Contact Lens Exam
Many people prefer to wear contact lenses over eyeglasses, as it can be a more convenient option that suits their individual aesthetics and lifestyle. To find the right contacts for your eyes, start with a contact lens exam with our qualified team of optometrists. At Accent Vision Care, we offer contact lens exams to help you find the contacts best suited for your eyes and prescription.
What Is a Contact Lens Exam?
A contact lens eye exam is a specific exam intended to determine the best contact lenses for your needs.
At your contact lens exam, your optometrist will assess your vision to determine what prescription is needed for your contact lenses. They will also measure the size of your pupils and cornea to find the correct size and curvature of your contacts. At this exam your doctor will also evaluate your overall eye health and assist you in determining if you may need specialty contact lenses, dry eye treatment, or other specialty eye care.
Follow-Up Contact Lens Exam
Your doctor may recommend that you schedule a follow-up contact lens appointment to ensure that you are comfortable in your new contact lenses and to make sure your lenses are the right fit and offer options to address any potential problems.
A contact lens exam at Accent Vision Care is the first step to obtaining the best contact lenses for your visual needs. Reach out to us today to learn more about the convenience and freedom that comes from wearing contact lenses.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I sleep in my contacts?
Dr. Uong says it is highly recommended to not sleep in your lenses and to dispose of your lenses as directed. Sleeping in contact lenses will not only cause discomfort and redness in your eyes but will also put you more at risk for eye infections.
Can I use my eyeglass prescription to buy over-the-counter contact lenses?
Dr. Harris answers no, a glasses prescription is not the same as a contact lens prescription. Although your contact lens and glasses prescription may look similar, it does not mean they will give you the same visual acuity if you try to convert one to the other. Not everyone who needs glasses can also wear contact lenses, it is important that you are examined separately. Some people have sensitive corneas or other eye related complications and will simply never be able to adapt to wearing lenses. Glasses sit slightly away from your eyes and contact lenses sit directly on your eye, so two different tests and measurements are required. Depending on the refractive error, the strength of lens required to correct it and the type of contact lens you need, the parameters specified on your glasses prescription may be slightly different from those on your contact lenses prescription. You may also find that there is a cylinder and axis value on your glasses prescription but not on your contact lens prescription. A legal contact lens prescription has to specify the exact name brand, the parameters of the lens, and the power of the lens. In order for a contact lens prescription to legally be written, the lens must be evaluated by a licensed optometrist or ophthalmologist on the wearer’s eye. This includes even novelty contact lenses with zero power.
Is it safe for me to clean my contact lenses with a homemade solution?
Dr. Uong says that contact lenses should be cleaned with the recommended contact solution to reduce your risk of an eye infection. Contact lens solutions are chemically formulated to properly disinfect your lenses to keep them safe and comfortable to wear.
Can my child wear contact lenses during sports activities?
In Dr. Harris’ professional opinion, yes, children can wear contact lenses during sports activities. In fact, contacts are a bit safer and more convenient than eyewear for physical activity. Eyeglasses can easily be knocked off by contact or slide down the nose during gameplay. Children are more likely to lose or break their eyeglasses when playing sports, and if they shatter they can injure the eyes. The frame of eyeglasses lenses block peripheral vision, so contact lenses can be better for performance so your child would be more likely to see the ball or other player out of the corner of their eye. Furthermore, in the event that a contact lens is knocked loose during a game it is much easier to replace than a pair of glasses.