Contact lenses are often better to use depending on the situation. You might prefer using them on weekends, on certain occasions, or if you just want an alternative to wearing eyeglasses. If you’re interested in getting contacts, then you might be wondering what you need to expect when you make the appointment. While a typical contact lens fitting isn’t really complicated, Eyes on Norbeck explains some of the usual steps involved:
Discussing Your Eye History
In this part of the exam, you may want to present any relevant information about previous trips to eye doctors. Providing your eye history will help in giving us an idea on what to consider before we proceed with your examination. We’ll also ask you questions about your current vision as well as any issues you may have with your eyes so that we can address them properly.
Determining Your Pupil and Iris Size
This is the part of the exam wherein our optometrist will measure the size of your pupil and your iris (the colored area of your eye) with an instrument called a biomicroscope or slit lamp. This can also be done manually with a ruler or card, but the measurement is important if you’re considering specialized lenses such as Gas Permeable (GP) contacts.
Tear Film Evaluation
Having a contact lens fitting usually involves a tear film evaluation. This is where we measure your body’s ability to produce tears by using a small strip of paper inserted underneath your lower eyelid. You’ll then need to close your eyes for about five minutes before we remove the paper and measure it.
Sometimes, if we determine that you have severe dry eye condition, we’ll recommend that you refrain from using contact lenses. There are some cases of contact lens discomfort due to the dryness, but special contact lenses can be made so you can wear them safely even with dry eyes.
If you’re planning to get a professional eye exam, Eyes on Norbeck is the only name you can trust. Call us at (301) 238-7199 or contact us through our convenient online form. We serve Potomac and neighboring MD areas.