What's Involved in a Contact Lens Exam and Fitting?
When it is time to renew your
eyewear prescription, why not consider the upgrade to contact lenses? When you
visit Foster Vision in Portland, our team will be happy to help you to find the
right contact lenses for your needs. However, before this can happen, you will
need to have your eyes examined. That's quite important today. We highly
recommend scheduling a contact lens exam if you believe you will want contact
lenses when you arrive.
What's the Difference in a Contact Lens Exam?
Many times, patients wonder why they need a special contact lens exam in order to purchase contact lenses. Imagine for a moment what a lens is. This is a very thin film that must sit over the external lens of your eye. It needs to move and track with your eye. And, it needs to be reliable, comfortable, and consistently clear. Everyone's eyes are a bit different, having different requirements. During this exam, we can get a better idea of which lenses are right for you.
What Happens During a Contact Lens Exam?
During your contact lens exam, we will still perform all of the necessary screenings to check your eyes' health. We will still talk to you about any concerns you have and provide you with a detailed vision test to determine what your prescription may be. During the exam, we will also take a number of measurements and look at the overall size and shape of your eye. Our goal is to learn what your eyes need.
The process does not take long. Like with glasses, we'll want to have you look through various lenses to see which images are best. We will also talk to you about various types of contacts. This includes hard or ridged contacts and soft lenses. We will discuss how you will wear them, too. Some individuals want extended wear contacts that they can wear overnight. Others benefit from a pair they can take out and put in each morning. We'll talk about your lifestyle and your needs here.
From this information, we can then make a recommendation about the type of contact lenses best for you. We'll include specific measurements of your contact lenses as well as the prescription to improve your vision.
What Happens During a Contact Lens Fitting?
Most of the time, we'll have a pair of contact lenses you can use that day. During the fitting portion of your appointment, we'll teach you how to care for your contacts, how to put them in and how to take them out, and how to use them safely. We'll work with you hand-in-hand as you practice putting them in and taking them out. We encourage you to ask any questions you may have.
Over the course of a few days, you will see that most contacts begin to fit well and feel good. You will not notice them in your eyes over time. However, if you find that they are uncomfortable or that your vision is not what you think it should be, we encourage you to come back in for a follow-up with us.