What is the difference between an Eye Exam and a Contact Lens Exam?
A routine eye exam is not the same as a contact lens exam. Contact wearers must have a contact lens exam yearly to ensure the lenses are fitting both eyes properly and that the health of the eyes are not being harmed by the use of contact lenses.
So what is a comprehensive exam?
A comprehensive exam is important part of caring for your eye health whether you need vision correction or not. During this exam, an ophthalmologist will dilate your eyes and check for any eye conditions and signs of serious health conditions such as diabetes, glaucoma and hypertension. During a comprehensive exam the doctor will perform test to check your vision sharpness, determine your prescription strength, examine how your eyes work together, and even check the fluid pressure in your eyes.
I’ve been wearing contacts for years, do I need a contact lens exam?
If you wear or want contact, you need a contact lens exam in addition to a comprehensive exam every year. During the exam your eye doctor will perform special test during the contact lens exam to evaluate your vision with your contacts. In the first test ,they will measure your eye surface to determine what size and type of contacts would be the best fit for you. The second test they will perform a tear test, which determines whether you have enough tears to wear contacts comfortably. Once an exam is completed your eye doctor can provide a contact lens prescription that is the right fit for your eyes. An improper fitting or prescription of contacts can damage the health of your eyes.