If you have had a routine eye exam, you may think you are okay to wear contacts. You may be surprised when your ophthalmologist recommends a special examination first. At Avery Eye Clinic in Conroe, The Woodlands, and Huntsville, we feel it's important for anyone who is considering contact lenses to understand the difference of contact lens exams.
What Happens During a Routine Eye Exam?
During a routine eye exam, your ophthalmologist will perform a series of tests to check the overall health of your eye. Depending on your age and health history, we may look for diseases such as:
- Macular degeneration
- Diabetic retinopathy
The eye doctor may recommend further treatment based on the results of your examination. After checking the health of your eyes, visual tests will be performed to determine your lens prescription.
What Happens During a Contact Lens Examination?
A contact lens exam includes all of the components of a regular eye examination but goes a step further to ensure there are no problems that would prevent you from wearing contact lenses. For example, we may check for scratches on the surface of your eye or perform additional testing to rule out dry eyes. We will take certain measurements as well. Knowing the exact measurements of your iris, pupil, and cornea will guarantee a proper fit to ensure that your contact lenses are more comfortable.
A final fitting and adjustment are needed anytime you get new glasses or contacts. Even so, with contact lenses, you will spend a little more time in our office than you would if you were picking up eyeglasses. That's because we need to make sure you understand how to correctly insert and remove the lenses as well as how to care for them. After you've inserted your contact lenses, we will double-check the fit to see that it is exactly right. Once you're confident in wearing your new lenses you can enjoy your new, better vision immediately. However, our staff will always be here to answer any questions you may have, even if it's weeks or months down the road.
Schedule a Contact Lens Exam at Avery Eye Clinic
If you've had a recent eye exam, our eye doctors will only need to perform the contact lens portion. However, if you are due an eye care appointment, you can request a complete contact lens exam at that time. For quality eye care in Conroe, The Woodlands, Huntsville, and the surrounding areas call our team today at (800) 346-6162 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.