Eye exam for contact lenses in Derry, NH
Get an accurate contact lens prescription from a board-certified optometrist
If you have decided to ditch the glasses and opt for contact lenses, then the professional team at Spindel Eye Associates is ready to help you make a smooth transition. As one of the leading eye care facilities in Southern New Hampshire, we have over 30 years of experience in providing safe, reliable, and effective contact lens exams. We use the latest technology and techniques to guarantee accurate prescriptions and comfortable fittings.
A normal eye exam vs. a contact lens exam
A routine eye exam is important for your overall eye health whether you need vision correction or not. The eye doctor will check for signs of health conditions or ocular diseases, conduct a thorough vision test, examine how the eyes work together, and check fluid pressure.
A contact lens exam starts after all routine testing is complete, so make sure you tell your optometrist that you want a contact lens prescription ahead of time so your exam includes the fittings or prescription update. Main components of a contact lens exam include:
Checking to see if contact lenses are right for you
Contact lenses are not for everyone, but there are a wide variety of options to choose from that cover most eye shapes and vision problems. Options include rigid or soft contact lenses, bifocal contact lenses, toric contact lenses for astigmatism, and special monovision contact lenses where one eye is corrected for distance and one for near vision. You can even order custom contact lenses that change the color of your eyes.
Contact lens measurements
In order to protect the delicate tissue of your eyes, an optometrist will first take a variety of measurements to ensure that the contacts fit properly. For cornea measurements, an optometrist will use a keratometer or corneal topographer to analyze light reflections from your cornea and determine the curvature of your eye’s surface. Pupil and iris measurements and tear evaluations may also play a part of your contact lens exam.
Contact lens fitting
Once the optometrist determines your contact lens prescription and completes all measurements, you will be given a sample pair of contacts to put in. The eye doctor will use a biomicroscope, or slit lamp, to evaluate the fit of the trial contact lenses and detect any changes caused by the contact lens wear.
After the initial contact lens fitting, a follow-up appointment is required to ensure the lenses are resting properly on your eyes. The optometrist may stain your eye with fluorescein to check for defects or damage to your eye’s surface. If everything looks good, your eye doctor will give you a contact lens prescription that designates your contact lens power, base curve, and diameter.
If you are brand new to prescription contacts, you can count on the friendly team at Spindel Eye Associates to will walk you through the entire process. We are dedicated to providing the very best eye care services, so call 603-434-4193 today to find out more information!