Contact lenses are an excellent alternative to eyeglasses. Contacts give you a more natural appearance and allow you to see clearly during sports without worrying about glasses. Also, when you are wearing contacts, your vision won't be obstructed by your eyeglass frame. If you are considering getting contacts, you are going to need to see your optometrist at Steck Eye Care in Wauwatosa for a contact lens exam and fitting. If you have scheduled your exam, you should know what to expect.
Determining Your Prescription
Your contact lens prescription will be different from your eyeglass prescription. This is because contacts sit directly on your eyes while your eyeglass lenses sit about 12-millimeters away from your eye. During your exam, your optometrist will determine your prescription.
Contact lenses come in a variety of sizes because everyone's eyes are different. During your exam, your eye doctor will measure your diameter and base curve to find the lens that would fit best on you.
Determining the Health of Your Eyes
The type of contact lenses that your eye doctor chooses would depend on the health of your eyes. Some people have eyes that are considered “hard to fit” for contacts. A few conditions that make you hard to fit for contacts include dry eye, keratoconus, astigmatism, giant papillary conjunctivitis, presbyopia, and if you recently had Lasik surgery. If you have any of these conditions, your optometrist will fit you with a special lens.
Discussing Your Lifestyle
If your eyes are not “hard to fit” for contacts, there are several types of lenses to choose from. You can choose lenses that you change daily, weekly, every two weeks, and monthly. There are even lenses that you can keep in your eyes for an entire month without needing to take them out. You can choose the best lenses for you based on your lifestyle.
Contact Lens Teaching
Before you can take your contact lenses home, you will need to know how to put them in, remove them, and how to properly care for them. During your contact lens exam, you will sit down with a tech who will teach you everything that you need to know.
Your eye doctor will give you a trial pair of lenses to wear home. This will give you a chance to see if they fit comfortably and that you can see correctly. A week or two later, you would go back to the eye doctor to have the contacts checked. If they are working well, you will be able to order your supply. If not, your optometrist would make the necessary adjustments to the prescription, the size, or the type of lens.
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Schedule an Appointment Today!
If you are considering contacts, schedule an appointment with Steck Eye Care in Wauwatosa. Our optometrist will perform a contact lens exam to determine the contact lenses that will be right for you. You can call us at (414) 628-4235 to schedule an appointment today!