Contact lenses are an excellent alternative to glasses because they provide a natural appearance. In addition, you don't have to worry about the eyeglass frame or dirty lenses obstructing your view. Many athletes prefer contacts to sports goggles because they aren't bulky and are more convenient. If you are thinking about getting contacts, the professionals at Optical Expressions can help. You will need a contact lens exam to be fitted for contacts, and you should know what to expect during the contact lens exam.
The eye exam performed during a contact lens exam differs from your annual eye exam. During your contact lens exam, our eye doctor will check your chart and your eyes to determine if you can wear conventional soft lenses. Certain conditions make wearing soft contacts impossible, including:
- Dry eye syndrome
- Giant papillary conjunctivitis
If you have any of these conditions, our eye doctor may recommend hard-to-fit contacts, such as:
- Toric lenses
- Bifocal lenses
- Gas permeable lenses
- Scleral lenses
Next, your optometrist will measure your eyes to ensure the lenses they choose fit properly.
Discuss Your Lifestyle
There are several types of soft contacts, including:
- Extended wear
After learning a bit about your lifestyle, your eye doctor can help you choose the type of lens that will be most convenient for you.
Contact Lens Teaching
Your eye doctor will give you a pair of trial lenses to wear for a week or two. This will provide you with a chance to get used to the lenses, so you can determine if they fit comfortably and can see clearly. Before leaving the office with the trial lenses, you will need to know how to insert and remove them. A tech can sit down with you to teach you to insert and remove the lenses and keep trying until you are successful. In addition, they will teach you to care for the lenses you are being prescribed.
Scheduling a Followup
Before you leave the office, you will schedule a follow-up visit. Your optometrist will check the way the lens fits and your vision. If you have a problem with the trial lenses, your optometrist can make the necessary adjustments and give you another trial pair of lenses to wear. After a week or two, you will return to the office for another follow-up. If the lenses you were prescribed are comfortable and you can see clearly, you can order your supply of contacts during your follow-up.
Schedule an Appointment With Our Eye Doctor for Contact Lenses in Phoenix and Scottsdale
If you are thinking about getting contact lenses, call Optical Expressions. Our doctors of optometry treat patients in Scottsdale and Phoenix and can fit you with a comfortable pair of lenses that will correct your vision and fit comfortably. Call us today for more information or to schedule an appointment with our eye doctor.