Exams and Information
The contact lens exam is distinct from the routine eye exam in process and price, since insurance companies require optometrists to bill them separately.
Most patients opt to complete both exams in the same visit, but anyone who has had a routine eye exam within the last six months is welcome to come in for a stand-alone contact lens exam.
Below you’ll find information about the examination itself, followed by a breakdown of a few available contact lens types.
Current Contact Lens Wearers
The focus of your exam will be checking for prescription changes, examining the surface of your eye, and making sure the lens you’re wearing is the best choice for your comfort and lifestyle. If the lens you’ve been wearing is no longer working well, our doctors will work with you to determine some better options before ultimately refitting you in a new lens.
New Contact Lens Wearers
If you have never worn contact lenses, your exam will include selecting a lens type and fitting the contact lenses to your eyes. The doctor and technician will teach you how to insert and remove lenses safely and how to care for them so your eyes stay healthy.
When you finish your exam and can insert and remove the lenses on your own, the doctor will send you home with trial lenses. We’ll set up a no-charge follow-up one week later to check in on your progress, after which you can place an order for a supply of contacts.
Types of Contact Lenses
Soft contact lenses
Soft lenses are generally considered to be the most comfortable and “breathable” option. There are different types of soft contacts to suit a variety of needs and lifestyles, including lenses you switch out monthly, bi-weekly, and daily.
Toric contact lenses
Toric lenses correct for astigmatism. Unlike spherical lenses, which have one uniform power throughout, toric lenses have differing powers in different sections of the lens to uniquely match what your eye needs.
Multifocal contact lenses
Multifocal lenses can be very useful for patients over the age of 40 who have developed issues with their near vision but also need correction for their distance vision. This type of lens simultaneously corrects both nearsightedness and farsightedness.
Rigid, gas permeable (RGP) lenses
RGP lenses are more sturdy than soft contacts but still allow oxygen to flow to the eye. While they are often considered to be less comfortable than soft lenses, they can sometimes provide sharper vision since they retain their shape when you blink.
Corneal Refractive Therapy (CRT) lenses
Patients with low to moderate prescriptions can use CRT lenses to help reshape their cornea and correct nearsightedness. Theses lenses are worn overnight only. During the day, patients can experience optimal vision without having to wear any lenses.
Some patients have difficulty wearing soft contact lenses because their corneas are more steeply sloped than average. Many times, the answer to this condition is scleral lenses, which are rigid and fit on the sclera (the white of your eye) instead of the cornea. Scleral contacts can also be an effective remedy for dry eye syndrome.