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The Eye Examination for Contact Lenses

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  • Are you planning on wearing contact lenses for the first time?
  • Do you need a new contact lens prescription?
  • Are your current contacts not as comfortable as you wish they were?

We prescribe standard and even specialty contact lenses.

The first step is a comprehensive eye examination to determine eye health and the prescription you need.  The next step is a contact lens examination that consists of special tests to make sure you are seeing the clearest and that you obtain clear, comfortable, and healthy vision.   

Is an eyeglass prescription the same as a contact lens prescription?

No, a prescription for eyeglasses is different than one for contact lenses. An eyeglass prescription is for lenses that are positioned approximately 12 millimeters from your eyes. A contact lens prescription is measured for lenses that sit directly on the surface of your eye.  At times, a special lens is needed 

Contact Lenses that are unique to you.

Each contact lens is different.  There is no one size that fits all eyes. A contact lens must be the correct shape for your cornea.  The lens for the right eye might even even different than the left.  We will take determine the best contact lens design for your eyes. 

In addition to standard contact lenses, we provide special lenses for:

  • children that are becoming nearsighted,
  • adults that want to be able to see more clearly at distance and at near
  • people who want to be able to see clearly without wearing contact lenses during the day
  • special conditions such as keratoconus, prosthetic lenses, lenses after LASIK damage 

What is the Cornea ?  What does corneal curvature mean?

The cornea is the clear front surface of the eye.  Each cornea has a unique curvature.  Astigmatism means that there is a different curve along the horizontal and vertical plane of the cornea.  Patients with astigmatism may benefit from a special lens to help see clearly.   

Pupil and iris size

The size of your pupil and iris (the colored part of your eye) is also important in determining the best contact lens design.

Tear film evaluation

This test evaluates the quality of your tears.  This is important to success with contact lenses.  Contact lenses tend to dry out during the day and if someone's cornea is already dry, then contact lenses can make the situation worse.  If you have dry eye disease, standard contact lenses may not be right for you, but you may still be able to wear contact lenses. 

Wearing the best type of contact lenses for your eyes allows you to enjoy all of the benefits of wearing contacts, while keeping your eyes healthy and comfortable. 

If you're already a contact lens wearer, it is important that you have a full eye examination each year to make sure that your eyes continue to be healthy, and also to ensure that the lenses are providing you with optimum vision and comfort.

Contact Family Eye Care in Old Bridge to book your contact lens eye exam today!