Contact Lens Fitting
For many people, contact lenses provide greater convenience and more satisfying vision correction than eyeglasses. Here’s what’s involved in a typical contact lens exam and fitting:
A comprehensive eye exam comes first
Before being fit with contact lenses, a comprehensive eye exam is performed. In this exam, your optometrist determines your prescription for corrective lenses (just a glasses prescription at this point) and checks for any eye health problems or other issues that may interfere with successful contact lens wear.Your tear film will also be assessed using a yellow dye and the microscope to be sure you do not have dry eyes.
If all looks good during your eye exam, the next step is a contact lens consultation and fitting.
What to expect during a contact lens fitting
- consideration of your lifestyle and your preference for soft or hard lenses will be discussed
- if soft lenses are decided (most common), the frequency of replacement options will be discussed(daily, biweekly or monthly)
- measurements of the front of the eye will help determine the lens to trial in the eye
- trial lenses will be inserted into the eye by the optometrist
- if vision is good and the lens is fitting properly you may then be taught how to insert and remove the lenses. Occasionally another trial lens may need to be ordered before insertion and removal would be taught
- if you demonstrate competency in insertion and removal you can leave with contact lenses in your eye
- instructions on the proper care and cleaning of the contact lenses will be given
- a starter kit of solution will be provided
- written instructions will be provided
- a one week follow up appointment will be scheduled
Follow-up visits confirm the fit and safety
Your contact lens fitting will involve a number of follow-up visits so your doctor can confirm the lenses are fitting your eyes properly and that your eyes are able to tolerate contact lens wear.
Often, your doctor will be able to see warning signs before you are aware a problem with your contact lens wear is developing. If such warning signs are evident in your follow-up visits, a number of things may be recommended, including trying a different lens material, using a different lens care method, or adjusting your contact lens wearing time. In occasional cases, it may be necessary to discontinue contact lens wear altogether.
After the routine follow up visits, regardless of how often or how long you wear your contact lenses, your eyes should be examined at least once a year to make sure your eyes are continuing to tolerate contact lens wear and show no signs of ill effects from the lenses.