Contact Lens Exams

Many people mistakenly believe a comprehensive eye exam is the same thing as a contact lens exam. However, they are quite different. For those who wear contact lenses, coming into First Eye Care McKinney for a contact exam is very important to the overall health and wellness of the eyes. Similar to comprehensive eye exams, contact lens exams are a great opportunity for your optometrist to assess the health of your eyes and quality of your vision.

The American Optometric Association (AOA), estimates that 45 million Americans wear contact lenses. Over time, millions of people have made the switch from wearing glasses to contact lenses. There are many reasons for this, including the fact that contacts have evolved over the years, providing wearers with clear vision that is comfortable and unobtrusive. These days, contact lenses are for everyone and every lifestyle.

If you are someone who wears contacts, it is very important for you to make sure you have the right lenses for your eyes. Finding the right lens may happen on the first try, or it may take a bit of trial and error before we find one that works best for you. It is important the lenses you end up with fit both your eyes and vision properly. When you come into First Eye Care McKinney for a contact lens exam, we will also make sure your contacts fit your eyes properly and perform a comprehensive eye exam.

What to Expect from a Contact Lens Exam and Fitting

Our contact lens exams and fittings include several special tests that are not included in our regular comprehensive eye exams. If you are a contact wearer or would like to learn more about your options, we encourage you to give our McKinney vision center a call today and schedule an appointment. Our team of experts are passionate about the eye health of our patients and will do everything we can to help you find the right solutions for your needs.

We perform both comprehensive eye exams and contact lens exams in one appointment, making it an efficient and economical choice for contact lens wearers. The first part of your appointment will be an evaluation of the eyes. Once this has been completed, we will discuss your options with you. Given the number of choices on the market today for contact lens wearers, it is important your doctor has the information necessary to learn which contacts will be best for your needs.

Once we have learned more about your lifestyle and preferences, we will get the following measurements:

  • The curvature of your cornea
  • Evaluation of your eye’s surface and how the contact lens will fit
  • The size of your pupil and iris
  • Tear film evaluation (or your body’s ability to produce tears)
The information we collect from these tests and measurements will tell us what kind of contact lens will be best. Depending on the patient, we may give you trial lenses and then use a biomicroscope to evaluate the fit. This will also give the doctor a chance to observe the alignment and movement of the lens as it sits on your eye’s surface. We usually recommend our patients wear the trial lenses for a few minutes, at the very minimum, to give the doctor a better idea of how they fit. Once we find a lens that fits properly, is comfortable, and provides you with good vision, we will provide you with your contact lens prescription, which will include the lens power, the base curve of each eye, and diameter. To learn more about what to expect during a contact lens exam, or to schedule an appointment at our McKinney eye care center, please give First Eye Care a call today.