It's important to have a contact lens exam and fitting, whether you are entirely new to contact lenses or need to update your existing prescription. Trust our experienced optometrists to help you find the perfect contact lenses or to see if contacts are right for you.
Here's what you need to know about contact lens exams with an optometrist at Optical London Drugs, and how to be prepared for your upcoming appointment:
What to Expect During Your Contact Lens Exam
Your contact lens fitting and exam will take about 30 minutes to an hour to complete, depending on how many questions you have for your optometrist. Your eye doctor checks a variety of factors, including:
- Tear film
- Lens movement on the eye
- Blink pattern
- Cornea integrity, size and curvature
- Overall eye health
Your doctor also discusses vision deterioration commonly associated with the aging process, and any occupational vision requirements you may have. The optometrist then uses all of the gathered information to determine whether you are a candidate for contact lenses. If you are, the next step is the contact lens fitting procedure.
Your optometrist selects the appropriate contact lenses for your needs, based on the measurements taken during your exam. Your eye doctor also assists you with inserting and removing the lenses for the first time, and provides tips and guidance. You learn how to clean and care for your lenses, unless you are using the disposable variety.
You then schedule a follow-up appointment one week after your exam to ensure your lenses are fitting properly and restoring your clear vision. Be sure to come prepared with any questions that have come up during the week.
How to Prepare for Your Contact Lens Exam
There is not much you need to do in advance of your appointment. In fact, if you have never worn contact lenses or glasses before, there is nothing you need to do at all. If you do currently wear glasses or contacts, bring them with you to your appointment. Your Optical London Drugs optometrist will want to evaluate your current prescription to ensure it is right for you. Your vision can change over time, so your previous prescription may no longer be correct.
If you have any questions for the eye doctor, it can be helpful to bring a list with you. This ensures you don't forget anything during your appointment. Feel free to take notes if you are concerned you might not remember the answers, and so that you can refer to them later.
Find Out If Contacts Are Right for You
Our optometrists are happy to evaluate your vision to determine if you are a candidate for contact lenses. We welcome walk-ins, but to ensure we can see you as quickly as possible, we recommend you book online with us today to schedule an appointment!