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Contact Lens Evaluation and Fitting
A contact lens evaluation is different from a regular eye exam. During contact lens exam and fitting your eye doctor performs a wide battery of tests to assess the health of your eyes. A contact lens evaluation and fitting is especially important if you have certain eye or vision problems.
If you are considering contact lenses, be sure to mention your interest when you make your appointment. This ensures the eye doctor has enough time to perform the additional tests required for contact lenses.
What Eye Doctors Do During a Contact Lens Evaluation and Fitting
Eye doctors perform several tests during contact lens evaluation and fitting. Evaluation usually begins with a comprehensive exam that includes testing visual acuity with an eye chart and other tests. This comprehensive evaluation helps your optometrist assess the health of the eyes and determine if the patient needs prescription lenses to improve their vision.
After performing this thorough assessment, eye doctors will gather additional information to fit the patient with contact lenses. Optometrists may ask questions about the patient’s lifestyle and preferences. The eye care professional may ask if the patient wishes to change eye color with color contact lenses, for example, or if they want daily disposable or extended wear contacts. The eye doctor may also discuss soft lenses that are comfortable and rigid gas permeable (RGP or GP) lenses that provide sharper vision.
Depending on the patient’s age, the eye doctor may discuss presbyopia, an age-related vision problem that makes it difficult to read small print and focus on near object. Presbyopia is common after the age of 40, according to the American Optometric Association.
Optometrists can help patients overcome presbyopia with bifocal or multifocal lenses. Eye doctors sometimes prescribe monovision, a special technique where the lens on one eye corrects for distance vision.
Eye doctors can also prescribe lenses to help patients with astigmatism see better. Astigmatism is a vision problem resulting from an imperfection of the cornea, which is the clear, round dome covering the iris and pupil of the eye.
What is the Purpose of a Contact Lens Fitting
Contact lenses are not a one-size-fits-all product. If the curvature of the lens is steeper or flatter than the curvature of your eye’s surface, it could cause discomfort or even damage to your eye. Eye doctors use a special instrument, known as a keratometer, to measure the curvature of the eye. This information helps optometrists choose the correct shape and size contact lens for each patient.
If you are considering contact lenses, make an appointment for evaluation and fitting with Berk Eyecare Center. Our optometrists offer contact lens exams and other optometry services to patients living in or near Gahanna and Columbus. Make your appointment today by calling our Columbus office at 614-866-9002 or our Gahanna office at 614-476-2015.