Contact Lens Exams

What is a contact lens exam?

If you wear contact lenses or would like to wear contact lenses, then you will need a contact lens exam. We will evaluate your eye health and vision and consult with you on your lifestyle and hobbies to ensure we recommend the right contact lens for your eye health, vision, and lifestyle. There are many exciting options now for contact lens wearers to accommodate astigmatism, presbyopia, and more. 

During a contact lens exam, your optometrist will evaluate the size and shape of your eye to find a lens that fits your eye properly. Your optometrist will also check for any eye health issues that could affect how comfortable it will be for you to wear contact lenses.   

Specifically, a contact lens exam will include:   

  • Measuring your cornea to determine the curvature and size of your contact lens. Astigmatism may require you to wear a toric lens (a special type of lens that counteracts flaws on the surface).  
  • Measuring the size of your pupils to find contacts that fit best on your eyes.  
  • Evaluating your eye for any signs or symptoms of dry eye 

Once these tests are complete, your optometrist will likely recommend a specific type of contact lens based on your eye health and vision needs.  

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Why do I need a separate exam for contact lenses? 

If you plan to wear contact lenses, you’ll need a separate eye exam because contact lenses are classified as medical devices, which means you need a contact lens prescription to wear them.  If you wear contact lenses or plan to wear contact lenses, let us know when you schedule an appointment for your comprehensive eye exam, so we can perform the contact lens exam during your appointment.   

Contact Lenses

Types of contact lenses include soft contact lenses, rigid gas permeable contact lenses, and other specialized contact lenses such as scleral lenses. There are also different wear schedules, including daily use, weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly. Your optometrist will prescribe the contact lens type and wear schedule best suited for you.  


Hard to Fit Contact Lenses  

If you’ve ever been told you can’t wear contact lenses due to unique visual needs or challenges, you may be able to wear specialty contact lenses!  Regular contact lenses fit the surface of the eye. However, if you have a cornea that is abnormally shaped or suffer from an eye condition like dry eye or keratoconus, regular contacts will not work well. Fortunately, there are specialty contact lenses that improve eyesight for patients with these issues.  

Gas Permeable Contact Lenses: When patients suffer from dry eyes, wearing conventional contact lenses can feel uncomfortable. Gas permeable contact lenses can be an effective way to lessen the symptoms so that the patient can comfortably wear contact lenses. These contacts are made from a material that helps enough oxygen pass through them to keep the eyes comfortable and can reduce the risk of corneal abnormalities over extended periods of use.  

Contact Lens Exam Follow-Up Visit 

Your optometrist at Decatur Family Eye Care may ask you to schedule an additional appointment so that we can assess whether your contact lenses are a good fit and to see if your eyes are properly adjusting to the contact lenses.    

If you are interested in the convenience and freedom that comes with wearing contact lenses, reach out to us today to learn more about how we can help you find the perfect fit. Contact us by calling 256-353-1787 to schedule your appointment and let us know you are interested in wearing contact lenses and would like to visit us for your contact lens exam.