need a comprehensive contact lens exam?

A comprehensive contact lens exam is important because, in some cases, you may need to treat eye issues before you can safely wear contact lenses. Otherwise, your contact lenses, which go on your eyes, can exacerbate your symptoms and cause further problems.

Also, with a comprehensive contact lens exam, the eye doctor can test your eyes from all angles and analyze their inner anatomy to make sure contact lenses are a good choice for you. This gives you peace of mind knowing that the eye professional can make an educated decision about your vision correction based on your ocular health.

People of all ages wear contact lenses, even children, and studying the eyes before issuing a prescription can help mitigate problems. During the comprehensive contact lens exam, you will receive personalized advice from the optometrist on what is right for your eyes.

Did you know?

  • Approximately 45 million people living in the U.S. have contact lenses. (Source)
  • More than 14 percent of children ages 17 and younger use contact lenses. (Source)
  • 15.5 percent of adults over the age of 25 wear contact lenses. (Source)

What is included in a contact lens exam?

  • A consultation about your vision concerns
  • A discussion of current contact lenses
  • An assessment of general eye health
  • A clinical examination of the eyes
  • A recommendation for the right lenses  
  • A fitting for contact lenses
  • An order for trial lenses
  • Specialized vision advice
  • Training on insertion and removal
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What happens during a contact lens exam?

During your contact lens exam, an optometrist will assess your eye health through a series of tests. These tests check for farsightedness, nearsightedness, and other eye conditions, such as cataracts and glaucoma. The eye doctor may also ask questions about your family medical history to learn more about your eyes.

At the comprehensive contact lens exam, the eye professional may also test for medical conditions, such as diabetes and high blood pressure. Finding and treating these issues early increases your chances of a successful recovery.

Here is what is included in a contact lens exam that is addition to an eye exam:

  • Running extra tests to check your eye health
  • Checking to see which type of contact lenses are right for your eyes
  • Testing your vision with contact lenses
  • Teaching you how to care for your contact lenses

Throughout your comprehensive contact lens exam, we welcome you to ask questions and discuss any concerns with your vision. We want to make the transition to contact lenses as seamless as possible by helping you understand what is included in a contact lens exam.

What eye tests are used in contact lens exam?

In your comprehensive eye exam, the optometrist will perform a variety of tests to assess your vision health. Some of these include a vision test, pupil test, eye movement test, and eye pressure test. By doing a combination of these, the eye doctor may learn more about your peripheral vision, depth perception, and other aspects of your eyesight that may affect your choice of prescription lenses.

During your contact lens exam, here are some additional tests that may be performed:

  • Corneal Topography: The eye doctor may use a keratometer to measure your cornea, but sometimes, they opt for corneal topography, which outlines your cornea in detail and shows how it refracts light. This provides a proper measurement for the cornea and how it curves, which gives insight into the best fit for contact lenses.
  • Tear Film Evaluation: The optometrist will apply a liquid to your eye and assess the tear formulation. If you have a low tear production and are susceptible to dry eyes, the eye doctor may use the results to recommend specific types of contact lenses.
  • Slit Lamp: Using a slit lamp, the eye doctor takes a close look at your eye anatomy, including the iris. They may add additional lenses to get a better look behind the eye and examine your inner eye. The slit lamp is a primary test for uncovering underlying eye issues that need to be addressed before you can get contact lenses.
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How are your eyes fit for contacts during a contact lens exam?

During your contact lens exam, the eye doctor may talk to you about your options for contact lenses and which they feel would suit you best. Once you decide on a style, they will give you a trial pair and make sure they fit. They may also conduct further eye tests to check your vision before you leave.

At the end of your contact lens exam, schedule another appointment with your eye doctor for a week later to touch base on how the contact lenses are working for you. If at this appointment the contact lenses seem to be working the way they are supposed to, then they will prescribe you official contact lenses. However, if you have any other concerns with your contact lenses, the eye doctor may suggest new ones.

What should you expect at a contact lens eye exam for children?

We suggest children wait to wear contact lenses until they are old enough to understand how to take care of them (usually after age 10). At this time, we can conduct a contact lens exam for your child and suggest lenses that would best suit their active lifestyle.

Here is what to expect at a contact lens exam for children:

Communication About Eye Concerns: The eye doctor will discuss your concerns with your child’s vision and give your child a chance to speak, too.

Routine Testing for Eye Health: The eye professional will perform general vision and eye movement tests to identify your child’s need for vision correction. If your child desires contacts, they will also perform more painless tests to analyze your child’s tear flow and eye anatomy.

Fitting for Contact Lenses: If contact lenses are a good fit for your child, the optometrist will set them up with their first pair of trial lenses. They will also show them how to put them in and how to clean them.

Contact lenses can be a great option for many children. By helping your little one understand what to expect at a contact lens exam for children, you can set them up for success.

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More FAQ on Contact Lens Exams:

How much does it cost for a contact lens exam?

The cost for a contact lens exam can vary by location. To find the pricing in your area, contact your nearest For Eyes.

How often do I need a contact lens exam?

If you wear contact lenses, we recommend seeing the eye doctor every year for a comprehensive contact lens exam.

Do I need glasses if I have contact lenses?

Even if you have a great pair of contact lenses, it’s a good idea to have prescription glasses, too, in case you ever need them.

How often do I need to wear my contact lenses?

Some people need to wear contact lenses during certain activities while others need to wear them all day. Consult your eye doctor to find out how often you need to wear your contact lenses.

How long does a contact lens exam take?

A contact lens exam can take anywhere from an hour to an hour and a half based on the results from the vision tests and your discussion with the eye care professional.

Want to schedule a contact lens exam near you?

Find your nearest For Eyes, and request your contact lens exam today. We look forward to meeting with you.