How Often Do I Need a Contact Lens Exam?

A contact lens examination and an eye exam are not the same things. If you wear contacts or are interested in contacts then you will need a contact lens exam along with your typical eye exam. At Modern Eyes Optometry, our eye doctor in Carlsbad will perform both your comprehensive eye exam and contact lens exam.

What Happens During a Contact Lens Exam?

During a contact lens exam, an eye doctor performs special tests to evaluate your vision with the contacts. The first test measures your eye surface to figure out the type of contacts needed and what size is best. The doctor may do a tear film evaluation to see if you produce enough tears to make contact wearing comfortable. With the results of these tests, the doctor can provide a prescription that is right for you.

Once you have the correct fit and the prescription, then you have to decide whether you want extended wear or disposable contacts. Your eye doctor can explain the pros and cons of both during the appointment. Your doctor will give you a trial pair of contacts that you can wear for a few days. In a week, you will need a follow-up exam to make sure that you have adjusted properly. These follow-ups are important because if there are any issues then your eye doctor may recommend a different lens or material.

When Should You Get the Exam?

If you wear contacts, you need to see your eye doctor annually for an exam. Since contact lenses cover a portion of the eye they reduce the amount of oxygen getting to the cornea. Over time, this can impact the health of the eye and cause damage. You should discuss any increased grittiness, redness, stinging, or feeling of dryness with your eye doctor at the exam. You may need a new contact lens exam if your prescription changes or want to be fitted for different types of contacts.

Visit Our Encinitas Eye Doctor

If you are looking for an eye doctor in Carlsbad or Encinitas, contact Modern Eyes Optometry. Call us today at (760) 678-0008 to schedule an appointment.

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