It’s always a good idea to get an eye exam each year, but if you think that a routine eye exam is the same as a contact lens exam, think again. Actually, a contact lens exam is a special eye exam to check the health of your eyes to ensure you are a good contact lens candidate. The exam also includes proper contact lens fitting. If you are in Cape Coral, a contact lens exam is available from the eye professionals at Elmquist Eye Group.
Contact Lens Exam
Everyone needs a good comprehensive eye exam that checks your vision, your eye function, and looks for signs of diseases like glaucoma or macular degeneration. If you wear contacts or would like to, the eye doctor will conduct a contact lens exam in addition to a comprehensive eye exam.
What’s added? Special tests are done so that the eye doctor can evaluate your vision with contacts. Tests measure the eye surface to determine the size, design and fit, and the doctor may also do a test to ensure you produce enough tears to comfortably wear contacts.
All of these tests allow our Elmquist team to provide you with the most suitable contact lens prescription for your eyes. Part of this exam includes proper fitting, because an improper fit can damage your eye health.
You’ll need to choose the best contact lenses for your lifestyle, too. Some of our patients choose extended wear contacts, while others prefer daily disposables. You can even choose contact lenses for cosmetic reasons, such as to change your eye color.
Regardless of what you choose, we will provide you with a trial pair of contacts. Take them home, wear them for several days, and in about a week, we will schedule a follow-up exam with you just to see how you and your eyes are adjusting to your new lenses.
The Importance of Eye Exams
Regardless of whether you are an eyeglasses or contact lens wearer, or even if you have no vision correction gear at all, everyone should get a yearly eye exam. This is the only way that many issues like cataracts can be detected, and it is also a good idea so that you can see whether your vision has changed enough to now need vision correction.
Remember that when our Elmquist team conducts the comprehensive eye exam, we are evaluating the entire health of the eye. These eye exams should begin at an early age in childhood so that our team can make sure the eyes and vision are properly developing. As the child gets older, he or she may desire contact lenses, and we can help with that too.
Just remember that vision changes and even eye disease can occur without warning signs, so this is why ongoing eye health examinations at regular intervals are so, so important.
Whether you have been wearing contact lenses for years or you want to try them for the first time, come see us today at Elmquist Eye Group in Cape Coral or Fort Myers. We’ll get you the best contact lens exam in SW Florida. Our team will ensure your eye health and help you maintain your best possible vision. Please call us with questions or to schedule an appointment.