What To Expect During a Contact Lens Fitting

Our Middletown Optometrists Explain The Difference Between Contacts Lens Exams and Regular Eye Exams

When you come into our Eyes First Vision Center, you’ll quickly realize that our Middletown optometrists put extra care into each patient. We completely focus all our attention on every one of our patients. If you are requesting contact lenses, your appointment will have a few more tests.

Fitting for Contact Lenses is More Complex 

Before your contact lens prescription is filled, you need to have your vision examined. If you have ever had an eye exam before, you should be familiar with the tests, but a contact lens fitting includes additional testing.

Contact lenses require one difference in correction. They sit on the surface of your eyes, which makes the degree of correction different than if you were to be getting eyeglasses. Exams for both types of prescriptions must be accurate—but in different ways.

Differences Between Eye Exams and Contact Lens Exams

In a regular, comprehensive eye exam, your doctor checks to see if you are suffering from certain eye conditions, such as glaucoma. This exam also figures out the strength of your new prescription. An exam for contact lenses includes tests to see if your vision will benefit from contact lenses. Your optometrist will determine if you have any conditions that may restrict you from wearing contacts or require specialized contacts. Expect to have the surfaces of your eyes measured, as well as a tear film test. These tests provide critical information to your eye doctor.

A Contact Lens Fitting is Not a Regular Eye Exam

Your new contact lenses will have to correct every vision issue you have, and some people may have multiple conditions that their contacts need to address. If you have astigmatism, dry eyes, the clarity of your vision and pressure or fluid behind your eyes, our exam will find them. If you have astigmatism, you’ll need toric lenses that adjust for this.

Contact Our Middletown Optometrist for a Contact Lens Exam

Even if you aren’t getting contact lenses, a complete eye exam is critical. If you are developing glaucoma, your doctor wants to catch this disease early, to help stop its progression. Call our Middletown, New Jersey office at 732-530-6586 your next appointment.

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