If you wear contact lenses or plan to wear contact lenses, then you will need a contact lens exam. The doctors at Coral Gables Eye Care in Coral Gables or Clarin Eye Care in Palmetto Bay will evaluate your eye health and vision and consult with you on your lifestyle and hobbies to ensure we recommend the right contact lens for your eye health, vision, and lifestyle.
There are many exciting options now for contact lens wearers to accommodate astigmatism, presbyopia, and more. We have a wide selection of contact lenses, including daily disposables, bifocal and multifocal lenses, toric lenses, rigid gas permeable (RGP) lenses, cosmetic lenses, prosthetic lenses, and scleral lenses.
Our doctors have the experience and skill to properly fit contact lenses, even for people who have been told in the past that they aren’t a candidate for contact lenses due to dry eye, keratoconus, and other conditions.
What is a Contact Lens Exam?
During a contact lens exam, your doctor will evaluate the size and shape of your eye to find a lens that fits your eye properly and will also check for any eye health issues that could affect how comfortable it will be for you to wear contact lenses.
Specifically, a contact lens exam will include:
- Measuring your cornea to determine the curvature and size of your contact lens. Astigmatism may require you to wear a toric lens (a special type of lens that counteracts flaws on the surface).
- Measuring the size of your pupils to determine the type of contacts that will fit you the best and provide the sharpest vision for your needs.
- Evaluation of your tear film and other diagnostic tests to determine if you have a condition known as dry eye, as this condition can make wearing standard soft contact lenses very uncomfortable.
Once these tests are complete, your doctor will recommend a specific type of contact lens based on your eye health and vision needs. After finding contact lenses that fit properly, are comfortable, and provide proper vision, your doctor will provide you with your contact lens prescription. This prescription will designate contact lens power, a base curve (a shape matching the curvature of your eye), and diameter.
Why Do I Need a Separate Exam to Wear Contact Lenses?
If you plan to wear contact lenses, you’ll need a separate eye exam because contact lenses are classified as medical devices, which means you need a contact lens prescription to wear them. If you wear contact lenses or plan to wear contact lenses, let us know when you schedule an appointment for your comprehensive eye exam, so we can perform the contact lens exam during your appointment.
Contact Lens Exam Follow-Up Visit
Your doctor may ask you to schedule an additional appointment so that we can assess whether your contact lenses are a good fit and to see if your eyes are properly adjusting to the contact lenses.
Schedule a Contact Lens Exam
The doctors at Clarin Eye Care in Coral Gables and Palmetto Bay have the experience and skill to properly fit contact lenses, and we carry a wide selection of top brands and contact lens types. Book an appointment for a contact lens exam today at our Coral Gables or Palmetto location.