Why Do I Need a Contact Lens Exam?

Fellow contacts wearers, have you ever wondered why we can’t just get a regular old eye exam? Well, I did. So, I asked my eye doctor and here’s what I found out.

For the general population, an eye exam every year is what is recommended — unless of course you have problems or eye diseases that need to be checked on.  But, for those of us who wear contact lenses, an eye exam every year is essential!

What the Optometrist Examines

At a contact lens exam your doctor will evaluate your vision with and without your contact lenses.  This is important because–although your vision may seem clear to you and you may not be having any noticeable issues with your lenses–your doctor can see things that you can’t!

At your contact lens exam your optometrist will make sure that your eyes are healthy with and without lenses.  He or she will make sure that your lenses fit properly.  The doctor will measure your eye, look at the curvature and other factors that impact how your lenses fit and make sure your lenses are working optimally for you.

Contact Lens Prescriptions Are Valid for One Year

Another important consideration is that a contact lens prescription is only valid for 12 months.  So, if you run out of lenses or need to get more, and you go longer than a year between visits, you may find yourself in a pickle–without a way to get new lenses fast!  Remember that eyeglass prescriptions and contact lens prescriptions are two different things.  Why? Because you wear glasses on your nose and your wear lenses right on top of your cornea!

Symptoms that Warrant an Earlier Visit

Contact lens wearers (or anyone really) who experience any of the following symptoms may not want to wait a full year for their next exam:

  • Double vision
  • Difficulty seeing to your sides (periphery vision problems)
  • Difficulty reading and doing close-up work
  • Changes in the way you see color
  • Impaired vision at night.
  • Problems with glare (either from the sun or indoor lighting like lamps)
  • Halos around lights
  • Cloudy spots on the lens of the eye (the pupil appears milky or white instead of black)

If you can’t remember when the last time you got an updated contact lens prescription was or are thinking about trying contacts for the first time call a licensed optometrist at your closest America’s Best to schedule an appointment for a contact lens exam today.  And be sure to ask about the Eyecare Club – it’s the least expensive way to be a contact lens wearer!

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